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Interested in playing in our new U14 Tackle Rugby program? In 2019 we will enter our 4th season for 7th & 8th Grade Boys. Eligibility: Players must currently be enrolled in either 7th or 8th grade and cannot be older than 14 years of age by May 28, 2019. 6th Graders may be evaluated to play up in the 7/8th Tackle League if cleared by League Director and Coaches. 

All U14 Coaches are required to have a Level 200 certification. Teams will need to practice on an individual basis starting in March. Players will need to go through controlled rugby tackling drills and controlled live practices before playing in their first match. No player will be put into a game before they are ready.

To find out your teams practice schedule please contact your team's coach through their team webpage.

U14 Schedule

Week 1 - April 6 @ Dublin Coffman Park
Week 2 - April 13 @ Watkins Memorial High School
Week 3 - April 20 @ Polaris Church
Week 4 - April 27 @ Olentangy Orange High School
Week 5 - May 4 @ Watkins Memorial High School

City Championship - May 11 @ Dublin Coffman Park
State Championship - May 18 @ St Ignatius CLEVELAND

Start dates for individual team schedules for practice may vary. Please look on your team page and/or contact the head coach for that information.

Game Times

League matches will start at 10am and end at 11:30am. The League schedule for Week 1 will be released by April 2nd. Each team will play a minimum of two matches per week but no more than three. Each team will have at least a 15 minute break in between their first and second match.

Columbus Youth Rugby will follow the standard Olympic game time of (2) 7-minute halves. This is a high paced game where kids will be continually running for the entire game. Trust us... 14-minute games are more than enough playing time.

What You Need

The U14 Tackle Rugby League will require each player to supply their own mouth guard and cleats.

***All cleats must have molded spikes. (No Player is allowed to wear metal spikes) Soccer and football spikes are fine as long as they are molded. You do NOT need to go out and buy new rugby cleats.***

Program Fee

Varies by team. Please check with your individual team page for pricing. League and State dues begin at $84.35  per player.

Game Location

All matches are played Round Robin style, venues will change week by week for hosting teams. See current venues below;

Polaris Church - 1250 Gemini Pl, Columbus, OH 43240.

Dublin Coffman Park - 5200 Emerald Pkwy, Dublin, OH 43017

Watkins Memorial  - 8868 Watkins Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062

Orange High School- 2840 E Orange Rd, Lewis Center, OH 43035


Thoron Byrd
Columbus Youth Rugby Director
Phone: 360-320-7719



Top College and NFL Coaches are teaching rugby tackling techniques to improve player safety

From the Seattle Seahawks:

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has released an instructional video showing the way his coaching staff teaches tackling.

“Our tackling system features shoulder tackling and a renewed emphasis on taking the head out of tackling. We’ve found our style to be successful in the NFL and in college, and we believe it can be employed at all levels,” Carroll said.

“We have found that we can practice and drill our tackling without pads or a helmet,” Carroll said. “This system of tackling was recently inspired by those who play rugby around the world. Rugby players have truly taken the head out of the game and truly exemplify shoulder tackling.”

Carroll says in the video that “we are a shoulder-tackling team.” Goodell wants the NFL to have 32 shoulder-tackling teams. “Rugby players take the head out of the game,” Carroll told reporters at the Super Bowl in February. “We practice this without helmets, without pads.”

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From the OSU Buckeyes:

Ohio State defensive co-coordinator Chris Ash discovered a new tackling method.

He came upon a 15-minute instructional video on the internet, experienced a flash of inspiration, and proposed to a staff of veteran coaches that they do more than just forget everything they had ever learned about tackling. He wanted to teach another sport.

A year later, the Buckeyes are not only practiced rugby tacklers. They may be the best tackling team in college football.

Ash transformed an area of weakness in 2013 into a pillar of a championship season. By Meyer’s count, the Buckeyes missed the fewest tackles in the nation last season.

Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs called the new style a “game-changer.”

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From the MSU Spartans:

Michigan State University head football coach Mark Dantonio thus far has only joked about traveling to faraway lands to recruit rugby players to his Michigan State football team.

But Dantonio is damn serious about infusing rugby into his program — specifically tackling techniques.

Inspired by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and a rugby-tackling techniques video assembled by Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll, Dantonio is part of a growing but small group of college football coaches who’ve turned to rugby to teach the art of tackling.

The reasons are both competitive and important. First, to improve their teams’ ability to tackle in space. And, perhaps with larger and lasting ramifications, to take the head out of these collisions.

The NFL’s emphasis on tackling with the shoulders, instead of the head, isn’t just about player safety. According to the coach of the best defense in football, it’s also the most effective way to bring a ball carrier down.

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