Despite the COVID shutdowns, we’ve seen little pockets of rugby spring up around the USA, and one select side is doggedly trying to keep the dream alive.
The Met New York U23s powered by the New York Athletic Club Foundation is looking to get on the field. It’s a group of college-aged players, many of whom have played as teammates or opponents since high school.
What’s in a name?
Why should we care about nicknames for teams that don’t even, really, exist?
But that’s one of the premises of this article, that the New England Free Jacks Major League Rugby Team formed an academy system with a bunch of nicknames for each regional group. Instead of Group 1 or Region F, they picked names that had regional significance.
Old Glory DC today announced that it has launched the Old Glory Academy for players aged 16 to 18.
Beginning Fall of 2020, the Old Glory Rugby Academy’s role is to identify and develop talented young athletes from the Mid-Atlantic Region and engage them in a performance development program led by Old Glory DC coaches and staff.
The Utah Lions Rugby Academy is forging a new partnership with Eagle Impact Rugby Academy that will see EIRA diversify somewhat, and the Lions expand what they are able to offer.
The two organizations will be working together in a way that, say Lions Program Director Mike Cressler and EIRA Program Director Salty Thompson, will make both stronger.
Coaches and academy teams still have a lot of questions about USA Rugby’s new age-grade high-performance plan, but the architects say planning ahead will make it all worthwhile.