The Arizona Bobcats HS select side program is running a preseason 7s tournament in Phoenix.
The tournament, which includes some teams from out of the state, is part of an ongoing effort to raise the level of play in Arizona.
Brophy Prep won the Arizona D2 state title last week, beating Scottsdale 49-19 to take the title, and it was the culmination of a very quick run to prominence for the new program.
Under Head Coach Steve Ciarfalia, Brophy Prep started rugby in January. Brophy Prep is a Jesuit Catholic school, and it made sense to Ciarfalia to follow the trend of Jesuit schools embracing rugby.
Red Mountain bounced back from a series of canceled games to defeat Ahwatukee this past weekend and finish the Rugby Arizona regular season undefeated for the 5th year in a row.
The Red Mountain team hadn't played a meaningful game since the Ra Puriri Invitational, and needed to win to clinch 1st against abig, physical Ahwatukee team.
The Las Vegas Invitational kicks off this week and it's a place where many select side high school teams have found room to grow, and get better.
What's up in Boys HS Rugby this week? Let's have a look:
Plenty of impressive young rugby talent will be on display this coming weekend at various HS all-star tournaments, but it’s unlikely any of those players has the backstory of the Kwete brothers.
Suiting up for the Arizona Bobcats this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Classic, Oliver, Eloi, and Cosmas Kwete are all three loaded with talent, and some life-changing experiences.
Red Mountain defeated Ahwatukee to win the Arizona state HS championship for the 6th year in a row.
Red Mountain's U16 team also won the state U16 title, for the 3rd year in a row.
It will be Ahwatukee against Red Mountain in the Rugby Arizona state final after a both teams won semifinals this past weekend.
Red Mountain may be 2-0 in Arizona, but that doesn't mean the five-time defending state champions are all that impressed with their performances.
Defeats of Tempe (50-20) and Arrowhead (34-19) got Red Mountain to 2-0, but this weekend against Ahwatukee will be a tougher game.
Rugby has a habit of injecting some humility into life and certainly Ahwatukee got a dose of it a week after a big win.
Well over 70 boys HS rugby games are on tap for this weekend - check back for scores as we update.