Posted: Sep 12, 2013 4:14 PM by Derek Buerkle - MTN News
MISSOULA - Drummond native Matt Clark tried out a new sport over a decade ago and this past weekend, Matt and his little brother Casey played for the U.S. National Team.
The Clark's found their calling on the rugby pitch, and now they could make the first United States squad heading to the Rugby League World Cup next month.
Matt and Casey helped the US take down Canada 28-20 in the Colonial Cup on Saturday in Toronto, after leading the Philadelphia Fight to a win over Jacksonville in the USA Rugby League Championship in August.
This was the fourth match playing for his country for the 36-year-old Matt. Meanwhile Casey, 23, just enjoyed the experienced for a first time.
"It's great. Standing out in the stadium with the National Anthem going off. I kind of had a little bit of wet eyes after the National Anthem, you know. It was rough. I'm still pretty beat up from it. I've got a couple of bumps and bruises that are still pretty sore. Being able to just play and compete at that level was really satisfying," Casey said.
"I mean it was awesome. I love being on the same team as Casey. If I have the chance to play on the same team as him, I'd pretty much give up anything for it. And a lot of people say him and I mesh really well together. With us you get the best of both worlds," Matt added.
Matt says he's more of a impact player, and called Casey the Energizer Bunny, that never slows down. The two will find out in the next couple of weeks if they make the U.S. squad, and get to travel to England and Wales for the World Cup in October.