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Injured Afghanistan vet a source of inspiration to Canadian rugby team
TORONTO — The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2015 6:15PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2015 6:27PM EDT
He is the 32nd member of Canada’s Rugby World Cup roster. And he goes everywhere with the team.
In an era where sports mascots can be superfluous or downright annoying, the plush moose dressed as a Mountie has an important tale to tell for the Canadian men.
The moose has been with the team since 2007, carried out of the dressing room and left on the side of the pitch during games.
But it transitioned from mascot to inspiration after a 2011 talk to the team in Victoria by Capt. Trevor Greene, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces who nearly died in Afghanistan.
Today the team mascot is called Captain Greene in his honour.
“He’s a very powerful man to this team, and especially to me,” said Canadian winger DTV van der Merwe. “I get super-emotional thinking about him.
More at the following link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/injured-afghanistan-vet-a-source-of-inspiration-to-canadian-rugby-team/article26387241/
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