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Rank Team
1 Cathedral (Ind.)
2 United (Utah)
3 Colorado Springs (Colo.)
4 Chuckanut (Wash.)
5 Marin Highlanders (Calif.)
6 Kansas City Jr. Blues (Mo.)
7 Belmont Shore (Calif.)
8 Lamorinda (Calif.)
9 Charlotte Tigers (NC)
10 Downingtown (Pa.)
11 Islanders (Calif.)
12 Eastside (Ore.)
13 West Shore United (Pa.)
14 Red Mountain (Ariz.)
15 Liberty (Wash.)
16 Naples (Fla.)
17 Granite Bay (Calif.)
18 SFGG (Calif.)
19 Kona Bulls (Hawaii)
20 Westerville (Ohio)
21 Union County (NJ)
22 Barbarians (Ore.)
23 Doylestown (Pa.)
24 The Woodlands (Tex.)
25 White Station (Tenn.)
2013 Preseason u/19 Boys  Single HS Top 25
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Crnt Team
1 Sacramento Jesuit (Calif.)
2 Xavier (NY)
3 Herriman (Utah)
4 Greenwich (Conn.)
5 Dixon (Calif.)
6 Penn (Ind.)
7 Gonzaga (DC)
8 Charlotte Catholic (NC)
9 St. Thomas (Texas)
10 Snow Canyon (Utah)
11 Chapin (SC)
12 St. Edward's (Ohio)
13 St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.)
14 Notre Dame de La Salette (Ill.)
15 McQuaid (NY)
16 Jupiter HS (Fla.)
17 Wilson HS (Calif.)
18 East HS (Colo.)
19 New Orleans Jesuit (La.)
20 Capital HS, (Idaho)
21 Reynold Raiders (Ore.)
22 Edina (Minn.)
23 Greenville Red Raiders (SC)
24 Cathedral (Calif.)
25 Perry Street Pride (DC)

November 8, 2012

Dear Rugby Enthusiasts,

Thank you to all those who attended the first annual NCYRF Rugby Ball. It was such a wonderful evening of good company, food, drink at such a nice venue, The Van Landingham Estate. And the new fund NCYRF, founded this year to support the NCYRU in its efforts to support and grow youth rugby in North Carolina, even made some money through the event's ticket sales as well as from some direct donations.

All in all it was a very successful evening. Thank you to those of you who participated, And for those of you who could not make it, we plan to have a 2nd annual Rugby Ball next October. We will keep all of you posted so that you can mark your calendars.

And finally, as soon as we have developed a protocol for teams who need financial support and would like to have access to the NCYRF funds, we will also let you know.

Thank you again everyone,

Meredith Stroud, NCYRF board member


Written by RUGBYMag Staff - Thursday, 20 September 2012 16:01   

BOULDER, CO-- USA Rugby MNT Head Coach Mike Tolkin has announced his squad for the 2012 Americas Rugby Championship to be held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on October 12th through 20th. The USA Selects will consist of 25 (mostly) domestic-based players competing against teams representing Canada, Argentina and Uruguay.

Joe Cowley for Life. Pat Clifton photo.

Joe Cowley for Life. Pat Clifton photo.

“We picked the squad based on guys who were new to the Eagle squad or did not previously get as much playing time," explained Tolkin. "The majority of these players showed well at the All-American camp, in club rugby and at other camps.”

Tolkin is positive going into their first match against Argentina on October 12th. “It is always tough to play the Jaguars as they have a lot of guys coming out of the academy and training together. We will have our hands full for a challenging first game but our guys coming out of camp will be up for it.”

Following the match against the Jaguars the USA squad will face Canada on October 16th and Uruguay on October 20th.

Each game will be held at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC and live streaming will be available on

“The ARC is a big opportunity for us. We rely on this to view our new prospects and to get some players who will play for the Eagles some actual game time in an international match” added Tolkin.

