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Economic Impact Study of Rugby in NYC

Members of the MetNY RFU have been working, for months, on creating an economic impact study on rugby in NYC.  This report, amongst other things, shows what rugby brings to NYC in terms of money, people and tourism.  The study is currently being used to approach city officials to bolster interest in the game, understand that the sport is growing and liaise with them to build more rugby fields in NYC.
The MetNY would like to thank Toby Butterfield, Kieran Holohan, Dave Martin, Ted Perkins and Troy Benson for their effort and dedication in the creation of this valuable report.

For more information, please reach out to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and/or any authors of the study.


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PlayRugby USA Seeks Support


Play Rugby USA is seeking support from the local rugby community for two major events they are having this June. The first event on June 11th
is the 2011 NYC Rugby Cup. The NYC Rugby Cup is an annual event that is catered to HUNDREDS of young aspiring rugby players. The second event on June 17th will be their 4th annual Coctail Benefit. The Coctail Benefit will act as a fundraiser for Play Rugby USA. Read on to see a mesage about both events from Play Rugby USA President Mark Griffin...

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 May 2011 19:22
Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour Comes To NYC


Meet Ben Cohen MBE, 2003 Rugby World Cup Champion, and England Premiership Player on Sunday, May 22nd
at Boxers NYC Sportsbar from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This festive evening will benefit the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), The Ben Cohen StandUp Project, and Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club.

English Premiership rugby player and 2003 World Cup Champion Ben Cohen MBE will make history again, as a straight, internationally recognized, professional, sportsman lending his name and full support in the fight against bullying. The Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour 2011 is a 4 city United States Tour from May 19th to May 29th focusing on bullying in sports and striving for a fair playing field for all sportsmen regardless of sexual orientation or background. Ben will be in New York City from May 22nd until the 24th.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 15 May 2011 19:36
MetNY Youth Head to NRU Playoffs - DAY 2 RESULTS


The MetNY will be sending several youth teams up to the Northeast Rugby Union playoffs this weekend. The NRU Championship will be hosted by Army at West Point. In the High School Boys Division, Xavier HS (NY) and Greenwich HS (CT) will be representing the MetNY. The U19/Club Division will be represented by Morris (NJ) and Union (NJ). For the girls, the U19/Club will be represented by Union (NJ) and New York RC (NY).

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 May 2011 12:21
MetNY RFU U23 Women's Team Named

The MetNY RFU would like to congratulate all the players who made the U23 Women's Team for 2011. The team will travel to UMass this weekend to play other U23 Select sides from the Northeast (New England North, New England East, New England West) in the NRU Cup. The NRU Cup is a selection vehicle for the Northeast U23 Women's Select Side Program.

The players representing the 2011 MetNY RFU U23 Women's Team are:

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East Islip Wins Top Prize at Final Four



This past Saturday, April 30th, the top four MetNY U19 D2 Teams competed for the championship trophy at Bakers Field. U19 D2 – NY was represented by East Islip and Bergen and the U19 D2 – NJ was represented by West Milford and Bergen.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 13:39
Randall's/Wards Island Rules and Home Team Responsibilities

The Parks Department has noted that MetNY RFU teams, on numerous occasions, have violated the Randall’s/Wards Island Rules. Because of this, the Union has been warned that we are in jeopardy of losing our permits indefinitely. In order to prevent this, the Union will be closely monitoring field usage and requiring home teams to take even more responsibility in ensuring that the Island’s Rules are followed.

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Youth Rugby Will Be Cooking at Baker's Field



This Saturday, Baker's Field (Columbia University/Old Blue) will play host to the MetNY Division 2 U19/Club Final Four. After a long season of competitive rugby, the top two teams of the NJ division and NY division of D2 will square off. The NY division will be represented by East Islip and New York RC. The NJ division will be represented by West Milford and Bergen.

The Final Four teams will play a semi finals match before advancing to the consolation or championship match.  MetNY members are encouraged to come out to the event and support youth rugby in our community. In addition, the Westside HS team will have a match which will lead up into the cross town Super League rivalry at 2PM between NYAC and Old Blue.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 11:44
MetNY Collegiate All Stars Compete at NRU Cup

Scrum-6X3-White-WRIn early April, the MetNY Collegiate All Star team traveled to Albany NY to compete in the NRU Cup. The MetNY CAS team was comprised of collegiate student athletes in the MetNY area ranging from division 1 to division 3. The event allows players to showcase their skills in front of the NRU Collegiate All Star team selectors. The NRU team will be traveling out to Colorado this June. Several MetNY players made the squad last year and hopefully more will make it this year.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:29
MetNY RFU All-Stars
Join the MetNY All-Star Team
The MetNY All-star coaching staff announces tryouts for their upcoming match against Crawshays Welsh Rugby Football Club on May 26, 2011.
Please join us on Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ Field 75 on Ward's Island and show your rugby skills to the coaching staff.
The tryout process will consist of 4 periods of 20-minutes game time, allowing the coaches to make an assesment of each player's abilities.
Based on demonstrated ability of players attending the tryout session, the coaching staff will determine the competitive team that will face the Crawshays side on May 26th at 6:00 PM.
The coaching staff will evaluate strength, speed, stamina, ball skills, rucking technique, scrummaging and obviously team work.
Questions and requests for tryout registration can be addressed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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