Highland High School is the #1 seed out of the Pacific Coast
in the USA Rugby National U19 Championships, but there is still another
seed to be decided.
United, which took the #2 seed the last three years, and beat Highland in
the final, headlines the playoff this weekend at Murray City Park in Salt
Lake City. They will take on Washington champions Liberty, while Red
Mountain out... Read More
It took seven years for the Naples Bears to finally break through, but that
they did this year.
Second in the South twice, and third in the South twice, the high school
club team has now parlayed its fifth straight state title into a USA Rugby
South championship as well.
“It’s taken a while,” said Head Coach Steve Young, whose team... Read More
The Iowa High School Rugby Association held its 2nd annual 7s
championship this past week with plenty of drama. Urbandale defeated
Dowling in the Class 4A final 35-28 in sudden death - tournament MVP
DeAndre Moore scoring the winner. Meanwhile Iowa Falls-Alden won the Class
1A title 49-28 over Hoover.
The IHSRA is unique in that it started its competition playing 7s. Single... Read More
The USA U20 team preparing to travel to Georgia for the Junior World Trophy
is an intriguing mixture of players.
They come from all walks of rugby life.
There are senior club players like Oliva Auimatagi, who was at San Diego
State but had to drop out for a year. SD State Head Coach Craig Hartley,
who is an OMBAC man, hooked Auimatagi up with the local club. What he’s
lost in... Read More
The Pacific Coast High School playoffs start up Friday as Jesuit plays
Capital High School from Idaho, and Dixon takes on Snow Canyon.
This is Capital’s second win in Idaho and their first foray into the
Pacific Coast playoffs.
Jesuit is coming off an outstanding regular season that saw them win the
Sacramento varsity league and defeat Dixon... Read More
business lies ahead for the USA U20s as they prepare for the Junior World
Trophy in Georgia beginning May 24.
The Junior All Americans, face Samoa, Russia and Uruguay in the hopes of
eventually qualifying for the Junior World Championship in 2012, which
features the top 12 U20 teams in the world.
The usual challenges face the Americans, beginning with the fact that it’s... Read More
High School and U19 Championships were hosted in Texas, and four of the
eight participants were Texas teams, but the hardware was swept by a pair
of Kansas City teams, with St. Thomas Aquinas and the Kansas City Junior
Blues winning the high school and U19 championships, respectively, in
The Saints and Jr. Blues are local rivals. They played three times this... Read More
Cathedral Irish waded impressively through the Midwest U19 field this past
weekend, winning two 45-minute games on Saturday 59-0 and 53-0, before
pushing aside surprise finalists Grand Rapids 31-3 to take the Midwest U19
“We just got out in front of teams early and kept going,” said Cathedral
coach Scott Peterson. “It was a bit of a surprise for us to see Grand
Rapids... Read More
(Aquinas and the Jr. Blues scrumming earlier in the season.)
Kansas City teams swept the West High School and U19 championships Saturday
and Sunday in Austin, with the Kansas City Junior Blues and St. Thomas
Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.) winning the West's U19 and high school bids
to Nationals, respectively.
Aquinas' appearance at Nationals will be the program's first. The Jr... Read More
San Francisco Golden Gate U19s and Jesuit both won Friday evening to set up
a Northern California U19/HS final Saturday in Morgan Hill, Calif.
Jesuit edged San Mateo 20-12 in a tough game, while SFGG won 38-15 over
“We defended really well,” said SFGG Coach Tony Wells. “They had the ball
for the first 15 minutes … really couldn’t do... Read More