Union man stars for Bermuda
FORMER Warwick rugby union player Scott Cobon is playing international rugby on the other side of the world.
Cobon, 31, lived most of his childhood at Loch Lomond and attended the local state school.
He went to Toowoomba Prep for years 6-7 and then Anglican Church Grammar School, in Brisbane.
Bermuda, an island in the Atlantic, is a two-hour flight from New York.
An inside centre, Cobon has played two internationals for Bermuda since gaining qualification and has been in teams which defeated Mexico City and Guyana.
He competed in a number of marathons in Australia and North America and has the required fitness to play international rugby.
One of the major rugby union events in Bermuda each year is the World Rugby Classics.
Warwick-based dual rugby union and rugby league international Geoff Richardson has also played in the classics.
Q: Why are you in Bermuda?
A: Scott Cobon: I relocated to Bermuda to work in the re-insurance industry and to travel the world with my wife, Claudia.
Q: How big is the sport?
A: Bermuda has around 200 senior male players playing for four separate clubs. I play for Teachers Rugby Football Club. It is TRFC’s 50th anniversary this year.
Q: How long have you been playing rugby there?
A: Since I arrived in 2008. It is a great way to meet new people within the community.
Q: What position do you play and what have your results been?
A: I play inside centre and have played two games for Bermuda since qualifying in May this year. IRB rules state you need to be a resident of a country for three years before you are eligible to play.
We’ve been lucky to have won both games. The first against Mexico in Mexico City (24-10) and the second against Guyana (11-0) in Georgetown to win the Caribbean Championships.
Q: Where did you learn your rugby in Australia?
A: My first rugby experience was playing for Warwick in the under 10s. I then played rugby at primary school for Toowoomba Prep and at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane.
Q: How far does the Bermuda team travel?
A: We travel to the North Americas and the Caribbean.
Q: What is the feeling to be in an international team?
A: It was an exciting experience to be able to represent Bermuda and put all our training into action. Also, it was great to meet players from the other teams.
Q: Do you hear much about other international rugby?
A: Yes, I follow the Wallabies and the Queensland Reds very closely.
Q: How serious is the rugby?
A: The rugby community here take it very seriously. In Bermuda, rugby is the fourth most popular sport behind cricket, soccer and sailing.
Each year a large rugby tournament is hosted in Bermuda called the World Rugby Classic. Further details at www.worldrugby.bm.