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
The famous eastern prep schools Andover and Exeter have been football rivals since 1878, the second oldest in the nation. The great youth rugby rivalry is not back east but in Utah where Highland and United meet not only for bragging rights in the state but also often for the national U-19 championship.
In 2010, for the third consecutive year, these fifteens met for the U-19 title in local Rio... Read More
There is still time to register for the Army West Point summer rugby camp for girls 12 to 18 years old.
This marks the first-year of this three-session training experience.
The coaching staff is exceptional; including Bill LeClerc, Head Men’s Coach at Army, Steve Lewis, USA 2014-2015 Coach of the year, and finally, Lara Vivolo, Assistant Women’s Army Coach, and former USA Eagles player. The ratio... Read More
The second round of the U20 tournament in Avchala Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia witnessed reigning champion England's victory over Wales 34-22. The Red Roses led throughout via three short yardage tries, and culminating in a drop goal by Max Malins, the Saracens' fly-half.
New Zealand's Baby Blacks continued their pursuit of the title with a 68-26 rout of Italy.
England 34 - Wales 22... Read More
Under the radar in America, is the U20 Men's Championship taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia, where twelve teams compete for the title. The sides include all of the top ranked national squads with the exception of Japan, and it reflects the status of rugby worldwide.
The USA will play in a second tier U-20 championship, where the winner of that event is promoted, and the lowest place team in 2017's... Read More
The venue was Brophy Field, Hanover, New Hampshire, at Dartmouth College for the 2006 National High School Championship. The finalists were the perennial rugby powerhouses, Jesuit (Sacramento) against Highland (Salt Lake City).
Jesuit prevailed 19-13 winning its third title, defeating the 16-time Utah champion in their long-standing rugby rivalry. The winners were seeded second while Highland was... Read More
World Rugby announced the schedule for the 2017 U-20 Boys event to be held in the country of Georgia for the first time. The event kicks off May 31, 2017 with six games on that day.
The U-20 tournament is the annual championship for younger, up-and-coming players, which premiered in Wales in 2008. Then, it was a sixteen-nation invitational that since has been decreased to twelve squads. Each year... Read More
Rugby is a contact sport and often parents, at the introductory high school level, have resistance to allow their daughters or sons to play. To overcome this opposition, here are sixteen reasons to make a case that rugby is a safe, positive experience.
1. Your size is perfect for at least three positions.
2. Playing rugby in high school increases the chances of playing the sport in... Read More
England won their third U-20 Boys Championship with a resounding 45-21 win over Ireland. A sellout crowd in Manchester’s AJ Bell Stadium witnessed the home team enjoy an easy triumph. England were ahead 21-0 at the half, scoring three tries. They also scored three tries in the second period, outpacing their opponents 24-21.
England’s Harry Mallinder was named Man of the Match.
Ireland’s second... Read More
In May of 1992, perennial high school boy’s powerhouse, Highland of Salt Lake City, won its fifth straight championship in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The Larry Gelwix coached team (17 years under his tutelage) defeated the St. Louis Druids 8-0, to claim its sixth title of the past seven years.
The event consisted of eight finalists, some from individual schools, and others made up of area athletes... Read More