A Level 200 Coaching Course will be held at Strake Jesuit HS in Houston on February 15. All teams engaging in contact rugby MUST have at least one Level 200 coach registered with their club. (Note all coaches, including assistants, must be at least Level 100 certified). Spots are limited, and only currently registered coaches may attend. Additionally, some on-line prerequisite work is required, so sign up ASAP. For more details and to register, go here.
The new year has already been a good one for Rugby Texas High Performance Program, with several boys being selected for national honors. Congratulations to Dillon Shotwell, prop from Kingwood; Nathan Watts, prop from Richardson; and Bronson Teles, 8th man from Katy. All have been named to the final High School All American Squad that will play France and Belgium. Other RT players invited to the recent Phoenix trials were, Bobby Butchofsky (Westlake), Carter Hunchik (Plano), Alex Rayton (Woodlands), Noah Thompson (Lake Travis), Josh Schnell (Katy), Teague Roberts (Lake Travis), and Patrick Medina (Lake Travis).
Additionally, recent RT alums, Gabe Romero (Kingwood) and Tanner Pope (Katy), have been selected to the USA Under20 National team.
Rugby Texas HP Director Rob Potter said, "this illustrates real improvement thanks to the efforts of the boys both and the coaches. There is an emphasis from National selectors to work from the ground up, with real emphasis on freshman players coming through the right systems. Here in Rugby Texas we have been able to start to put these building blocks in place and begin the climb to compete with the best across the nation." Potter added, "while we are going in the right direction, we are still behind the powerhouses of Sol Cal and Utah in terms of technical skill levels and game management. Progress has only been made by the collaboration with High school coaches who continue to provide valuable support to a growing program. Without their help and tireless work, getting boys into the national programs will not be possible."
Congratulations to Tanner Pope of Katy on being named a recipient of the prestigious Kevin Higgins National Rugby Scholarship awarded by the US Rugby Foundation. Tanner, now attending Arkansas State, was also recently named to the USA Under 20s national team. He joins a distinguished list of nine other scholar athletes honored around the country this year. You can read all about his accomplishments, and those of the other winners, here:
Tanner is the third Texas rugby player to ever win this high honor, joining Rob Mabry (St. Thomas) in 2011, and Jake Hoffman (Plano) in 2012. The winners are selected based on their prowess on the rugby field, leadership on-and-off the pitch, scholarship and community service. For information on nominating deserving players for next year's honor, visit www.usrugbyfoundation.org. Let's have a Texas winner every year!
Kingwood HS Senior Whitney Wilson has added another impressive honor to her growing rugby resume, having just been announced as a member of the first-ever High School All America squad. Whitney was previously selected as a member of the USA squad which played this past summer in the women's Junior World Cup in China. You can read all about the HS All American selections here: Congratulations, Whitney!
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