London New Zealand was represented in the mixed A grade and men’s divisions at the Try Tag Rugby June International Cup tournament held on Saturday 8 June, and managed to secure some silverware in the men’s division.
London New Zealand had made the finals on a number of occasions, but had never managed to claim the top prize at the International Cup tournaments.
London New Zealand started strong in the mixed A grade with a 6-2 victory over Try Tag Rugby England, a 4-4 draw against London Australia and a 0-5 defeat to the hands of London Ireland. The Kiwi mixed A grade squad lost their semi final in a close one 3-6 to London Ireland but finished in third position after defeating Try Tag Rugby England 5-3 in the third place playoff match.
In the men’s division, London New Zealand went through the pool stages undefeated with the following wins: 5-2 against Try Tag Rugby England, 4-1 against London Australia and 9-2 against London Scotland.
London New Zealand put in a cracking performance in the semi finals, proving too strong for London Scotland with an 11-1 triumph. London New Zealand were then due to meet their trans-Tasman rivals, the Aussies, in the final.
London Australia had won every International Cup men’s title to date – only having lost one match previously. The Kiwis had something to say about this and produced a stellar performance in what was described as a huge upset to defeat the Aussies 2-1 in the men’s final and to claim London New Zealand’s first ever International Cup title.
London New Zealand men’s squad: Aaron Bailey, Daniel Dick, Jake George, Asher Harper, Richard Hoyle, Marcus Hughes, Kelly Joyce, Benjamin Lewis, Chris Mansfield, Nick Read (c), Luke Whitely.
The Try Tag Rugby International Cup tournament is staged biannually with the next International Cup to be held on Saturday 2 November.
Meanwhile, Try Tag Rugby’s summer leagues commence from 25 June onwards at 15 venues across London and Reading. Due to the successful Fulham league which sold out in its first season, Try Tag Rugby are introducing a second evening (Tuesdays) at Fulham.
The competitions cater for all standards of players with divisions including beginner, intermediate, A grade and for the ultra competitive, super league.
Leagues are taking place at Acton, Balham, Borough, Canada Water, East London RFC, Finsbury Park, Fulham, Highbury, Hoxton, Reading, Richmond, Shoreditch Park, Southfields (Wimbledon Park) and Wandsworth Town.
If you would like to register for a Try Tag Rugby summer competition, go to www.trytagrugby.com or email [email protected] for more details.