Prestigious youth rugby return for Lathallan School

Lathallan Rugby 7s 2022

A POPULAR youth rugby tournament returned to one of the North-east’s top independent schools at the weekend for the first time in more than two years.

The Lathallan Rugby 7s was last held in 2019 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and is now making a welcome return to the coastal school near Johnshaven.

A total of 35 teams representing 13 schools and clubs competed in the one day event with matches across under 12, under 14, under 16, and under 18 categories.

After a tough day of competition, the eventual winners were High School of Dundee in the under 12s and under 14s and Robert Gordon’s College in the under 16 and under 18 competitions.

Richard Toley, headmaster at Lathallan School, said he was looking forward to seeing how players had developed over the last two years.

“Bringing so many teams together from across the area today to play Rugby 7s after so long is something to really celebrate! I have always felt the best events are where you leave feeling invigorated, connected and inspired,” he said.

“This year we had five Lathallan teams competing across all four age groups. It was great for everyone to see how much the players have developed over the past few years – and for our teams to make the final of the under 14s and the semis of the under 18s is something to celebrate.”

As in previous years, the event was heavily supported by both local housebuilder, Snowdrop Developments, as well as the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), with current Scotland Team players, including old Lathallian and U20 team member, Tim Brown, and 7s star Kaleem Baretto there on the day to show their support.

Ian Barr, Scottish Rugby President, said: “Schools rugby is the lifeblood and future of our sport, and so the return of this great Lathallan School tradition is one that will fill those involved with great pride and excitement.

“Some of Scotland’s future stars may well have been on show on the day, but the most important thing was to see so many youngsters playing competitive rugby with a smile on their face as 35 teams from across the region participated.” 

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