• A celebration of American Rugby – 2016 Gala

    It’s been just over one week since the record-smashing 2016 Play Rugby USA Gala. Let’s take a look back at this incredible event! We are deeply grateful for the support we received for this fantastic evening celebrating American Rugby and honoring Mike Tolkin with the 2nd Annual Founder’s Award for his lifetime contribution to Rugby. The generosity of over […]

  • How do we keep our coaches “leading the pack” in youth sports?

    What makes a professional stand apart from others in their field? Of course, they’ll have the skills and the hands-on experience to be successful, but true professionals don’t stop there. In fact, they never stop – especially when it comes to learning. Play Rugby USA brings together a passionate group of people committed to building […]

  • What are the traits of an effective Team Captain?

    As a new season kicks off, the NY Academy squad welcomes two new student athletes to the leadership team. Malery and Calaysha have been selected as Captains of this impressive High School program – an appointment they do not take lightly. Ryszard Chadwick, the NY Academy Manager, shared with us his philosophy on selecting player leadership teams, […]

  • CHAMPS Season Opener – #SwitchOn

    The 2016 Winter flag rugby season is officially in full swing, and this weekend’s #SwitchOn tournaments had a fantastic showing from our middle school CHAMPS programs. Both Co-Ed and All Girls teams competed, and over 30 matches of flag rugby were played in a matter of 6 hours! The skills and technique of teams continue […]

  • NY Academy representing Atlantis at Vegas 7s

    A handful of Play Rugby USA Academy Players have again been selected to play for Atlantis at the Vegas 7’s tournament, the country’s biggest Sevens event. Five girls from the academy have been selected: Gio, Naomi, Susan, Mallory & Nilly with Noah being selected for the boys team. Atlantis is a select national invitational side, […]

  • Going Forward in 2016

    January is time for reflection on the year gone by and for looking forward to an even better year ahead. We wanted to share some of the exciting things we’re looking forward to in 2016! Our Team is Growing We start the New Year by congratulating a few team members who are taking on increased […]

  • United States Olympic Committee designates Play Rugby USA as nation’s first Community Olympic Development Program for Rugby

    Play Rugby USA, in partnership with the Northeast Academy, is proud to announce it has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee as the nation’s 16th Community Olympic Development Program and the first in the country for rugby. Formally launching in January 2016, the CODP will combine resources from Play Rugby USA – an […]

  • We’re giving back on #GivingTuesday

    Once again we’re thrilled to join #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. ‘Tis the season for Developing Youth Through Rugby! Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and after […]

  • NYC rugby community celebrates the RWC Final!

    On Sat October 31st hundreds NYC rugby fans assembled in the heart of Chelsea to celebrate the Rugby World Cup Final with Play Rugby USA! With over 250 guests, the family friendly event was one of the largest viewing parties in the city, and the theater was buzzing during the thrilling match between New Zealand […]

  • Meet Nyasia Wright, a 2015 NY Academy graduate

    As the summer wraps up and school begins we’ve been sharing the stories of the 11 student athletes who graduated from High School and our NY Academy program this year. Of those 11 students 100% of them graduated on time and 100% are enrolled in college. We’re proud of their accomplishments and will continue to share […]

  • Academy Grads Take the Next Step

    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 […]