A number of area athletes, including eight members of Dixon High School's national championship team, will compete for the Northern California Youth Rugby Association against Canadian teams during a tour of Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday through Friday.
Chris Rico, Anthony Salaber, Pepe Semeraro, Val Lee-Lo, Austen Middleton, Kyle Garlick, Nico Bedoya and Nick Bonovich recently led Dixon to the USA Rugby High School Championship in South Jordan, Utah. The Rams beat Penn of Mishawaka, Ind., 48-11 in the final.
Rob Salaber, Dixon's coach, also is leading the Northern California stars, which will field varsity and junior varsity teams.
The teams will play the British Columbia U-15 and U-17 teams on Tuesday and Thursday.