July 28, 2014

Nike Elite Rugby Camp July 20th

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Camp Direcnike rugbytor and Regis High School Rugby Coach, Gary Holub, invites players of all abilities to Nike Rugby Camp in Texas this summer for an unforgettable experience. Receive elite training on every facet of the game from some of the best coaches and players in the country. Campers reside in dorms on campus and participate in all rugby activities at Sam Houston’s athletic facilities. The camp in Huntsville runs the weekend of July 20-23rd.  Sign up here!


Two Woodlands Ruggers on Stars and Stripes Roster

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USA Rugby Stars and StripesAn incredibly opportunity just came knocking for two players from Woodlands Rugby! Garrett Soileau and Renzo Gonzalez, who finished the season with the honor of 2nd Place in Texas, were  selected for the Texas High Performance team and competed in the Rocky Mountain Rugby Challenge in Colorado in early June. Since then, they have been selected for the USA Rugby’s 2nd Annual Stars and Stripes Camp.  The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley will host the second annual Camp, which will see more than 90 boys and girls work with national team and nationally-certified coaches, medical staff, and fitness and nutrition specialists July 13-15 in a high performance environment. The Stars and Stripes Camp seeks to bring the nation’s top high school rugby players into a national team environment to prepare the next Eagles and Olympians.  Read more about it HERE.

Woodlands Rugby is honored to have many of our players continue their passion for rugby beyond their high school years. We grow the sport, we raise the players. Congratulations to Garrett and Renzo and best wishes on your rugby journey.

Texas High Performance Teams Head to Colorado

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The Tehigh performancexas High Performance Teams will head to Aurora Colorado on June 13-15 for the Rocky Mountain Rugby Challenge.

The 2014 Rocky mountain Challenge, America’s Premier High School All Star Rugby Tournament, will feature over 20 sides, the largest field in tournament history. Teams from all over the United States will compete in 3 brackets- girls, boys varsity, and boys junior varsity. This field will continue the Rocky Mountain Challenge’s long-standing tradition of providing the highest level of high school rugby competition in the country.

We are especially excited to see growth in the girls bracket, where teams from northern California, Minnesota, Texas, Utah, and Colorado will compete.

All teams competing in the Rocky Mountain Challenge play two 45-minutes matches each day, the maximize amount of play allowed by IRB rules. A Player of the Match from both sides in all matches is awarded a medal at the conclusion of each match. All-Tournament sides are selected in each bracket and are announced at the end of play on Sunday afternoon. All players selected receive RMC All-Tournament team t-shirts. Trophies are presented to the champions and runners-up in each bracket immediately after the conclusion of play on Sunday afternoon.

Congratulation to the following players participating from Woodlands Youth Rugby. Best of luck to you and bring back the goods!


Garrett Soileau
Conner Mooneyham
Renzo Gonzalez
Ryan Brantley


Evan Smith
Jake Rivera
Jose Morato
Alex Rayton


Eleanor Landsbaum
Rebecca MacNeill
Kati Morgan
Shannon Caletka
Emily Squier
Madison Randolph

Varsity Boys take Second in Texas


WestlakeWoodlandsFollowing an unusual season of injuries, The Woodlands Varsity team took second place at the Rugby Texas Championship, Red Division. Austin Westlake HS emerged victorious The Woodlands advanced in the championship tournament by first winning over Plano

The Woodlands executed a great game plan against Westlake before eventually falling 39-17.

The following rundown is partly provided by  Charles Vermont-Westlake Picayune contributing writer

The third time was a charm for the Westlake rugby team. In Westlake’s third-straight trip to the Texas State High School Rugby Conference championship match, the Chaps finally won bragging rights as the best high school rugby team in Texas. The Woodlands claimed the title in 2012. These two teams have always held each other in high regard and acknowledge each other’s power.  While the the Chaparrals  beat The Woodland’s 39-17 in the finals, the final score does  not tell the whole story. Despite Westlake’s impressive season, The Woodlands team was not intimidated. At the beginning of the match it appeared that there might be another extremely lopsided Chaps victory in store. Using speed, aggressive tacking and effective rucking, Westlake jumped on the Woodland’s early. In the first seven minutes of the match, both All-American scrum half Justin Brown and fullback Alex Rees scored tries to put the Chaps up 14-0.

Combined with two penalty kicks by Alex Rees, the Chaps managed to score 20 points during the first half. However, The Woodlands kept playing aggressively and their huge pack caused some problems for the smaller Westlake forwards. Whenever The Woodlands got within sniffing distance of the try line they began pounding the ball again and again against the Westlake forwards. With impressive rucking, power runs and misdirection, The Woodland’s forwards managed to punch in two late tries at end of the first half to narrow the score to 20-10.

The Woodlands kept up the pressure in the second half and using the same strategy when attacking the try line they added another try with power running against the undersized Chaps pack. But it was too little, too late and the Chaps started pulling further away in the second half after nice tries by Lance Clayton, Luke Womack and a second try by Rees. To make it to the title match, the Chaps got through their rival Lake Travis in Saturday’s semifinal match.



