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We're Hiring!

05/19/2018, 11:00am EDT
By Danny Harlow

An exciting employment opportunity is available with North Carolina Youth Rugby Union to help grow rugby.

An exciting employment opportunity is available with North Carolina Youth Rugby Union to help grow rugby in North Carolina and the USA.  Please see below for the details:

Overview: NCYRU is a non-profit corporation charged with managing and coordinating youth rugby activities in the state of North Carolina and is also the state arm of USA Rugby in practice.  Up until January 2017, NCYRU was an entirely volunteer driven endeavor.  Because of the growth of youth rugby in NC, increased revenue to NCYRU, and the need to grow further, the NCYRU Board of Directors tasked the NCYRU Executive Committee with exploring the viability of hiring a paid employee to handle administrative tasks.  To that end a part-time employee, Danny Harlow, was hired in February 2017.  Danny reports to the NCYRU President to accomplish (below stated) various tasks.  Danny will be moving back to the UK in July this year so we are now re-advertising the position.  Interested candidates should forward a rugby resume and covering letter (email is fine) to Robert Joseph ( and Pat Kane (


Compensation: The NCYRU part time employee (hereafter referred to as ADMIN) will be paid $15 per hour.  Further, based on NCYRU’s current needs, the ADMIN pay will be based on a maximum of 40 hours per month.  It is anticipated that the candidate hours will not reach this maximum in the summer/fall period.  In addition, the NCYRU ADMIN will receive uniform items as required and reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses if pre-approved by the NCYRU President.  The AMIN position will be filled as a contractor position and is subject to a 1 month notice period although it is hoped that this will be a long term appointment.


Job Description: Ultimately, the NCYRU ADMIN will execute tasks based on NCYRU President or Vice-President instructions and direction.  These jobs may include, but are not limited to:  coordination of Executive Committee meeting and taking and distribution of minutes, referee coordination/planning, tournament planning, database maintenance, creation of promotional materials for growing rugby, purchasing, communication with NCYRU clubs, , ATC coordination/reimbursement, updating websites and social media, applying for grants/soliciting donations/securing sponsorships, general administrative tasks.


Job Qualifications: The NCYRU ADMIN must be a self-starter who requires little supervision to complete tasks in a timely manner.  The candidate must have a good knowledge and ideally a few years of experience with the game of rugby (as an admin, player, coach or referee).  The candidate must exemplify the very best of the rugby culture and our values and be a great ambassador for our sport both in appearance and demeanor.  The candidate ideally will have experience/ connections/existing relationships with youth rugby people in NC and should have excellent organizational and communication skills as well as a drive to get things done.


Timeline:  The closing date for application is Saturday June 2nd.  Once viable candidates have been identified, finalists for the job will be interviewed by the NCYRU President and/or Vice-President and a final selection made.

7s Season is here!!!

05/09/2018, 9:45am EDT
By Danny Harlow & Pat Cunningham

Memorial Day 7s Youth Rugby Tournament

Youth Rugby Supporters,

I would like to invite everyone to the 2nd Annual Memorial Day 7's Youth Rugby Tournament.  We will have 10U (3 & 4 Grade), 12U (5 & 6 Grade), 14U (MS), and High School divisions.  The cost is $125 per team and $25 dollars for each additional team from that same club.

This year the tournament will be held on the beautiful campus of Corinth-Holders High School in Wendell, North Carolina.

Youth rugby in the Carolina's has exploded over the last several years and there has been a lot of interest in youth 7’s but very few HS 7’s tournaments and no youth 7’s tournaments in the area.  Please get word out so we can make this a success and continue to grow youth rugby in the Carolina's.

Pat Cunningham
Director, Clayton Youth Rugby Club

Week 14: The Carolina Cup!!

05/08/2018, 7:30am EDT
By Danny Harlow & Victor Pereira

A wrap of of the days action from the Carolina Cup Championships

Week 14:  The Carolina Cup!!

The Carolina Cup us our under high school competition, with 10u, 12u and 14u age divisions.  Several teams from Charlotte, Cary, Raleigh and Clayton met in Gibsonville, NC to battle it out for the title of State Champion, at each each bracket.  There was some very high level rugby played from all teams and age groups, some great physical battles, some creative ways to attack the space and plenty of support from parents and fans, on the side line.  

