Last night, in partnership with the BABC Northern California Young Professionals, we proudly presented

“The Rise of Rugby – A Giant Awakens.”

We are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this exceptional event which brought together legends of the game, past and present. Hosted in the dazzling Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA the evening celebrated the astounding growth of rugby in America, and helped us raise an incredible $40K which sets an outstanding platform for us to achieve our goal of tripling our Bay Area programming by 2018!

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We are deeply grateful to the BABC Northern California, and particularly Executive Director Jo Healey and her team, for their tireless effort in putting together this fantastic event, as well as to all the individuals and organizations who donated time, talent and auction items to ensure it was a remarkable evening.

Thank you also to USA Rugby for their grant in the amount of $20K to help us kickstart our recent partnership aimed at introducing 10,000 youth to Rookie Rugby, and to all of the incredible individuals who made donations last night. This immense support will enable us to:


Double our Bay Area budget to $150k

Hire a new Program Development Manager

Triple participation to 1,500 players

Add 50 new after school clubs

Activate 200 new coaches and introduce Rookie Rugby to 10,000 students

Last night’s presentation also gave us the opportunity to recognize three individuals for their immense dedication to their respective fields and support of Play Rugby USA’s mission over the last decade:

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University of California

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Stuart Bagshaw



We are proud to be a part of the Rise of Rugby in America as we strive to achieve our mission of developing youth through rugby.

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