So, you have an interest in rugby for your children?
Or your son or daughter has decided to play rugby?
Rugby is a wonderful game, with a rich tradition around the world. It is the second most popular sport in the world. Throughout the world people play rugby from grade school through adulthood. In fact, rugby is truly a “Life Sport” because, unlike many American sports, legions of players continue to participate in the Rugby game long after they leave school. Players continue playing competitive rugby for years and years by joining local men’s or woman’s adult clubs. Senior Clubs even have Masters teams composed of players over 35 years of age!
Many, many notable people have played rugby…..Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; Senator Ted Kennedy; Tom Foley former PA State Commissioner of Labor; Princes William and Harry; former Secretary of State Jim Baker; former Governor of Virgina George Allen; former or current NFL’rs Stewart Bradley, Haloti Ngata, Darrin Nelson, Gary Anderson, David Dixon and Steve Tasker; professional golfer Ernie Els; Tony O’Reilly, chairman of Hienz foods; actor Boris Karloff was a founder of the Southern California Rugby Football Union; fellow screen stars Billy Cambell, Richard Burton, David Niven, Richard Harris and Sean Connery; Saturday Night Live funny man Chris Farley; professional wrestler Andre the Giant and Mark Cuban, self made multi-millionaire and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.
In the Washington DC area, rugby has a long and storied history with long standing, highly successful senior teams, nationally competitive collegiate programs and equally successful high school and under-19 programs. The Potomac Youth League has served as a model for similar efforts in other parts of the country. The programs in the area have produced players who represented thier country at the senior men’s and women’s level, under-23, under-19, High School and collegiate All-Americans. Area referees, coaches and adminstrator’s have met with similar success.