Jesuit of Sacramento looks once again like one of the top high school teams
coming out of the Pacific Coast after a 36-10 defeat of the previously
unbeaten Cougars Rugby Club Friday afternoon.
Jesuit was led by flyhalf James Poindexter, who was outstanding on defense
and showcased some excellent kicking skills to relieve pressure from the
Cougars. Inside center Patrick Berrentes... Read More
The Highland HS U19
team got some measure of revenge Saturday for their 2010 national final
loss to United, defeating their in-state rivals 34-15 in a Utahy league
The game was played as the curtain-raiser to the Utah v. Arizona game at
the University of Utah's new rugby stadium.
United brought a physically imposing squad to the fray, boasting size in
both the forwards... Read More
St. Thomas Aquinas (KS) traveled to Texas this weekend for a pair of
high-profile matches. The Saints, ranked #16 nationally, defeated
13th-ranked Dallas Jesuit 36-7 Saturday and unranked Plano 42-10 Sunday. In
Aquinas’ five years of having a rugby program, the Saints have never
reached nationals, usually falling to a Texas team at the West
Championships, so defeating two of the Lone... Read More
repeated as Southern California High School Champions on Super Sunday,
shutting out Cathedral 34-0 in the final. Leading Fallbrook were captains
Gabriel Edwards at No. 8 and Jarred Moore at inside center, but the win was
a true team effort.
“We finally played to our strengths. We crashed the ball when we needed to
and we spun it out when we needed it,” said Fallbrook head... Read More
And then there
were two. The SoCal high school semifinals took place Saturday, with
Fallbrook and Cathedral surviving to make Super Sunday’s championship bout.
Both won decisively.
In the day’s first game, defending champs Fallbrook outmatched Trabuco
Hills to the tune of 31-12.
“We started off pretty messy with a bunch of errors in the beginning, still
managing to score some... Read More
Players from all over Hawaii and coaches from all over the world convened
December 9-11 for a three-day coaches and players camp in the nation’s 50th
Despite heavy rain that made for a muddy experience, coaches and players
alike took home a great deal from the camp and clinic. Some of the kids had
never seen a rugby ball before, and all learned from some of the best.
The idea was to help... Read More
The USA Rugby Youth/HS Committee is considering several plans to change
some of the eligibility rules and nomenclature within the High School
Specifically, the Committee is looking at changing the name of U19 rugby to
High School Club, thus marrying the two versions of the high school game. The
idea behind it is to make it easier for school-sanctioned teams to play U19
teams; the string... Read More
Haloti Ngata, an incredibly gifted athlete who led Highland HS of Salt
Lake City, Utah to multiple National High School Rugby Championships, was
recently named the Most Valuable Defensive Player on Sports Illustrated’s
Mid-Season, NFL All-Pro Team.
A defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, the SI article states: “At
6’4”and 350 pounds, the fifth year veteran is an amazingly strong pass
rusher... Read More
The emergence of rugby 7s as an Olympic sport has raised the interest in the
sport among U19 players.
This summer has seen an increase in the number of U19 teams playing in 7s
tournaments, and even playing in tournaments of their own. At the Tacoma 7s,
host of the Pacific Coast 7s senior club Championships this weekend, fans
also saw the final of the Washington State Games rugby tournament, with... Read More