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Invincible Wellington rugby team inspired by loss of teammate

Jul 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, Sport

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UNBEATABLE BERGS:  The Wellington club rugby team , the Bergs, who have 11 wins in a row. Josh Pyne is fourth from right, back row.

BergsMAIN 2 jerseyA WELLINGTON club rugby team that renamed itself in honour of a dead teammate has just won its eleventh straight game.

Members of the Bergs rugby team say they are motivated by the memory of their former club mate, Chris Rosenberg, who has inspired them to such a level they have been promoted to a higher grade.

The team, representing (Victoria) Old Boys University club, was organised by the captain, Sam Rees, and is made up from a group of friends who met at Victoria University.

Called The Turbos when Chris Rosenberg was running at first five-eight, they decided to dedicate the team to him after his sudden death in February, 2012.

They had been playing in division two of the Wellington Rugby reserve grade, but their run of wins has meant a promotion to division one.

The way they were playing exceeded their own expectations, said Sam Rees.

BergsMAIN 3“We have even managed to beat four first division teams so far.”

They designed their own jerseys this season with a picture of Chris as the crest (above), which is positioned on the left side of the chest.

One of Chris’ best friends, Josh Pyne, said he was extremely proud of the boys and the way they were going.

Josh rings Chris’ parents after every game to let them know how the team got on and he said he ended up talking to them for almost an hour every week.

The team was inspirational and it was touching to see how much the team and the ”boys” meant to them.

“It means so much to me that we can do this for Chris as every time we play,” said Josh. “We are playing for him.”

The Bergs’, whose latest win was over another Old Boys team, The Righteous Brothers,  had a bye last weekend and will be pushing for 12 wins in a row on July 13.

AT LEFT:  Chris Rosenberg (left) and Josh Pyne at their Wellington flat.

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is a Whitireia journalism student with a strong interest in sports writing. Jesse covers the Te Aro area. He has a BA in Development Studies.
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  1. Awww! Lovely article JC

  2. A well constructed piece here. This young scroll has a bright future. I hope to see a few articles on the many Kebab stores in the Te Aro area in the coming weeks

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