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2010-11 Season Recap

The Priory Rugby Club had an astonishingly successful run this year, completed its Spring season with only two losses all season. It was supposed to be a "building year", but in the end, we were ranked #3 (of 15 teams) in the State, above such monsters as Marquette, SLUH, Jeff City, and Kirkwood.

 

Welcome to Kwai Nyu Rugby
3rd Place Missouri State Champs '14 and '15

Welcome to the official web site Kwai Nyu Rugby Football Club. Located on the campus of the Priory School in Saint Louis, Missouri, ours is the oldest high school rugby team in the city--and one of the oldest in the country.

The Origins of the Kwai Nyu Rugby Club

Founded in 1956, the Kwai Nyu Ruggers--then known simply as "The Rebels"--started out under the direction of Fr.Timothy Horner. Having come over to America to found a preparatory school, the British monk-teachers were utterly unfamiliar with Yank sports, and so started a rugby team. For seventeen years, the Rebel Ruggers went undefeated. Today, under the inspired coaching of Fr. Augustine Wetta, Andy Wenger, and Paul Wood, the team continues to build on its noble heritage.

The Name

The name, "Kwai Nyu" is, simply, the name "Rebel" in Ebo, the dialect of a small, noble, warlike tribe from northern Nigeria. The Ebo are one of the few Catholic tribes in Nigeria, making them extremely devout Christians, and also extremely tough. As one of our early coaches was from this small tribe, we sing the chant in his honor.

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The Coat of Arms

Our coat of arms is based on the Coat of Arms of Saint Louis Abbey, the monastery which owns and runs the Priory School. Certain elements of the original coat of arms have been modified: a rugby ball for the white rose, a set of poasts in place of the flour de lis...but the original colors, and the blue "river," representing the Mississippi have remained the same.

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The Chant

ENNE MBA ENNE!
TZABUA!
ENNE MBA ENNE!
TZABUA!
ENNE MBA ENNE!
NWAKEI!
ENNE MBA ENNE!
NWAKEI!
ENNE MBA ENNE!
TI!
YA!
TI!
YA!
TI!
YA!!
KWAI NYU!
YA!!!

About ten years ago, a dark and mysterious stranger came out to guest coach our team. He was as black as the night, as large as a mountain, and as fast as lightening. His name was Edu, and he had newly immigrated to the United States from Nigeria, where he had played rugby from the earliest age. His leadership was an inspiration, and his guidance came at a time in the history of the club, when we were searching for a man with vision to lead us. Before he departed for the seminary, he taught us this song, an untranslatable Ebo war chant known simply as "The Elephant Song." He revealed the meanings of the words to the team on the condition that they not be repeated to anyone who was not a member. Thus, the true meaning remains shrouded in the mist of secrecy.

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