Although rugby is not yet an official Minnesota State High School League sport, there is plenty of interest when it comes to the State Tournament.
Fans packed the stands at North St. Paul High School last week to watch Edina play Eagan in the championship game, which Edina won by a score of 22-10.
This is the sixth year in a row that Edina has won the state championship, and its first championship under head coach Rob Thoresen.
Many of the boys on the Edina squad are multisport athletes, including football linebackers Nick Bloom and Pericles Angelos. Rugby is a tough sport, played without pads that features scrums, tackles and dashes for trys.
Edina is one of the schools that has embraced the sport and played it at a high level.
Among the Lake Conference schools, Hopkins and Minnetonka are others that boast strong rugby traditions. Minnetonka is the team Edina defeated in the state semifinals.
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