SCHOOLS and teams from across North Wales and the North of England competed in the annual RPS Under-16 Rugby 7s at Rydal Penrhos.

In one of the first major rugby competitions since restrictions were eased in Wales, teams competed in two separate pools before being split into Cup, Plate, and Trophy categories.

After a competitive day of action, St Ambrose College emerged as the Cup and overall winners of the tournament thanks to a hard-fought victory of Stonyhurst College in the final.

North Wales Pioneer: A player runs for the try lineA player runs for the try line

Wirral Grammar School emerged victoriously from the Plate section with a final win over Colwyn Bay Rugby Club, with Llandovery College taking away the Trophy section bragging rights with a convincing success over Stockport Grammar School.

It was also an extremely worthwhile outing for Rydal Penrhos’ under-16 squad, who were playing the 7s discipline for the first time in two years competitively and performed well throughout, winning against Newcastle-under-Lyme School to qualify for the Plate event.

This saw the hosts come up against Colwyn Bay, which finished 17-17 with the same number of tries and conversions, leaving the outcome decided by a coin toss that went the Bay’s way.

North Wales Pioneer: The tournament was a success for North Wales rugby teamsThe tournament was a success for North Wales rugby teams

Exile Sportswear and Edwards of Conwy also leant their support by sponsoring the competition.

Nicky Head, Head of Physical Education at Rydal Penrhos, said: “This was a marvellous occasion and it was great to see the school full of life during a brilliant day of Rugby 7s.

“We would like to thank all the staff, players, sponsors, referees and supporters for attending and we look forward to welcoming you all back in 2023.”