Hammad Babatunde has been an Assassin for the last 3 seasons. He started playing rugby in grade 12 at Glenlawn Collegiate though he had played other sports such as soccer growing up in Nigeria. During his time playing high school rugby his coaches have said he was very coach-able while also being a dominant player at the prop position putting his combination of size and strength to good use.
This past summer Hammad made the U19 Prairie Blizzard and just recently added being named to the U20 national team training squad to the list of his accomplishments in his young rugby career. On top on all the hard work he has put in this off-season with Caleb Stick of the Rakau Rugby Academy, Hammad will be moving to British Columbia this spring to improve his chances of playing for the U20 National team.
The next challenge that Hammad will have to face will come when he arrives at Shawnigan Lake School on May 15th, 2018 for a selection camp, which will include a trial match. After the selection camp the team that will travel to the United States for the qualifiers will be selected.
Hammad has the support of his club and the rugby community across Manitoba. We hope he can make the most of this opportunity.
Congratulations and work hard Hammad!