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May 28, 2013

Rugby tourney to benefit bombing victim's family

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The North Shore Rugby Football Club is a nonprofit organization that has done charitable work before, including using its brawny players to set up for the Beverly Bootstraps Thanksgiving party and the Lynn Police Department’s Christmas party.

The club has a men’s league with 44 players as well as youth clubs for boys and girls with 47 players. The men’s team was moved up to Division 2 in 2011 and finished second in the New England Rugby Football Union Club in 2013.

Many of its players are touring Iceland this week with matches against Iceland’s national team.

Cook, a 31-year-old Beverly resident, started playing rugby at St. Michael’s College and continued to play when he studied in Ireland.

“I played every sport as a kid, and what I love about rugby is that every type of person has a role,” Cook said. “Rugby is one of those sports that embraces every type of person. I felt like I came home when I played rugby for the first time.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

If you go What: North Shore Invitational 10s Tournament When: Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Hurd Stadium, 105 Essex St., Beverly Admission: $5, with all profits going to Salem Five Bank's Richard Family Fund Hosted by: North Shore Rugby Football Club Tournament participants: Cape Cod RFC, Boston Ironsides RFC, Framingham Exiles RFC

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