Rock had to wait a while before getting its Wish

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Rugby/RCSL FINAL Speedy centre fully recovered from knee injury

An injury that would have given most veteran athletes pause for thought only made Tyler Wish more determined to return to the rugby wars.

The Victoria, B.C., native who will be counted on for his offensive punch in Saturday's Rugby Canada Super League (RCSL) final in St. John's, is fully recovered from reconstructive knee surgery that put him on the sidelines for the past two years.

Tyler Wish

An injury that would have given most veteran athletes pause for thought only made Tyler Wish more determined to return to the rugby wars.

The Victoria, B.C., native who will be counted on for his offensive punch in Saturday's Rugby Canada Super League (RCSL) final in St. John's, is fully recovered from reconstructive knee surgery that put him on the sidelines for the past two years.

The speedy Rock centre picked up the knee injury about eight weeks after recovering from a broken hand.

"We were playing a Rock game in Montreal on an old artificial turf and I caught by left foot on sort of a depression in he field and tore my ACL," he said.

At that point, no one would have blamed him from walking away from the game.

Wish admitted retirement had crossed his mind briefly, but added the thought dissipated just as quickly.

Those back-to-back injuries might be enough to turn most people off the game, but Wish shrugged it off and took the complete opposite view.

"I was so driven to get back at it, recovering from the injury just motivated me to get back on the field," he said.

Now 28, Wish says his motivation for playing has changed over the years.

"I've been lucky enough to represent Canada on a number of different occasions, but right now, it's more of a motivation to play for the Rock and win championships with these guys," said Webb, who is doing medical research at Memorial University.

Wish was encouraged to come to Newfoundland by Rock head coach Pat Parfrey and Mike Webb, a sometime Rock player who is also from British Columbia.

"I've really enjoyed playing with this group of players under Pat and Simon (Blanks)," he said. "It's been a special experience for me. I've been here for a few years now. It's a tight-knit squad and we've had a lot of success. With Canada, you get together for a short period of time with players you don't know very well, play in a competition and move on. So it's different."

Wish smiles when asked if he owes Newfoundland a try considering he scored against The Rock in the 2004 final while playing for the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide in St. John's.

Although The Rock hasn't played Calgary this season, Wish is familiar with several of the Mavericks' players and feels this year's Western Conference representatives are a "complete team from one to 15. From what I can tell, it's going to be a real challenge for for us because there are no weakness on their team."

Wish feels this year's Rock team is primed to win it's third RCSL championship after stumbling last season.

"For the most part," he said, "this is an experienced, mature team.

"It doesn't matter what happened last year (a loss to in the East final to Niagara Thunder).

"There's enough experience and confidence on this squad to put that behind us and focus on what's ahead."

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Rugby Canada Super League

Geographic location: St. John's, Victoria, Canada Newfoundland Montreal British Columbia Calgary

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    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

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