Tuesday, September 21, 2010

San Francisco Rugby Academy announces its Fall 2010 course dates

San Francisco - The San Francisco Rugby Academy (SFRA) is designed for students enrolled in grades eight through twelve (ages 14-19). Recent High school graduates are also eligible to enroll. The SFRA accommodates various skill levels to include beginners, and is designed to help players develop fundamental skills for playing more effectively as individuals and team members. Emphasis is placed on individual and positional skills as well as team skills and concepts. The camp features a high-quality staff of instructors and will also have guest coaches from top colleges and teams.

The trainings are at the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Football Club and their facility on Treasure Island. Academy Highlights Interaction with Professional Coaches and a number of USA National Team players Skills development: evasive running, passing, tackling, contact skills Specialty clinics: kicking, lineout throws, scrum-half passing Film study and individual analysis of play Individual player evaluation and feedback Flexibility, strength training, and conditioning programs sports psychology.

"Our approach is unique we are looking to set a pathway to prepare players for higher levels of rugby such as age grade and collegiate rugby," states Academy founder Paul Keeler.
Enrollment is limited to 50 players, and early registration is encouraged as the Academy is filling up fast and halfway to enrollment. The sessions take place every Sunday from October 17th - Jan 5th, 9 am - 12 pm. The San Francisco Rugby Academy founded in 2008, by San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Football Club (SFGG RC), is the cornerstone of their development program.

We provide our young players with an environment in which they can grow, express themselves both personally and professionally and realize their dream of playing collegiate and Super League and International Rugby. At SFRA, we value attitude, commitment, integrity, and honesty as highly as we do rugby ability.

For more information please go to our website at

Sharon Lovell, Communications
(415) 547-0631

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Texas set to Tackle Cancer

Courtesy of my friends over at The Tackling Cancer Foundation

The Tackling Cancer Foundation has been so well supported in Texas, that it is super excited to announce its fall raffle fundraiser!

Proceeds generated will be used to support the Any Baby Can Cancer Foundation in Texas as well as the Vanguard Cancer Research Foundation in California.

“We are really excited to be involved again” said Rick Marshall from the Katy Barbarians Rugby Club in Houston.

“Our rugby club raised several thousand dollars through the first Tackling Cancer fundraiser, and we know this one will be another massive success” enthused Marshall, who is also the President of the Texas Youth Rugby Association (TYRA).

The Tackling Cancer non-profit foundation was created to support leading cancer researchers while promoting safe and active lifestyles for today’s youth through sports. By leveraging the global participation of rugby, the foundation and its donors will help tackle cancer.

The Texas fall raffle will run from September 1st to December 1st, with the drawing taking place on December 15th 2010.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

NYC: Philippines National Team Head Coach takes over as coach of Village Lions Mens team

Great news for my team Village Lions!

New York, NY (Sept. 5, 2010) – The Village Lions Rugby Football Club (Div. 2/ Met-NY Union) is pleased to announce that they have secured Philippines National Team Head Coach Expo Mejia to head its men’s side.

Mejia, who recently lead the Philippines National Team to the IRB Asian 5 Nations Div. 2 title in his first year as head coach, is a former first grade colts coach at Gordon Rugby Club (2007), first grade coach at Penrith Rugby Club (2009) in the Sydney Premiership Competition and backs coach for the Australian Barbarians in 2009 and 2010. He has also worked for NSW Rugby Union (Waratahs) and Australian Rugby Union (ARU) as Coach Education Coordinator in 2008 and 2009.

“I am very excited to be part of the Lions rugby club,” said Mejia. “Since my first meeting here, I have been impressed by the professionalism of the staff and the enthusiasm of the players. I predict the Lions will pose a serious threat to the top Div 2 sides across the country.”  The New York City-based Lions, founded in 1989, carries two full men’s sides that compete in Div. 2 and a Women’s side that was recently promoted to Div.1.

“In Mejia, we have one of the best coaches you can find on U.S. soil,” said Bret Costain, VLRFC President.
To learn more about the Village Lions RFC, please visit www.villagelions.org or contact Olly Smith.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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