The Play Rugby USA Under 19 NY Academy is a high performance select side where players are selected based on the 4 A’s: Academics, Attendance, Attitude and Athletics. The Academy’s purpose is to not only develop players on the field and provide pathways to the top levels of rugby, but most importantly to help them develop excellence off the field. We achieve this through holistic coaching techniques focused on social and emotional skills development as well as athletic progress.

The Academy blazed through the NY Summer 7s Series, making Finals appearances in nearly every tournament where they competed and this year they had a repeat record of 100% of seniors graduating high school, and increased their college enrollment rate to an exceptional 100%. Two of those graduating seniors received academic scholarships to their University of choice, amazing examples of excellence both on and off the pitch!

Here’s a snapshot of our fantastic graduates. We wish them continued success as they start their college careers and continue to Go Forward!



18452926800_3747b4ac0f_kWe’re proud of the progress these fantastic student athletes have made and would like to thank the 10 College Mentors who have been involved in guiding them toward their educational goals.

This was the first year we implemented an individualized mentorship program, thanks in part to the generous support of AIG.

Thank You!

Click below to learn more about each of our graduates!


amanHigh School: Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists

College: The City College of New York

Major: Science

Years Playing: 4

Future Plans: My school doesn’t have a rugby team, but since I plan to stay in the city, I’ll be playing for the NYRC Women’s Club. I’m planning on pursuing veterinary studies, but still keeping rugby as a part of my life, whether major or minor.


cristianHigh school : Monroe High School for Visual Arts and Design

College : Bronx Community College

Expected major : undecided

Years playing : 1 year and 10 months

Future rugby plans: Looking forward to playing for Old Blue RFC.


11391552_578479872294586_4879384602056494302_nHigh School: Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artist

College: Bronx Community College (for two years then transfer)

Major: Physical Education

Years Playing: I’ve been playing for one year.

Future Plans: I definitely want to continue playing because my skills are beginning to grow so much and I’m falling in love with the sport. My current college does not have rugby but after the two years I’m looking to transfer to a school with a rugby team.


kevonHigh School: Urban Assembly School For Careers In Sports

College: City Tech Then transferring to Iona

Area Of Study: Undecided

Rugby plans moving forward: Playing for Iona


18455454689_e4c43f3edf_zHigh school: Queens Gateway

College: Siena College

Major: Actuarial Science

Years playing: 4

Plans moving forward: I plan on continuing to play rugby in the future for Siena College’s club team, but I do not plan on playing rugby on a professional level, although rugby is my number one sport. The Academy has taught me a lot, and has furthered my love for the game greatly. I am truly thankful for being able to have such a great experience with the academy, from the exceptional coaches, in rys and derika, to the excellent players I have been surrounded by. I have learned a lot and will take this with me when playing in the future.


IMG_6005High School: The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria

College:  Bronx Community College

Major: Biotech

Years Playing: 3 years

Future Rugby Plans: Transfer to Westpoint College on a rugby scholarship.


randy 3High school : Monroe High School for Visual Arts and Design

College: Bronx Community College

Major: Accounting

Years Playing: 1

Future Plans: To play rugby with Old Blue, and also to play with Iona College and win a championship like I did with Play Rugby USA Academy. After college I would like to take care of my parents, like they did with me and keep playing rugby.


ronnyHigh School : Monroe High School for Visual Arts and Design

College : Bronx Community College

Major: Accounting

Years Playing: 2

Future Plans: My future plans are hopefully get back to rugby and major in accounting


18020946264_c3eac77631_oHigh School: Monroe Academy for Visual Arts and Design

College: City Tech

Major: Civil Engineering

Years Playing: 2

Future Plans: My school doesn’t have rugby, although I heard something about the CUNY schools making a team. If it does happen I will play for them. But for now I will be focusing on my academics and doing internships at engineering companies.



18643883691_fd3af3ccf1_zHigh school: Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice & Roosevelt High School Early College Studies

College: Nyack College

Major: Criminal Justice

Years playing: 3

Plans moving forward: I plan to play during the summer, my school does not have a team but I plan to start one.


yoyoHigh School: Monroe High School

College: St. Bonaventure University

Major: Sports Study

Years Playing: 2.5

Future Plans: I will be playing rugby at St. Bonaventure university.

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