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Florida Rugby Union’s Plan for the Future

Florida Rugby Union
Plan for the Future

These are difficult times for the world we live in and for rugby both in our country and internationally. We at the FRU want to assure the Florida Rugby Community that we are financially strong and have the funding to ensure that all of our members will be able to continue playing rugby once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

USA Rugby Bankruptcy Filing & Insurance 

As you may be aware, USA Rugby has filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, and we have been contingency planning for a number of months now both internally and with others around the country. We still do not have the exact details on exactly how the re-organization will work nor are we sure what will be approved by the court as USA Rugby moves forward. However, we do know the major ways this does/could impact us;

  • Insurance- USA Rugby blanket liability and medical coverage are what allows to us rent fields for both matches and for practices. We have been investigating a number of options to ensure we have insurance moving forward,

    • Option 1) USA Rugby continues their current plan which we are covered under and no changes needed. We are getting exact clarification on this from USA Rugby.

    • Option 2) We are currently getting quotes from insurance providers to be active once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

    • Option 3) A national bodies form around competitions of play, for example, the all Club Rugby would gain insurance together nationally, the same for Collegiate and Youth/High School. This is likely only in event that USA Rugby does not make it out of the Chapter 11 process.

    • Beyond the end of the normal CIPP/Registration cycle which ends on August 31st we are unsure exactly how insurance will look. We are continuing to plan for options both regionally and nationally. Once we have a clearer idea of the exact path we communicate this to all of our members.

  • Registration, like insurance player/coach registration, is currently done nationally via USA Rugby. We have to wait and see exactly what is going to happen on this front from a National standpoint. We are well situated on this front if we are forced to do this regionally, Florida Youth already does their own registration locally and if needed we can transition to their new provider SportLomo very quickly due to Evan’s experience working with this program.

  • National Championships- all National Championships this year are currently canceled. Depending on re-organization over the summer we could have a very similar process to National Championships or we could more regionalized championships. Again this is very hard to determine at this time we are actively involved in the discussions around this on a National front.

Springs 15s 

With the USA Rugby suspension of play until May 31st, this effectively ends any chance of any more 15s rugby before the summer 7s season. We have decided as the FRU board that the Spring 2020 season has been officially canceled and no further play will happen as it relates to the spring 15s competitive season. This is not the conclusion of the Spring season we would have liked but we feel this is the only option available to us.

Summer 7s 

We are not able to confirm exactly when play will be allowed to continue for rugby, obviously, we are closely monitoring the impact both USA Rugby situation and the COVID-19 situation. There is a very high chance we will be forced to delay and/or cancel the Summer 7s season; we will work with the tournament directors to look at other dates but we are unable to confirm any changes at this time. We would love to see all of the 7s tournaments happen over the summer and will do what we can to help adjust dates once the suspension is lifted.

Our General 7s Policies have been updated, to better reflect how our current 7s season works.

All-Florida Representative Teams

Congratulations to those selected to this new program put forth this fall/spring by the FRU. We are excited to see that several teams took the time and initiative to vote for their players or even at times, the opposing team’s players as the best player of the match. Given that this is a new program, there may have been some confusion on deadlines and participation that we anticipate will improve with time. To clarify, for the 2019/2020 season, we implemented a voting process that club admin/coaches would use to enter a player of the match for forwards and backs. The winning team was allowed to enter a third player as an overall player of the match. The universal adoption of this process has been slower than expected. All players who were listed on D2, D3, D4, and Women’s all received votes by their respective club admins & coaches. If some deserving players did not make the list, then please get with your club coaches and make sure they adopt the process for the 2020/2021 season. Hopefully, moving into 2021 and 2022 we will could this tool as a way to select an All-Florida Select Side.

Return of All Florida Day 

We are excited to announce that we are intending on bringing back All Florida Day Tournament for a date during Fall. We are unable to confirm an exact date and/or location until we have a clearer understanding of when the COVID-19 suspension of play will be lifted. Our goal is to provide an exciting single-day tournament that would allow the whole Florida Rugby community to come together to celebrate the return of 15s rugby for the season.

