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NorCal Names All-Star Prospects

  • 26 Jun 2020

Nash (and her three Land Park teammates in the background) and Opeti are both NorCal all-stars

Rugby NorCal has named its high school and middle school all-star pools for the 2019-20 season. These pools would have provided varsity, JV and U14 squads for the USA Rugby Regional Cup Tournaments (RCTs) had Covid-19 not canceled these June events.

The RCTs served as a major select-side opportunity and talent-identification venue, and the NorCal region would have participated in the Great Northwest Challenge. With the creation of USA Youth & High School Rugby, a new 501(c)(3) organization that is affiliated by not run by USA Rugby, it will be interesting to see how/if the all-star systems will change moving forward.

Seventy players from 15 teams compose the U18 / high school pool. The Land Park Harlequins lead with seven selections, while Mother Lode, Pleasanton and Sacramento PAL all have six. Berkeley, Bishop O’Dowd, Carondelet, Danville, Lamorinda and Menlo-Atherton follow with five players apiece. Elk Grove United (4), Liberty (4), Gridley (3), Milpitas PAL (3) and River City (1) are also represented.

Six programs contributed players to the U14 / middle school pool, but Mother Lode, Danville and Sac PAL led the way with five players each. Elk Grove United (3), Pleasanton (2) and Gridley (1) also sent players to the pool for a total of 21 reps.



Timaima Balawakula – L, Sac PAL

Naomi Barrios – C, Berkeley

Sera Benesh – P, Sac PAL

Ezuma Ekomo Ble – W, Milpitas PAL

Kai Brandt-Templeton – FH, Pleasanton

Carmen Bregoli – FH, Danville

Leila Bulabalavu – C, Pleasanton

Hannah Cabarles – SH, Danville

Lily Cartwright – FL, Pleasanton

Kiera Chapman – SH, Danville

Morgan Cunningham – C, Lamorinda

Sydnee Davis – W, Carondelet

Amaya De La Cruz – C, Land Park

Sara Doyle – C, Milpitas PAL

Ella Dundas – C, Mother Lode

Adriana Edwards – FL, Mother Lode

Seini Fetokai – H, Lamorinda

Skye Frank – SH, Berkeley

Elesia Fuentes – C, Gridley

Laila Hannum – SH, Bishop O’Dowd

Kathrine Hansen – C, River City

Sophia Hilger – H, Land Park

Hannah Holoch – H, Mother Lode

Grace James – C, Elk Grove United

Malia Jenkins – P, Bishop O’Dowd

Maddy Jones – FL, Bishop O’Dowd

Tohuia Kaihau – L, Land Park

Allison Kile – SH, Sac PAL

Kaylee Kuy – SH, Mother Lode

Lucy Lamborn – FH, Carondelet

Malia Latu – 8, Liberty

Morgan Leflar – FH, Mother Lode

Camerah Leonard – FH, Berkeley

Athena Lewis – C, Carondelet

Rachel Lowe – SH, Lamorinda

Ysabella Lucero – C, Bishop O’Dowd

Nicola Lynch – C, Pleasanton

Haley Madrigal – C, Liberty

Madelyn Madsen – P, Elk Grove United

Malia Mailangi – FL, Sac PAL

Melesisi Malupo – L, Danville

Vaimoana Malupo – FL, Danville

Julia Martinez – 8, Gridley

Mele Mataele – C, Menlo-Atherton

Jorgie Miller – C, Land Park

Kiele Myata – 8, Mother Lode

Destiny Nash – P, Land Park

Lupineti Netane – 8, Menlo-Atherton

Leila Opeti – FB, Lamorinda

Catherine Otuhiva – C, Bishop O’Dowd

Caitlin Papalia – L, Carondelet

Angelina Pohahau – P, Menlo-Atherton

Promise Rouse – FH, Land Park

Simone Sackett – C, Land Park

Christina Sama – W, Menlo-Atherton

Falemei Sanft – SH, Menlo-Atherton

Savannah Short – FL, Carondelet

Shania Stanley – C, Liberty

Fern Stark – 8, Berkeley

Cindy Taulava – L, Pleasanton

Salote Tausinga – Sac PAL

Ebony Tuiaki – P, Milpitas PAL

Taryn Turner – C, Elk Grove United

Mounga Vaitai – H, Lamorinda

Annika Valkonen – 8, Pleasanton

Aryana Veimau – P, Sac PAL

Jenna Villapania – W, Gridley

Elizabeth Whalen – FL, Berkeley

Marissa Wollbrinck – FH, Elk Grove United

Lliana Zapien – SH, Liberty


Yona Allouche – SH, Danville

Veisinia Brown – L, Sac PAL

Phoenix Carlson – P, Pleasanton

Clara Fennell – H, Mother Lode

Tupouseini Fotofili – SH, Sac PAL

Gwen Gilchrist – W, Elk Grove United

Hannah Glaser – FH, Danville

Juliet Jones – L, Elk Grove United

Mackenzie Kroeger – C, Mother Lode

Anaseini Malupo – C, Danville

Maata Malupo – P, Danville

Aryanna Mansfield – FL, Gridley

Katrina Mokofisi – L, Sac PAL

Sierra Peterson – W, Sac PAL

Kaya Smith – P, Mother Lode

Gabby Sovenski – FH, Mother Lode

Hualani Trejo – W, Sac PAL

Sarah Ward – SH, Elk Grove United

Naomi Van Zandt – C, Danville

Halateka Williams – P, Pleasanton

Anna Wright – FH, Mother Lode

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