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2024 Kickoff: High School Rugby Returns with a Spectacular Start

Updated: Jan 15

Arizona high school rugby made a triumphant return this weekend, marking a stellar beginning to the 2024 season. The excitement was palpable as teams from across the state gathered at Lehi Park in Mesa for a pre-season tournament that set the tone for what promises to be an exceptional year in Arizona rugby.

Unity and Respect on the Rugby Field

One of the most heartwarming aspects of the event was witnessing athletes from various teams mingling, sharing laughs, and handshakes. This camaraderie, a testament to the spirit of rugby, was evident even before the official warm-ups. In a world where sports rivalries often escalate into animosity, these young athletes displayed a profound level of respect and sportsmanship that goes beyond the rugby field.

The Growth of High School Rugby in Arizona

2024 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for high school rugby in Arizona. With increasing visibility at the college level, rugby is no longer just a high school sport but a pathway to collegiate play and potentially, a professional career. This shift has infused a new level of seriousness and dedication among the young athletes.

Rugby Parents: The Unsung Heroes

The atmosphere was further electrified by the enthusiasm of rugby parents. Their hospitality and camaraderie were infectious, turning the sidelines into a vibrant community. There's a unique culture among rugby parents; their support extends beyond the field, creating a festive environment that's as enjoyable as the game itself.

Action on the Field

Amidst the socializing, the rugby action was nothing short of spectacular. The athletes came out to play and some of them were very impressive . We will tell you all about it as the season progresses but for now, we will just say they showcased skills, determination, and passion for the game, indicating a bright future for Arizona high school rugby. As an observer, it was a challenge to balance enjoying the company of fellow rugby enthusiasts with capturing the thrilling moments of the matches. However, the day was filled with memorable plays and incredible athleticism.

In Conclusion

The first weekend of Arizona high school rugby in 2024 set a high bar for the rest of the season. It was a day that exemplified what makes rugby such a unique and beloved sport: fierce competition on the field, profound respect among players, and a community spirit that extends beyond the game. As we look forward to the rest of the season, it's clear that high school rugby in Arizona is not just back; it's thriving and evolving, promising great things for the future of the sport in the state

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Here are a few pictures from the event. These are free participants, their friends and family to download and use .