We will continue the endeavor to keep everyone informed on the USA Rugby situation and any insight we have on when Rugby will be allowed to return to playing after the pandemic.


Kind Regards,
Kerri O’Malley, on behalf of the FRU Board & Administration
FRU President

New Coach Development Software

The Florida Rugby Union (FRU) in partnership with the Florida Youth Rugby Union (FYRU) are investing in the development of coaches across the state.  Both organizations have partnered with Ignite Rugby to provide all registered coaches with a new Web-Based Platform and Smartphone application to further assist in their on-going development.  The platform is a 3-Way Joint Venture combining World Cup, Super Rugby, and European Cup winning/playing and coaching experience with a North American Technology partner.

Key partners:

  • Former Australian Football League (AFL) Premiership winner and for over 30 years a Professional Coach in the AFL, National Rugby League, with Scotland Rugby and more recently as the All Black Skills Coach between 2005 & 2015 and their Back to Back World Cup wins – Mick Byrne.
  • Another former World Cup winner and the first Player-Coach to win a World Cup and both major Provincial Competitions in both hemispheres (Super Rugby & European Cup) – long-term Fox Sports Analyst – Rod Kafer.
  • StackSports – USA based technology partner who have a suite of technologies supporting the North American Sporting market that include:  Major League Baseball, USA Football, USA Lacrosse etc.

Ignite Rugby’s vision is “to allow practical coaching advice to be accessible anywhere, anytime, up-skilling coaches in Florida, ensuring players get the most out of their rugby. We will continue to update content to move with new trends in the game.”

The platform provides video-based education in and around training, focusing on giving coaches the skills to understand the ‘Why’, ‘What’ and ‘How’ of coaching which facilitates learning environments that are enjoyable for all participants.

Given that most coaches in Florida receive their Level 200 certification, but often do not have many local opportunities for continuing education, Florida Rugby saw the need to re-invest resources in coaching development. This was reinforced by a survey of the coaches, which emphasized a desire from most coaches for more local learning opportunities to improve their abilities to plan training and provide new skills to players.  Kerri O’Malley, FRU President, believes “the coach is a vital part of creating and maintaining a successful rugby club; quality practices and training improve player retention, which leads to more success for the club both on and off the field.”

The coaching platform is planned to fully launch in Fall of 2020 at the FRU AGM & Summit, with a pilot group of coaches testing the program in Spring of 2020 to determine the best ways it can serve Florida Rugby. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Kerri O’Malley at

More information on the Ignite Platform can be found at:

The Return of the All Florida Rugby Teams

All Florida Honorary Teams

The FRU is creating Divisional All Florida Teams, these are honorary teams selected via accumulation of voting points over the course of the season. The top (15) players with the highest voting points at the conclusion of the season will be announced as members of their Divisional All Florida Team. 

Each team Head Coach will be requested to complete voting for their match. They are asked to pick their game’s best forward and best back from either team. The winning team will be given a third vote from the match. Each vote a player receives gives them (1) point in the season tally. The season tally will be updated weekly with (1) player from across all of the Divisions announced as the Player of the Round. 

The Divisions completing this will be 

  • Men’s Premier 
  • Women’s Premier 
  • Men’s Division (3)
  • Men’s Division (4) 
  • Women’s College 

Voting should be completed by coaches by 9am on Monday morning following their match, via this link

Ideally, we are able to post via social media the current player standing on this to drive awareness and interest in being apart of one of the All Florida Teams. 

All Florida Representative Teams

Longer-term we are looking to create both a traveling Men’s and Women’s All Florida Representative team. This team’s focus is more on the development of players and coaches. Teams are looking to be more representative of all of the clubs rather than being an All-Star team. 

