After the announcement that both Men’s and Women’s Rugby had recently been added to the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, USA Rugby came up with an initiative called “Rookie Rugby” to help the next generation of Olympic Rugby Athletes understand the sport of rugby at an earlier age. Rookie Rugby is a non-contact version of the sport and is being pushed in schools across America.
In Columbus, over 28 schools will get to learn “Rookie Rugby” the first week in April. USA Rugby will also be sponsoring the event by donating over 150 rugby balls to Rugby Ohio, which will enable rugby balls to be given away to each participating school so teachers can continue the curriculum long after.
USA Rugby will be flying in Kurt Weaver who is the National Director of Youth & High School Rugby in America and current OSU (a national NCAA championship contender) Rugby Sevens head coach and former All-American, Ron Bowers will also be helping in the classrooms.
To culminate the week, students and teachers will be invited to attend the Ohio State vs. Penn State game Saturday, April 9th at Beekman Park for FREE. This game will be the first match-up between these two storied rugby programs in the brand new College Rugby Conference called the College Premier Division. The “CPD” is a compilation of the 31 best rugby teams in the country competing for a National Championship that will be played in Rio Tinto stadium in Utah and will be shown live on ESPNU. Check out this video to learn more about Ohio State Rugby.