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Montco rugby team collects clothes for Sandy

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dozens of young Montgomery County athletes worked together Saturday to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

60 to 70 kids play on the Narberth Rugby Team, but their coaches took them off the field for an inside drill Saturday.

Former and current members of the team collected sorted through winter clothes the team collected for Sandy victims in New York.

"It is not just about the rugby, it is part of the community with these boys," said Coach Robb DeLuca.

"They are a great team and very closely knit together," said Coach Simon Herriott.

High school senior Colin O'Shea didn't hesitate and neither did his team.

"The difference between rugby players, we have very strong community ties," he said.

"I came home from Thanksgiving break and I got the emails from coach while I was away at school," said John Armstrong.

With so many drives in our area focusing on the New Jersey shore, Coach Robb DeLuca focused on Staten Island.

"We picked New York because there is a need there and my family is originally from the city," said Coach DeLuca.

But people who brought in donations are not discriminating about where their donations are going; they just want to help.

"Everybody needs something, but Staten Island was hit pretty hard so we're glad it's going there," said Coach DeLuca.

Many Sandy relief organizations are no longer accepting certain items. The rugby team's focus was on winter clothes and hygienic supplies.

"Anything they won't accept is going to get stored and in the spring when folks rebuild, my plan is to take another run up," said Coach DeLuca.

The coaches will take all of the winter clothes to the Staten Island recovery on Tuesday.

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