Men’s Representative Team 

  • Each of (19) Men’s clubs across the three divisions will be allotted (5) players to be able to attend a selection camp, for a maximum of 95 players total able to attend the camp. 
  • In the event there spots available for the selection camp, these spots will be offered the champions and runners up of each division first in the order of Premier, D3 & D4. 
  • The program coach/selectors must select in the final squad (1) player from each club.
  • In the event a club does not send any players the program coach/selectors will not be required to select a player from that club. 

Women’s Representative Team 

  • Each of (5) Senior Women’s clubs plus the (8) College Women’s Clubs will be allotted given (8) players to attend a selection camp, for a maximum of (104) players total able to attend the camp. 
  • In the event there are spots available for the selection camp, these spots will be offered the champions and runners up of each division. 
  • The program coach/selectors must select in the final squad (1) player from each club.
  • In the event a club does not send any players the program coach/selectors will not be required to select a player from that club. 

We will begin researching possible tournaments and opponents for this to ensure we have an appropriate budget, as well as communicate with players for their desire to participate with a team like this. 

FCC 7s at USF

By the time the sun sets Saturday, we will know which Florida-based university will be representing our state at the national 7s tournament.
At the first round of the Florida Collegiate Conference 7s tournament, held in September, the University of South Florida scored a last-second try to beat hosts Florida Atlantic University and win the first round. Newly-promoted Florida Gulf Coast University impressed by placing fourth, just behind last year’s winner, Florida International University.
The teams would like to welcome any and all fans to the event being held this Saturday, October 12th at the University of South Florida.
USF Sycamore Fields
501 USF Sycamore Drive,
Tampa, FL 33617
Facebook event – FCC 7s at USF
Event photo galleries from round one:
FCC Premier – Tampa Tournament (10/12/19) Open Check In Times
Pool A Pool B USF FAU 9:00
UF 9:00
FGCU 9:00
UCF 9:00
Field 1 Field 2
10:00 FAU v UNF UM v UF (2nds) Series Standings Series Points Points Diff
10:25 FIU v FSU UCF (2nds) v USF (2nds) 1st USF 22 33
10:50 USF v UF 2nd FAU 19 29
11:15 FGCU v UCF FSU (2nds) v UF (2nds) 3rd FIU 17 46
11:40 UNF v FIU UCF (2nds) v UM 4th FGCU 15 -23
12:05 FAU v FSU UF (2nds) v USF (2nds) 5th UCF 13 45
12:30 FGCU v UF FSU (2nds) v UM 6th FSU 12 -31
12:55 USF v UCF 7th UNF 0 -46
1:20 FSU v UNF USF (2nds) v UM 8th UF 0 -53
1:45 FAU v FIU UCF (2nds) v FSU (2nds)
2:10 UCF v UF
2:35 USF v FGCU UCF (2nds) v UF
3:00 Break FSU (2nds) v USF
3:25 3rd Pool A v 4th Pool B 3rd Pool B v 4th Pool A
3:50 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B 1st Pool B v 2nd Pool A
4:10 Break
4:20 5th/6th Match
4:45 3rd/4th Match
5:10 1st/2nd Match

Florida Jaguares Successfully Defend their South RCT Title

Congratulations to the Florida Jaguares Boys Middle School squad who won the USA Rugby Regional Cup Tournament (RCT) for the second year in a row!!! They scored 100 points and conceding 0 in the two years the Jaguares have scored 272 points and conceded just 5 congratulations to all involved with this wonderful squad. 

It was really successful trip to Tennessee for all of the traveling Florida teams. The Florida Dragons also participated in the South RCT tournament and performed great in both the Tier 2 and Tier 1 divisions.  The Jaguares also entered for the first time a Tier 2 team came in 3rd behind very experienced teams from Virginia and North Carolina. 

Florida players also achieved multiple selections to USA Rugby HSAA, EIRA and USA South. We would like to congratulate these players!! 