The USA Rugby ARC Team includes:


Nicholas Wallace (St Mary's College)

Zachary Fenoglio (Glendale)

Derek Asbun (Rosslyn Park FC)

Stanton Moaalii (Glendale RFC)

Anthony Purpura (Boston)

Timothy Paulsen (Chicago Griffins)

Thomas Katzfey (Life University)

Nicholas Civetta (NYAC)

Graham Harriman (Chicago Griffins)

John Quill (Boston)

Kristopher Headlee (Life University)

Taylor Mokate (USA Rugby Sevens)

Eric Duechle (Belmont)

Cameron Dolan (Life University)


Shaun Davies (BYU)

Benny Mateialona (Life University)

Volney Rouse (San Francisco Golden Gate)

Zachary Pangelinan (OMBAC)

Casey Clark (At Large)

Jack Tracy (Belmont Shore)

Zachary Mizell (Arkansas State University)

Joseph Cowley (Life University)

Dean Gericke (Arkansas State University)

Miles Craigwell (OPSB)

Christopher Chapman (NYAC)

Rugby could be the sport of the future

· October 2, 2012, 11:32 pm (from The Daily Pennsylvanian)

PMS isn’t a curse. It’s an advantage.

Or so read one of three slogans junior Becky Williams featured on flyers all around Penn’s campus inviting new members to the women’s rugby team. It’s fitting that a sport which flies under the radar so often be promoted so edgily.

It’s even more fitting that rugby is finally gaining visibility both within the Ivy League and around the world.

Harvard announced in August that it is adding women’s rugby as a varsity sport, becoming the first Ivy school to do so. There are currently only five varsity women’s rugby programs nationally, and they’ll be joined by the Crimson beginning in the fall of 2013.

What rugby has going for it is its moderate physicality. Americans love combat sports, and rugby certainly qualifies as one. In this concussion era for major professional sports, rugby can and should be branded as a safer alternative to football.

“I think some people go into it thinking it’s a full contact sport,” Penn women’s rugby captain Marissa Decesaris said. “There is tackling involved, but we really make sure everyone’s safe. There are risks involved in any sport, but it’s so much fun.”

“Any type of athlete can play rugby,” Williams said in support of her facetious flyer.

Unlike in football, players cannot use their head as an offensive or defensive weapon. In rugby, there is more of an emphasis on getting behind a player’s body and taking them to the ground in a safer manner. It’s common for only a few football stars to make all the exciting plays while others only block. On the other hand, every rugby player gets an opportunity to make a tackle or carry the ball and score.

As the phenomenon of head injuries and cognitive problems among football players grows, parents have a safer, more inclusive sport to offer their children in rugby, which has already got more momentum behind it than a helmet-to-helmet collision.

Rugby was the fastest-growing team sport in the country between 2007 and 2009 (the latest year for which data is available), eclipsing rivals such as lacrosse and hockey, according to a study by America’s Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. The sport’s profile will be boosted by inclusion in the 2016 Olympics and NBC’s acquisition of rights to this year’s rugby World Cup and the next one in 2015.

Having an Olympic stage for the first time since 1924 and being shown on a United States network channel for the first time ever means millions of people will be introduced to the sport in the next few years.

With this kind of visibility, no one should be shocked if rugby works its way significantly from the fringe toward the mainstream in the next few years and gains varsity status throughout the NCAA along the way.

Certainly Harvard’s move toward rugby makes sense given the sport’s emergence, but it also coheres with the 2009 formation of the Ivy Rugby Conference, which constitutes a conference of USA Rugby.

This season marks the first year in the conference for both Penn and Cornell, rounding out the Ancient Eight.

But the Penn women’s rugby team is still a fledgling enterprise, having gone without a home field until last year and having competed against Division III teams until joining Ivy Rugby. Since coach Emily Record is not affiliated with Penn, Williams handles most of the administrative work for the team as match secretary.

The team gets much of its funding from the Department of Recreation and little else.

But in the possibility of becoming a varsity program, it’s possible that many players may be turned off by the rule restraints that come with NCAA varsity recognition.

“The downside [to women’s rugby becoming a varsity sport] would be that, right now, we govern ourselves, so if it became a varsity sport, a lot of that would be out of our hands,” Williams said.

Penn Director of Athletics Steve Bilsky shared a similar sentiment, noting the strictness of compliance and eligibility in varsity sports.

“If you don’t want to come to practice one day, it’s not the end of the world if you’re a club program. But if you decide you don’t want to come to practice as a varsity athlete, you’re probably jeopardizing your status at some point,” Bilsky said.

“Philadelphia’s becoming a little bit of a mecca for [rugby] too, and I could see down the road, rugby taking off in this country, I really can,” he added. “I think it fits, but the problem is when you become an intercollegiate sport, you need to have teams to compete against too, and that’s always a challenge.”

In other words, rugby may be the future, but it’s not the present.

