CPC Featured Player: Jazmyne Spear
Full Name: Jazmyne Spear
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Position(s) played: Flanker, 8 man, Center, Wing
All Blues since: Sept 2018
When and how did you first start playing rugby? What got you into it?
Jaz: I started rugby in 11th grade because I did cheer all my life and wanted to prove that cheerleading is a sport and that I’m an athlete.
Do you have a philosophy/mindset when you practice and play rugby?
Jaz: My grandma was my #1 rugby supporter so I just think about making her proud every time I touch the pitch.
How did you first find out about the All Blues?
Jaz: I searched WPL teams and found that the All Blues practiced not too far from my company’s California site.
How long have you played for us?
Jaz: Two months
What is one of your best memories thus far as an All Blue? What do you like most about being on this team?
Jaz: My first away game in Denver because it was surreal watching WPL players in action in a huge stadium. I couldn’t believe I was a part of such a high level team. My favorite thing about this team is how helpful everyone is at practice and the mix of backgrounds. I have current and former Eagles helping me improve my skills… I couldn’t ask for anything else!
Is there a particular player and/or coach that has influenced your development as a player?
Jaz: Evan Hoese. She’s the first person I met on the team and the person I kept in contact with during my move to California. Aside from just being helpful, she inspires me to dominate on the field because when she steps on the pitch everyone knows it.
What is the best advice you have ever received about playing rugby?
Jaz: Trust your skill!
What skills are you working on/would like to work on right now?
Jaz: Quick defensive set up, Line speed, Ball Handling
How do you balance life, work, and playing rugby?
Jaz: I’m a full time senior surgical technician in research, part time veterinary assistant and I’m finishing an online MBA in healthcare administration. I balance it by talking to my cat, Bucket. He tells me to take a break and destress by playing with him and I do it and it works!
Who’s your favorite rugby player/team to watch? Why?
Jaz: Naya Tapper. She’s unstoppable and such a strong player every game.
What is your favorite non-rugby activity?
Jaz: CrossFit and knitting
If you were an ice cream flavor, which one would you be?
Jaz: Rocky Road
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
Jaz: I’m just happy to be an All Blue!