  • Gabriel Hayden – EIRA tour to Canada – Okapi Wanderers 
  • Liam Matla – EIRA tour to Canada – Okapi Wanderers
  • Jaxson Patterson – EIRA tour to Canada – Wellington Wizards
  • Jake Houd – EIRA tour to Canada – Wellington Wizards
  • Aidan Porto – EIRA tou to Canada – Wellington Wizards
  • Angus Kelly – USA Rugby HSAA 7s – Key Biscayne Rats
  • KamRon Young – USA Rugby HSAA 7s – Wellington Wizards
  • David Rimes – USA Rugby HSAA 7s – Jupiter Sharks 
  • Will Rimes – USA South – Wellington Wizards 
  • Mikey Komlo – USA South – Wellington Wizards 
  • Josh Schwartz – USA South – Wellington Wizards 
  • Cody Paholich – USA South – Okapi Wanderers 
  • Adrian Suarez – USA South – Okapi Wanderers
  • Franco Jauregui – USA South – Okapi Wanderers

Florida Jaguars Middle School Squad
2019 South RCT Champions

FRU – AGM / Summit Date Set

This Florida Rugby Union (Adult & College Only), Annual General Meeting and Rugby Summit will be on Saturday September 14th in Orlando. The exact location will be sent out over the Summer, all clubs are required to send at least one representative to meeting and summit. All clubs should be discussing who their representative is going to be at the meeting.

Prior to the AGM we will be holding conference calls/webinars to discuss and determine the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 schedules. These conference calls will be split into Men’s Premier (D2), Men’s 1st Div (D3), Women’s, College Men and College Women. Any schedule drafts, individual feedback requests will all be sent out prior to the conference calls this will allow clubs to internally review the items so all teams can be able to effectively participate within the conference calls.

2019 Summer 7s Season is Here

Welcome to the beginning of the Florida Summer 7s Season, this year we are returning a more traditional Florida 7s season. We hope to see a large amount of teams participating in all of the tournaments across the summer.

2019 Summer Schedule

Each tournament will have slightly different structures and divisions. Please check each tournaments facebook event pages to see the divisions.  

Adult Open Divisions

Any registered team with USA Rugby(College or Senior Rugby) can enter any of the Tournaments this summer. All players must registered with USA Rugby, the maximum roster size for each tournament is 13 players. Further details on subs and general tournament rules will be sent for each tournament. We encourage all teams and/or groups of players to enter the tournaments these great competitive and social events for everyone involved.

New U19s Series

The Youth Union is also adding a two tournament series along with an All Star team to travel to Cape Fear 7s. So far they have four teams 100% committed for two tournaments (Jacksonville, Tampa, Palm Beach & Indian River) more are welcome to join in team wishing to participate must email Evan Haigh @

The two tournament series will be

  • Rusted Knights 7s – June 15th – Orlando
  • Shipwrecked 7s – June 22nd – Sebastian
  • All Star Event – Cape Fear 7s – July 6th/7th – Wilmington, NC

Men’s & Women’s National Qualification

Qualification too Nationals like last year is a two tournament series, however this year there is a month gap in between the two tournaments. Florida is hosting the first tournament this year in Orlando (Rusted Knights 7s – June 15th) followed by Carolinas hosting in Raleigh, NC on July 20th.

The Southern Conference 7s Committee has set a combined entry fee of $500 for both tournaments. This is ensure that all teams competing in the first tournament in Orlando will participate in the second tournament in Raleigh. Please note only teams wishing to Qualify to Nationals and play in both the Qualifying tournaments will be allowed to enter the Qualifying

USA Rugby has set a extra requirements

  • Complete details on Nationals can be found here –
  • Teams must enroll their clubs – Register your club today – all teams competing in Club 7s qualifiers are required to enroll via the above link.
  • Teams will be able to carry rosters comprised of 9 U.S. citizens and a maximum of 3 or 4* legally-residing non-citizens at Club 7s qualifiers and the USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship. This change is to simplify individual player eligibility.  * Each Roster may include a maximum of three (3) players who are not U.S. citizens or four (4) provided that one of these players is a Green Card holder.
  • The South has been allocated (1) Men’s Seed & (2) Women’s Seeds. Which means the highest placed men’s team and top two women’s after the two tournaments will qualify to Nationals.