Sumner Rugby Football Club traveled to Memphis to take on Christian Brothers High School in the Tennessee Rugby Association State Championship Semifinals this past weekend. Tyler Diggs scored the first try for Sumner RFC, with Landon Barton and Tucker Milliken scoring the other points for Sumner. In the end, Sumner came up a bit short with a final score of 21-15. Sumner RFC Head Coach Brian Silkwood said, “Every single one of our guys played hard, and left it all on the field in Memphis. I’m proud of how they played, and have enjoyed coaching this great group this season.” After the match, Coach Silkwood asked the captain for Sumner Rugby, Grant Silkwood, to name a player from the opposing team as the “Man of the Match.” The Christian Brothers team captain was asked to choose a player from the Sumner side as well and chose senior Corbin Alexander. Saturday’s game ends the season for Sumner RFC, and the high school rugby career for seniors: Corbin Alexander, Shaun Lilliard, Tayton Milliken, Kamiri Orange, Stockton Pyne, Grant Silkwood, Liam Taylor, and Anderson Thomas (injured).

Sumner RFC will host the Tennessee Rugby Association State Championship Tournament at the Hendersonville Rugby Complex on Saturday, May 8th. Middle school, high school boys and high school girls divisions will play for their respective championships. The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with the middle school division game. Two nationally-ranked high school boys’ teams will play for the TRA State Championship on Saturday: Harpeth Harlequins vs. Germantown Rugby. Approximately 500 people are expected to travel to Hendersonville from across the state to attend Saturday’s event. For more information, and updates about rugby in Hendersonville find “Sumner County Rugby” on Facebook or email Head Coach Brian Silkwood at silkrugby@yahoo.com.

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