April 6, 2016
USA Rugby and NSCRO Respond to North Carolina Legislation
USA Rugby and National Small College Rugby Organization – NSCRO Release: April 6, 2016
“USA Rugby, the National Governing Body for the sport of rugby in the United States, and our partner, the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO), would like to express our deep concerns over the recent legislation passed in North Carolina. Our philosophy is one of inclusiveness, tolerance, and belief in the dignity of the athlete regardless of one’s personal beliefs.
Further, we adhere to World Rugby’s core values of Integrity, Solidarity, Discipline and Respect. Most particularly, “Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to life-long friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences.”
USA Rugby, NSCRO, and all of our rugby partners on and off the field, and the more than one hundred thousand registered USA Rugby members we represent, respectfully request the North Carolina legislature repeal laws that effectively warrant discrimination against certain individuals.
Without such action, we will be forced to reconsider North Carolina as a future viable location for our playoff competitions and our national championships.”