In the meantime, though, kudos to Harvard for putting its hat in the rugby ring. As for the rest of the Ivy League? Just you wait — there are many scrums to come.

MIKE TONY is a junior English and history major from Uniontown, Pa., and is an associate sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at [email protected].

  Raleigh Rugby Football Club Coach Certification Workshop

UPDATE on USA Rugby Level I Coach Certification held in Raleigh, NC on August 25th and 26th:

Congratulations are in order for a total of (16) new certified USA Rugby coaches from rugby clubs across North Carolina, South Carolina and  Virginia.

These gentlemen studied and performed various coach workshop activities for two full days this past weekend at the Eastern Wake Fire and Rescue Squad and the Raleigh Rugby pitch facilities in what was a very successful USA Rugby coach certification clinic.

Represented were coaches from Sherman University, Western Carolina University, Virginia Tech, Raleigh Youth Rugby, Fayetteville Youth Rugby, Camp Lejeune and the Chapel Hill Highlanders just to name a few.

Sean Reese and Brad Chapman from the new Fayetteville youth club(s) received their Level 200 certifications and very proud that they took the time and effort to champion this course. Look for good things from the Fayetteville area and please support these folks.

Special kudos and appreciation to the Chapel Hill Highlanders for sending a total of (7) enthusiastic coach participants to the clinic. That was almost half of the class!

Congratulations again to what was truly a great clinic. A lot of very useful information was shared amongst the coaches on all accounts.

Stay tuned for information on future coach clinics in the Raleigh area. We may opt for a Level II- Developing Rugby Skills course in October 2012.

Tommy Myatt 

NCYRU Junior Rugby Representative



Tigers rugby club finds early success

Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2012
Ben Weinrib - South Charlotte News

The Charlotte Tigers Rugby Club is just two years old and already a two-time state champion. Players say the camaraderie of the team is important to its success.

Rugby has been growing in popularity and will be arriving in the Olympics in 2016.

There are several rugby clubs in Charlotte.

Just two years old, the Charlotte Tigers Rugby Club is a two-time North Carolina state champion and they placed second at the USA U19 7s championship in June. The Tigers also won the U19 division at the Cape Fear Rugby 7s Tournament in Wilmington in July.

A few high schools in Charlotte have rugby club teams. That’s why South Mecklenburg junior Parker Stroud and his mom, Meredith, created this team two years ago.

The team found two coaches with high-level rugby experience from playing in South Africa: Riann Van Schalkwyk and Graeme Bosch.

One of the main goals for the Tigers is to keep costs to a minimum so that rugby can be accessible to anyone who wants to join.

Unlike equipment-heavy sports like lacrosse, baseball, and football, one of the charms of rugby is that it’s a simple game to pick up.

“It’s cheaper here,” said Parker Stroud. “You just need cleats, a mouth guard, and a ball.”

But because there is a lack of padding with such a physical sport, some are hesitant to fully embrace rugby.

“Unfortunately, I think rugby has a stigma attached to it,” said Meredith Stroud, the team’s secretary. “People think it’s just a free-for-all out on the field, and it frightens parents.”

There are fewer injuries in rugby than there are in football, according to Meredith and Van Schalkwyk, thanks to rules regulating the ways you can tackle.

The Tigers draw from several schools including South Mecklenburg, Marvin Ridge, Butler, Ardrey Kell, and Providence High. The Tigers’ players do a range of other sports, from football to soccer to martial arts.

Even though just a handful of players had even picked up a rugby ball before, the team was quick to catch on to the intricacies of the sport. Van Schalkwyk noted that he struggles to get his players to return to football after rugby.

One reason for that, he thinks, is because in football, the quarterback is the only player that gets to make decisions as to where the ball goes. But in rugby, every player gets to touch the ball.

“It’s just a lot more fun (that football)… the game doesn’t stop every two seconds,” said Tigers vice captain Anthony Santelle. “It’s a lot more friendly; not everybody’s trying to kill each other.”

Santelle touched on something the entire team seemed to value – camaraderie. There’s a sense of family in the team, something that has drawn the players together.

Parker Stroud said that rugby isn’t about “who can get the star player.

“If we have one less person on the field, we’re in trouble,” he said. “We need every single person.”

Parker, Anthony and many more players will be graduating in two years, and the core of this Tigers team will be gone. Sustainability is essential to this club and Van Schalkwyk stressed that he wanted to build a foundation for the next three to five years.

