The United States has begun assembling its 15s side for the upcoming 2012 season.
Invitations went out for the USA Rugby camp and among those invited was Tolifili “Andre” Luifau.
Luifau never played for the Ute RFC, but he was a defensive line player for the University of Utah football team. Standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing in at just under 300 pounds, Luifau is being looked at as a prop.
He is currently playing for the Uson club in France after suiting up for the Los Angeles RFC in 2010 and 2011. The Eagles will play Canada on June 9, Georgia on June 16, and Italy on June 23. Former Ute rugger Mate Moeakiola has also been named to participate in the training camp.
BYU WINS DIA CHAMPIONSHIP
The DI-A Championship match was played Saturday evening in front of more than 8,500 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City. See Jeff Call’s complete story here.
UNITED FALLS IN H.S. CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Three Utah high school sides (Trybe, United, and Snow Canyon) played in the national high school championships this past weekend at Rio Tinto Stadium.
On Friday in the H.S. Club Division, Trybe lost a heartbreaker to Colorado Springs 10-8 in the first round. United RFC out of Alpine fared better as they edged Marin (California) 10-5.
United moved on to the semifinals where they defeated the Kansas City Junior Blues 19-13 to earn a spot in the championship match. They would face heavily favored Cathedral, ranked No. 1 in the nation. The Indiana side soundly defeated Union County (N.J.) 41-3 and Colorado Springs 36-6 in the first two rounds. Trybe demolished Union County in a consolation match 43-14.
In the Single School High School division Friday, Snow Canyon dropped its match to Dixon (Calif.) 20-10 in the opening round. Dixon then beat Xavier (N.Y.) 20-12 in the semifinals to move on to the finals the next day.
Opposite them were Penn (Ind.) which edged Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) 10-3 in the first round and then beat Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) on penalty kicks following an 8-8 tie. Snow Canyon lost its consolation match to St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) 14-10.
On Saturday in the club championship match Cathedral dominated United in every phase of the game winning 51-0. In the match for fifth place Trybe led 15-10 with five minutes to play but Marin came back to score two tries and win 20-15.
In the Single School Championship match Penn jumped to a 6-0 lead only to see Dixon score the next 43 straight points on the way to a 48-11 victory.
DAVENPORT & LINDENWOOD CHAMPIONS
Rio Tinto hosted the DI-AA semifinals on Friday. Dartmouth led Davenport 15-11 at the half, but the defending champions came out with intensity after the break and ran away with a 35-18 victory. In the other semifinal match, San Diego State defeated Tennessee 25-12. In was a close match that the Aztecs put away at the end of the contest when they returned a turnover seventy meters for a try.
On Saturday Davenport left no doubt who was the better side as they blanked San Diego State 39-0 to conclude an undefeated season.
In DII action on Friday, highly favored Lindenwood showed what they were all about as they blistered Utah Valley University 57-10.
The Wolverines, with former U20 star Lopeti Ofa hobbled by a knee injury, came out strong, but folded under Lindenwood’s constant attack.
In the second semifinal Salisbury beat Towson State for the third time this season 33-12 as Nick Kuhl accounted for a try, two conversions, and three penalty kicks.
In the D-II championship match Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium, Lindenwood concluded an undefeated season by handing Salisbury its first loss of the year, 50-12.