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British Rugby Festival

 Charlotte, NC - September 15, 2011


British Rugby Fest that we will be hosting in partnership with the British American School of Charlotte on October 1st. Every year International House represents a different country at its Gala and hosts a social event to showcase that culture in Charlotte. This year our featured country is the United Kingdom.


The free Rugby Fest will be a fun-filled event with British food and entertainment and matches by local teams. In 2016, sevens rugby (7-on-7 games with short play time) will be an Olympic event, and we will hold be sevens matches for younger children and for girls. We will also hold a match of Charlotte’s best high school-age players (with teams based on their schools’ location in Charlotte) and a senior game. There will also be a free, 45-minute introductory rugby clinic for children of all ages at noon—please see  below for the sign up sheet and flyer. The England vs. Scotland World Cup match will be aired on a big screen in the early afternoon—yes, it’s Rugby World Cup time—and there will be food vendors as well as entertainment for adults and children. Please see the attached flyers for a better idea of what it’s all about.

- Flyer

- Sign-up Sheet

NCYRU New Board of Directors

 Charlotte, NC - September 4, 2011


On August 28, 2011 in Greensboro, NC the members of the NCSBRO, North Carolina Youth Rugby Unoion elected a new Board of Directors for the 2011- 2012 season.


President - Dr. Carl Hamm
Vice-President - Riaan Van Schalkwyk 
Secretary - Steve Grill
Treasurer - John Adams


Boys Rugby Representative - Rob Futch
Girls Rugby Representative - Steve Costantini
Junior Rugby Representative - Tommy Myatt


The AGM minutes will be distributed shortly and posted in our website


For any additional information, please contact us at [email protected]

Level One Referees Course

Presented by North Carolina Youth Rugby Referee Society & NCYRU

When: Sunday September 25th, from 9:00AM to 5:00PM


Where: West Meck High School, 7400 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte, NC 28214


Why: With the continued growth of youth rugby in North Carolina, NCYRU is in need of qualified referees to handle games at the U11, U13, U15, and High School levels. To this end NCYRRS & NCYRU have teamed up with SERRS and USA Rugby to bring this course to Charlotte. NCYRRS & NCYRU are actively encouraging and recruiting new referees to officiate the youth game in North Carolina.  50% of each individual’s course fee will be reimbursed by NCYRU when a referee has officiated four youth games during the 2012 Spring Season


Cost: $65.00


$50.00 paid direct to USARugby upon completion of online registration


$15.00 made payable to SERRS at the door.


Registration: All attendees must pre-register with USA Rugby for the course using the following link;


Once registered please note the following information.


 After registering for the course, please send your confirmation email to Course Instructor Ken Muir (). Students are encouraged to complete the online law exam prior to the course. Go to - once successfully complete, please print and bring with you to the course the IRB certificate.



Lunch & Snacks : Snacks & drinks will be provided at the course. You will be responsible for your lunch. It is advised that you bring a lunch with you to the course.


Questions : Any questions can be directed to Richard Ridewood at 336-509-1399 or via email at [email protected]


Dear participants - many thanks for signing up for the course taking place next weekend. We shall send out a note next week surrounding logistics etc.

However, of major importance is the fact that we have homework to complete before we get to the course.

Please go to

You'll see on the bottom left of the homepage a section where you create an account and login to take the exam on the laws of the game.

Please go ahead and do this.

Then please go through and take the exam.

When complete there will be a certificate - please print out the cert and bring it with you next week.

Any questions/concerns please do not hesitate to ask.

Many Thanks for taking the time and effort to support Youth Rugby in North Carolina.


HS All American 7s Team Names

Written by News Release    Wednesday, 13 July 2011 15:45

BOULDER, Colo. – The USA Rugby Boy’s High School All-American Sevens team has officially been announced by Head Coach, David Fee, for the 2011 Victoria International Sevens on Saturday July 16 in Victoria, Canada.

The squad departs for Canada today and will hold a camp for the remainder of the week in preparation for the tournament that will kickoff on Saturday.

The six-team tournament field is composed of four Canadian and two American squads that will play a round-robin style of matches on Saturday July 16 at the University of Victoria’s Wallace Field Complex.  The All-Americans are the number one seed in the competition.

This will be the first time the HSAA Sevens team has assembled for a competition since they won the Las Vegas Sevens Invitational Boy’s U19/ High School Division in February 2011.  There are a lot of new faces to the HSAA Sevens team as Patrick Barrientes is the sole returner from that championship team in Las Vegas.

The players will have ample opportunities to make an impression for future selection.  With the inclusion of rugby sevens in the Olympics, age-grade and All-American sevens teams are a key component for player selection moving towards the 2016 Olympic Games.

