Hawaii to Celebrate USA Rugby Membership
Tuesday Sep 29, 2009 in Grassroots Rugby Tournaments
The Rugby Hawaii Union will officially become a part of USA Rugby as an Associate Geographic Member in the coming weeks.
David Wendt, who heads up both Hawaii Youth Rugby and Rugby Hawaii said much credit should go to Mark Griffin and Nigel Melville at USA Rugby.
“We are very thankful to Mark Griffin and USA Rugby for our referees and coaches clinic to held in Honolulu in conjunction with the Fiji Day 7s Tournament,” Wendt said. “Hawaii's renaissance of the game has been navigated by Nigel Melville since we are oceans away. Nigel has come through with everything that’s promised and has opened the door for Hawaii Youth and now for the men and women. Nigel has accomplished what no other USA Rugby President had tried, annexing Hawaii Rugby.”
That will open the door to the pool of athletes who are in the tiny state. Leonard Peters and Mike Palefau are recent stars for the USA 7s team, but many feel that is just the tip of the iceberg.
“Give us five years and some financing we will be a power to reckon with, just like Puerto Rico is in basketball and baseball,” Wendt said.
It’s also a nice place to go in the winter months.
Rugby Hawaii will be hosting the California U17 all-stars in December on both Maui and Hawaii (the Big Island).
In February they will host Papakura HS of New Zealand, and March St Mary’s and St John’s high schools from Canada are here in Honolulu, and in April Napier HS from New Zealand.