For Napier Boys, a trip of a lifetime to U.S.

Napier Boys High School

Napier Boys High School

Last year, Napier Boys High School embarked on a 3-week Rugby tour of North America. Part of that tour included travelling to Northern California and playing High School, Club U20 and Academy- age group U20 teams. Their coach, Billy TeHiko, tells us their stories.

Here’s a Kiwi’s view of the Americans we met and the rugby teams we played against.  First, by way of introduction, my name is Billy Te Hiko, a volunteer parent coach who fell into coaching 15 years ago.

Napier Boys High School is a public school with boarding facilities in Napier, a city in the Province of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand and was established in 1872. Napier is famous for its vineyards and art deco buildings,  which rose from the ashes during the re-build after the 1931 Napier earthquake. It has a school roll of 1,200 boys, of which 600 play rugby. 

This trip involved 30 players (ages 15-17) from throughout the playing grades of the school and 11 support staff and parents.

We came to America from Vancouver. After checking into our hotel, we arrived at Stanford University very late for our first U.S. game, looking for clues as to where we might be playing. After 10 minutes of driving around campus, one of the boys said, “Just look for the rugby posts.”  We looked at each other and laughed and promptly found the ground. We decided that that boy was going to go far. We told him he’d get an extra sip of water at halftime for his initiative. Sometimes adults over-complicate the simplest things.

The Napier boys went through their warm-up on the Stanford field.It’s like billiard table to play on. We’re already envious.  With the warm-up completed the captains did the coin toss and the boys moved to halfway to do our school Haka.

East Palo Alto and Napier Boys

East Palo Alto and Napier Boys

Having issued the challenge through our Haka to the opposition, the Napier boys looked a bit perplexed when they saw the opposition was made up entirely of Samoan and Tongan players whose families have immigrated to the USA and have a strong community presence in East Palo Alto. One of the Napier supporters said, “This is just like home.” Read more of this post

2011 CRC Results: Darmouth and Army Women’s Rugby

Courtsey of USA 7s

Dartmouth College put a stranglehold on the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship final and didn’t let go, slicing up an outstanding Army outfit to the tune of 32-10 to win the title Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

Dartmouth received the kickoff and were brilliant in their patience. Nick Downer burst through from his own 22 for a half-break that put Big Green on the front foot and they simply worked their way down the field, making small inroads, consolidating on the ruck, and working again.

More on their results here.

courtesy of USA 7s

Reigning DI national champion Army is now the closest thing the country has to a women’s collegiate 7s champion, having put away Penn State 14-5 in the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship title match.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Army captain Jess Sexauer (seen hoisting the trophy in photo right) said. “Our program is so new that it’s crazy to come so far so soon. We’re graduating 10 seniors this year, so next year will be a change, but this was our year. It was one of our goals from the beginning of the year. We knew both national championships were doable.”   More on their amazing story here.

Highlights:

 

Hard Hits:

 

Dartmouth vs. Army Highlights:

 

 

 

Full Coverage:

Day 1 & Day 2

Hulu.com Coming soon!

Video Courtesy of NBC Sports and USA 7s

2011 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship Schedule

Broadcast Schedule:
• NBC Sports live coverage from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET on June 4 and 5
• Versus live coverage from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET on June 4 and 5
• Versus bonus coverage from 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET on June 4
• NBC Mobile live simulcast from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET on June 4 and 5
• Hulu.com full event coverage available on-demand in HD quality video

June 4 – Universal Sports: Noon-2pm
Arizona vs Temple
Oklahoma vs Texas
Ohio State vs Penn State
Dartmouth vs Notre Dame
Army vs North Carolina

June 4 – Versus: 2pm-4pm
California vs Louisiana State
Boston College vs Utah
Central Washington vs Navy
Temple vs Texas
Arizona vs Oklahoma

June 4 – NBC: 4pm-6pm
California vs Penn State
Notre Dame vs Utah
Army vs Navy
Arizona vs Texas

June 4 – Versus: 6pm-8pm
Louisiana State vs Ohio State
Boston College vs Dartmouth
Central Washington vs North Carolina
Oklahoma vs Temple

June 5 – Universal Sports: Noon-2pm Read more of this post