Joe Buenavista never had any intention of playing rugby, but when he sustained a football injury in his second year at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983, it wasn’t too long before he made a name for himself in the sport.

Thirty-seven years after his first rugby game, the 1981 Terra Nova graduate is being honored by the U.S. Navy by being named to the Navy Rugby Alumni Association Hall of Fame Class 2022. The induction ceremony will be held Oct. 2 in Annapolis, Md., at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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