The Cal Poly Humboldt men’s rugby team has announced the addition of three new recruits as the Jacks get set for the upcoming season.
The local university’s rugby program has been growing in stature in recent years and the coaches are hoping to continue that trend with the addition of Logan Zampa, Miguel Cornejo and Bryce Darlington.
All three players are expected to play a key role for the team.
“It is very exciting to have Bryce, Miguel, and Logan join Cal Poly rugby this fall semester,” assistant coach Vincent Celotto said. “All three will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on our team as we begin our League competition.
“We have a solid crew of returning players who are amped up, ready to pick up where we left off last season with a NorCal League Championship and a run at PacWest regional playoffs.”
Zampa is a junior transfer from Napa Valley College. The Napa native is a 6-foot-1 prop who captained the Napa Stormers rugby team during his junior year in high school and led them to a league championship.
He was also named team MVP during his senior high school season was selected to play on the Pacific Coast Grizzly Collegiate All-Star Team and earned the Rising Star All-American award during his freshman season at Napa.
Cornejo, meanwhile, is a 6-4 flanker and lock from Downey, where he graduated from Warren High School, while Darlington is a 5-10 flanker and front row from Chico High School.
“All three will compete in our forwards pack,” said Celotto, who added they will “strengthen our depth.”