Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Rugby Texas Boys Rankings - Preseason Week 1

In 2014, Rugby Texas was divided into three Conferences based on strength. The Red, White, and Blue Conferences equated to Divisions 1-3 respectively. For the 2015 season, Rugby Texas decided to go to one division, but divide the conferences up by geography.

The North/Central Conference comprises the ten teams between Austin and Dallas area. The north Austin area is represented by Lake Travis HS, Westlake HS and Rock Rugby (a combination of the Stoney Point & Cedar Ridge HS clubs). The Dallas area clubs include Allen HS, Alliance, HEB Hurricanes, Jesuit Dallas Prep, Plano, and Richardson HS. From the Temple/Kileen/Copperas Cove area, the Heart of Texas RFC will not play in a Conference, but will play friendlies against North/Central conference clubs.

The South Conference is comprised of Houston area clubs: Cy-Fair HS, Katy Barbarians, Kingwood, Memorial HS, St Pius X HS, St Thomas HS, Strake Jesuit, and The Woodlands. The Galveston Ball HS RFC will not play in a Conference, but will play friendlies against South conference clubs.

The 2014 Rugby Texas Championships crowned Westlake HS as the Red Conference Champions after a 39-17 defeat of The Woodlands. Plano and Lake Travis played a barnburner of a 3rd/4th place match with Plano nipping the Cavaliers, 27-26.

The White Conference final was a white-knuckled affair with Katy leading until full time. Richardson pulled out the win with a fourth try in extra time to win, 20-19. Memorial topped the Gentlemen of Allen HS 36-17 for the 3rd place honors.

These initial Rankings are subjective to a point. However, to begin with, we consulted with a few folks and they agreed that interlacing the final four from the 2014 End of Season Standings would be a proper way to begin this year's rankings. This is tough because Westlake and The Woodlands both graduated so many seniors in 2014. However, we feel that the rankings will even out as teams begin to play matches in and out of conference and at tournaments.

St Thomas is likely the deepest squad at the moment with Katy and Plano close behind. Lake Travis will not be content with fourth place. Jesuit Dallas is the only Varsity-level squad in the state, though. The HEB Hurricanes are not only deep this season, but they have had massive numbers (and massive young men) to practice in the Fall. No one expects these rankings to stay like this for very long.

January is filled with friendly matches and at least one warm-up tournament between the Rugby Texas clubs. Certainly there will be some movement as the season progresses. The 'Standing' Column of this ranking will indicate that team's standing in its respective conference for comparison as the season progresses.

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