David Starnes describes rugby as a sanctuary. A place for him to hone in on becoming a better athlete and brother. An escape from the stress of everyday life and an outlet to channel his focus on one thing. Because of David’s focus on the pitch, his rugby ability has landed him a spot on the Sacramento State University Men’s Rugby Club roster.  

“Any time that a player with David’s rugby background comes to a program, it is a blessing.  He is a versatile player who is most comfortable at scrumhalf or wing, but has embraced the task of leading his new squad from the flyhalf position.  For a college freshman, he has excellent field vision and a good sense of game rhythm.  He has a nifty step, is clever with his foot, and does not shy away from tackles, even though he is usually the smallest player on the pitch,” said Sacramento State’s Men’s Rugby Head Coach, Steven Seifert. 

Starnes’ rugby goal is simple; to be a part of a hard-working team. He looks forward to applying his skillset at the next level and winning as many matches as possible. 

Prior to Sacramento State, Starnes has nine full rugby seasons under his belt and a high school national championship title. As four-year varsity starter and a two-time captain for Jesuit Varsity Rugby, he was nationally ranked at scrumhalf in 2018. He also earned honors as captain, a backs Most Valuable Player award, and a Most Valuable Player award with Christian Brothers Rugby. 

A graduate of Jesuit High School in Northern California, David had great grades. In addition to excelling in the classroom and on the pitch, David was an active participant in many clubs and organizations at his high school and within the community. He was a member of the Sacramento City Youth Commission for two years serving to protect, preserve, and enhance the quality of life for Sacramento youth by working alongside the city council to create policies and programming. He also volunteered with Camp ReCreation and Challenge Sports, a program for adults and children with developmental disabilities. 

“David clearly demonstrates a strong commitment to improving the lives of others in his community and has shown the ability to be an effective and confident leader. He also had a strong work ethic and is extremely reliable while at the same time being approachable and quite easy going. David has become a valued member of the Camp ReCreation team who we can consistently count on. I firmly believe that he will continue to exhibit these same fine qualities in future endeavors,” said Kathi Barber, Camp ReCreation Director. 

He is interested in a medical career path with intentions of becoming a sports medicine physician or a physical therapist. He would like to use his career to give back to the sport that has shaped his life and impacted it for the better.