Boy’s HSAA Sevens | Victoria Sevens | Victoria, Canada | July 16

USA HSAA 7s v. British Columbia #2 | 9:30 a.m.
USA HSAA 7s v. Prairies | 10:40 a.m.
USA HSAA 7s v. Ontario | 11:50 a.m.
USA HSAA 7s v. Utah | 1:00 p.m.
USA HSAA 7s v. British Columbia #1 | 5 p.m.

USA Boys HSAA Sevens
Patrick Barrientes (Sacramento Jesuit H.S.), Michael Black (Colorado Shaw (Columbus RFC), Ed Tandy Jr. (Back Bay Youth Rugby), Chris Turori (Valley Center H.S.), Jprings), Josh Brake (Glendale Raptor Rugby Academy), Stratton Brown (Lowland Rugby), Cory Graham (West Mecklenburg H.S.), Sean Mahon (Glen Ellyn Ducks RFC), Tony Polataivao Jr. (Rugby Oregon), Nick Salaber (Dixon RFC), Brad Sames Viafale (Tempe U19 Rugby Club)

Catholic rugby team heads to national tournament

From South Charlotte Weekly -
Posted by CW Editor on May 11, 2011



The Charlotte Catholic rugby team will compete for a national championship, starting Friday, May 20 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

One of the best-kept secrets in Mecklenburg County sports in recent years has been the success of the Charlotte Catholic rugby team. The Cougars, currently ranked third in the nation by Rugby Magazine, routinely have taken down some of the country’s best teams, although few people have noticed because the sport isn’t sanctioned by a high school athletic association.

Recently, however, Charlotte Catholic took another step toward carving out a place among the city’s most successful sports programs.

On April 30, the Cougars won the USARugby South Youth Championship in Sanford, Fla., and earned their third consecutive trip to the U.S. National Championships. Charlotte Catholic will represent the Southeast in the national tournament, which starts May 20 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Catholic was downright dominant in Florida, registering two shutouts during their three games.

In the High School Regional Final in Florida, the Cougars defeated Jupiter, 45-12, to secure their trip to the national tournament. Catholic jumped out to a 12-0 halftime lead over Jupiter, which was Florida’s top-ranked team. Catholic also posted victories over Archbishop Shaw (36-0) and Chapin, S.C. (29-0).

Charlotte Catholic finished fourth at last year’s national tournament.

The Cougars squad includes Andres Alvarado, Andrew Clement, Anthony Dellamea, Anthony Lopez, Ben Thomas, Brady Smith, Drew Ryan, Garrett Keenan, Jack McElravey, Jackson Krone, Jake Finger, Joey Sullivan, Jordan Dick, Mac Cook, Matt Cincotta, Matt Ober, Maxim Bennett, Michael Benjamin, Michael Notarangelo, Mudy Sowho, Murphy Swancy, Nick Funck, Nick Johnson, Nico Villacura, Pax Sabates, Phil Meagher, Quintin Helline, Ryan Auger, Sam Cowley, Sam Donahue, Thomas Warren, Tommy Longo, Tyler Anthony and Will Johnson.

Brendan Keane coaches the Cougars.

Click here for the results from Nationals

USA Rugby Approved as Olympic Sport Member of USOC

September 25, 2010 - Source (

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Rugby is thrilled to announce that it is now an Olympic Sport member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).  The USOC Board made the decision today after a thorough review of USA Rugby’s operations and the organization overall.  USA Rugby also presented and fielded questions at two public hearings. 


USA Rugby had been an Affiliated Sport member of the USOC since 1998, but the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) vote last October to include rugby sevens in the 2016 Olympics made possible USA Rugby’s new membership status in the USOC.  The USOC Board’s action today confirms USA Rugby as the official National Governing Body (NGB) of rugby in the United States.


CEO Nigel Melville and USA Rugby Vice Chairman, Bob Latham, were in Colorado Springs this week to ensure USA Rugby’s approval. 


“This is great news for USA Rugby. Since the announcement that rugby would return to the Olympic Games, we have developed a strong partnership with the USOC and look forward to making a positive contribution to the Olympic family in the future,” said Melville. 


“The game of rugby is growing at an incredible rate as thousands of young Americans are picking up the ball and running with it for the first time and dreaming of Olympic glory in 2016 and 2020.”


The United States men’s sevens rugby team will participate in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in October of next year.  Both the men’s and women’s teams will compete to qualify for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.

Click here to read Erin Kennedy's (Youth Development Manager, USA Rugby) letter about starting new rugby programs and the possible impact that rugby can have on youth players.