Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
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Play Rugby USA – New York
On a bright, sunny day in Chelsea, eight elementary schools gathered on November 18th for what would be a very thrilling day of rugby! The Elementary School Fall Tournament presented by Rhino Rugby USA had everything to make a good tournament great – superb talent from the players, uplifting cheering from the sidelines, and nail biting finishes. Over a great two hours of flag rugby, each team got the opportunity to play four games with the hopes of bringing home a trophy in the end.
By far the most exciting match of the day was the Plate Championship, which saw the Boys and Girls Republic defeat PS 75 in Sudden Death by a score of 10-9. Congratulations to all our winners, listed below.
Cup Championship: Lycee Francais (5) v. Epiphany RFC B (2)
Plate Championship: Boys and Girls Republic (10) v. PS 75(9)
Bowl Championship: Manhattan RFC A(5) v. Epiphany RFC A(4)
Shield Championship: Manhattan RFC B(3) v. PS 208(5)
This past Sunday, December 2nd, it was the Middle Schools’ turn to compete in the Middle School Fall Tournament Presented by Rhino Rugby USA. The day was warm and right for flag rugby. Four very competitive teams met at Chelsea Waterside Park to show off all the hard work they’ve put in at training. The number of boys and girls who came ready to play was so impressive that extra games were added including an all-girls game between 279 and Achievement First. The highlight of the day was the Plate final between Brooklyn Prospect Charter School and Achievement First Charter School. Everyone thought it would go to overtime until Brooklyn Prospect pulled off a thrilling victory with a try in the last minute of the game!
Cup Championship: MS279 defeats MS269
Plate Championship: Brooklyn Prospect Charter School defeats Achievement First Charter School
Special thanks to all the players, coaches, parents, friends and family who came out to compete and support all the teams! An extra thank you goes to our partner on both tournaments, Rhino Rugby USA. It was a great fall season and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone on the pitch again next spring!
Play Rugby USA – Los Angeles
The Play Rugby California staff have been hard at work in Los Angeles, and their efforts are showing. This season, they had 27 schools participating in the program including Emerson Middle School, which has 300 participants in the program!
The first fall tournament on October 27th featured the Beyond the Bell program with 18 of their Elementary sites, 6 of them playing flag rugby for the first time! The event was a massive success.
The program still has a couple awesome events coming up, be sure to check them out if you are in the area.
Saturday December 8th:
LA Fall Cup Tournament featuring Beyond the Bell (18 Elementary Sites), After-School All-Stars (7 Middle School Sites), ICEF (3 Middle School Sites).
Sotomayor High School at 2050 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Saturday December 8th:
Hollywood Schoolhouse Half-Time Exhibition Match (UCLA) featuring 7-a-side with students aged 7 & 8.
Friday December 14th:
Emerson Middle School Tournament featuring 6 Teams
Emerson Middle School at 1650 Selby Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024