Edina defeated Eagan 22-17 in the Minnesota Youth Rugby Boys HS final, capping off an undefeated league season.
(Photos from the game courtesy of Guy Warren)
The Midwest Boys HS Championships kicks off this weekend and it's a new-look tournament.
Previous years have seen the tournament split into HS Club and Single-School brackets. However, that has not been the best option, especially as Royal Irish has won fairly easily on the club side.
St. Edward probably secured its #1 single-school ranking for now with a 21-14 defeat of #2 St. Ignatius last week.
It was an exciting all-Rugby-Ohio league game that came down to the final moments, and St. Edward, led by center Grant Gutchall, lock Collin Haas, and tighthead prop Noah DiMichele scored three tries to take the game.
St. Edward HS of Ohio pulled off a major upset in beating #2-ranked single-school Jesuit of Sacramento.
Jesuit went into the game ranked behind Ohio team St. Ignatius in the FloRugby Top 50. St. Edward came in ranked #7. But most would have expected this to be a straightforward Jesuit victory.
St. Ignatius defeated St. Edward 17-7 this past weekend to win the Rugby Ohio Boys DI title.
A battle of top-ranked teams came off this past weekend as St. Ignatius met St. Edward in Rugby Ohio action.
Ignatius, the #1-ranked single-school team, and St. Edward, the #6 team, faced off, with Ignatius winning 26-17 despite missing some starters.
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One of the best questions to ask any coach of a select side is - what players from lesser-known teams are playing well?
With Rugby Ohio concentrating on running existing leagues and expanding participation numbers, the select side endeavors have fallen to the Celtic Elite program, and so far things seem to be going fairly well.
It was a wild and historic season for the Saint Joseph Academy girls rugby team out of Ohio, as St. Joe's often considered a strong program, but wasn't a team that you found near the top of the Girls National Championships.
St. Edward won the Rugby Ohio state championship Friday night, defeating longtime rivals St. Ignatius 12-7 in a typically difficult, tense game.
St. Edward took the lead with an unconverted try in the first half, but St. Ignatius replied and 7-5 at the break.