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1 Apr

Registration Open for Fairfield Prep Summer Rugby Camp (Grades 5 - 8)

Calling all Rugby Youth!

Fairfield Prep (2023 CT State High School Boys Rugby Champions) is hosting a rugby summer camp July 8 - 11 for boys and girls heading into 5-8th grade. This non-contact camp focuses on learning more about the game and improving on fundamentals of rugby.

To learn more and sign up:

https://www.fairfieldprep.org/student-life/fp-summer-camps/rugby-camp


19 Jan

Staples Hosting College Rugby Combine

Staples Rugby to host their 4th annual College Showcase & Combine on February 10th!

College coaches will be in attendance, along with representatives from MLR teams DC Old Glory and the New England Free Jacks.

Click here for more information on how to register!

31 Dec

Marist College looking for new Head Rugby Coach

Marist College Men's Rugby Program (Poughkeepsie, NY) is looking for a new Head Coach.

Coach James Kimberly has overseen a strong period of success for the New York-based college and the vast majority of the team that won the Liberty Conference DII and made the national Round of 16 is back for the 2024-25 season. Of the 15 starters in the Round of 16, 14 are back next year. 

The new coach will be stepping into a situation with a deep squad, the team's own grass field, recruits coming in, and support from the College. In addition, Marist is in the Liberty Conference, which has multiple levels—DII, DIAA, and DI (all under NCR). So if the program wanted to move up a division, it wouldn't have to change conference.

This is a part-time paid position by Marist and the pay is supplemented by the active Marist Rugby booster club, which also helps fund assistant coach positions.

Other program highlights:

Consistent 35-40 man traveling roster—enough to field a B side team every week 

Grass field dedicated to rugby 

Three NCR Round of 16 bids in the last three years along with two 7s Conference Championships in the last two season.

Team-owned scrum sled 

Interested parties can reach out to James Kimberly at JamesJkimberly5@gmail.com or call (818) 852-9040. 

11 Sep

CT Rugby Player Honored for Saving Life

Alex Torres of COBRA Rugby was honored for rescuing a baby from a locked car in Bridgeport.

Bob Ehlers, President of City of Bridgeport Rugby Alliance (COBRA) describes Alex as an “amazing young man - on and off the rugby pitch.”

Click here for the full story.

31 Aug

Fairfield Prep Coach Kevin Kery named 2023 Boys Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Fairfield Prep Head Coach, Kevin Kery, on being named the Connecticut Rugby 2023 Boys Coach of the Year to go along with winning the 2023 D1 Boys State Championship!

4 Aug

Aspetuck Girls Youth Rugby Camp

We are excited to announce that the Aspetuck High Schools Girls team will be hosting a youth girls camp August 19 from 10 A.M.-2 P.M., organized by two rising seniors, Jennie Weiner and Eliza Rollinson. Registration is accessible through the QR code located on the above flyer, and is open to upcoming Kindergartners-Ninth Graders. Please share with any families who may be interested.

Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeN-ZIOI0rAG8AdyX015uYN5tR-un6jMBvqKr50b347UHZEWw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0&usp=embed_facebook

27 Jul

Coaches: Register for USA Youth & HS Rugby Coaching Workshop - August 16th - 7PM EST

Registration Link (for coaches only): https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpc-CupjkpG9YUBjGhJaGFhbQ53okj0NQl#/registration

2 Jul

CT Rugby 2023 Season Recap

Connecticut Rugby is the best it's ever been!

This season we had, without a doubt, the greatest State Championships ever. The games were truly one to remember thanks to the sheer amount of enthusiasm and participation from coaches, players, and fans alike. Anyone who has gone to any of the games this year will say the same – the experience was unparalleled. The atmosphere at all of the games this year can best be described as powerful, and full of overwhelmingly proud, positive, and uplifting emotions. I think it brought us all closer together as one rugby community. This feeling seemed to only grow stronger as the season progressed, culminating with the two terrific State Championship matches. I attribute the success of these State Championships to the entire season’s successes, each building off of the other, starting all the way back from the earliest games of the season. I’d like to list these successes in more detail:

Starting off with Girls Rugby in Connecticut, we’ve had yet another outstanding season thanks to League Director Erin Martschenko and all of the excellent coaches and players in the Girls Division. Throughout the season, we have seen exceptionally high-caliber play between the teams, with equally as exceptional camaraderie off the field. This year’s D1 Girl’s Championships were hosted at Ridgefield High School, and on an early Saturday morning, Aspetuck took home the D1 Girls State Championship title against Greenwich. The team was headed by coaches John O’Neill and Carolyn Roach . A few days before the D1 Championships were the D2 Championships, in which Fairfield Club beat the Shoreline Spartans for their D2 State Championship title.

