Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament

May 04 2012

Shawnigan Earn a Berth in Consolation Final Against South African Side

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posted May 4 2012

After a strong start by the host Japanese schools, including knocking Shawnigan out of the championship tournament, the host schools have been eliminated from title contention in both the championship and consolation tournaments.

On the second last day of the tournament Shawnigan defeated Fushimi HS 45-24 in a 7 try performance. The win earns them a spot in the consolation final against South African school Monument HS. Monument defeated Nagasaki Kita HS 43-12.

In the championship tournament favourites Kelston remain on course defeating Tonga College 34-11 and will face Truro College from England in the final.

Shawnigan Lake have only lost one game so far in the tournament but it was at a critical juncture that put them in the consolation round. The consolation final is for 9th and 10th ranking.

Full playoff results

Shawnigan Lose 1st Match but Rebound to Defeat Kelston from New Zealand: UPDATE

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updated May 2 2012

UPDATE: Shawnigan defeated Incheon High School from Korea 57-0 today to put them in the Tier 2 semi-final against Fushimi High School on Friday. Fushimi defeated their opponent, Toin Gakuen HS, 33-17.

It’s been a difficult tournament to decipher from afar. Shawnigan lost their first match to a team from Osaka (Josho Gakuen HS), and in convincing fashion 40-15. They then narrowly defeated a team from Nagasaki (Nagasaki Kita HS) 15-10 and with Kelston HS from New Zealand up next it was not looking good. Actually I was pondering the state of high school rugby in BC when the top team from the province and perhaps one of the top high school teams in the country was doing so poorly against Japanese competition. But then the unexpected happened, they defeated Kelston in their final pool match, a team that had won the New Zealand Top 4 title in 2011. Kelston had dispatched the two Japanese teams in pool competition by large margins, 53-21 and 54-19.

So what to make of this result? Was the Shawnigan team finally finding its feet after a rocky start, did Kelston rest some of their first players. The answer is probably somewhere in between. You can read the blogs from Shawnigan and Kelston below to get a feeling surrounding the competition.

Kelston Blog

Shawnigan Blog

Shawinigan unfortunately are out of the top 8 competition and now have to focus on taking 9th place, the Day 1 loss to Josho Gakuen relegated them to 3rd in their pool and only the top 2 advance to the top tier placing. Shawnigan face Incheon Mechanical Technical High School from Korea tomorrow and if they win that game will face a Japanese team on Friday. A win there would place them in the 9th place final on Saturday, possibly against the Australian (St Stanislaus' College) or South African (Monument High School ) school.

The last time a Canadian team entered the competition was 2009 when Carson Graham placed 19th out of 20. A school from France won that year (Dax Landes high school) but Hamilton Boys’ High School from New Zealand have won it the last two years.

Shawnigan Lake School Represents Canada in International Tournament

posted April 25 2012
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The Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament starts on Saturday in Fukuoka, Japan and Canada's representative, Shawnigan Lake School, started their travels yesterday. They're coming off a winning performance at the BC High School 7s championship last weekend. Shawnigan are seeded 2nd in Pool B behind Kelston Boys High School of New Zealand.

Coach Tim Murdy indicated he has a well balanced squad this year with a strong forward pack. Last year Shawnigan had the likes of Conor McCann, who is now at the Clermont Academy in France, when they won the BC High School XVs title. One player to watch this year is Grade 11 student Guisseppe du Toit from Maple Ridge. The #10 was featured in an article in the Burnaby Now newspaper. Murdy's concern when playing top teams like Kelston is the speed of play and being able to match that level. Shawnigan gets to ease into the competition as they play the two Japanese teams in their pool on Saturday and Sunday before facing Kelston on Tuesday.

The official tournament website is

Pool A
Monument High School (South Africa)
Tonga College (Tonga)
Higashi Fukuoka High School (Fukuoka)
Fushimi Technical High School (Kyoto)

Pool B
Kelston Boys High School (New Zealand)
Shawnigan Lake School (Canada)
Josho Gakuen High School (Osaka)
Nagasaki Kita High School (Nagasaki)

Pool C
Truro College (England)
Incheon Mechanical Technical High School (Korea)
Gose Industrial High School (Nara)
Chikushi High School (Fukuoka)

Pool D
St Stanislaus' College (Australia)
The British School (Uruguay)
Tokai University Gyosei High School (Osaka)
Toin Gakuen High School (Kanagawa)

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