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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Player/Personality Profile - Gift "Gifttime" Egbelu

Gift on the run!
Name: Gift Egbelu
Nickname: GiftTime
Positions played: Flanker (6, 7), Inside Center, Wing

How did you get into rugby? Watched highlights of the Las Vegas 7s tournament on NBC in 2009. Figured that I could do that. Looked online to see if Baton Rouge had a Rugby team. Found out that they did, went to one of their practices to see if they are still in existence, saw that they were and the rest is history.

Clubs played for: Baton Rouge Rugby Club, Louisiana All-Stars
Gift forcing the decision on Defense

Rugby Honors (Club Officer, Awards, Select-Sides, National Teams, etc):
2010 - Most improved player for Baton Rouge Rugby
2010 - Tournament MVP for Battleship Rugby 15s Tournament
2013 - 2014 - Social media/Advertising officer for Baton Rouge Rugby

Most memorable rugby moment: Playing against the University of Wales Rugby team in Pan-American Stadium in New Orleans, LA. Also attending the Chattanooga Pitch-A-Tent Tournament.

Most embarrassing rugby moment: Getting run over playing against Birmingham in 2013

Your strongest influence in rugby? Watching South Africa and New Zealand play Rugby in 15s or 7s.
Your rugby hero? Richie McCaw

Your ultimate rugby goal? 
On-Field: To one day play for the Nigerian National Rugby team.
Off-Field: To field one of the top Rugby media and promotions company in the United States

What motivates you - in rugby and outside of it? Success on and off the field and a will to make Rugby a true mainstream sport in the United States.

What do you do outside of rugby? There is an outside of Rugby?

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Gift in Nigeria
Editor's Note:

Gift "Gifttime" Egbelu is one of my favorite people in the American Rugby Community. He possesses one of the purest hearts for our game that I've had the pleasure of meeting. His desire to give himself to rugby is almost a religious experience (as it should be!).

This Is Texas Rugby is honored to have Gifttime on its 2015 Red River Rugby Conference D1 Pick 'Em Panel. I am honored to call him a friend.

Gift is the Owner/Operator of the Gifttime Rugby Network.

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