St. Pius X Senior Awarded Rugby Scholarship

St. Pius X HS (Houston) just got confirmation that 2014 graduate Anthony Ralph was awarded a Rugby Scholarship to Lindenwood University. Anthony was a three year veteran of the team and this would make it the third St. Pius X High School Rugby player in the past four years to win a scholarship for the sport.

St. Pius is also pleased to announce that senior Luke Devora was the winner of the 2014 Matt Cusimano Scholarship in the amount $2,500.00. Luke played tight head prop and hooker all four years on the Varsity squad at St. Pius and will now attend North Texas State University. In the past two years the St. Pius X High School Rugby program has dispersed a total of $ 6,000.00 in scholarship money to three graduating seniors.

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Lindenwood Rugby Coach J.D. Stephenson and Anthony Ralph

College Fair, Houston, June 7th

Rugby Texas is partnering with USA Rugby to present a Rugby College Fair on June 7 at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston, just before the USA-Scotland game.  This is a great chance to visit with coaches, registrars, players and others from rugby programs across the country, many of which offer financial assistance.  The event will begin with a seminar at 12:30 p.m. covering all the basics of applying to college, after which the exhibit hall will be opened for you to visit with the various programs.  Best of all, the Hilton is within walking distance of the stadium.

Please follow the link to pre-register for the fair so that a packet of information will be waiting for you; while registration is not mandatory, it also provides the visiting colleges with a number so that they will bring enough informational material for everyone.  Please make sure every parent and player in Texas is aware of this great opportunity.

 Please go here for more information

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Meet The Eagles a Rugby Texas & USA Rugby Trust Fundraiser

Barbecue 2014

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Letter From A USA Eagle

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2014 Kevin Higgins College Scholarships

To honor one of the most prolific players to ever pull on a United States Eagles jersey, the United States Rugby Football Foundation is pleased to announce the seventh year of the Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Program.
USRF Accepting Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Applications Through July 31, 2014HigginsHOFFinal_217x298
 

Last fall, the USRF awarded 11 $1,000 Kevin Higgins College Scholarships to deserving high school seniors who went on to play rugby in college, bringing the total number of Higgins Scholarships awarded to 52 since the program was created in 2008. This year, the USRFF will provide up to 10 Higgins Scholarships.

These independent scholarships are open to all graduating high school rugby players in the US who will be pursuing their rugby career while continuing their education at the collegiate level.
A dashing number 13 who could play a rugged 12 and also outpace most on the wing, “Higgy” was a three-time Collegiate All-American at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Kevin was still a student when he made the first of 28 test match appearances against Japan in 1985. He represented the United States at the first two Rugby World Cups, in 1987 (Australia) and 1991 (England), and captained the team three times, a testament to his overall skill and leadership. Kevin also earned 16 ‘caps’ with the USA 7s team, making three trips to the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens Tournament.
Kevin’s skills were recognized internationally. He was selected to play for the  Barbarians, an international all-star team, on their annual Easter Tour. Higgy was also selected for the Teljoy World XV, teaming with the likes of Alan and Gary Whetton, Grant Fox, Bernie Fraser, Stan Pilecki, Buck Shelford and fellow American, Mike Purcell. On the domestic scene, Kevin helped OMBAC to three national club championships.
Kevin touched the lives of his teammates, friends and opponents in so many ways, that he was as cherished off the field as he was on. Those who had the honor of playing alongside him, against him, touring with him and working with him still smile as classic Higgy stories are shared. He lifted the spirits and work ethic of every squad he joined. He played with a passion second to none. Such zest for the game sadly led to frequent concussions, prematurely ending his playing career and perhaps contributing to his untimely passing in 1996.
“The Rugby Foundation is proud to be a part of keeping the Kevin Higgins’ legacy alive,” said USRF Executive Director Brian Vizard, himself a teammate of Higgins with OMBAC and the U.S. National Team. “It never ceases to amaze me the impressive qualifications that each year’s Higgins Scholarship applicants have. Every year it gets harder and harder for the selection committee. But that’s a good problem to have.”
Read more about the 2013 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipients: Azjah LongCeara SammonConnor KisslerCorinne HeavnerDanica AlleyDaniel HardimanDawit Workie,Eileen LiebLindey WiseMatt Long, and Mitchell Olney.
Apply for a 2014 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship. Applications must be postmarked by July 31, 2014.
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Become a Member of the Higgy Hundred Club
As a means to increasing the number of annual scholarships, the Foundation has 2014 established “The Higgy Hundred” to both further honor Kevin and to nurture our country’s rugby future. Our goal is to endow the Fund so that at least 10 scholarships are awarded annually.
 

You can join “The Higgy Hundred” by contributing just $100 to the Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Fund. A gift of at least $250 puts you in “Higgy’s Captain’s Club”.

 

By becoming a member of either The Higgy Hundred or Higgy’s Captain’s Club, you will receive a Higgy Hundred t-shirt. Higgy’s Captain’s Club members will also receive a Higgy Hundred ball cap. Please don’t delay. Act now and join Higgy’s team once again.