Fallbrook High athlete Steven Branham, age 16, has just played his second year of international rugby. From April 4 through 18, he toured with the USA Rugby Boys High School All American U17 Team and played in competitions in Portugal and France. In 2013, Branham was chosen to play on the USA Rugby U16 team against Wales and England and secured a starting position on an older U18 team for a game in Argentina as well.
During this year’s competitions, Branham played two games in Portugal and one in France over the 13-day period as a starter.
Branham scored the first try in the team’s second match against Portugal. While the USA team did not emerge victorious, they earned respect for their performance. France’s national team is ranked as one of the best in the world.
A second Fallbrook High player, Ian Crilly, was also selected for the tour, but was prevented from participating due to an injury.