Prep Parade: Rugby gaining popularity in San Diego County

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High school rugby is administered by the SoCal Youth Rugby organization. Club teams representing Helix and Valhalla high schools serve East County.

High school rugby is administered by the SoCal Youth Rugby organization. Club teams representing Helix and Valhalla high schools serve East County.

San Diego County membership also includes teams from Canyon Crest Academy, Carlsbad, Cathedral Catholic, Coronado, Del Norte, Fallbrook, High Tech High, Kearny, La Costa Canyon, La Jolla, Mira Mesa, Mission Vista, Patrick Henry, Point Loma, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, San Dieguito Academy, San Marcos, San Pasqual, Santa Fe Christian, St. Augustine, Serra, Torrey Pines, University City, Valley Center and Westview high schools.

The season runs from November (preseason) through February (playoffs).

Games are 70 minutes in length (two 35-minute halves) for high school varsity and 60 minutes for junior varsity (two 30-minute halves).

The SoCal Youth Rugby high school circuit includes teams in San Diego and Orange counties.

In boys playoff finals, La Jolla defeated Los Alamitos to win this season’s White Division championship while St. John Bosco defeated St. Augustine to capture the Red Division title. San Dieguito Academy defeated Temecula Valley to win the Green Division championship.

In girls playoff finals, Rancho Bernardo defeated Torrey Pines to win this season’s Red Division championship while Carson defeated View Park to win the Green Division title.

Torrey Pines (2016-17), La Costa Canyon (2015-16), Fallbrook (2014-15) and Cathedral Catholic (2013-14) have each won boys Red Division championships.

There are no current high school rugby teams south of Highway 94.

For more information on high school rugby, visit the SCYR website at www.socalyouthrugby.org.

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