About Great Falls Rugby - a brief history ....



Great Falls Rugby was founded in 2011 by Buzz McClain, where the first season saw only 22 players register for the club, 18 of them under 9! Those young players were brave pioneers who signed up for a sport they'd never seen, much less played, quickly learned its skills and then took to it with the kind of passion typical of rugby players - they couldn't wait to get to the next practice or game. Because it's fun!

Great Falls Youth Rugby hosted the first-ever multi-team rugby tournament in Great Falls in 2011, when three visiting teams joined us at Lake Fairfax for five hours of games while the parents enjoyed the sideline camaraderie that is the hallmark of the sport around the world.

At the end of 2012 we unfortunately lost Buzz who moved away from the region. The reigns were passed to Gary Coetzee, who has been running the club since.

Now heading towards our 4th season (membership increased to 92 kids in 2013), Great Falls Youth Rugby is hoping to grow the sport and bring rugby to more kids in the Reston/Herndon/Sterling/McLean and Great Falls areas. We participated in our first Spring season early 2013 which was a rewarding experience and unearthed some great talent. We look forward to the 2014 Spring and Summer seasons!



Great Falls is a youth rugby club that plays in the Spring & Summer months with teams in the Rugby Virginia league. We begin with pre-season clinics in January (Spring Session) and May (Summer Session) and continue to an all-team tournament at the end of each season.

Rugby Virginia was founded in 2008 and is organized under the authority of USA Rugby. Rugby Virginia is operated exclusively to promote and foster the growth of high school and youth rugby football and to educate the public and players in the game of rugby as played under the laws of the International Rugby Board.

Rugby Virginia is composed of high school rugby clubs and youth clubs within Virginia. Great Falls Rugby was created to fulfill a void in the Great Falls/Reston/Herndon/Sterling/McLean area for youth rugby.

Rules and Regs
Rugby VA Youth Touch laws
The current modified laws by which our teams will be playing are posted (here)

Rugby VA Youth Tackle laws
The current modified laws by which our teams will be playing are posted (here)

Beginners Guide & Laws
Click here to view some general guidelines & laws of the game of rugby (all kids and adults - link to IRB)

Basic laws Simplified
Click here for a simplified overview of Laws, as played on an international level (15's)

Rugby Positions
Click here to read about the positions played in rugby and the general skill-sets required


Great Falls Youth Rugby: The Eagles: a Brief History -- (contact us)