The Saints Rugby program started as an Intersession class and earned varsity sport status the next year 2009-2010. The program offers students the opportunity to compete at the highest level of high school rugby in Southern California. Traditionally, four to five of the teams in the league are ranked in the top 20 nationally for high school rugby. Varsity athletes can earn a letter and PE credits toward graduation.
The Saints Rugby team had its best season in 2018-2019. The team had an 8-2 overall record and won the league championship again with an undefeated regular season. The team earned the #1 seed in San Diego and advanced to the championship game. The Saints lost in SCIRF Championship. In addition to winning the Titan Shield, the team defeated CCHS in the Charity Bowl for a third consecutive year. By winning the annual rivalry game, the Saints kept possession of the Charity Cup. The Saints also reached a national ranking of 7th for HS rugby teams.
Individually, the Saints Rugby team has seen players advance to play collegiate rugby at some of the top programs in the nation. In the last couple years, Brennan Amsberry has gone on to play at the Naval Academy, James Downey attended Army, Matt Macey attended St Mary’s College and Ethan McVeigh earned a spot on the U20 USA National team and is playing rugby in Wales. Moses Mercado and Michael Cross (National Player of the Month) will both attend Grand Canyon University this fall and will play rugby. The program hopes Saintsmen see collegiate rugby as a possibility to enrich their college experience.
The Saints rugby program has a team of coaches who are committed to providing a quality rugby experience for the Saintsmen. The club conducts an off season work-out routine which includes strength training and conditioning. In season, the Saints rugby team works out in the gym twice a week and practices three times a week. Games typically take place on Saturday. The Saints Rugby program has high expectations for all of our student athletes. All rugby players are expected to model the school values of TRUTH, LOVE, and COMMUNITY. Playing rugby at Saints is an opportunity to live and experience these values.