Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
The North Carolina Youth Rugby Union (NCYRU) is preparing for a banner edition of their increasingly popular tournament. Headed into their 11th season, the Carolina Ruggerfest has grown into one of the top Spring tournaments for High School and U19 teams. Over the years, the Ruggerfest has attracted teams from across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. The 2013 tournament brought in teams from as far away as Texas.
The 2014 Carolina Ruggerfest is set to take place March 8-9, 2014.
The Carolina Ruggerfest has also found a new home in the newly opened Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in Matthews, NC. The Sportsplex, located just a few miles from the previous venue, offers five lighted all-weather fields, large rest room facilities, a playground, covered pavilion and is only minutes away from partner hotels and restaurants. The partnership with the Mecklenburg County Sportplex could be a sign of great things to come for the Carolina Ruggerfest. The complex is about to begin Phase 2 of construction. When fully completed, the $32 million complex will include twelve multi-use fields and a 2700 seat stadium.
The move also allowed tournament organizers to add a 5th field. With that addition, the tournament has grown to accommodate 42 High School Boys and Girls teams. That is an increase of ten teams from last year’s tournament. The boys teams will be divided into three competition divisions; Elite, Boy’s Single High School and Boy’s Multi-High School. The Girls division is open to both High School and Multi-School teams. There is also limited space for U15 teams.
Carolina Ruggerfest festivities kick off with a catered reception on Friday night, where coaches will receive team packets, socialize with fellow coaches, get the latest news in High School rugby and have a great time.
As an added bonus, teams receive free admission to The College Showcase Game on Saturday night. The showcase features top rated college teams. Players will also be given the opportunity to meet with recruiters from several collegiate rugby programs. Past participants in the College Showcase include Life University and Notre Dame.
To learn more about the 2014 Carolina Ruggerfest or to register your team, please follow the link.
About the North Carolina Youth Rugby Union
The North Carolina Youth Rugby Union (NCYRU) was formed in the summer of 2010 by the merger of CYR Board of Directors (Carolina Youth Rugby) and North Carolina High School Board of Directors.
This unification brings a critical mass of expertise that can cohesively grow the general involvement of youth in the great sport of rugby and introduce it as a genuine alternative sport within NC High Schools. To provide direction with specific long and short term strategic goals, objectives and implementation strategies, NCYRU has developed a 5 year plan. We look forward to implementing this plan and maximizing the development of the “junior” game in North Carolina.
During this time of growth the primary aims of NCYRU are to provide opportunities for all youth to learn and play rugby in a safe and fun environment, honoring the traditions of the game; respect, discipline and leadership.
NCYRU is the umbrella State Based Organization for youth rugby in the state of North Carolina.