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2014 signee leaving Beaver football for… Kutztown rugby?

Hong Kong players form a scrum during their HSBC Asian 5 Nations rugby match against South Korea in Hong Kong

Well, this is certainly a new cross-pollination of sports, or at least a relatively rare one.

Sure, we’ve already seen this offseason a lacrosse player from Duke move on to SMU to play football.  The son of the great Pat Swilling went from Tulsa basketball to Tulsa football.  Hell, just this week Oregon State lost a 2013 signee to track & field. The Beavers now, however, have lost a 2014 signee in what most would view as coming straight out of left field.

In an interview with a Honolulu television station, and as relayed by Gina Mizell of The Oregonian, Fitou Fisiiahi revealed that he was foregoing a football career in Corvallis and will instead play rugby. Specifically, the Hawaii native will play rugby for Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

Fisiiahi has only been playing the sport exclusively since this past winter, yet somehow managed to put “captain of the U.S. high school All-American team” on his sports résumé. He apparently, in a span of a handful of months, fell head over heels in love with the sport.

“I’m just doing what I love, and that’s just playing rugby,” the athlete said. “I don’t want to do something that I’m not going to be 100 percent at. So I’m just trying to follow my dreams, where my real dreams (are) at, and that’s rugby.”

A three-star member of the Beavers’ 2014 recruiting class, Fisiiahi was rated as the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Hawaii. He signed a National Letter of Intent with OSU this past February.

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6 Responses to “2014 signee leaving Beaver football for… Kutztown rugby?”
  1. shaunodame says: Jun 26, 2014 9:08 PM

    Kutztown Rugby is no joke!! But seriously, that’s gotta be a serious love to turn down a free ride to Oregon State.

  2. dmvtransplant says: Jun 26, 2014 9:26 PM

    For those of you that have no idea where Kutztown is I grew up in that county.

    And the school is about 90 mins northwest of Philly, right off the highway RT 222, it’s also the name of the town, which is in the middle of nowhere on Amish land for that matter.

    Other than driving 30 mins to Reading, PA which is in the top 5 towns for crime with a population under 100,000. There is nothing to do out there other than buy meth, tip cows or be surprised at the amount of locals that haven’t seen a non-white person in real life.

    My father (who’s black) still won’t stop in that town for gas and he’s almost 60.

  3. steeler1nation says: Jun 27, 2014 4:29 AM

    You father is a pussy.

  4. dmvtransplant says: Jun 27, 2014 8:02 AM

    @ steeler1nation

    Yes, because the KPD don’t have a history of harrassing minorities or immigrants. It’s easy to come up with BS replies when your not from there and don’t know what community is like.

    Oh and please tell me are you black and know what it’s like to be the a target by the locals in town that don’t want you there, because my family does?

  5. nicofthenorthstar says: Jun 27, 2014 5:00 PM

    Steeler1nation: your father has a pussy.

  6. carriviello says: Jul 2, 2014 4:12 PM

    Kutztown is in between Allentown and Reading. Never heard of any harassment of minorities. It is the best rugby program in the state and one of the tops in the world. Go Golden Bears!

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