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Sunny Myers - New Treasurer

Sunny Myers

The NCYRU Board of directors has appointed Sunny Myers as the new Treasurer of the Union. Sunny will also become a voting member of the Executive Committee with this appointment.

Sunny, based on her past experience with the youth game in Raleigh, brings a new focus and voice as NCYRU continues to expand our game at the youth level.

Welcome aboard Sunny.

Board of Directors Welcomes New Member

Steve McAreavy

In an exciting announcement the NCYRU Board of Directors welcomes Steve McAreavy as a new member. Steve’s leadership in rugby as a referee, coach and mentor will add great depth to the Board.

This spring will bring deliberation on a new strategic plan for our Union and Steve's input will be invaluable.

Welcome Steve!



Tournament scheduled from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

October 20th==>  Girls Bracket will be held at the British International School of Charlotte 7000

      End Haven Lane, Charlotte, NC 28277

October 20th ==> Boys Bracket will be held at Mary G David Leadership Academy

                             3351 Griffith St, Charlotte, NC 28203

November 3rd==>Poole Road Rugby Complex

                              7417 Poole Rd. Raleigh, NC 27619

November 10th ==>BOYS BRACKET

                            British International School of Charlotte 7000

      End Haven Lane, Charlotte, NC 28277

November 11th ==>GIRLS BRACKET

                             British International School of Charlotte 7000

      End Haven Lane, Charlotte, NC 28277

How many former NCYRU players does it take to win a conference championship?

The UNC-Charlotte 49ers have finished this Fall 2018 season as Southern Conference Rugby Champions for the 2nd year in a row. On Friday 11/2 the 49ers left the friendly confines of their natural grass home pitch and traveled to Greenville SC where they defeated Chapel Hill 55-7 on Saturday and Furman University 44-21 on Sunday. Furman had advanced to the conference finals after defeating ECU 40-20 on Saturday.

The 49ers have thus advanced into the USA Rugby College 15s DII National sweet 16 for the 3rd year in a row. This year’s 1st round of nationals is the weekend of 11/17-18 at East Carolina University.

The 49ers are North Carolina home grown and proud of it. We are led by these former North Carolina High School rugby players:

Jacob Etringer- Chapel Hill Highlanders

Blake Jackson – Charlotte Catholic High School

Zach Hylton - Charlotte Catholic High School

Michael Baric – North Raleigh

Michael Basnett - North Mecklenburg High School

Anthony Recinos – North Mecklenburg High School

Jackson Masterton – Hough High School

(c) Jordan Thompson – Hough High School

Josh Suhanov – Hough High School

Ryan Scibetta - Hough High School

Alex Pardy – Northwest Guildford High School

Brandon Sanders – South Mecklenburg High School

Christian Sanchez– Union County

DeMichael Ramsey – Charlotte Tigers

John Stueber – Providence High School


Last Spring the 49ers played 7s:


Interested in playing rugby at a nationally ranked academic institution?  Visit UNCC website to see the awesome opportunities:


Then visit the Mean Green Rugby site:

College Seminar and Skills Clinic Announced!

By Amanda Cox 11/04/2018, 1:45pm EST

Want to know more about options for rugby in college?

Rugger’s Edge College Seminar – Charlotte, NC

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Queen’s University of Charlotte, Sports Complex
2229 Tyvola Rd. Charlotte, NC 28210

Hosted by North Carolina Youth Rugby Union, Queen’s University, & the Women’s Rugby Coaches’ Association

Rugby North Carolina, in partnership with Queen’s University of Charlotte and the Women’s Rugby Coaches’ Association, will host a Rugby Skills Clinic featuring Jenny Lui and other members of the women’s national team staff, plus other surprise guests!

There will also be a College Rugby Seminar featuring Karen Fong Donoghue, owner & founder of The Rugger’s Edge, the one and only College Rugby Advisory consultancy in the world. Learn about the college rugby landscape and how rugby recruitment can help with college admissions and scholarship. Special guest speakers TBD!

All ages are welcome including youth, high school college, and club athletes!

This event is being held in conjunction with the Women in Rugby conference at Queens.  For more information, visit

Location: Queens University of Charlotte, Sports Complex – 2229 Tyvola Rd. Charlotte, NC 28210


  • 1-1:30p: Rugger’s Edge Students & Parents Presentation
  • 1:30-2p: Rugger’s Edge Parents Presentation (Students Released to Skills Clinic)
  • 1:30-3p: Rugby Skills Clinic

Sign Up:

NCYRU Fall Highschool 7's Series announced

By Amanda Cox 09/13/2018, 3:30pm EDT

Are you ready for Fall 7's?

The North Carolina Youth Rugby Union is excited to announce our Fall 7's Series. The event will take place over three weekends in October and November 2018 and is open to any boys or girls open or club team from any State. 

SAVE THE DATES: October 20th, November 3rd, November 10th and November 17th (rain date).

We will cap entry at 20 teams. Registration will be open shortly and on a first come- first served basis. We will use a waitlist to fill spots that may open up after the brackets are full.

The entry fee is $150 per team and will cover all three rounds of the tournament.

We look forward to a great series and seeing you and your teams at the Fall 7’s series. 

Week 14: The Carolina Cup!!

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

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

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

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!!!

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

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.

USA College Scholarships

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

More Rugby Scholarships available!!

Details on Rugby Scholarships:

USA rugby has details on which colleges can offer rugby scholarships

USA College Rugby Teams Directory

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

USA Rugby College Team Directory

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

Single High School State Champions

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

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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