Father Ryan's Will Shaw became the first Volunteer Rugby Scholarship recipient of 2017 during a signing ceremony at the school on Monday. Parents, coaches, school officials, and fellow students were on hand to witness the signing with Tennessee's Head Coach Marty Bradley.
The Volunteer Rugby Scholarship provides a combination of player stipend, full player kit and/or the waiver of the first year team fees for the freshman year. This combination of benefits is unique to each recipient and based on academic performance, rugby experience and character, commitment and devotion to the game as defined by the Tennessee Rugby Maxim: Family-School-Rugby. While many very talented incoming freshmen commit to play for the Volunteers each fall, only a few are also selected for the honor of receiving the Volunteer Rugby Scholarship.
Will, son of Brian and Melissa Shaw attends Father Ryan High School where he has played rugby for 4 years while also wrestling for the Irish. Actually, Will's rugby career began as a 6th grader having grown up in the Williamson County middle school program.
Will is an excellent student earning Dean's List and multiple academic honors while at Father Ryan. Business Administration is his chosen major at Tennessee.
Over the past few years Will has been a stalwart for the Tennessee Tri-Stars in both 7s and 15s having also competed with the South U19 Panthers. At 6' 0" and 220 pounds, Will projects to play flanker for the Vols having spent most of his rugby career as a back row forward.