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  • 2nd Annual Women in Rugby Day

    On Saturday, April 11th we hosted the 2nd Annual Women in Rugby Day on Randall’s Island! This event, launched in Spring 2014, was created to foster the growth of women’s rugby in NYC and highlight the player pathway that now exists for girls thanks, in part, to the programs provided by Play Rugby USA. Young […]

  • Join us for our 10th Anniversary Gala!

    For the past decade Play Rugby USA has fulfilled our mission of Developing Youth Through Rugby by empowering underserved urban youth to embrace a life of vitality. Serving thousands of boys and girls of all ages and abilities in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco we work daily to provide them with choices and opportunities […]

  • Women’s History Month

    This year Play Rugby USA celebrates a decade of Developing Youth Through Rugby! Countless individuals have contributed to our success, and in honor of National Women’s History Month & International Women’s Day on March 8 we look back at the incredible women who have helped us fulfill our mission over the past decade, and take a […]

  • You’re invited! Join us at these Winter tournaments throughout March.

    This year we’re celebrating our 10th Anniversary of Developing Youth Through Rugby! We began our first after-school rugby programs in public schools in 2005 and a decade later we’ve worked in partnership with over 250 schools and mentored over 10,000 underserved, urban youth nationwide! We’ll formally commemorate this milestone on Tuesday May 12th at our […]

  • Play Rugby USA makes a splash at Vegas 7s

    Play Rugby USA had impressive representation at the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas last weekend! Several Youth Development Mentors (Sean, Marcus and Nate) took the field with The Northeast Rugby Olympic Development Academy. Our own Director of Coach Development, Dom Wareing, lent his expertise and helped guide the team to an impressive 5-1 record, losing in the final […]

  • Registration is OPEN for Community Club Programs!

    The Spring Season for Manhattan RFC is now open for registration! This program brings together players from all over NYC to play on a team built around a rugby based youth development framework. There are 3-tackle sides open for registration as well as our first ever ALL-GIRLS flag rugby team made up of some of […]

  • Academy players learn financial literacy with First Republic Bank

    The Play Rugby USA Under 19 Academy is a high performance select side in NYC. Players are selected based on the 4 A’s: Academics, Attendance, Attitude and Athletics. Its 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 […]

  • Congratulations to our official SnapCall contest winner!

    Rugby meets American Football On Sundary the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks during Superbowl XLIX, but it wasn’t just die hard football fans glued to their TVs and twitter feeds. Rugby fans across the nation watched excitedly to see Ohio State Rugby Player Nate Ebner defend for the Patriots against the Seahawks who […]

  • HS flag league has players pleading for more games, more teams, more competition!

    Last October we launched the first ever High School Flag Rugby league in NYC! Eight boys teams and four girls teams competed in the 3 month season and played for the championship over three Sunday tournaments. This is one more step towards filling in the pathway for our participants, opening up as many playing opportunities […]

  • YDM Spotlight – Ski Bailey

    Our coaches work with over 4,500 children each week nationwide, but they do a lot more than just coach! They build vital connections with each participant to amplify program outcomes and improve each child’s experience. They’re at the heart of our program so we re-imagined them not as coaches but as Youth Development Mentors (YDMs) helping students develop positive character traits and […]

  • The Queen honors Mark Griffin, founder & CEO of Play Rugby USA with MBE

    Mark Griffin, the founder and CEO of Play Rugby USA was today awarded an MBE, Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honours List. Mark was recognized as part of the diplomatic service and overseas list. He is being awarded the MBE for “his services to charitable causes and […]

  • 5 books that made me a better YDM

    Our Director of Coach Development, Dom Wareing, shares what he’s done this year to become a better Youth Development Mentor. On Jan 1st 2014 I set out to read 12 books before the end of the year, one each month. And unlike 90% of the New Year’s resolutions I’ve ever made, this year I actually […]