Rugby-mad Coast Guard officer wants to see more military kids playing popular sport

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Keith Wilkins has played for some top U.S. rugby clubs before joining the Tokyo Crusaders last year after moving to Yokota Air Base, Japan. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES
Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Keith Wilkins has played for some top U.S. rugby clubs before joining the Tokyo Crusaders last year after moving to Yokota Air Base, Japan. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Rugby-mad Coast Guard officer wants to see more military kids playing popular sport

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A rugby-playing Coast Guard officer hopes to spark military kids’ interest ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a clinic at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.

“We’re going to work on fitness, fundamentals and fun,” Lt. Cmdr. Keith Wilkins, 37, of Hicksville, N.Y., said of the spring break clinic, which will run April 8-12 for ages 5 to 18.

Wilkins, who wrestled and played baseball at school, got hooked on rugby at the Coast Guard Academy. He played for some top U.S. clubs, including New York Athletic Club, Boston RFC and Golden Gate in San Francisco before joining the Tokyo Crusaders last year after moving to Yokota.

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