The Rugby NorCal Boys HS Premier League has named its all-league team.
Fifteen players were selected for the 1st team, with 15 more in a 2nd team and 36 players listed as honorable mentions.
The Jesuit HS and Granite Bay HS rugby teams practiced together over the weekend in order to prepare for the Boys HS Rugby National Championships.
Jesuit will be in the single-school bracket, and Granite Bay will be defending their HS Club title. The two teams, who are both based in the Sacramento area, trained together to get ready.
Jesuit HS of Sacramento closed out the regular league season with a road victory over Granite Bay.
It was a tight, contentious, and ultimately intriguing day in Northern California HS rugby Saturday.
Jesuit, Danville, and Granite Bay won in the Northern California Premier league, and two had kind of a rough time of it.
Granite Bay moved to 3-0 in the Premier League with a tough 26-19 victory over Mother Lode.
Granite Bay logged an important victory in Rugby NoCal's Premier League this past weekend, defeating the Solo Falcons in a curtain-raiser for the Cal v UBC game.
Playing at Witter Rugby Field was an experience for all of the players, but this was also an important league game for both.
SFGG and Granite Bay battled to a 25-25 tie on Saturday in a game that served a couple of purposes.
For SFGG, the result spelled out some reason for confidence as the league season progresses. Head Coach Tony Wells said he’s getting the culture right and the players are starting to see how much hard work goes into succeeding in Northern California.
It’s not every day that a rugby player scored 35 points in a rugby game, and it was certainly of note that Jon Rogers did so last weekend.
Rogers, who is a smart, savvy back for Granite Bay and also a strong goalkicker, is now one of the leading players on a team hoping to repeat the form that saw the Grizzlies win the Boys HS Club National Championships last year.
Granite Bay opened the team's NorCal Premier account with an impressive 50-8 defeat of Lamorinda Saturday.
The Grizzlies started quickly, with fullback Jon Rogers scoring three tries in the first half.
The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy has named its team to play in the North American International 7s in Salt Lake City this weekend.
See more on the tournament here.
Here are some video interviews from after the Boys HS Club final with the Granite Bay players.
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Granite Bay exacted some measure of revenge and defeated Royal Irish to win the 2016 Boys HS Club national championship Saturday at the Rugby Athletic Center in Charlotte, NC.
The Grizzlies enjoyed a brilliant performance from their deep three of Anthony Wiley, Jon Rogers, and Sam Cusano, and an aggressive defensive performance from everyone.