“We’re very excited to host it,” said Cook. “What happened at the Boston Marathon was a local tragedy that has turned into a national charity to raise money for the families, and there’s been so much outpouring of generosity. We’re happy to contribute in any way we can, because we’ve called the North Shore home for more than 10 years but never had an event that has made us feel as much a part of the community quite like this.
“We have deep roots here; many members of our club were student-athletes (at local) high schools and colleges. The event is a real homecoming for many. A lot of us grew up here playing football in Hurd Stadium, and the ability to come home and play rugby there is a great feeling.”
NSRFC plays its home games in Lynn, with members coming all the way from the Brighton area to as far north as Topsfield. Players range in age from right out of high school to seniors in their 60s. The club finished second in the New England Rugby Union Cup in Newport, R.I. over Mother’s Day, and in 2010 moved up from Division 3 to Division 2.