2014-15 Deep South Rugby News

May 4, 2015 Goff Rugby Report National High School
      Ranking Week 14

     Single School: 24th St. Paul
                    25th Shaw

     Multi-School: 47th Mississippi
May, 2015 - Eleven High School Teams in Louisiana League
Louisiana high school rugby season ended with
 11 teams in the league during 2014-15 season, namely:
1) St Paul
2) Shaw
3) Jesuit
4) Mississippi
5) Lake Area
6) Niceville
7) Bayou Hurricanes
8) West Jeff
9) Br Martin
10) Warren Easton
11) NOMMA ( New Orleans Maritime and Military Acad

 4/19/15 SCRC 7s Championship

Alabama defeated Mississippi State 24-14 in the final of the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference 7s Championship in Knoxville, Tn Saturday. With the win, the Crimson Tide earned the SCRC automatic qualifier berth the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship May 30-31 at PPL Park in Philadelphia.

Semifinal matches saw Alabama defeat South Carolina 22-21 and MS State over Tennessee 14-10.

4/17/15 Paul Miniclier announces  Louisiana Rugby to start a Jobs/Internships for Rugby Players

Excerpt from email announcement, ” In just a few years, we have expanded high school rugby from 4 teams to 12 teams. This growth will be rapid as we experience the World Cup 2015 and the Olympics in 2016. Some players will go on to college and some not. We all want them to continue to play for the college or senior sides (we will continue to work with all clubs on creating rugby playing opportunities). But, a big issue for many graduating seniors and those still in school is work and a possible career. I want us as a Rugby Community to try and help start an initiative to locate jobs/internships for players.

In addition to our local high school players, Nick and I get regular inquiries from around the world about coming here to play, coach and a job.

Nick and I are open to all ideas. One we thought of is a “Want Ad” section on Louisiana Rugby’s website, where jobs can be posted or requested. Another is to ask you for ideas for either jobs or internships for players that you may know of, as well as players you would recommend.”

Inaugural Louisiana Youth Rugby Championship, May 9th

May 9th, the Youth Rugby NOLA metro club will host the inaugural Louisiana Youth Rugby Championship. This flag rugby tournament is open to boys and girls from 7 to 11 years old. Registration is open to all, meaning any individual, school, parent, club, teacher, etc. may register and field a team!

No rugby experience is necessary! Louisiana Rugby’s staff and volunteers will assist any team in need of training, coaching resources or equipment to get their team going. On average, fewer than 5 hours of team practice is needed to prepare your young players. Coaching guides and tournament rules of play will be posted at LouisianaRugby.org underneath the ‘Youth’ tab.

The game will be 7 vs. 7 co-ed flag rugby. Each team may consist of up to 12 players total and must include at least two boys and two girls on the field at all times. A limit of 16 team slots will be available for this inaugural tournament.

Registration for the tournament includes lunch for participants on the day of, as well as a youth rugby starter kit (courtesy of World Rugby Shop) including balls, pump, cones, and practice jerseys.

To register, visit LouisianaRugby.org and click the ‘Youth’ tab. For more information about the tournament or to request assistance, please contact Director of Development Nick Conte nick@louisianarugby.org or (540) 960-1438.


USA Rugby South Panthers NACRA Title Team

The following players from Birmingham were selected to be part of the USA  Rugby South 15s select side that will compete for the North American and Caribbean Rugby Association 2015 title: Zach Blalock, Andrew Perkins, Brendan Smith. No other Louisiana. Mississippi, Alabama, or Florida Panhandle players were selected. The Panthers will compete in the north division against Mexico on March 7th and Cayman Islands of March 21st.


Bayou Hurricanes youth rugby team played their first home match in Raceland defeating the experiences Brother Martin Crusaders 24-22 on Feb. 7, 2015.

Cipped High School Players in Louisiana on Jan 27, 2015

USA Rugby, at the following link – http://usarugby.org/rosters – reported the high school teams had he following numbers of Cipped players/ coaches.
Jesuit   39/1

Shaw 12/1

Bro Martin 23/1

Lake Area  20/216

West Jeff 15/1

St. Pauls   19/1

Audubon  2/1

Bulldogs 16/1

Hurricanes  20/1

Mississippi  25/1

Niceville     34/2

Barbarians (Club is not listed)

The above information was circulated by Adam Massey. Sam Farnet replied with the following email on January 29th –

“Adam, thanks for the info, Audubon BarbariansRFC is changing name to New Orleans Barbarians RFC. As you can see we are struggling with numbers, if any coaches or players know of any highschoolers that are interested in playing please send them my way. Sam”

Loup Garoux Youth Rugby, Fall Season 2014

 From September 26th – November 14th in Comiskey Park children ages 7-12 (grades 2nd-7th) played in a touch rugby league.
Adrianne Stebbins was head coach.
New Orleans 10th in National Club Side 7s

New Orleans Royales (the 7s team attached to the NORFC) finished 10th in the USA Rugby National Club Side 7s tournament held in Seattle the weekend of August 9th-10th. Below are scores from final round of tournament:

Cup: Seattle 29-26 Old Blue

3rd/4th: Kansas City 12-10 Belmont Shore
Plate: Denver 14-7 NYAC
7th/8th: Chicago Lions 24-19 EPA Razorbacks
Bowl: 1823 26-19 New Orleans
11th/12th: Santa Monica 26-17 Maryland Exiles
Shield: Schuylkill River 38-7 Hawaii
13th/14th: Austin Blacks 19-7 Atlanta Old White

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