Charlotte Junior Rugby Association (CJRA) and the Clayton Copperheads made it to both the finals of the 10U and 12U.  The Blue Sharks faced the Clayton Copperheads in a close 10u final.  The Copperheads kept possession for long periods of time, smashing the Sharks defensive line, but the Sharks held firm, allowing just one try to the Copperheads as they tired towards the end of the game.  The final score 3-1 to the Sharks!!  The CJRA Blue Sharks are the NCYRU 10u Carolina Cup State Champions

The 12 u final was also a CJRA and Clayton battle.  The Mustangs came out of the blocks fast, scoring several tries in the 1st half.  The Copperheads, having too much work to do in the 2nd half, did manage to get a score on the board, but the good tackling and slick passing from the Mustangs proved too much for the Clayton team, giving the Mustangs the victory, 6-1.  The CJRA Mustangs are the NCYRU 12u Carolina Cup State Champions.

Again, CJRA had a team in the final, this time their Irish team took on the North Raleigh Redhawks in the 14u final.  A tense, physical game in which the Redhawks set the pace, putting pressure on the Irish team, causing them to make several penalties, disrupting their phase play.  The Redhawks led the half 3 tries to 0.  The Irish found their way back into the game in the 2nd half, outscoring the Redhawks 1-3, which was enough to give the  Redhawks the win, 22-19.  The North Raleigh Redhawks are the NCYRU 14u Carolina Cup State Champions.

Congratulations to all the teams that took part in the Carolina Cup.  It was a great day of youth rugby, with the standards being raised each year.


A wrap of of the days action from the Single High School Championships

Week 14:  Single High School State Championships!!!

What a final week of the season in the SHS division!!  There was some amazing rugby played with big upsets along the way, as the action unfolded at the Matthews Sportsplex

We welcomed Langtree Academy into the single high school league with a 7s round robin against the Providence Panthers.  They played best of three which saw Panthers victorious over their inexperienced opponents.  We’re really looking forward to the addition of Langtree Academy, officially entering the league in 2019.

The next boys game was the Shield match between Myers Park Mustangs and. The Rocky RIver Ravens.  Rocky River speed in the back line helped them secure the win over the last years State Champions and win the shield, 26-31

For the plate match, we moved over the the Sportsplex stadium, to see the Ardrey Kell Knights take on the Hough Huskies.  This was the 1st and 2nd seed teams, both defeated in their playoff games and looking for redemption in the plate match.  In a very similar game to their regular season match, this was a close, well structured game but unfortunately, injuries to AK proved costly helping the Huskies take the plate, 9-15.

The final, State Championship Cup match was a Mecklenburg clash as the South Meck Sabres took on the North Meck Vikings.  The Vikings came into this game with confidence, on the back of a 6 game winning streak, including beating the 1st seed AK Knights, in the 1st round of the playoffs.  This was a very evenly matched game throughout the 1st half. Great structure and execution on both attack and defense.  Some very good defense from the Vikings created turnover ball, allowing them to pull away in the 2nd half and win the cup, 24-43.

Congratulations to the North Meck Vikings, the NCYRU 2018 Single High School State Champions!! 

All in all, it was a great day of rugby at the Matthews Sportplex and thank you to all the sponsors which helped secure such an amazing venue, allowing our 275 players and 250 spectators enjoy the excellent facilities.

Congratulations to the 2018 NCYRU Girls State Champions: The North Meck Vikings

05/08/2018, 7:15am EDT
By Danny Harlow & Dave Gozlan

A wrap of of the days action from the Girls High School Championships

Week 14:  Girls High School State Championships!!!

The High School Girls NCYRU State Championships were also held at the Matthews Sportsplex with the previous weeks playoffs whittling the contenders down to 4 teams, competing for the plate and the cup.

The Hough Huskies took on the Myers Park Mustangs in the plate game.  It started off a close game but the structure and discipline from Hough seemed to overwhelm the combined team from MPHS and CJRA allowing the Huskies to take the win, 24-5.  An impressive finish for their first season!

The cup game saw the same teams as the SHS boys division.  It was North Meck Vikings vs South Meck Savages . This was a very close, physical game up till the final 5 minutes. The Vikings managing to close the game out in the dying seconds, with a try in the final minute, securing them the cup, 24-14.

