Amy (left) and Emily Tuttosi have signed letters of intent. (SUBMITTED)
The Tuttosi twins are going their separate ways for the first time on the rugby pitch.
The 17-year-old Souris Sabres standouts have both signed their letters of intent to play CIS women’s rugby this fall, with Emily Tuttosi committing to the University of Calgary Dinos and Amy joining the Acadia Axewomen.
"It will be a big change, but I think even though we are not on the same team, we will still be supporting each other from across the country," Emily said yesterday from Souris. "I know we both wanted to get out and try something new ... and it just worked out that I went to Calgary and she ended up going to Acadia ... so I am really looking forward to it."
Amy is also anxious to begin her university career, although admits it will be different not having her sister with her for the first time.
"It will be interesting, but I think it will be good to see how we do without each other for once." Amy said. "We will still be supporting each other, even though we are so far away, but it will be good to have new teammates that you have never had before. I’m going out there not knowing a single person, so it will help me kind of find who I am, kind of thing."
The Tuttosi twins have played together for 10 years since starting mini-rugby and have excelled at the high school ranks with Souris and have cracked the provincial team for the past three years at the under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels. The Tuttosi sisters — Emily is an open side flank and Amy plays the tight head prop position — helped lead Souris to two Westman High School Rugby League titles in the past three years and to first and second-place finishes at provincial championships.
Brandon’s Brian Yon, a longtime Souris high school coach and Westman youth rugby coach, has worked with the Tuttosis for the past 10 years and believes they have the potential to play for the national team one day. He also thinks it will be good for them to go out on their own for the first time.
"We were kind of joking about that the other day, but I think it’s time," Yon said. "The girls have done everything together and I think it’s time for them to go on and pursue their own goals. As close as they are, obviously they are going to opposite ends of the country. With Amy out at Acadia, she is going to get a good taste of that the AUS conference is all about. And then of course with Emily going to Calgary, she’ll be in Canada West and they will get different types of rugby and different coaching styles and I think it will be good for both of them."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 26, 2013