Athlete Spotlight: Josiah Butler

The Sonoma State Men’s Rugby Club has an exciting season ahead of them. Returning players are optimistic about the spring semester as the Seawolves ready up. 

The Seawolves had a rough season last year, losing all of their regular season games. The team will surely encounter challenges along the way but look to make up for 2018 by starting the new semester on a strong note. 

Josiah Butler, a Senior Forward on the team, is confident about his role on the team. 

“We are a growing program,” explained Butler. “During the preseason, we proved that we can be a cohesive team. If we can properly execute and win as long as we stay focused on and off the field.” 

Born and raised in Sacramento, Butler started playing rugby when he was  ten years old.

“I started playing with this all Polynesian team,” Butler said. “That team really taught me the fluency of the sport. Fun fact, I scored during my first practice and totally fell in love with rugby.”

Now 21 in his final year of college, the forward hopes to continue his love for the game. 

Butler has put his faith in his team and truly has a winning mindset. The Senior represented Sonoma State in the NSCRO Championship last summer and brought home the first place trophy. Eager to continue his success on the field, Butler is hungry for another championship under his belt. 

The team was successful Saturday evening as they dominated Cal Maritime 35-0 in Santa Rosa. 

Butler worked hard for his team on Saturday afternoon, scoring two try’s (10 points) as well as over half a dozen tackles. 

“There was lots of communication on Saturday,” Butler said. “We passed the ball really well. We just need to learn how to take full advantage of the laws of rugby, including better tackles and kicking the back more for better field position.” 

The team have proved that they can win together as they hope to continue their success during the remaining season. With that said, the team must overcome their obstacles. 

“One of biggest challenges is simply commitment,” Butler emphasized. “People don’t understand that rugby is more than just a thing to do occasionally. It is a life choice. While it isn’t much of an individual sport, I must be able to better communicate with my teammates.” 

One of Butler’s ultimate goals is to motivate his team. Looking to finish his final season on a strong note, he hopes to inspire the promising talent that he will leave behind. With improved communication on and off the field, the club hopes to succeed moving forward. 

“The biggest challenge I’ll face individually is my last game of the season,” said Butler. “It will be my last time wearing blue with my brothers.” 

The Sonoma State Rugby Team is ready to have a successful season while overcoming obstacles from their past. Our student athletes continue to prove that they have a great impact on the field. 

The veteran leadership of Josiah Butler will definitely put the team at a higher advantage with his previous championship experience. 

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