Congratulations to the 2018 NCYRU Girls State Champions: The North Meck Vikings

Also, congratulations to North Meck Vikings on winning both the girls and single high school boys state championships.  Cleary, there’s a love for rugby in North Charlotte!!!


Week 14: Open High School, D1 & D2 State Championships!!!

05/08/2018, 7:15am EDT
By Danny Harlow & Jason Zehmke

A wrap of of the days action from the Open High School D2 & D1 Finals

Week 14:  Open High School, D1 & D2 State Championships!!!

Raleigh Rugby Club was the venue for the new structure of our boys open league, hosting the D2 and D1 championship matches.

The D2 game was an all Charlotte affair, with the 2nd seed Charlotte Catholic Cougars B taking on the 1st seed, Charlotte Tigers B.  In a tense 1st half, the Tigers had the edge going into the break, 12-5.  Errors and discipline from the Tigers disrupted their game plan and proved costly, allowing the Cougars the take advantage, by scoring 4 unanswered tries and keeping the Tigers scoreless in the 2nd half.  The final score went in the way of the Cougars, 12-27.  Congratulations to the 2018 NCYRU Open High School D2 State Champions:  The Charlotte Catholic Cougars.

The D1 Championship game was between 1st seed, Charlotte Tigers and 3rd seed, North Raleigh Redhawks.  The Redhawks were looking for revenge for their early regular season defeat against the Tigers and the started the game strong, establishing a 10 point lead early in the half.  Tigers rallied somewhat and managed to get some points on the board but were left lacking in defense, allowing the Redhawks a half-time lead of 15-24.  The Redhawks kept up the intensity in 2nd half and took the game away from the Tigers, who managed a consolation try at the end.  Raleigh ran out deserved winners, with the cup, 20-38.  Congratulations to the 2018 NCYRU Open High School D1 State Champions:  The North Raleigh Redhawks.

Coaching and Referee Certification Incentive

03/14/2018, 10:00am EDT
By Danny Harlow

Exciting Reimbursement Offer from the NCYRU

Good morning all,

The NCYRU is excited to announce a new coaching and referee initiative for North Carolina Youth Rugby.  As part of our commitment to grow rugby in the state, it is important to have properly certified referees and coaches, as both of these have a direct impact on the quantity, quality, safety and enjoyment of our athletes.  In an effort to encourage growth in our coach and referee numbers, the NCYRU has decided that it will REIMBURSE your course fees, for a Level 1 officiating course or a Level 200 coaching course.

Back dated to September 1st 2017, completion of either or both courses mentioned above, followed by a season's worth of youth coaching in North Carolina for coaches, or 10 games officiating at the youth level in North Carolina for referees will enable eligibility for reimbursement from the NCYRU.  Applications for reimbursement for coaching courses must be submitted from head coach of the team at which the individual has served as a coach at the end of the season to the NCYRU administrator, Danny.  Applications for reimbursement for referee courses may be be submitted directly from the individual referee to Danny.

This is a great opportunity for personal development, especially for high school athletes helping out with the younger teams or parents currently assisting at practice.  Let’s make the most of it.

Happy learning,


USA College Scholarships

02/25/2017, 11:00am EST
By Danny

More Rugby Scholarships available!!

Details on Rugby Scholarships:

USA rugby has details on which colleges can offer rugby scholarships

USA College Rugby Teams Directory

10/29/2016, 11:45pm EDT
By USA Rugby

USA Rugby College Team Directory

Please follow the link to see which USA colleges have rugby teams

Single High School State Champions

08/08/2016, 8:00am EDT
By Danny

Congratulations to our new Single High School State Champions: The Myers Park Mustangs

Well done to the Myers Park Mustangs boys on becoming our new Single High School State Champions.  They defeated the Hough Huskies on Friday night 36-7.  Also a huge congratulations to Adam Phifer, from the Mustangs, for picking up the Man of the Match award.

Also, in our 3rd & 4th ranked game, the Providence Panthers edged out the South Meck Sabres 22-18 to take the 3rd spot.

Such a great finish to an amazing season.  Well done to everyone involved!!!

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