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Youth Rugby Update. What's New in 2024

Updated: Jan 17

As December closed out, let's see what youth rugby has been up to! From finishing up the Fall season to the SD Legion camp hosted by Ryan Matyas, there was plenty to do.

On December 9th, Youth gathered at Benedict Sports Complex to finish the final round of Fall matches that had previously been rained out. The younger kids enjoyed their last games of flag rugby, getting excited for tackle to start in January. The high school players got their last bits of 7's in before playing 10's and 15's for the Spring season. It looked like a great pre-season for all, and we are excited to see some more coverage in the Spring.

On December 16th, San Diego Legion hosted a community outreach camp in Tempe led by Arizona native, Ryan Matyas. There was a u14 skills session, followed by u18 talent ID camp. There were great numbers in both age groups with clubs from all over the valley representing. Matyas taught essential soft skills in a fast paced learning environment, highlighting the ideas of intent and intensity. Lots of good takeaways came from the short session, and hopefully players will take it back to their home clubs to share with others. We hope to see SD Legion again soon!

Every Monday, high school touch rugby is hosted at Countryside Park in Mesa from 6-8 pm. Players can come out and give it a try for the first time, build their skills, or just hang out and make new friends! It is completely free with no commitment necessary. Bring out friends or your team if you're not practicing!

Listed below are the different clubs in Arizona. Hopefully we will see you for the Spring season, it's the best time you will have with your new best friends. ;)

Phoenix Firebirds RFC

Youth & Highschool Boys and Girls, Mondays and Wednesdays at Longview Elementary 6-8pm

Contact 602-361-7978 with questions

Scottsdale Wolves RFC

Youth & Highschool Boys and Girls, Mondays and Wednesdays at Eldorado Park Soccer Fields 5:30-7pm for Youth and HS boys, 6-7:30pm HS girls

Contact 920-418-5818 with questions

Eclipse Rugby Club

Boys and Girls ages 6-18, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Paseo Highlands Park 6-8pm

Contact 602-679-4816 with questions

Red Mountain Knights RFC

Boys and Girls ages 3-19, Tuesdays and Thursdays in Mesa 6-8pm

Contact @redmountainknights on Instagram

Tempe Rugby Club

Youth & High School Boys and Girls, Tuesdays and Thursdays in Tempe 6-8pm

Contact 480-417-7469 with questions

Tucson Blackbirds and Ravens Rugby Club

Boys and Girls ages 12-18, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Dan Felix Memorial Park 5-7pm

Contact 520-256-7565 for girls questions, 484-744-1046 for boys

here are a few ( ok a alot ) of pictures we took in the month of December :