Spotlight Player of The Week- Karen Dillon

Junior and fitness major, Karen Dillon, has been a major part of Auburn rugby since she joined the team. The fly-half currently has two and a half years of experience under her belt and aspires one day to become a physical therapy assistant and help rugby players on the sidelines.

Dillon found rugby after she missed being in a team atmosphere upon entering college. She explained, “I first started playing rugby because I missed the team aspect in my life since I had played soccer for 13 years it was kind of a staple thing in my life and I needed that back once I got to college.”

After being apart of a team again, Dillon became hooked on rugby. Her favorite moment came in a game against the University of West Florida where she dominated the competition. “One that I’m proud of is, I went 11/12 for conversions and scored 3 tries that game.” Along with her favorite moment, playing with the War Eagles means everything to this rugger. She continued, “Playing rugby for Auburn means the world to me. My family has been huge auburn fans since before I was born (I’m a third generation auburn student) and the fact that I get to wear the symbol that has such a great history in my family makes me extremely happy.”

Dillon attempts to make a tackle on the ball carrier. Photo courtesy of Auburn University Recreation Department.
Dillon attempts to make a tackle on the ball carrier. Photo courtesy of Auburn University Recreation Department.

Dillon offers advice to anyone looking to try rugby. ” If I had to give some kind of advice, it would be to just give it a try, rugby is one of the sports where it doesn’t matter what body type you have there will always be a spot for you. Just be prepared to have your teammates become your best friends,” said Dillon.

We want to wish the best of luck to Karen Dillon and her teammates this fall season!

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