LOOK FOR THIS POST ON THE LOCALMEMPHIS FACEBOOK PAGE. DEVELOPING RIGHT NOW! A DIFFERENT KIND OF FOOTBALL TEAM … IS FACING THE BATTLE OF ITS LIFE. FOR THE FIRST TIME … THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS RUGBY TEAM … IS GOING TO THE “SWEET 16″ CHAMPIONSHIPS.” BUT … GETTING THERE IS A FIGHT IN ITSELF. LOCAL 24 NEWS REPORTER JENI DIPRIZIO JOINS US FROM THE NEWSROOM NOW TO EXPLAIN. JENI! Jeni: UNLIKE FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL WHICH ARE CONSIDERED VARSITY SPORTS, THE RUGBY TEAM IS A CLUB TEAM WHICH MEANS IT DOESN’T GET THE SAME TYPE OF UNIVERSITY FUNDING. NOW THE TEAM IS TRYING TO RAISE MONEY TO MAKE IT TO THE TOURNAMENT. JENI DIPRIZIO/REPORTING : Musa Banat/team captain: “with more success you need more resources of course and it’s kinda bittersweet.BITTERSW EET SAYS THE TEAM’S CAPTAIN BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS RUGBY TEAM… THE CLUB HAS BEEN AROUND FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS… BUT COACH MARC HOLLEY SAYS THIS YEAR THEY ARE MAKING HISTORY.. UNDEFEATED IN CONFERENCE PLAY….. HEADING TO THE SWEET 16.. AND HOPEFULLY EVEN FURTHER… IF ALL GOES WELL… A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IS WITHIN REACH. marc holley/coach: “it’s very special for the kids they’ve worked hard and it’s a great group of kids I could not have coached a better team.TO GET THERE …. HOLLEY SAYS THEY NEED CASH…. That’s WHY THE TEAM HAS STARTED A GO FUND ME PAGE…THEY ARE ASKING FOR 12 THOUSAND DOLLARS… TO HELP COVER EXPENSES. marc holley/coach: “the fact that we are traveling next weekend to Greenville South Carolina to compete in the division two sweet 16 we need money to get there.” BUTTED TO “well take anything we can get will certainly help the cause for next weekend making our travel for the club.” musa banat/team captain this is going to be a very challenging few weeks ahead of us it’ll be one that tests everything we’ve been working for but we hope to come out victorious Jeni: THE TEAM FIRST PLAYS VILLANOVA NEXT SATURDAY IN THE TOURNAMENT. IF THEY WIN THEY WILL PLAY ANOTHER GAME …THE NEXT DAY.. THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE THE SECOND WEEKEND IN DECEMBER. LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM, JENI DIPRIZIO, LOCAL 24 NEWS. JENI THANK YOU!

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