Fairfield Rugby Club enjoys successful season

Fairfield Rugby Club’s U12 boys team.

The Fairfield Rugby Club (FRC) is a force to reckon with.

The Fairfield Rugby Club swept the Constitution League Summer Tournament in Cheshire on Saturday, with no losses and top winner in each bracket of U14, U-12, and U12/14 Girls. U-10/Minis had a great time playing non-competitive Flag Rugby and learning more about this funsport.

Rugby isn’t just a sport. It’s a culture, a life lesson, and a lifetime of connections that will help every player through every life transition. Whether it is moving on to college, needing help with a first child, or getting a first job, rugby is a sport that takes care of its players. Rugby supports young men and women throughout their lives.

U14’s get together.

It is currently the fastest growing team sport in the United States, with a current estimate of 1.2 million rugby players.

The Fairfield Rugby Club (co-ed) is growing too…Currently with over 250 members aged 5-62 years old. The club includes a co-ed Minis team, an all-girls middle school team, two middle school boys team, a boys high school team that was ranked No. 7 in the nation last year, a girls high school team in development, the 2016 National Champion Yankees men’s team, and the Fairfield Ladies Yankee team, new as of last year.

The Fairfield Rugby Club’s goal is to grow the sport of rugby in Connecticut.

FRC members are not only from Fairfield — players come from Trumbull, Stratford, Norwalk and as far as West Haven to hit a “ruck”, bind in a “scrum” or just have a good “run” on the “pitch.”

Rugby is action-paced, with a social side.

At the same time FRC helps other towns develop their own programs.

Neighboring Westport’s new Rugby Club team is an example of that effort, with former FRC players moving over from FRC to Westport’s new team.

Fairfield Rugby Club members also make strong contributions to their community, many volunteering with local service organizations.

There are also many social opportunities to participate in as a FRC member.

This summer, over 100 members attended a USA Rugby vs. Ireland game — this was a great way for members to learn more about the game and enjoy some great team bonding.

There are also golf tournaments, pub crawls, Family Fun Days, fundraising events, and lots of other activities that members participate in, including a Pick-Up Tag Rugby game every Sunday morning, year round.

This is a great time for new members to learn the game and for those young and old, who love the sport, to have a good run and maybe even make a “try.”

FRC enjoyed many victories this past season, however one of the biggest wins has been in the growth of the girls program.

Check out this write up from girls coach Mark Riley:

The Fairfield Girls 7s Rugby team finished their 2017 season in style. It’s worth remembering that a year ago  most of these girls hadn’t heard of rugby, let  alone picked up a ball, yet in less that 12 months they’ve developed into a formidable team, continuing their unbeaten run.

Saturday’s games started early with all girls playing in the mixed U12 game against Wethersfield boys. Harding running, tackling and expansive play resulted in a big win, with tries for Caroline Hessel and Kaylan Jernigan.

The girls then went into a three-way tournament, first playing against Wethersfield Girls. Again aggressive defense, fast passing and clever use of the big pitch saw a significant victory. Avonlea Wood demonstrated why she is such a great team player with both the highest tackle count and a brace of tries.

Next up was Cheshire girls, a team with significant size advantage and strong program in girls rugby. The die was cast early with Caroline Hessel scoring with the first play of the game, running through multiple Cheshire tackles to score in the first 20 seconds.

With Cheshire on its back foot, Fairfield continued to spread the ball wide with tries for Molly Ryan and Abby McMichael. Jocelyn Riley was relishing her role as scrum half with two tries from the blind side of the scrum. The game was won by the girls ability to play as a team, tackling hard, recycling the ball, good handling and breaking at pace. In the end Cheshire had a single consolation try for the game.

Overall, a superb first season for Fairfield girls, and with active recruitment over the fall and winter periods, with more practice to come, we look forward to 2018 and building on this success.

Congratulations to the team.

If you are interested in learning more about the Fairfield Rugby Club’s Programs, Youth and High School Teams, check out www.fairfieldrugby.org or email them at [email protected]

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