The trophies were shared between the regions at the 2017 Ryvita Touch Nationals for Junior and Masters teams.
This was the first year that these specific sections had had their own dedicated showpiece day, and – with the exception of the last match of the day – the conditions at Droitwich rugby club matched the prestige of the occasion.
In all 33 teams took part across the seven categories. There were separate competitions for Boys’ 18s, Girls’ 18s, Mixed 18s and Mixed 15s for junior players, with Mens’ 35s, Women’s 35s and Mens’ 45s for seniors.
The Northern Stars were the dominant group at Under-18 level, taking home all three titles on offer. The Southern Mavericks lifted the Mixed 15s trophy, with the senior titles shared between London Dragons (Mens’ 35s), South-East Renegades (Womens’ 35s) and West Wildcats (Mens’ 45s).
All of the junior games were double or triple-refereed by the qualified TeamRef crew, with equal emphasis placed on encouragement and enjoyment as well as giving the young players the experience of playing under competitive tournament conditions that they will encounter as they progress through the age ranks.
With the exception of the Girls’ 18s, which was played out solely on a round-robin basis, all of the categories had a league section which determined who progressed to which final, and then a final match to decide the final rankings.
Congratulations to all of the players and coaches for contributing to a great day, as well as the referees, volunteers, and our hosts at Droitwich RFC, whose bacon rolls were magnificent!
North Somerset Barbarians
Southern Suns 40s
Southern Suns 35s