The Saints Rugby program started as an Intersession class and earned varsity sport status the next year 2009-2010. Saints Rugby seeks to use rugby as a vehicle to develop young men while at St Augustine. The team offers students the opportunity to compete at the highest level of high school rugby in Southern California. Traditionally, Saints is 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 2019-2020. The team had an 9-1 overall record and won the league championship again with an undefeated regular season. The team earned the #1 seed in SCIRF playoffs won the championship game. In addition to winning the Titan Shield, the team defeated CCHS in the Charity Bowl for a fourth. 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, Saints Rugby players have had some remarkable experiences:
|Brennan Amsberry||US Naval Academy|
|Matt DeFrates||US Military Academy|
|James Downey||US Military Academy|
|Matt Macey||St Mary’s College|
|Ryan McNamara||Oklahoma University|
|Michael Colucci||University of Oregon|
|Aidan Konja||University of San Diego / SCIRF Payer of the Year|
|Ethan McVeigh||Cardiff Metropolitan (Wales) / U20 USA National Team / San Diego Legion|
|Moses Mercado||Grand Canyon University|
|Michael Cross||Grand Canyon University / Top player in the nation at his position|
Saints Rugby encourages 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, skill development and conditioning. In season, the Saints rugby team works out in the gym twice a week with Coach Sweat and practices three to four 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 Unitas, Veritas, and Caritas. Playing rugby at Saints is an opportunity to live and experience these values.