On Saturday April 30th at the Saratoga Rugby Grounds, 12 teams will battle for rights be hoist the Saratoga Collegiate Cup! With teams from New York, New Jersey & Connecticut the competition is expected to be of a high level!
The tournament kicks off at 10:00am and finishes up with the Championship match at 5:00pm, with the awards immediately after the event!
You can follow the action with live scores and pictures on the event Facebook page Click Here
Saratoga Rugby Club Premier will be having it’s first Spring Training session this Thursday, March 3rd.
The session will be from 730-830 at the Adirondack Sports Complex (126 Upper Sherman Ave. Queensbury, NY)
Here is the official Spring Schedule, which can also be found on our Calendar Tab:
Monday, February 1st the Saratoga Rec Center was the meeting site for the newest Saratoga Rugby Club program!
Saratoga Rugby Grounds will now lay host to both a Boys and Girls High School Program. This comes as concerted effort by SRC to establish a centralized hub for rugby in the Northern Capital Region.
The meeting, presented by President Jaco Visser and Vice President Eric Huss, laid down the cultural and fundamental values of Saratoga Rugby Club, as well as provided an in-depth look into the schedule of upcoming events and structures of how these programs will be incorporated into the community.
“It really was great to see the swell of interest before the meeting began.” Said Dir. of Marketing Rob Michelin. “The kids seemed genuinely interested in the game, and even more excitingly the parents were intrigued and excited. It’s so great to see all the support from the parents as well. I feel that is just as important.”
The meeting also laid out the professional approach the club will take in training, preparing, and ultimately developing each individual player to create a top quality culture and overall approach to the game. Jaco spoke on the growing trends of rugby in the United States, as well as how Saratoga Rugby Club is developing a model to channel these players into top HS rugby and beyond. Rob Michelin said, “It’s an easy sell when you create a model that allows these kids to really make whatever they want to out of their rugby careers. Giving kids the option to go to college for rugby and realistically into the pro’s, it really does help give these kids a genuine love and passion which will hopefully motivate them to an international rugby status. But seeing how far they can really take rugby is really what sets SRC apart from many other High School programs.”
The Winter and Spring Schedule will be posted soon. Stay tuned or visit the High School section in our “teams” page for more info.
The Barrelhouse & Saratoga Rugby Club have agree to a long term partnership beginning Jan. 1st, 2016! The Barrelhouse will become the home of Saratoga Rugby Club and its affiliates, family and friends! It will play host to exciting pre-game specials/festivities, post-match celebrations, holiday parties, pub crawls, AGM’s and all club and family functions! Saratoga Rugby Club will benefit from one the coolest restaurants in town serving up some of the best food and libations in the capital district! We are extremely fortunate to be partnering w/ such great owners in Tyler & Charlie and look forward to many great years together!!
In 2016, Saratoga Rugby Club will be introducing a new branding scheme for its current programs as well as usher in the newly formed High School & Collegiate Rugby programs.
Saratoga Stampede Men’s Club will now transition into “Premier”, the Stallions Sevens will also be Premier (Sevens) and the Broncos will be renovated with the title “Classic.”
“We are looking to streamline the growth of Saratoga Rugby Club and create a professional consistency with other top rugby clubs in the world.” Director of Public Relations / Marketing Rob Michelin said. “We are serious about the quality of rugby we promote and we are looking to build a professional rapport with local schools, businesses, and citizens to create brand longevity in the City of Saratoga Springs which will mimic the immense growth of rugby in the United States.”
This comes at a time when Saratoga Springs is quickly becoming a top rugby hub for the northeast with the boom in popularity with the Saratoga Sevens Rugby Invitational at Gavin Park, in which Saratoga Rugby Club is looking to get over 50 teams this July! Respectively, the nation iss in the middle of a rugby boom and this will only be enhanced when the 2016 Rio Olympics will host Rugby Sevens for the first time and the USA Eagles are among the top teams in the world currently.
SRC’s new branding strategy will undoubtedly carry the organization and all of its clubs to create generations of rugby players in Saratoga for years to come!
This weekend the “NSCRO” Champions Cup and Challenge Cup Northeast Qualifiers will be played at our fields. Both matches are sure to be great as these teams continue to build on their successes.
Who will walk onto the beautiful Saratoga Rugby Grounds on 5 Clement Ave. on Nov.14 and leave Saratoga Springs the victor and take the next step towards true Championship glory!
NSCRO Champions Cup
University of Maine-Orono (New England RFU Runner Up)
Plattsburgh State University (Upstate Small CRC Runner Up)
NSCRO Challenge Cup
Salem State University (New England RFU)
Canisius College (Upstate Small CRC)
With the Saratoga Stallions reaching the halfway point, we take a quick recap of the stats and scores of each match they have played so far and look forward to seeing how they will finish out.
If the first half is anything like the second, we are in for quite the summer!
Summer 2015 Stats: 6-1-1
Worcester 7’s Tournament: Cup Champions
Game: Outcome: Score:
Albany W 22-5
Nairobi Exiles D 12-12
Hartford, CT W 40-0
New London W 22-5
New Port 7’s Tournament: 3rd Place
Boston Maccabis W 32-12
Old Blue III W 17-5
South Shore L 19-14
Boston Woulfhounds W Forfeit
Saratoga Rugby Club has secured a bid to host the Rugby New York All-Star tournament on June 13th. Saratoga is proud to host this event and is looking towards bridging the gap between the men’s Stallions, and the youth and High School Programs across America. “In our opinion, we are excited and motivated to give the young rugby players a great quality tournament to show off the standard of rugby that we hold ourselves to.” Said SRC’s Director of Marketing/Public Relations Rob Michelin. Also, “we are not just recruiting for Saratoga Rugby, we are recruiting for the future of American Rugby. SRC believes that if we can offer these kids the “wow” factor, they will be much more likely to further their rugby career and have a chance reach unbelievable heights in the American Rugby Circuit.
Here is the Schedule for Saturday:
Capital v Met JV
Capital v Met JV
Capital v Met V
Capital v Met V
Met v West JV
Met v West JV
Met v West V
Met v West V
Capital v West JV
Met v West V
Come out and Support your NY high school programs and join Saratoga Rugby Club in welcoming these future olympians.
As Saratoga hopped off the bus and onto the Old Blacks’ field on a sunny Saturday morning, each player knew that this would be the club’s biggest challenge in its 10 year history. Click Here for Full Recap.