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Rugby match reunites high school and club teammates

 Left to right: Gil Covey (Cathedral / SDSU), Alec Barton (Cathedral, St. Mary’s), Michael Tillson (Torrey Pines / St. Mary’s), Johnny Abdulahad (Cathedral / SDSU), Chase Pickwell (Torrey Pines / SDSU), Brad Roberts (Canyon Crest Academy / St. Mary’s), Jonathan Raby (Torrey Pines / SDSU), Alec Mill
Left to right: Gil Covey (Cathedral / SDSU), Alec Barton (Cathedral, St. Mary’s), Michael Tillson (Torrey Pines / St. Mary’s), Johnny Abdulahad (Cathedral / SDSU), Chase Pickwell (Torrey Pines / SDSU), Brad Roberts (Canyon Crest Academy / St. Mary’s), Jonathan Raby (Torrey Pines / SDSU), Alec Mills (Torrey Pines / St. Mary’s). Photo by Carl Roberts

When the #4 ranked St. Mary’s rugby team visited #18 San Diego State University on Saturday, Feb. 13, eight players with local high school and club roots were on the pitch. The Gaels, from Moraga, Calif., are the reigning Division 1 collegiate rugby champions, and showed why, defeating a game Aztecs squad, 61-7. But, afterwards the athletes — who all played for the Carmel Valley-based San Diego Mustangs Rugby Club — held a small reunion.


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