Bournemouth university student, Eddie Weisbrod, speaks to Buzz reporter Sam Hopkins about repulsive rugby initiation stories and his eventual refusal to join the team after being “put off completely”.
- What is your opinion on rugby initiations in university’s and your personal experience of them here at BU?
“They can cause serious harm, forcing people out of their comfort zone and taking it too far. I haven’t played for the BU rugby team after hearing about initiation’s like; drinking piss and consuming vomit or human excrement”.
“I was put off completely”.
- Do you think they are necessary to integrate new players?
“No because there’s many other ways to get players integrated into the squad. There’s a variety of other options which can be fun to a wider variety of students coming into the new environment, like social events. This way, players can socialise with each other without having to drink piss”.
- Do you think initiation ceremonies may cause exclusion?
“Yes, because if there were no mandatory initiations, I would probably be playing rugby for BU right now. I love rugby and the camaraderie that comes with it however…
the initiations have really pushed me away. I haven’t been able to enjoy rugby at university and meet new people”.
- Should BU intervene to ensure players aren’t driven away and what methods should they use?
“Only to a certain extent, otherwise it’s just the uni running the rugby team, which would restrict the freedom that players have. The university could have regular meetings with squad members to get the voices of the players. This way supervisors will know of any intimidation that players may be under the pressure of”.
- Do you think that nationally universities should be sterner on the issue?
“I think that universities across the country should create a union to produce a selection of rules and regulations that players have to follow. This will reduce casualties caused by dreadful initiations and make things more unified”.
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