The 2019 State contest began Saturday, May 25 with A and B sides facing Fishers HS. The B side easily won 42-5 while the A side prevailed 36-12.
After facing Penn HS twice this season (once during regular play, the other during Midwest) and coming up short, this time Royal Irish A prevailed 20-12 and Royal Irish B won 31-14.
Congratulations, 2019 State Champs!
Once again, Royal Irish performed impressively during the 2019 National Championship, held at the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC) in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Because of our ranking, our round one pairing had us facing the team we lost the 2018 title to, Danville Oaks from California. This time, Royal Irish prevailed, 38-26!
In round two, we faced the San Diego Mustangs, who defeated another impressive team, Granite Bay. Again, Royal Irish came
on top 45-18.
Round three had us facing the Back Bay Sharks. After an incredible match, Royal Irish came in second after a 12-51 defeat.
Our boys performed exceptionally well and should be incredibly proud of their appearance at this year’s championship.
Go Royal Irish!
Unselfishness, teamwork and self-control largely define rugby. Rugby athletes are known for their versatility, sportsmanship and athleticism, no matter their size. It has been said that rugby is a physical game played by gentlemen. It is not football without pads! Rugby requires special tackling techniques. The ref, called Sir, is there to enforce fair and proper play.
Inclusiveness, camaraderie, respect for the other team and the officials are fundamental values in our program. Our players come from different schools but develop a brotherhood-like bond. Players come chiefly from Cathedral and Bishop Chatard high schools but we welcome players from any high school in the Indianapolis and suburban areas without a rugby program.
For 28 years, Royal Irish has been one of the most successful high school programs in the country, with four National Championship titles: 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017. In 2018, after a heart-stopping final, Royal Irish came in second place. In addition, the club won the Indiana State Championship thirteen times, including 2018, and the Midwest Championship for six years. The club’s motto is teaching boys to become gentlemen through the sport of rugby.