This year, Connecticut sent two teams to the National High School Championships: Greenwich in the Single-School Division and Aspetuck in the Tier II Division. The multi-day tournament was held at the Moose Rugby Grounds in Elkhart, Indiana. Both teams played with great heart over the days-long tournament, battling it out with unwavering determination against some of the top teams in the country. Both teams went 2-1, with Aspetuck finishing in 3rd place in the Tier II Division, and Greenwich in 5th in the Single-School Division.

Back at home, the Boys Championships were boiling to a start. The State Championships, hosted by Staples High School with help from Head Coach Neil Siedeman and League Director Gennaro Gelsi, started bright and early with a Froshmore Jamboree in a round robin format, ending with quite a climactic game between Trumbull and Greenwich. It was a last-minute, down to the wire, action packed game, and as the clock ran down, the Trumbull Froshmore team scored a triumphant try to seal the deal in an epic buzzer beater against Greenwich. Later that day, the Division 2 Championship game began under the heat of the afternoon sun. Midstate took home the dub after an incredibly close game, narrowly beating Fairfield Club 18-12.

As 5 o’clock rolled around, the Staples stands filled completely to the brim with fans from all over the state to watch the championship game. It was loud, it was hot, and there was a certain palpable excitement in the air which was felt by everyone. The game started off with both teams playing with such passion that it had you at the edge of your seat. Greenwich gained an early lead, which left Fairfield Prep trailing in points for the rest of the game up until the final minutes. And as the clock ticked down, Fairfield Prep needed one more try to take the lead, and they did so with one final push into the try zone with just seconds left to seal the deal! With that, Fairfield Prep, led by Head Coach Kevin Kery and his team, claimed the Connecticut D1 Boys State Championship Title for Fairfield Prep for the first time ever in a “hold your breath” 33-28 win over Greenwich. 

With the buzz of State Championships and celebration still in the air, the best players from every team in the Boys and Girls top divisions came together in a phenomenal show of sportsmanship to win the Quad State All-Star Tournament! On the boys side, players were selected by Coach Mike “Lurch” Leczowski, who has had several years of experience coaching select-side teams. The Girl’s All-Star Tournament was coached by John O’Neill, an equally experienced coach in the Girls Division. Both teams triumphantly brought home the Championship Trophy after squarely beating All-Star teams from NY, NJ, and PA. It is obvious that Connecticut Rugby plays at one of the highest calibers at the High School level, thanks to all of our dedicated coaches, development programs, parents, and of course, the skill and talent of our players.

As President of Connecticut Rugby, it has been my pleasure to work alongside all of you throughout this successful season. I would also like to thank Vice President Matt Giuliano, Treasurer Tim Knox, and Secretary Mark Schnitzler for being such a diligent team of professionals in handling any and all things behind the scenes which allows for this operation to run so smoothly. On a final note: The future is bright for Connecticut Rugby! As we look forward to the 2024 season, let us remember the positives of this year’s enthusiasm and spirit, and let’s carry them forwards so that we can continue to make Rugby CT the best it’s ever been!

27 Jun

Connecticut Rugby Wins the Quad-State All Star Championships!

Both the Boys HS and Girls HS All Star Teams took home the championship trophy on June 17th - congratulations to the players, as well as coaches Mike Laczowski, John O'Neill, and Erin Martschenko! The teams squarely defeated select-side teams from PA, NJ, and NY. Special thanks to the Rugby NY Ironworkers who hosted this tournament at Memorial Field in Mt. Vernon, NY. 

11 Jun

Fairfield Prep Wins Boys D1 Championship

Congratulations to Fairfield Prep on winning the Boys D1 CT Rugby State Championship!

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