Parents and Players!

Hey all you rugby fans!

I know things have been a little behind on this page but we are working hard to get things back up and moving! We have some new rugby stories and words of advice from current and past Vermont players coming your way in the next week or so. We’ll also have notes from parents of current and past players about why rugby is important to them and their family, so keep a sharp eye on this page and share it with your friends and families!

Remember, we can’t do this without your support! Let’s get Vermont talking about the next big Olympic sport!



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 or VYRA’s Facebook page for more information.

Rookie Rugby Clinic @ Norwich University

We’re happy to announce that a Rookie Rugby Clinic will be held this Sunday, November 3 10:00am-1:00pm at Norwich University Dog River Pitch. All ages of players, parents and friends are welcome to this free event. There will be friendly co-ed sevens matches played by Norwich men’s and women’s teams to follow, all are welcome to watch and join in the BBQ afterwards. Spread the word and join 802 Rugby!

USA Rugby State Board Conference

This weekend I was fortunate enough to be sent as the representative for the Vermont Youth Rugby Association at the USA Rugby Conference in Glendale, Colorado at Infinity Park (where the Nations Cup is being played by the USA Women’s Eagles are playing as well!)

Check back next week to read some updates, future plans or chime in on what you’d like to see from VYRA!

VRYA 2013 State High School Championships Announced

Date set for Vermont State High School Rugby Championships

Essex faces South Burlington in boys’ title game. Rutland girls wait outcome of final week’s play to find out championship opponent.


ESSEX  — The Vermont Youth Rugby Association 2013 high school state championship games will be played June 2 at the Tree Farm Recreational Facility in Essex. Girls kick off at 1 p.m. and boys at 3 p.m.

In a repeat of the 2012 boys title game, Essex will face-off against South Burlington. The South Burlington boys team, based at South Burlington High School, also includes players from Champlain Valley Union and Burlington high schools.

The final week’s play will determine which team – Essex or South Burlington — will play Rutland in the girls’ championship match.

The Vermont Youth Rugby Association is the governing body for youth rugby in Vermont.

VYRA is dedicated to the promotion, development, and support of youth rugby programs in an effort to encourage the integrity and character that makes rugby unique. Visit VYRA online at


Contact: Tiff Renaud