Weekend Preview: VT State Championships

802 Rugby Vermont State Youth Rugby Championship games June 1.
Photo Credit: Tiffany Renaud
The top teams in Vermont youth rugby take to the pitch for the 2014 Vermont Youth Rugby State Championship onSunday, June 1, at Tree Farm Recreational Facility in Essex Junction, Vt.
Essex, the 2013 boys state champions,  face off against South Burlington at 1 p.m., in a repeat of the 2013 finals.  In the girls finals, 2013 champions Essex face South Burlington at 3 p.m.
Essex and South Burlington girls’ and boys’ teams have played each other in the regular season, each taking away one win, making this year’s championship especially interesting. With an in-season rivalry brewing, this weekend’s games are sure to be exciting for players and fans alike.
Following the boys game, Rookie Rugby players will take the field for a short game. Rookie Rugby programs have been integrated into several local schools. This program teaches young athletes the basics of rugby while playing a structured non-contact game, setting up the building blocks for high school full-contact play. The Rookie Rugby players will showcase their abilities in between the boys and girls games.

802 Rugby and VYRA would like to thank Rugby Imports, Burlington Rugby Club and the parents and volunteers who will help make this weekend great for all.


Rookie Rugby Camp: June 30th-June 3rd at South Burlington Recreation and Parks 8:30am-12:00pm.

802 Rugby and Vermont Youth Rugby Association present a Rookie Rugby Camp, a non-contact version of rugby that involves all the skill, challenge, and fun of the fast growing game of rugby in a safe environment.  No experience is necessary and all campers need is water, a snack, cleats (if available or athletic shoes), active attire, and a good attitude.  The camp will be taught be a collegiate all-american rugby player who has recently graduated from Norwich University’s national championship winning women’s rugby team.  Take part in the game that will be returning to the Olympics in 2016! Participants will receive a VYRA Rugby t-shirt.

Questions? Check out vyra.org or VYRA’s Facebook page for more information.


Burlington Women’s Rugby Club Hosts and Competes in Regional Playoffs

On Saturday May 3rd and Sunday May 4th the Women’s Division 1 and Division 2 regional rugby playoffs will take place at the Tree Farm recreational facility in Essex Junction, VT. Eight teams from New England, New York and New Jersey will compete in two days of games for the Atlantic North berth to the national league semi-finals to be played May 17-18th in Pittsburgh, PA.

Among the teams participating will be host Burlington Women’s Rugby Club. They will be playing in the division II championship with Beantown and Charles River (both from Boston) and Brooklyn. The division I championship will be decided between Albany, Providence, Boston and Monmouth, NJ. The four semi-final games will occur on Saturday between 9am and 3pm with the DII and D1 championship games being played on Sunday at 10am and noon respectively.

This year represents the Burlington women’s third consecutive participation in regional playoffs following on from their national championship appearance in 2011, where they finished 6th overall. The Burlington Rugby Club celebrated its 35th anniversary last year and the women’s team has been in existence since 1997. Coaches Tree Bertram and Liz Royer guided the squad of more than 30 players through their eight regular season games last fall. The team finished with a winning 6-2 record, securing the #2 seed for regional playoffs. Now they are preparing to win two more games and the regional title on home soil.

The Burlington Club and its recent success represent the vibrant rugby community growing in Vermont. More and more people are passionate about and dedicated to the sport. There are an increasing number of high school, college and club sides in the state, which is helping to improve the skill level of players being produced here. The competition, the first weekend in May, is an exciting opportunity for the Burlington club to showcase the unique and exciting sport of rugby. It gives people a chance to see a high standard of games played in their own backyard. Parking will be available and there is no cost to come out and watch. Everyone is welcome so please come support your local team.

The Burlington Rugby Club would like to thank its two main sponsors, Long Trail Brewing and RiRa Irish Pub on Church St, Burlington for their continued support.

Further information available at

Burlington Rugbyburlingtonrugby.org

802 Rugby – vyra.org


Best of luck ladies!




U19 Clinic Updates

Vermont Youth Rugby Association (VYRA) welcomes Players, Parents and Coaches to the 2013 U19 Player’s Clinic on Sunday April 7 at St. Michael’s College.  The cost will be $20.  Coaches and players from Vermont colleges and high schools will take players through a circuit of skills, techniques and knowledge.The day will be fun, informative and physical!

NOTE: There will also be a parent information session that will include a brief tutorial of rugby, discussions on player safety, and a Q&A session.

8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Welcome Speech
9:15 AM Warm-ups
9:30 AM Core skills circuit (25 min each)
*  Tackle
*  Ball handling
*  Defense and Break-down
*  Continuity
11:30 AM Lunch (bring your own lunch)
12:00 PM Laws
12:30 PM Forwards/backs training (30 min each)
Scrum and lineout (scrum machine is available)
Backline movement and attack/decision making
1:45 PM Competitions
Rookies – non-contact
Experienced – contact
3:45 PM Wrap Up