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Adrienne Saari

Adrienne Saari is your all-purpose, super enthusiastic — and skilled — female rugby player.

“I like tackling people, I like running with the ball, supporting, catching the ball in the lineouts — everything pretty much,’’ said the Grade 11 Cowichan Secondary School student.

Saari, 16, is following in the footsteps of her sister Rebecca, who also played in the Cowichan program.

Adrienne only started rugby in Grade 9 but has advanced her level of play rapidly.

She’s played on the island, B.C. and B.C. Summer Games teams, as well as Cowichan Rugby Club and school rugby and has found her niche at flank.

“She is a great tackler and her support play is very good,’’ said coach Brad Skene.

“She’s the one that comes into the ruck, cleans up the pieces, rucks people out of the way, wins the ball for us on the ground so her defensive aspects are outstanding along with her ability to support the ball-carrier.’’

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