GRR: Rugby Arizona
Rugby Arizona's league season is on the horizon, but Tempe is already on the move and looking strong with numbers through their high school and youth programs.
My name is Jeff McIntyre, Assistant Coach and Team Manager at Red Mountain Youth Rugby in Mesa, Arizona and also the Boys High School Commissioner at Rugby Arizona. These views are my own and not necessarily the position of Red Mountain Youth Rugby or Rugby Arizona.
While GRR has already had a close look at the Tempe Rugby Club, we figured we'd give you an update.
As outlined in these pages, Tempe had some big dreams for 2020 thanks to a concentration on youth and developing players when they are young.
Youth Movement Spurs Tempe Resurgence
In a meeting of the top two high school teams in Arizona, Tempe edged Red Mountain 20-17 in a physical early-season encounter.
Tau Pauga's penalty goal was the difference in a tense game that will create plenty of baggage for the rematch.