With that in mind, the club partnered with Charlotte Junior Rugby Association to recruit middle school players to future Tigers teams.

The Charlotte Tigers Rugby Club has only been around for two years and when the sport gets more exposure, the club hopes it isn’t too long before the sport gets more attention in Charlotte.

Tigers 2nd in National HS 7s Tournament in Philadelphia

Well done to the Charlotte Tigers for a great showing in Philadelphia, reaching the finals of the USA U19 7s championship, where they narrowly lost to Pride from DC.


First Round: Tigers(NC) 12- 5 Downington(PA)
Second Round :Tigers (NC) 19-7 NYRC(NY)
Quarter Final: Tigers(NC) 26-12 St Joseph(PA)
Semi Final: Tigers(NC) 19-14 New Jersey Blaze(NJ)
Final: Tigers 5-19 Pride(DC)


Pride Perfect in Philadelphia, PPL Park - Written by Pat Clifton -    Sunday, 03 June 2012 14:54  

Pride of Washington, DC won the High School Rugby Challenge final 19-5 over South Mecklenburg (N.C.) in front of thousands of fans at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., capping off a six-game, three-day unbeaten streak.  

Pride started the final receiving the restart, and save a few seconds following a knock-on, they maintained possession for the much of the game’s first quarter.

Showing they’re more than just a few breakaway runners, Pride methodically switched fields while moving toward South Meck’s try line. Helped by a couple of penalties, Pride scored in the 4th minute to take a 7-0 lead.

South Meck rebutted with the same kind of possession, and Pride reciprocated with some penalties, too, leading to a Tigers try. The conversion was missed, leaving South Meck down two, which is how the half would end.

Pride extended their lead at the outset of the second half, when sophomore flyhalf Jihad Khabir broke for a long-range centered score. The conversion put the DC school up by two scores at 14-5.

South Meck didn’t have the horses to keep up with Pride, and Khabir delivered the death knell with another scoring scamper.

Pride has had a very successful season, narrowly losing to much ballyhooed Gonzaga in the regular season and now winning the country’s premier high school 7s tournament. After graduating 14 of 15 starters last spring, it’s taken some great play from youngsters like Khabir to make it happen.

The little brother of former Pride standout Sami Khabir, Jihad started playing for Pride as an 8th grader and is the starting quarterback for Pride’s football team.

“He’s always been, even as a sophomore, incredibly confident, poised,” said Pride coach Tal Bayer. “A lot of times you get panicked, and then you realize he just sees everything. I’m always amazed with him.”

Pride has played 7s for years. They take pride in the game, and they know their typical skill set (they adorned warm-up shirts all weekend with “speed kills” embroidered on them) lends itself to 7s success. Last summer, Pride beat South Meck in the final of the famed Cape Fear 7s.  

“A lot of those guys played on a team we met in the finals of Cape Fear last year. It was huge, because a lot of these guys remember that match from the sidelines last year,” said Bayer.

“We’ve been very focused on 7s for the last 12 years. Essentially, we realized we were always going to struggle with size and getting kids up to speed, so we’ve always done summer 7s, always done summer camps to decrease the learning curve.

“Our kids love 7s. They love the open style of it. It’s more akin to like three-on-three basketball. They get to show their moves and their style and I think they really enjoy that.”


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Charlotte Catholic placed 5th in National Invitational

5th isn't 1st but it's Still Important - Written by Alex Goff  -    Saturday, 19 May 2012 06:22  

              Sam Cowley from Catholic breaking a tackle  Jeff Reiter photo

There is nothing wrong with 5th place.

In fact, at the national high school tournaments, a 5th-place team can often make a solid argument that they deserve to be ranked higher, especially if their only loss is to the eventual champions.

In eight-team, multi-bracket playoffs, only one team finishes 3-0 (the champions, of course), but three teams come out of the gauntlet 2-1, the team that finishes 2nd, the team that finishes 3rd, and the team that finishes 5th.

Fifth matters.

Charlotte Catholic is playing for 5th in the single-school after edging a hard-bitten Brownsburg team 11-10 Friday. Like all the teams playing for 5th, Catholic lost their opening match – in this case a 10-3 heartbreaker to Penn, who are now in the final.

