Dave Snyder’s first season ended pretty much before it began.
This was common around Indiana spring high school sports in 2020, with Covid-19 restrictions changing sports along with the rest of the world.
Snyder, who took over as coach of the Royal Irish Rugby Society this year after a decade as an assistant, said that made for a frustrating and disappointing mid-March and April. But he said that frustration in no way diminishes what the team’s players meant to the program – or where the program will go in the future.
This wasn’t the easiest season for the Royal Irish Rugby Society.
A perennial state, Midwest and national power, the Royal Irish – a rugby team made up of players from Cathedral and Bishop Chatard – were still powerful and still ranked among the nation’s top programs in 2019.
And while the Royal Irish placed just short of a couple of their seasonal goals, the season by any measure was a successful one – and the Royal Irish capped the season with a victory over a state rival for yet another Indiana State Championship.
The Royal Irish Rugby team defeated Penn 20-12 to win the 2019 State Championship. This is their 4th consecutive state title! Congratulations to coach Peterson and the team!
The Royal Irish Rugby team will compete in the National Championship Tournament May 16-18. The first match is Thursday vs Danville Oaks at 3:30 (5:30 EST). The tournament will continue on Friday and Saturday.
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The Royal Irish Rugby team are 3-time national champions (2017, 2015, 2014) in the club division.