If you thought the 2016-17 season for the Hopkins High School girls’ rugby team couldn’t get any better, think again. Fresh off their appearance at a national tournament, the team is now the proud owners of not one but two state championship titles.
On June 3 and 4, the team participated in the Minnesota Youth Rugby State Tournament held in St. Paul where teams from around the state brought their best clubs. Both Hopkins sevens and fifteens teams participated. The standard fifteens team is 15 players that play 40-minute halves, whereas the sevens team consists of only seven players and play seven-minute halves.
The sevens team was impressive all throughout their playoff run. In a competitive match against Osseo, the Royals came out on top with a 10-7 victory, earning the first state championship title of the weekend. Later, the fifteens team took on the North Suburban club. And with a decisive victory of 49-7, they claimed the second state championship of the day. Rugby parent Kim Ruckdaschel-Haley said this is the fifteens’ first state title since 1999.
These two championships cap off an incredible season for the Royals rugby club. Both sevens and fifteens teams went undefeated this season, and the club earned the title of Midwest High School Club Champions. This was all rounded out with a first-time appearance in the National High School Girls Club Rugby Championship, where they placed eighth overall.