As the story goes, “with fine disregard for the rules of football” William Webb Ellis picked up the ball & began to run with it. The plaque at Rugby School claims this was the start of the sport rugby football in 1823. Although an apocryphal story about the origin of the game, we know in Texas that in 1993 two middle schools in Houston, St. Ambrose & St. Anne’s, played the first organized game. In 1998 our first High School aged teams began playing.
Texas Single School and Multi-School Program
As part of the Texas Rugby Union, TYRA was formed in 2007 to govern high school and youth rugby throughout the state of Texas. High Schools compete in the Texas High School Rugby Conference or THSRC and the multi-schooled teams compete for the TYRA championship. This website is to provide information to our existing teams and schools while offering some help for those interested in growing this sport in Texas.
This was a BIG weekend for Dillon!
He played for Stony Point on Saturday morning & helped the team win the 'wildcard' position in the State playoffs in 2 weeks. Yay!
RIGHT after the SPHS game we jumped in the car & headed to Texas A&M University in College Station.
He played on a select-team called 'Central Texas Cyclones'.
Here is Dillon & the scrum-half from Stony Point playing for the Cyclones.
These are the 4 kids that came from Stony Point to play on the select team.
Dillon makes friends easily.. he's posing with a teammate from San Antonio.
Even though the Cyclone Team didn't win, there were scouts watching the players.
Dillon was selected to try-out for a team called "under 19" or U19 which includes boys who are more experienced & typically are closer to age 19. (Dillon JUST turned 17!!)
Dillon stayed overnight in College Station & made the cut for the U19 team!!
However, Dillon declined the invitation to join the U19 team & instead he agreed to join the U17 team (17 yr-olds). The coaches told him that his expertise may get him bumped to the U19 team eventually, but for now he has a spot on the team!
This means in June he'll go to the final round of cuts in Dallas.
If he makes it past that point, then he'll play on the USA RUGBY ASSOCIATION's Texas Team (either U17 or U19). He will fly all over the U.S. playing Rugby. Their first game will be this summer in Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Rugby Challenge.
What this means to you....
Dillon will have to do quite a bit of fund-raising to get his seat on the plane to Colorado... so...
Expect a letter, phone call, or email from him in the near future asking for some help. Every little bit will help!
I'm sorry if this is boring you to tears... but we are SO EXCITED for him!! :)