Founded in 1964, Belmont Shore Rugby Football club is one of the premier rugby clubs in the United States, with a history of Championship winning teams throughout the age groups. Located in Long Beach, Ca the club has a flourishing youth program, a traditionally dominate men’s program, and a women’s team competing in Division 1. The club provides rugby playing opportunities to individuals of all ages with or without any experience.
Here is your Belmont Shore RFC team heading to Texas to play the Austin Blacks in the USA Rugby 2018 Club Western Championships.
What a season for Belmont's fullback Viliame Iongi. On his way to scoring the most tries in the Pacific Rugby Premiership, 15, he also picked up the MVP award. The ex-Tongan international had an innate ability to score tries in bunches. Iongi did the unprecedented by scoring 4 tries in back-to-back games.
"Iongi is an international player and he should punish defenses, frankly," Belmont Shore head coach Ray Egan said. "He's a very intelligent player and a very balanced runner.”
In the PRP finals against Ombac Iongi was a handful for the defense all game. His try right before half was a tremendous individual effort that helped keep Belmont in the game.
Iongi will look to keep up his try scoring as Belmont Shore faces the Austin Blacks in the USA Rugby National Semi-Final.
Click below to watch Iongi's try against Ombac in the PRP Championship Game.