A crossover sporting opportunity for all football players during their off-season


It is no secret that rugby programs like to recruit from thier American football 'cousins'. And why not? Similar collusion sport, controlled contact, running and evasion. Builds competition, confidence, comeradie and teamwork. All required qualities that kids need while they stumble through life. Rugby is here to help! (read about the latest love thrown to rugby by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: "tackle like a rugby player!")

What about other sports? We focus on football during this study, only because it is so similar to rugby. But other programs would absolutely benfit from a rugby experience. Wrestlers make great rugby players. We have lacrosse and hockey players in our squads who love the contact and comeradie. Soccer and baseball players, swimmers, we have a place for you to develop attributes that will help you in your sport. For all of you there is a time during your busy calendar that you currently don't do sport. COME PLAY RUGBY! We now play year-round.

Remember, we are not interested in drawing your kids away. We would like to borrow them for a while (during your off-season) and send them back, fitter, stronger, smarter, and with improved general & tackling skills!

See below how rugby can help you.

What Football coaches and other experts say. It's not just us! Some of the top football experts will back us up!
  • Rugby makes football safer: TV commentary during NCAAF game OSU vs CAL
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  • Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll teaches rugby tackling
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  • The same Pete Carroll feature on rugby tackling: read article (with video link)
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  • Alex Goff (Gridiron Coach "It's a whole new ball game") - How rugby makes better football players
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  • Lyle J. Micheli MD, American College of Sports Medicine: Is rugby a safe sport for America's youth?
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Successful NFL/Rugby players include: Haloti Ngata, Stewart Bradley, Johnson Bademosi, Hayden Smith, Steve Paea and Nate Ebner
  • Haloti Ngata feature: playing rugby (18 yrs old)
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  • Haloti and Stu Bradley feature: how rugby helps football
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  • Hayden Smith interview
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  • New England's Nate Ebner on rugby
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  • Chicago Bears DT Stephen Paes - how rugby helped
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  • NFL convert Miles Craigwell on 7's rugby
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How playing rugby will benifit football players
  • Common skills: football attributes which a rugby off-season would maintain or improve
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  • Rugby Off-Season Timeline: seasons complement each other. Off-season = play rugby! See time-frame & benfits
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  • SAFE TACKLING! Ruggers are taught to tackle with shoulders and arms. Not heads. See Seahawks article.
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How can we help each other?
  • Our aim here is for football and rugby programs to work together (PARTNERSHIP). We would love for our football counterparts to encourage their players to participate in rugby as part of their off-season committments. This would be a win-win scenario for both parties.
  • Best case scenario! - football program understands the importance and benifits of playing rugby and 'strongly encourages' them to go to rugby and give it a try. Example: 2 weeks of training, no cost, see how they like it. Will stress the importance of safe rugby tackling, and other rugby/football skills mentioned in this page.
  • Since we place a premium on the Spring and summer Seasons, partnering with a Fall football program seems to make a great deal of sense for both organizations. No overlap. We improve your players during Spring & Summer and hand them back to you!
How exactly will your football players benefit from playing rugby?
  • Excellent conditioning.
  • Tackling technique that compliments "Heads Up" tackling. Rugby instills tackling technique focused on using the shoulder, wrapping up, using leverage, and driving with the legs.
  • Better footwork. Rugby’s open play promotes footwork as well as fitness and tackling.
  • Skills and attributes to include intensity, athleticism, team-work, character, sportsmanship.
How can we work together? Some thoughts:
  • We could put on a rugby exhibition match during one of the teams’ home football days, or off-season sessions, or get them to come to us, etc. (we are fully insured by USA Rugby at any location).
  • Have one of our practices at your facility, or ours; and have your players fully participate.
  • Football staff can visit rugby training, even participate.
To send us an email here.

News and Regs


Redskins' Stephen Paea: Football isn't the toughest sport.


The School of Life:
10 Life Lessons Learned From Playing Rugby.



Everyone plays rugby!:
RUGBY: there is a positiohn for everone!



Rugby in America:
Can Rugby Finally Conquer America?



College Football:
How Pete Carroll's rugby-style tackle is changing college football



College Rugby:
Guide for the college-bound rugby player



Nate Ebner:
Nate Ebner enjoying the Hayne Train.



Learn from rugby:
What the NFL Can Learn From Rugby.



Heads up!
Teams focus on safe tackling.



USA: slumbering giant America's rise to Tier 1 in world rugby imminent.


Pause Football ...
and Watch the Rugby World Cup. 5 reasons.



Players are switching
The crossover works both ways.



Coaches using rugby.
Rugby-style tackling to curtail head injuries



Bill Bradley NFL.com
Players taught not to use head.



Fastest growing sport
Rugby continues expanding!



Rugby up, football down
Rugby experiences biggest gain in US sport.



NFL Jacksonville & rugby
Gus Bradley borrows from rugby manual.



WUSA9 TV rugby in DC
Growth in USA as women tackle expectations.



Rugby next breakout sport?   AIG talks about marketing potential.



VA Youth Tackle laws
The current modified laws by which we play



Basic laws Simplified
A simplified overview of Laws (15's)



Rugby Positions
Rugby positions and general skill-sets required


Playing Virginia Youth Touch (non-contact) Rugby -- (contact us)