Player Spotlight

Zander Stevens

Zander Stevens

Most Recent SCYR Team:Back Bay Youth Rugby, U12

Years Playing Rugby: 2

What do you love about the game of rugby?I love that my team is like a family and we always work together. During the game, my favorite thing is tackling!

What is your favorite rugby memory or experience?My favorite experience was playing in and winning the LA International 7’s Tournament because we got to see new teams that we don’t usually see.

What are your goals or aspirations in the game of rugby?My goals are to get faster and hit harder!

Asher Hannon

Asher Hannon

Most Recent SCYR Team:Murrieta Valley High School, White 15s

Years Playing Rugby:11

What do you love about the game of rugby?The physicality, brotherhood, and inclusion.

What is your favorite rugby memory or experience?Getting accepted to play for Eagles Impact Rugby Academy and proving that hard work pays off. Playing for EIRA in Denver and British Columbia and being invited to Ireland to play against Pro 14 Junior sides.

What are your goals or aspirations in the game of rugby?Attend college and play for Norte Dame College of Ohio and then play professionally.

Lolua Tauanu’u

Lolua Tauanu’u

Most Recent SCYR Team: Belmont Shore, U12

Years Playing Rugby: 4

What do you love about the game of rugby?The family environment at Belmont Shore Rugby is the best. A lot of my cousins play for the club from U8 to U18 boys and girls. My dad and uncles coach for Belmont and I have uncles who play with the Men’s team too.

What is your favorite rugby memory or experience?Winning U14 Girls LVI 2019, NAI 2019 and LAI 2020. Wish we could’ve played at Tropical Sevens.

What are your goals or aspirations in the game of rugby? I dream of going to college on a rugby scholarship and play for the USA Women’s Eagles team.

Laird Johnson

Laird Johnson

Most Recent SCYR Team: Coastal Dragons, U10

Years Playing Rugby: 4

What do you love about the game of rugby?I love that everyone gets to run and tackle and play in the game. Everyone has to play together and learn together to get better. I also love that I can have fun and let my skills show. Skills are built, not born.

What is your favorite rugby memory or experience?My favorite time in rugby was during last year’s 7s End-of-Season Tournament. I got a pass from a ruck, stepped a kid and trucked a kid, and then offloaded to my teammate for a try. It was awesome seeing everyone jumping up and down and cheering.

What are your goals or aspirations in the game of rugby?My dream is to play professional rugby in MLR or France with Mikey Te’o.

Trina Rizzotto

Trina Rizzotto

Most Recent SCYR Team:Valley Center Jaguars High School, Girls Gold 7s

Years Playing Rugby:6 1/2 years

What do you love about the game of rugby? I love the culture of rugby and the way each team becomes your family. I enjoy the fierce competition on the field and the way both teams come together after the game to shine a spotlight on good rugby playing. I like picking a Man of the Match with the other team and awarding a “trophy,” which from our team is a travel size deodorant for their sports bag.

What is your favorite rugby memory or experience?During my first season of U10 Summer 7s, an opposing team player grabbed me by both braids to keep me out of the try zone, which resulted in a penalty. I took the tap and go and scored that try. I got to tackle the braid-puller several more times during that game.

What are your goals or aspirations in the game of rugby?I hope to play rugby in college and the dream is to represent the USA in international play.

Orion Shanks

Orion Shanks

Most Recent SCYR Team: Santa Monica Rugby Club U8 Flag

Years Playing Rugby:2

What do you love about the game of rugby? The friendships and the camaraderie with teammates.

What is your favorite rugby memory or experience?Scoring a bunch of tries and pulling countless number of flags in the final tournament, and getting MVP of the team!

What are your goals or aspirations in the game of rugby? To take my skills to the highest level I can and play at the highest level possible.

Caelyb Aguirre

Caelyb Aguirre

Most Recent SCYR Team:OMBAC Wallabies U12

Years Playing Rugby:1

What do you love about the game of rugby? Being able to run all over the place. I can leave it all on the field and after the game catch up on some laughs with friends from other teams.

What is your favorite rugby memory or experience?Playing in the Cal-State Games in 2019 with my old team the Aztecs. We got third in the tournament.

What are your goals or aspirations in the game of rugby? To learn and better myself as a player. My long term goal is to get a scholarship in college to play rugby and possibly play in the MLR.

Jarrod Mosby Jr.

Jarrod Mosby Jr.

Most Recent SCYR Team:Corona Centennial High School / White 15s

Years Playing Rugby: 5

What do you love about the game of rugby? I love how everyone is a family through thick and thin and how everyone is willing to help each other.

What is your favorite rugby memory or experience?My favorite rugby experience was probably my senior year in the first game with a brand new team I broke the gain line and offloaded to my teammate. He scored the first ever try for the team. He told me after the game that the game of rugby has to be played selfless — you need everyone on the team to score a try.

What are your goals or aspirations in the game of rugby?My goal is to grow the game and give back to the youth to make them the future. My goals are to make the USA U20’s and play college Rugby at Norco College — and maybe play for Major League Rugby one day!