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NCYRU Fall Highschool 7's Series announced

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

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!!

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.

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!!!

Junior Ravens

03/20/2016, 3:15pm EDT
By Robert Peterlin

Next Generation of Ruggers in East Charlotte is Born

20 Mar 16. Mint Hill/Charlotte, NC.  The Rocky River RFC, a School based rugby team at Rocky River High School is launching an outreach program for the surrounding elementary schools.  The Rocky River Players are going to volunteer as mentors and tutors for the children at Reedy Creek Elementary, J.W. Grier Elementary and J.H. Gunn Elementary.

In addition to mentoring and tutoring, the High School Ravens will institute a community based U10 and U12 contact and non-contact Rugby programs for students at those schools to participate in the North Carolina youth rugby leagues.

For additional information, to provide words of encouragement, to offer to support this undertaking, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Derrick Brown or Robert F. Peterlin.  #RavensRugbyStrong #JuniorRavensSoar