Archmere Rugby Wins National Title

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Three years ago, not many students and faculty knew much about rugby at Archmere Academy, a small private school located in Claymont, Delaware.  The school decided to incorporate rugby as part of their athletic program in 2012.  Athletes who wanted to learn more about the sport were encouraged to go out for the team and try it out.  After two consecutive years of increased expectations, and now, a National Title, it’s clear to say, rugby has become a big hit at Archmere.  The strides this program has taken in just three years is remarkable

The Auks boasted with confidence early in the season after a convincing 26-5 win over Delaware’s former powerhouse and private school rival, Salesianum High School.  The team continued to roll through their regular season earning victories over Smyrna, Conestoga (PA), St. Joe’s and many other local foes.  Archmere went on to defeat Salesianum, again, for the state rugby title.

The weekend of May 30 and 31 was the High School Rugby Championship (HSRC) at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The tournament was comprised of the nation’s elite rugby “sevens” teams. For those who are new to sevens, the game is 7 on 7 with two 7 minute halves. Points are counted as 5 for a score and one for the kick after. The Auks were hot the whole tournament, beating Malvern Prep and Downingtown on Friday. Saturday they faced off against foes from St. Augustine and Pride Rugby (Connecticut) to earn a spot in the national championship against national powerhouse, Rock Rugby (Texas). Archmere controlled the play from the start, scoring twice in the first half. The Auks held the momentum into the second half and kept Rock at bay, winning 17-5, and capped off a fantastic season.

Titus had the opportunity to work the Auks during their in-season training.  The leadership from the upperclassmen was evident from day one through their hard work and dedication each and every workout.  The sophomores and freshmen were acclimated fairly quickly to the high intensity training sessions.  Every athlete pushed himself all season long to elevate their game through performance training.

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