The SYC - West End Boys 7/8th team won the state tournament in Richmond on May 13, 2017. They played a tough match and defeated top-seed Vienna while making more penalty kicks after the match had ended in a 5-5 tie. It was total team effort.
May 21, 2016 -- The West End Boys HS rugby team, the #6 seed, won the Tier II national championship with a hard fought 19-15 victory over #1 seed Pelham on a rain-soaked, muddy pitch at the Rugby Athletic Center in Charlotte, NC. Hooker Ieaun Israel led the scoring with two tries, including the game winner; fullback John "Cowbell" LeFevre scored on a spectacular run and glide to the corner, and scrumhalf Jacob Estes added two conversions.
Along the way, West End beat #3 seed St. Thomas Aquinas 19-10 and #2 seed Charlotte Catholic 27-19.
Watch video highlights of the championship game at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHpTx_nigtQ, starting at the 3:15:12 mark.
And here is rugby journalist Alex Goff's take: "West End Recovers to Win Boys Tier II at Nationals."
May 30, 2015 -- SYC/West End's Boys HS and Girls HS teams both won the state championships!
The Boys beat Ft Hunt 22-20 in a nailbiter. Down 17-20 with time about to expire, West End scrumhalf and MVP Jacob Estes quick tapped from a penalty on Ft Hunt's 5-m line and dove in for the game-winning try.
The Girls crushed FPYC 73-10 in a game that was never in doubt. MVP was flyhalf Maddie Pennell.
Read write-ups about both games on Goff Rugby Report:
Attention West End senior boys & girls: Applications for the Dave Bailey Memorial Scholarship are due to Coach Rupp by May 31. Visit the Dave Bailey Memorial Scholarship page for more information and the application form.
Both our Boys HS team and Girls HS team have been invited to Nationals again. For details about trip planning, see the Rugby Nationals page.
The annual SYC West End Champions Campaign fundraiser is underway! Please support sending our Boys HS and Girls HS teams to Nationals with your generous donation! Donations also support our Dave Bailey Memorial Scholarship fund.
Ways to help include:
Details on the Champions Campaign page and the flyer below. Thank you!
West End's Boys HS Rugby team is playing in the Boys HS Rugby National Invitational Tournament, held May 19-21 in Charlotte, NC. West End is the #6 seed in the combined division, and squares off against #3 seed and defending Kansas state champion St. Thomas Aquinas in first round action Thursday May 19. On Friday the winner faces faces either Charlotte Catholic or North Bay, pending the outcome of their match.
Web streaming of some matches will be available via these links:
For our full itinerary and match schedule, visit the Rugby Nationals page.
Please support the rugby program by donating now to our 2016 Champions Campaign! Donors receive recognition and a free West End Rugby t-shirt!
Learn more and donate on the Champions Campaign page.
West End's strength & conditioning coach Dan Twomey has created these workouts and nutrition guidelines to help all our players play their best rugby. Follow his advice!