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Dallas Harlequins Release We are excited to announce that Elaine Vassie will be joining the club as Director of Rugby for the next 3 seasons. Prior to joining the Quins, Elaine has been a National Team Coach with the Scottish Rugby Union, working during the 2016 6-nations campaign, Director of Rugby with Manchester RFC and Griffins RFC along with coaching positions in Italy and the UK before relocating to Texas with her husband Danny to pursue her passion of promoting and developing the game. “Having had some very positive conversations about the aspirations of Dallas Harlequins with key members across…

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USA Rugby & Richie Walker Richie Walker has been an outstanding head coach for the Women’s Eagles Sevens program since he took over as coach prior to the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Both in Rio and at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament last month, the team performed well against the best teams in the world, losing to both New Zealand and Australia in close matches. Walker has been accessible as head coach and has continued to build a cohesive national team. His departure comes as a surprise.  This leaves the interim coach and any new coach with two…

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USA Rugby South Panthers Europe Tour The USA Rugby South Panthers Men’s XV are touring Eastern Europe to play Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic in August and September. The Panthers compete in the Rugby Americas North Championships for both 15s and 7s. They also field Under-19s sides for men and for women. On August 25, 31 players and 6 coaches plus other management and medical personnel will travel to Budapest, Hungary for a training session prior to the next day match against the national team of Hungary at Városi Szabadidő Központ – Sportközpont. In addition to the match against…

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Collegiate All-Americans Camp Collegiate All-American Head Coach James Willocks has pared his squad to 30 athletes. They will continue to compete for 1st or 2nd team All-American honors at the 2018 Men’s Collegiate All-American Camp. Seven additional collegiate players will join camp from the Club 7s National Championships, as all athletes prepare for a full match against the Glendale Raptors on Friday, Aug. 17. The game is free to the public with kickoff set for 7 PM MT at Infinity Park. Following the game, USA Rugby will announce 1st Team All-Americans in a special presentation featured on Facebook.com/USARugby. Details and…

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BYU Rugby BYU Rugby Release BYU has hired Steven St. Pierre as the new head coach of the men’s rugby team. St. Pierre will take over responsibilities immediately for the five-time national championship team. St. Pierre played rugby at BYU from 2005 to 2009 and captained the 2009 squad on their way to BYU’s first rugby national championship. He served as an assistant coach for BYU Rugby from 2012 to 2017. “Steve is a great representative of the type of young men the BYU Rugby program has produced over the years,” said assistant dean of students Jim Slaughter, who oversees…

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USA Rugby 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Men’s Rugby Team USA Rugby has named the squad of 12 athletes and two non-traveling reserves for the 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Men’s Rugby Team. The team will participate at the second Summer Youth Olympic Games, a rugby sevens event, in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October. The Games Opening ceremony will be on October 6 with pool play commencing on October 13 and medal play ending on October 15. Head Coach JD Stephenson and his staff evaluated the performances of an extended squad of 16 athletes after the Can-Am Futures Sevens tournament before naming…

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NSCRO Coaching Workshop & Player Camp The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) free coaching workshop and player camp will be held on August 25-26, 2018 at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. The Saturday session will be from 9 am to 5 pm, while on Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. NSCRO Coaching Workshop Workshop topics include Fitness Standards, How to Build Attack Patterns & Formations, HEAD SMART Tackle System, Pre-Season Planning, Building a Championship Culture, Motivating Your Team, plus. It is open to coaches of all levels. NSCRO Guest coaches Leo Lafaiaili’i: former Auckland Blues player, two-time Rugby World…

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Yale Rugby Coaching Clinic Yale Rugby Football Club is hosting a Coach Development Clinic on Sunday, September 9 from 9 am to 3 pm. at Yale University in New Haven, CT. The cost of the event is $90. Tickets may be obtained through the link. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the best rugby coaches in the modern game. Scott Robertson is the Head Coach of the Canterbury Crusaders, the winners of the 2017 Super Rugby Championship. Scott has 22 appearances for the All Blacks and was the Head Coach of the New Zealand U20s side…

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Cleveland Women’s Rugby Coaches The Cleveland Women’s Rugby Football Club Iron Maidens have made coaching changes in time for the 2018-2019 season. Mark- Joel Montgomery will be the head coach and Amanda Pilarczyk the Assistant Coach and Backs Coach. Mark- Joel Montgomery Mark has spent the last three years as the head coach of the Lakewood High school Girls Rugby, a position in which he will remain as he assumes a similar role with the Iron Maidens. He is also the Head Coach for the Celtic Elite in 2018. Mark entry into rugby was an interesting one. He went to…

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Iowa State Women’s Rugby – Kelsie McDowell Kelsie McDowell launched her rugby career at the University of Northern Iowa, where she played between 2008 and her graduation in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government. Her final year the team advanced to the USA Rugby Women’s Elite 8, losing to Brigham Young University. Since graduating, her rugby playing days have been restricted to occasional matches with the Omaha/Des Moines women’s team. Instead, she has turned to coach rugby. Kelsie began coaching rugby with Southeast Polk High School in 2013. In 2014 she became the IowaYouth Rugby Development…

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Rugby United New York – Mike Tolkin Rugby United New York Release NEW YORK (August 6, 2018)- Rugby United New York, New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, is excited to announce that Mike Tolkin has been appointed Head Coach of the organization, after successfully leading the team throughout the 2018 exhibition season. Tolkin graduated Xavier High School, Manhattan, in 1985, before attending St. John’s University. Upon college graduation, Tolkin returned to Xavier as an English teacher and a coach for the rugby program. In 25 years as the Head Coach, Tolkin guided the team to 3 High School National…

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Men’s Collegiate All-American Camp USA Rugby Release. GLENDALE, CO. – USA Rugby is excited to reveal the names of 83 of the nation’s top student-athletes who have been chosen to participate in the upcoming Men’s Collegiate All-American (MCAA) Selection Camp. Taking place August 9-17 at Infinity Park — home of the Glendale Raptors of Major League Rugby — the first four days will include a mixture of training and trial games; after which 30 athletes will stay on to work directly with the Men’s Collegiate All-American staff. The camp will conclude with a match against the Glendale Raptors on August…

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Knoxville Rugby Football Club – Wayne Chermely The Knoxville Rugby Football Club has announced that Wayne Chermely is the next head coach of the Possums. Wayne’s rugby career began in 2002 while he was at Bearden High School. Upon graduation, he continued at the University of Tennessee and was selected to play for the Mid-South All-Stars in 2007. He then joined the Knoxville RFC Possums in 2008 and has been playing with them to the present. During his time with the Possums, he has played over 130 rugby 15s matches, was captain for six consecutive years, was named MVP six…

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Chicago Lions Women’s D2 Rugby The Chicago Lions announced that a Women’s rugby 15s team will compete this Fall in the  Midwest Rugby Union and USA Club Rugby Divison 2. The Lions have fielded a Women’s 7s team for many years and have been very successful as evidenced by the team’s winning the Midwest Championship this year and playing for the 2018 USA Club Rugby 7s National Championship next weekend in New York City. Building on that success, the Lions have had an interest for years in expanding to include a Women’s Rugby 15s team. That would compliment the Men’s…

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