Rugby Illinois has partnered with Chicago Hounds to offer local clubs a chance to fundraise for their club and promote rugby. Chicago Hounds are offering affiliated Rugby Illinois clubs the opportunity to raise money for their club and promote rugby throughout the 2023 season. Reach out to your local club for their promotion code! The … Read more

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Rugby Illinois congratulates Aseel Jadallah and Josie O’Donnell on their participation in the USA Rugby U18 High Performance Pathways camp. Jadallah and O’Donnell were part of a select group of 40 players from the eastern half of the country invited to the camp which took place at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland from … Read more

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USA Womens U20 and U23 Headed North to Ottawa for Garnet and Gold Classic USA Rugby announced the USA U20 roster for the Garnet and Gold Classic in Ottawa, Canada July 17-19. Congratulations to Rugby Illinois alum, Avery Kemora, for being selected to the 23-woman roster. Avery played high school rugby for the Taft Eagles … Read more

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Rugby Illinois (RIL) congratulates Chiefs RFC players Sara Dougherty and Julia Murray on their selection to USA Rugby’s U18 Winter Camp.  Taft RFC alum, Avery Kemora who now plays for Queens University of Charlotte, was selected for the U20 camp.  Sara and Julia participated in the USA Rugby Talent ID Camp hosted by RIL in September … Read more

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Two Rugby Illinois alumni earned caps this month when USA Rugby played in matches against England and Ireland. Former Lake Forest Harrier Matt Harmon earned his first cap against England wearing No. 17 when USA Rugby made a solid showing at Twickenham Stadium July 4. The Eagles lost the match but had a strong second … Read more


Recognizing the importance of recreational outlets during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rugby Illinois Executive Committee has approved a return to play for Rugby Illinois member clubs, subject to the limitations outlined in this document. These guidelines emerged through the work of the Rugby Illinois Covid Advisory Committee, composed of coaches, Rugby Illinois administrators, USA Rugby … Read more


USA Rugby has established two high performance pathways to National Sides. These pathways include a nomination process and the National Development Programs (NDPs): Of the eight programs identified, Eagle Impact Rugby Academy (EIRA) is the only NDP with representation in the Midwest and presently provides programming and tours for boys and girls in U15, U17, and U19. Players can also self-nominate … Read more


The State of Illinois, US Centers for Disease Control , World Rugby COVID-19 Guidelines and USA Rugby COVID-19 Guidelines allow Rugby Illinois to consider resumption of training or matches.  The Rugby Illinois Executive Committee has delegated to the Rugby Illinois Compliance Committee the responsibility for implementing COVID-19 policies and procedures, assuring Rugby Illinois clubs comply and communicating and updating … Read more


USA Rugby and the National Councils have completed discussions to finalize Community Service Agreements for each level of the community game. Each Council individually negotiated terms with the National Office, based on specific demands for their level of play. Materials agreed upon include USA Rugby member dues structures and services provided by the National Office. … Read more

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Regretfully, Rugby Illinois Fall Ball is cancelled due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and the guidelines imposed to limit spread of the disease.  The Competition Committee met Sunday evening and assessed it is very unlikely that rugby, designated a high-risk sport under the Restore Illinois All Sports Policy, will reach Play Level … Read more