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Anthony Bangay – HBS RFC Co-President

Position:
Number 8

Height:
6 foot 3 inches

Weight:
210 lbs (possibly 220 lbs after a lazy summer)

Likes:
Mexican food at the Grille, rugby tours abroad, Harpoon beer sponsorship, being little spoon

Dislikes:
8.40am classes, the line at the sushi station in Spangler, Boston weather, cold calls

Favorite Rugby Player:
Christian Cullen (former New Zealand All Black)

So Anthony, how old were you when you started playing rugby?
To be honest, it’s so long ago I can’t remember. Probably when I was 7 or 8 years old. It sounds dangerous to be playing a contact sport like that when you’re so young, but at that age it’s actually pretty hard to do anyone too much damage.

Wow, that probably means that you know everything about the game, probably more than any other living human being. Is that correct?
Yes.

What are your favorite memories of your first season playing rugby for HBS?
I’m always proud to put on a shirt and represent a club, so doing that for the first time at Harvard was a great memory. However, I’d have to say playing a team from the favelas in Salvador while on tour in Brazil was the best memory I have. Because we were from Harvard, the game had received a lot of attention, with the local newspapers and TV stations covering the story. Although we lost that day, watching them celebrate and seeing how much it meant to them to have beaten us was incredible. I know it sounds cheesy but that really made me remember how privileged we are to be at a place like Harvard.

Has rugby damaged your brain to the point where your summer internship was a complete wash?
Ha, I don’t know about that. I thought I did a pretty decent job! Definitely missed playing rugby though.

What else can you tell us about the HBS RFC that might come as a surprise?
Sir Wilson Whineray, one of the world’s great rugby players of all time, played for the club when he did his MBA at Harvard in the 60s. In his day, he was a bigger star than Tom Brady is today.

When you’re not playing rugby what keeps you busy?
I can often be found demonstrating my unique dancing talents in Tommy Doyle’s, the Kong, and other salubrious establishments near the school.

September 8, 2009
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