Hunting like a pack of wolves, the Boston Rugby Club back row has been central to their club’s torrid start, and leading the way is John Quill.
The former Dolphin Football Club, Ireland 18s, and Munster A player is a hard-nosed, savvy flanker who is now back in the USA hoping to push for an international spot. Trained in Ireland, he has an American mother, and is Eagle eligible right now.
Quill spent the summer of 2011 in Boston working, but not playing any rugby, as he was returning to Dolphin. When a contract wasn’t forthcoming for this year, he decided to come back.
“I’ve been involved with a lot of professional teams the last few years, but it was time for me to come over,” Quill said. “I really liked Boston and am rooming with Sean Treacy and Liam Murphy, and it’s a good setup.”
Quill said he has had to work very hard to get back into full fitness and prepared to play DI rugby – it’s easy to let things slip. But he’s been a massive addition to Boston.
“The last couple of games weren’t very close games. It’s been good to get back into the routine and getting the body ready for contact,” Quill told RUGBYMag.com. “I really work hard on the ball retention and tackle and breakdown area. For my size and my knowledge of the breakdown area I can win some ball down there.”
Quill said the big issue with the laws in the ruck and around the tackle these days is establishing how a referee will police it. He makes a point of figuring that out before the game, and acting according.
“On any given day it’s going to be reffed differently,” he said.
Two blowouts for Boston is a worrying thing sometimes, as players can get complacent. Quill says there is no danger of that with the club.
“This is only a stepping stone for us,” he said. “We’re looking at the bigger picture. It’s a great to have the extra incentive that we can actually win something before the spring. We’re more than happy to play and we’re not going to take our foot off the pedal for any game, but right now we just want to keep improving.”