Razorbacks Back in Action
California Rugby League is delighted that this weekend marks the first weekend of games for The Razorbacks in the 2021 World Championship.
With the most impressive resume in California Rugby League the Razorbacks have won a National Championship as a Rugby Union Club and the only team in the league to have a fully numbered women’s team.
The driving force behind the organization is Sam Vailala or as he is known around California and the world ‘DJ Tiger'.
Sam has been instrumental in the journey of many young men and women who come through the Razorbacks system. Several players have moved on to professional contracts and college scholarships as a byproduct of the work of Sam and the Razorbacks club.
The club has been called home by the likes of Tevita Tameilau (USA Eagles, San Diego Legion), Folau Niua (USA 7’s), Langi Langi Haupeakui (LA Gilitins, USA Eagles), Ronaldo Dwyer (Seattle Seawolves) and many more.
This Saturdays game marks the rematch of the only game in 2020 with a game in Berkeley against big rivals Sacramento Immortals.
The game last year was played the week before Christmas and aired Chirstmas Day on Facebook to 20,000 fans from around the world.
The final score in that contest was 20 – 14 to the Immortals.
USARL.com caught up with Sam Tiger ahead of the clash he had this to say – “the Razorbacks are super excited for the opportunity to play the game. It’s just another opportunity for us to show case our young talent to the world that we also can play Rugby league. Also, hoping that some of our boys can make Team USA. We are a team that’s put together with different ethnicity and from all over the Bay Area. We all come from different backgrounds and different struggles in life, but when we come together we are more than just a team, we are a family. We are excited to grow together as a team and as A family. This will be our very first rugby league season game. It will be all action out there so come support your Bay Area Razorbacks family “
Players to watch out for are Tevita Tameliau who has experience representing his country in the 15-man game as well as strong ball runners Matt Almeida (MLR Houston) and Tone Pole. Also keep an eye out for Oakland native and former footballer Tookey Stevenson the speed demon.