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What They Were Thinking

Celebrating after a rugby game

Shane Ceurvals, a senior at North Quincy High School, leads a cheer after a rugby scrimmage against Quincy High at Cavanaugh Field, North Quincy, March 28, 2013.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Shane Ceurvals, a senior at North Quincy High School, leads a cheer after a rugby scrimmage against Quincy High at Cavanaugh Field, North Quincy, March 28, 2013.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Shane Ceurvals, a senior at North Quincy High School, leads a cheer after a rugby scrimmage against Quincy High at Cavanaugh Field, North Quincy, March 28, 2013.

Ceurvals: “Any time you see a picture of someone covered in dirt and blood, it’s like perfect rugby right there. The field is absolute dirt, with some patches of grass. You get covered in dirt and you get cut up. It just kind of happens. Everyone sees those pictures and it’s like, ‘Oh wow, the kid got the crap beat out of him,’ but you’re still standing. I love it. It’s fun to play. It’s kind of like a family. I love all these guys. That’s an old tradition you see at the end of every rugby game. Just a tradition we like to keep up. International teams do it, too. It’s an old-fashioned cheer. Three cheers for Quincy — hip, hip, hooray — three cheers for the coaches — hip, hip, hooray — and then we do three cheers for us — hip, hip, hooray.”

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