Royal Irish is among the top HS clubs again this year, and St. Ignatius out of Cleveland just got put in the possibly unenviable position of being ranked #1 among single-school teams - now they will be playing each other.
Royal Irish defeated St. Edward 17-9 over the weekend in a game that said different things to the different coaches.
For St. Edward Coach Tom Cleary, the performance was a step forward after a 15-0 loss to the same Royal Irish team a week ago in the Lindenwood Tournament. St. Edward lost a couple of players to injury in that tournament but rebounded.
Royal Irish may have beaten St. Edward 15-0 during the Lindenwood Tournament last week, but you might also feel comfortable discounting that result.
The Lindenwood Tournament returned this weekend with six top HS teams in action Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, despite chilly and snowy conditions at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., all of the games were held.
You could call it a meteoric rise, but like a lot of meteoric rises, it took a long time and a lot of effort.
Flyhalf and scrumhalf are important positions on a rugby field - they’re all important, sure, but these two have special responsibilities - and perhaps that’s why we so often see players trained overseas fill those positions at the national, pro, club, and even college level; but there are capable halfbacks in the HS ranks coming up who need to be looked at.
It’s been a wild and interesting year for Jonas Petrakopoulos, and there is certainly more interesting things to come.
The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U17s completed a two-game sweep of the British Columbia U17s with a 38-7 defeat of their hosts Saturday at the campus of the University of British Columbia.
EIRA U17s beat BC U17s 58-17 on Wednesday in a game that was impressive in terms of their ball movement, but also featured a couple of BC scores the tourists would have liked back.
Granite Bay exacted some measure of revenge and defeated Royal Irish to win the 2016 Boys HS Club national championship Saturday at the Rugby Athletic Center in Charlotte, NC.
The Grizzlies enjoyed a brilliant performance from their deep three of Anthony Wiley, Jon Rogers, and Sam Cusano, and an aggressive defensive performance from everyone.
Goff Rugby Report Editor Alex Goff checks in with Royal Irish co-captain Kyle Hoeper, who was a standout in last year's Boys HS club final, and scored a crucial try in this year's semifinal.
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Royal Irish won the Midwest Boys multi-school team bracket Sunday, but it wasn’t easy.
The defending NIT HS club champs defeated Fishers 21-17 in the final in a game where Fishers scored late and had a chance to win it.
Here are the latest scores from the Boys HS Midwest Championships in Elkart, Ind.
In the HS Club bracket, Royal Irish is in the final as expected, and they will take on Fishers:
Fishers 31-12 Brunswick
Marian 22-14 Grand Rapids Catholic
Carroll 36-7 Dexter
Royal Irish 31-0 Grandville