Chapel Hill: Sports

Highlanders Rugby gets a jump on the spring season

Under bright blue skies last week, six youth rugby clubs came together for a second annual Chapel Hill preseason rugby tournament at Cedar Falls Park.

Not surprising to anyone who knows their history, the Highlanders Rugby Club of Chapel Hill came out on top.

Two pools comprising teams from Chapel Hill, Southern Pines, Myers Park, Raleigh, Clayton and Charlotte battled it out. The Highlanders and Union County won their respective pools to reach the championship final.

Despite being at a significant weight and height disadvantage in the final match, the Highlanders came out with a 12-0 win, which included two tries from full back Ben Austin and one conversion from scrum half Lawrence Bridges.

Highlanders president Robert Joseph commented “I am both delighted to see the Chapel Hill Highlanders win the tournament with some very attractive rugby, but also to see so many youth clubs from the area participating and joining in to create a great event.”

The youth rugby season runs from February to May. The Chapel Hill Highlanders practice from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Cedar Fall Park. High school aged players of all sizes, abilities and experiences are welcome. The next home game versus North Raleigh is at 7 p.m. Friday at Cedar Falls Park.

For further information, see or call Joseph at 919-607-5509.

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