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Wayne State College to Host HS/MS Club Championship

  • 23 Aug 2021

The 2022 Girls High School Club Rugby National Championship will occur Friday-Sunday, May 20-22 at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, the event is also expanding.

“We will have 2 divisions for high school-age teams and, for the first time, we will be including a middle-school division as well,” Girls National Championship Committee member Pam Laura explained. “We believe this is a growing area of the game and having this event available to that group will help promote the game.”

Wayne State College rugby coach Darrin Barner is organizing the event on the ground, and he has ample experience hosting large-scale tournaments on the campus’ 20-acre rugby facility. The Wildcats host an annual 15s tournament every March/April, and the previous iteration drew close to 100 college teams. To boot, the women’s program is easily the most successful National Collegiate Rugby entity in the game today, with multiple 15s and 7s national championships to its credit. Most recently, Wayne State College broadened its fan base by placing third at May Madness CRC 7s, finishing behind DI Elite’s Lindenwood University and Life University.

The 2022 club championship will be the first event since 2019, when the South Bay Spartans took home the title against Kahuku High School. After two dormant years due to Covid-19, the field will be especially fresh, as the only players who might have experience at this level and event would have been freshmen in 2019 and seniors in 2022.

For any high school club or middle school team interested in attending the championship, contact Pam Laura at Remember that “club” is defined as a multi-school team or one that is not sponsored by a single high school.

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