Diversity Statement 2020


Best Practices for COVID-19 & Rugby Return to Play at the Club Level


NCYRU Return to Play Guidelines 

The NCYRU Return to Play Guidelines contain the minimum requirements for clubs in our state organization wishing to return to play. The additional document contains general guidance from our region administrators and some best practice information that may be helpful to Clubs as they begin to start practicing.

Download "NCYRU Return to Play Guidlines.pdf"

May 6th, 2020

The NCYRU fully supports USA Rugby's Return to Play Guidelines. It does not condone any return to play by NCYRU affiliated teams/clubs that are inconsistent with the current guidelines. Any such activity is being done by those clubs independently and outside of affiliation with NCYRU.

Download "USA Rugby Suspension Update.pdf"

Conference Playoff Results Are In
February 24, 2020

The results of the semifinal playoffs are complete and the field is set now for the Finals on Saturday, Feb 29 at Hough H.S.  The conference playoff results are as such:
  • Eastern conference champions - Clayton H.S.
  • Eastern conference runners up - Capitals (Broughton H.S.) 
  • Western conference champions - Providence H.S.
  • Western conference runners up - Charlotte Catholic H.S.  

The field is now set for the 3rd place Bronze medal match and the State Championship match.  All matches will take place at the Hough H.S. football stadium on Saturday, Feb 29.  Match times are as follows:
  • 2pm KO - Hough H.S. vs South Meck H.S. - playing for 5th place overall
  • 4pm KO - Capitals (Broughton H.S.) vs Charlotte Catholic H.S. - playing for 3rd place Bronze medal
  • 6pm KO - Clayton H.S. vs Providence H.S. - playing for the State Championship gold medal

We invite and encourage all teams, players, coaches and families to come out and support our Finals and State Championship matches.  This should be a very exciting day of rugby.  We are especially thankful for Megan Ketchum and Hough H.S. for hosting the state championship

Four Teams Advancing to Single High School Playoffs This Weekend 
February 19, 2020

NCYRU wishes the following teams the best of luck in their quest for the championship!

Western Championship - Providence HS will play Charlotte Catholic HS at 7pm Friday night officiated by Curtis Ethridge
Eastern Championship - Broughton HS Capitals will play Clayton HS at 1PM on Saturday officiated by Brandon Sortman

The East v West Final Championship game will be held the last weekend in February.

Be A Referee!

USAR Level 1 Referee certification course is being held in Charlotte at Queens University on 02-16-20. Sign up in USARugby's Webpoint system.


Karen Fong Donoghue Seminar 

Karen Fong Donoghue from the Rugger's Edge will be hosting a seminar for families of student athletes interested in learning more about the collegiate rugby landscape in the USA. Sign up is required. Seminar will follow the USARugby level 1 referee course on 02-16-20.


Naya Tapper Clinic

Naya Tapper is coming home and she is leading a clinic! We encourage everyone to go and meet our hometown superstar. Thanks to Naya for offering this fun skills opportunity to the youth in our community.

Download "Naya%20Tapper%20Clinic.pdf"

December 5th, 2019

The North Carolina Youth Rugby Union is happy to announce that the Single High School League will begin competition on December 6th, 2019. Games will be played on Friday evenings and Saturdays through February. The full schedule is posted on the NCYRU website - check it out and make plans to attend!

NCYRU President Dave McCarthy said “The NCYRU is coming off of a very successful Sevens Season that saw many new girls and boys find the enjoyment of Rugby. I am very excited to see many of the new faces along with our existing players as we begin our ‘19-20 season.”

This season, the league will boast 14 teams competing in two conferences. The SHS League will have 8 weeks of regular season competition and then wrap up with a State Championship at the end of February. League Director Cam Hayes said “As we prepare to kick off the NCYRU SHS Boys Rugby season for 2019-2020, I want to wish all of the players, coaches, and schools, the very best for a competitive and fun season of rugby.  Each year we have seen the growth of rugby in high schools throughout North Carolina and this year we welcome two new high schools to the league: Olympic H.S. in Charlotte and Pinecrest H.S. in Southern Pines.”

The league is supported primarily by referees from the Southeast Rugby Referee Society. The NCYRU is always looking for people to officiate games, please contact us if you are interested in helping.
Opening week matches will kick off at 7pm on Friday, December 6 and at 1pm on Saturday, December 7.  Go out and support your local HS Rugby team this weekend. Rugby in North Carolina is strong and growing!