Rugby Illinois supports coaches in their development of Illinois youth rugby. Parents also play a crucial role through their commitment and support.
Boys high school rugby is growing stronger every season! We welcome new clubs and players every season.
Every year is exciting in the Girls high school division. We are adding new teams and many new players every year. Girls high school rugby is developing in Illinois!
This past Saturday was the first of this season's Fall Ball games. The day started off cool, with on and off light rain. The Arlington Stallions and the South Side Irish Rugby Academy took the pitch and were well supported by cheering fans. Both teams of young men had a good turn out, with a good moving game and clean playing on both parts. This fall the Stallions will have near 30 kids, after a successful summer 7s season with 24 teen participating. South Side Irish Academy, on it's 5th year brings together players from Brother Rice, St. Rita, Mt. Carmel, and Marist.
The second game of the day was a mixed team of SSI/Stallions playing against the Fox Valley Predators. As the mix of rain and sunshine continued the two teams played a nice season opener. The Predators had good numbers and had been practicing for several weeks leading up to the first game. Not only was it great to see a third team playing good rugby, it is also always great to see two different teams, be able to come together and put on a side. The combined team of Arlington and South Side Irish communicated well, and worked together great on the fly.
The final match of the day was Chicago Blaze Rugby Academy and The Naperville Chiefs. The weather finally broke, the sun was out and it was a perfect afternoon for the games. Teams came out strong and it was an exciting first week of games. As the season goes on, it will be exciting to see the competition get better. The next set of games will be this Saturday, at Busse Woods starting at 9:30am. There will be middle school games starting at 1:30. The Girls High School rugby season will also start off this weekend with with Lindbloom playing Rowe-Clark. The following day, Sunday, there will be a girls clinic at Falcon Park, in Palatine, starting at noon. It will be open to all registered female players.