Will rugby 7s be lucky for Utahns in Victoria?

Rugby is returning to the Olympics in 2016.

But not in the more commonly-played 15-a-side game. The less played, but more fast-pased game called Rugby 7s will be the first rugby played in the Olympics since 1924. Because of this rugby teams and organizations are working hard to start teams and put together tournaments.

Utah youth rugby is all over the former. A team menacingly called the Utah Cannibals is traveling to Victoria, British Columbia, this Saturday to compete in the under-18 division of Victoria International 7s tournament. The roster includes: Tino Lapali , Scott Jeppson, Pou Lauti, Riker Healey, Keoni Hamala, Shawn Harris, JJ Tsukamoto, Samson Kaloni , Brenden Moffitt, Dallin Hunt, Tanner Smith and Percy Angilau. Anthony Schonfeld and Erik Johnson are listed as alternates.

The team would have included Stratton Brown, but he was unavailable because he’s playing for High School All-American side that is also in the tournament. Brown, a junior-to-be at Riverton High School and member of the Lowland Rugby Football Club, is the only Utahn named to the squad.

The teams play a six-team round-robin. A schedule can be found here.


  1. Utah takes the bowl in Victoria 7s tournament.

    Here is the link http://www.victoria7s.com/?page_id=223

    Utah played exceptionally well, defeating the eventual tournament champion in play with a 1-3-1 record for the inaugural tournament. Tino Lapale was selected to the all-tournament team representing Utah. The boys did phenomenally well and drew kudos from the Canadian teams, particularly Ontario, who did not expect Utah to bring the level of competition. The previous day, in a series of friendlies, Utah beat the US HSAA and BC2 representative side. Utah has already been invited back to next year’s tourney, further testament to the performance of the team.