In 2005, at the beautiful Stanford University rugby complex, Highland RFC from Salt Lake City, Utah, defeated Elsie Allen from Santa Rosa, California, 48-13. Highland won their 16th National High School Championship in the 21-years of the season end tournament.
Highland was coached by Larry Gelwix. The side is comprised of players from four different high schools in the Salt Lake region. Elsie... Read More
Rye Rugby, Westchester, New York, won its second D2 high school championship 24-22 in a tight contest against Keio/FASNY (A combination of Japanese students at Kelo Academy playing with students from the French American School.). The match was played in Binghamton, New York.
Rye, whose program began in 2015, also won the state title in 2016. This was their third final appearance in three-years... Read More
The eleventh U20 tournament begins today in southwest France with six-matches being contested in three venues. Twelve nations will compete as New Zealand defend their 2017 title in this annual event that showcases the players of tomorrow. The junior All Blacks soundly defeated England 64-17 in the final held in Georgia last year.
Returning to the U20 contest are Japan, which won the U20 Trophy... Read More
For years, girls rugby high school excellence has been associated with Wisconsin’s Divine Savior Holy Angels (DSHA), who won the USA U-19 girls’ title or placed third in all the past fourteen National Championships (i.e.; sevens wins, seven bronze medals).
Their first tournament was in 2004 when the DHSA Dashers from Milwaukee defeated cross state rival Kettle Moraine from Waukesha.
DSHA won 24-... Read More
(Rugby Today interviewed West Point's Assisstant Women's Rugby Coach, Lara Vivolo, former Eagle, about the Girls Summer Camp.)
Rugby Today: This is the West Point Girls Rugby Camp’s second year: What do you offer?
Coach Lara Vivolo: Our camp will give young female athletes time and training to develop and improve abilities in fundamental skills and tactics of rugby in a healthy and positive... Read More
Encouraged by the popularity of rugby at the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com) has decided to make the 3rd edition of the African Youth Games a major objective for the 2018 season.
The president of Rugby Africa, Mr. Abdelaziz Bougja announced: "Inclusion in the Olympics represents a great opportunity for the development of rugby. Today, there are one... Read More
World Rugby announced the dates for 2018's U20 Championship tournament, which France will host. The annual event will take place from May 30th to June 17 with twelve nations competing. Three venues are indicated: Stade Aimé Giral in Perpignan (15,000), Stade de la Méditerranée in Béziers (18,555), and Stade d’Honneur du Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié (12,000) in Narbonne.
This will mark the... Read More
The first US Girls High School Championship, held in Milwaukee in 2000, saw a surprise winner in Ft. Collins Youth from Colorado, playing rugby for the first season. The girls had told Head Coach Greg Chavatal that they sought a contact sport where tackling was legal.
The tournament divided six teams into two Pools. (NB – No clubs came that year from Southern California RFU or the Northeast RFU... Read More
The popularity of high school rugby has always been evidenced in the area north of San Francisco, up to Sacramento. For many years, the region offered the Sacramento Valley High School Rugby Conference annual Kick Off Tournament. In 2006, 32-teams, coming from 17 schools, contested titles in four divisions in the 22nd edition of the event. The matches were played at Granite Park on February 4.
To... Read More
The headline atop the NY Times article blared, “CONTACT SPORTS CAUSE OVER 600,000 INJURIES A YEAR.” The statistic came from a combined universities’ paper on college and high school contact sports, but, mainly, gridiron football. In addition, the research indicated the rising cost of insurance for contact sports, especially, in private schools that charge tuition.
The concussion controversy has... Read More