Arrowtown Primary School won a spot at the national schools’ Rippa Rugby tournament after winning the Otago Rippa Rugby title in Dunedin last week.
Arrowtown defeated Wanaka Primary School 11-7 in the final to take the top spot in the Year 5 and 6 competition.
School sports co-ordinator Paul Winders said it was the second time the school would be off to compete at the nationals after competing last year.
However only one player, Alice Robinson, would be returning from last year’s team to try and beat the school’s second placed position at the national tournament.
The team played a hard five games at the Forsyth Stadium Bar on Wednesday to take the title.
"They were very excited to play at the new stadium" and were left "champing at the bit" after the win, Mr Winders said.
He said he could not name a stand-out player from the tournament as the team’s strength was in its team work.
"And our girls are just as good as the boys," he said.
Each team needed five boys and five girls and last year the team had been singled out as having strong girl players, Mr Winders said.
"We have a lot of girls that love the game," he said.
The team will travel to Wellington in September to take part in the national schools’ tournament.
A total of 24 teams, and 240 players, from across Otago competed at the tournament last week.
The Terrace Primary School, in Alexandra, won the Year 3 and 4 section after beating St Joseph’s in Queenstown 9-8 and Tahuna Intermediate, in Dunedin, won the Year 7 and 8 section after beating Arrowtown 13-10.
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