“The first thing we talked about after the first game, and we knew we had a lot of young guys who are having their first experience here, that it’s time to stand up,” said Catholic Head Coach Brendan Keane. “After a loss, and a tough loss at that, who’s going to be counted?”

It was a hugely physical game against a Brownsburg team playing for the memory of their coach, Jeremy Strange, who died in March after his truck was hit by a train. The Brownsburg, now playing for 7th, was drained after the match.

“One kick was the difference in the game,” said Keane. “Brownsburg is a very good team, a very tough team. We were beaten by a kick in the semi last year, and we learned from that. We worked on those things, about how to close out a game. I was glad the guys took that on.”

Catholic was led by outside center Jackson Krone, who superb on defense, but the unsung heroes were prop Murphy Swancy, who picked his game up considerably in the second match and covered the field well, and lock Jacob Brannon and flanker Brady Smith.

“You don’t see their numbers very often because they’re usually on the ground, working hard,” said Keane.

Meanwhile on the other side of the single-school bracket,  size-challenged St. Thomas Aquinas team came back to beat Snow Canyon 14-10. Snow Canyon, from Utah, looked the bigger and had some very fast kids, but some desperate tackling by the Kansas City-area team held things close, and then Brendan Nachbar scored a try in each half to get the win for the Saints.

“I think they got tired and we started to spread out instead of everyone getting sucked to the ruck,” said Aquinas coach and former USA prop Tim Kluempers. “And our guys may be littler but we’re just one man, one tackle. They manned up and smashed ‘em. That’s what we try to teach them. Get in their face, don’t let them get any yardage.”

Kluempers said it was a team effort on defense, but also mentioned flyhalf Nachbar, and center Zach Martinez as “beasts” on defense.

“Nachbar was by far the man of the match,” said Kluempers.

“Our forwards have a lot of heart, and they’re smart,” said Kluempers. “We try to work on not just ‘you have to ruck’ but also, why you have to.”

And finishing 5th is big.

“Every game you play at this level is important,” said Kluempers. “Not only for the reward for coming in 5th, but also to come away with two wins. Two wins at this level is hard.”

“Winning 5th is big,” said Keane, whose team finished 4th the last two years. “We came here with the goal of winning a national championship, so losing that first game was a big let-down. I told the boys they had two minutes to grieve, and then job #2. The goal we then set was, we’ve never won two games at nationals, so now we have a new goal.”

Myers Park and Charlotte Take South Titles - Written by Alex Goff  -    Saturday, 23 May 2012 10:28 

Myers Park rugby club won the South Boys High School title this past weekend, coming back from a 10-0 deficit to defeat New Orleans Jesuit.

The North Carolina team actually got into the South playoffs because Charlotte Catholic had opted to accept an invitation to the USA Rugby national tournament. Myers Park lost only twice all season, 9-0 against Charlotte Catholic when they kept getting into penalty trouble, and 27-26 to HS club team West Mecklenburg.

Tired but happy. Myers Park post-match.

                                      Tired but happy. Myers Park post-match.

On Saturday, Myers downed the Pope Greyhounds 57-0, and then Providence 17-0. New Orleans Jesuit beat the game teams, 62-10 over Pope and 49-5 over Providence.

It wasn’t until the first half of the final that they gave up any points.

“We came out cocky,” said Myers Park coach Frank McKinney. “We needed to show better discipline. We talked at halftime and just said, we have expectations, and we are going to do it. We just need to execute.”

Led by captain and flyhalf Colin Frazier, who has been a four-year starter for the team, Myers Park began to come back. Frazier set up outside center Marlon Pritchard for a try early in the second half, and with Frazier’s conversion the score stood 10-7.

The captain’s leadership was important at this point. On the front foot Myers Park started to get penalties. It was Frazier who prevented some rash quick taps, pointed to posts and slotted a penalty to tie the game. The team then saw how it would all fall into place.

Consistent pressure from Myers Park put New Orleans Jesuit under the gun, and produced two more Frazier penalties for the 16-10 win.

“Jesuit is an outstanding team,” said McKinney. “But I was very pleased with how our kids came back, and the toughness they showed.”

Meanwhile the Charlotte Tigers (pka South Mecklenburg) won the HS club bracket in a very competitive competition.

The Tigers beat Greer 29-22 while the Trojans of Florida beat Tennessee’s South Doyle 38-14 in the semis.

In an excellent game played in hot weather, the Tigers outlasted the Trojans 33-21.