The 34th Annual Kickoff Tournament starts up this weekend, with over 130 teams at high school level down to under 10.
The event, held in Sacramento, is California-heavy but also features teams from Washington and Hawaii. Played on nine fields over two days, the tournament requires the assistance of 74 referees, 14 of them coming in from Canada.
Here are the games being played in Boys HS rugby this weekend.
A closer look at the Storer Classic is here. The Northern California leagues are set to start very soon, with a new Premier alignment. Louisiana and Florida are about to start, too.
The Dixon HS 7s were held last week, with Danville taking the Boys Varsity DI bracket, and the Land Park Harlequins taking the Girls Varsity bracket.
Land Park went on to show well at the NAI 7s in Salt Lake City.
Boys Varsity D1: Danville
The Bay Area HS All-Stars played two touring sides this July and came away convincing winners in both games.
Bay Area defeated St. Peters College out of Gore, New Zealand 29-7 led by some strong work from Marshall Ferris at flyhalf and Jeffrey Briez at scrumhalf. Carlos Gomez, Christian Bucklin, Jason Severance, Tala Talapusi, and DJ Alapati all scored tries for the Bay Area team.
The new Rugby NorCal Premier League for high school teams may not have found a champion in the Marin Highlanders, but Marin was able to compete thanks in large part to a commitment to being better.
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.
A quick look at the HS action around the country.
In Idaho, Rocky Mountain and Eagle will play for the Idaho state championship after both won semifinals this weekend.
This is a weekend of crowning champions in high school rugby, and here is the latest:
Jesuit defeated Danville to win the Northern California Premier League. Danville scored a penalty goal early in the game, but then the first half was all Jesuit.
What's happening around the country in Boys HS Rugby? Time for a nationwide rundown:
Jesuit HS of Sacramento closed out the regular league season with a road victory over Granite Bay.
Jesuit HS of Sacramento defeated San Francisco Golden Gate 62-12 Saturday in a crossover game between th NorCal Premier and NorCal Top 5 teams.
Division II in high school rugby can be a hit-or-miss proposition; some of those leagues are for new teams, or for teams that are struggling with numbers, but in Northern California it’s a serious competition, and some excellent teams are coming out of there.
Among them are the Elsie Allen Lobos, who remain unbeaten and are going to the Boys HS Rugby National Championships.