Ladie’s Rugby Season Highlights

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The Woodlands Ladies High School rugby team finished 3rd in State for the 2014 season.  The ladie’s ended the regular season with 13 points, 1 point behind the leader, Kingwood.  The ladies have much to celebrate as their young team will only improve in the coming years.  While three seniors are graduating, there are several sophomores on the team to extend continuity for the ladies.  Eleanor Landsbaum will be attending University of Colorado, Boulder and will play rugby for the Women’s team.  Haley Nelson will attend Texas A&M  and Morgan Materne, who unfortunately suffered a season ending injury early in the year, will attend Sam Houston University. The Woodlands Ladies also have the honor of being coached by Chelsea Pepper, who received Ladie’s Coach of the Year award by Rugby Texas. Sophomore, Rebecca MacNeill was named Back of the Year. Woodlands Youth Rugby Club is proud of the Ladies and their accomplishments this season. Go Green!

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Ladie’s Team Take 3rd in State Championships

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The Woodlands Ladies High School rugby team played their first match against Plano, hoping to emerge the winners and move on to play for State Champs. While they played well, The Woodlands fell to Plano with a 20-0 loss. Plano went on to claim the State Championship, while The Woodlands  moved on to play Eagle Mountain and took third place in State. Woodlands Rugby is extremely proud of our girls! While we have a few veterans, most of the girls experienced their first season of rugby this year. Fortunately, they love the game and will return for more. A State Championship is within reach! Congratulations Ladies!! ladies state championship

State Championship April 26 & 27 in Katy


The  season has come to an end and the time has come for the battle for State Championships! We have an undefeated JV, who emerged State Champs of Red Division. Our Varsity boys and Ladies team will compete for the title this weekend April 26 and 27th in Katy, Texas at Rhodes Stadium. COME OUT AND CHEER THEM ON!

Below is the schedule for games this weekend.

Schedule of matches

Saturday, April 26

9 a.m.              Girls 7s – Plano vs. WOODLANDS

9:45 a.m.         Girls 7s – Kingwood vs. Eagle Mountain

10:45 a.m.       Red Conference Semi-Final – Plano vs. Woodlands

12:30 p.m.       Girls 7s – Third Place Game

1:15 p.m.          Girls 7s – Championship Game / Awards

2:30 p.m.         White Conference Semi-Final – Richardson vs. Memorial

4:30 p.m.         Red Conference Semi-Final – Westlake vs. Lake Travis

6:30 p.m.         White Conference Semi-Final – Katy vs. Griffins


10 a.m.          Red Conference – Third Place Game

Noon               White Conference – Third Place Game

2 p.m.              Red Conference – Championship Game

4 p.m.              White Conference – Championship Game


Texas Team Standings


As we head in to the State Championship for Ladies and Varsity,  Woodlands Rugby has much to be proud of.  The Ladies, finishing off the season with 13 points, will play their first 7′s match against Plano  and hopefully on to the final for the State Championship. The High School Boys Varsity finished the regular season with 19 points, behind undefeated Westlake and Plano. This has been a tough season for the varsity boys as they have been riddle with season ending injuries for several of their starting players.  CLICK HERE FOR STANDINGS

Arkansas SU Rugby Club Presents New Zealand Rugby Camp

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Woodlands Ruggers ! Here is an opportunity to play more rugby this summer! Please read below
Arkansas State University Rugby is making headwaves as one of the many programs working hard towards growing the game here in the USA. Our Head Coach – Coach Mani since partnering with the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand (IRANZ) is now bringing some of the best coaches in the business here in the USA to run a ASU first ever rugby camp for our youth aged ruggers ages 14 – 18 and every youth is welcomed to attend. Already two weeks into its announcement, and the interest has been overwhelming. Sign up your youth ruggers NOW.
To all those interested in the New Zealand Rugby Youth camp proudly brought to you by Arkansas State University Rugby on June 11th to June 14th, 2014  at ASU campus in Jonesboro, Arkansas about 1 hour away from Memphis if you are looking at flying in. The Camp features Former Hurricanes Super 15s Coach and current New Zealand Maori All Blacks Coach Colin Cooper, Jono Philips, and other guest coaches.
Attached are 4 things. 1 is a poster you can distribute to your clubs, and teams about our youth camp and the other 3 are forms that need to be filled in and returned to us via the details below if you are interested.
Details are below:
Please fill in the 3 forms attached and mail them into “ASU RUGBY CAMP, PO Box 479, State University, Arkansas 72467, USA.”

If you mailing  payments to ” mail it separately to - ASU Treasurers Office, PO Box 2640, State University, AR 72467,  indicate ASU Rugby Youth Camp on cheque, or you can call the ASU Cashiers Office directly  at 870-972-3847 to pay over the phone. If you pay over the phone, please give them this FOAP number so they can allocate your payment for the camp. FOAP Number = 110000-410501-1500.


1. Make your payments $400 for the camp. You can either mail it, pay over the phone. Details are above

2.  Mail in the 3 forms attached for the camp.




ASU CAMP – Information form 2014

ALL DONE. See you at camp




Below are Arkansas State Universities Rugby Coach and Directors details if you need to contact him directly.  

NeMani Delaibatiki (Mani)
P.O. Box 479 | State University, AR 72467
Office: (870) 680-4089 | Mobile: (870) 253-9495 | Fax: (870) 972-3058





On this evening we will award and commend the fine young men and women who have worked so hard this last year, putting forth extraordinary efforts on the pitch and behind the scenes to make The Woodlands Youth Rugby Club such a successful organization. Come share the season’s highlights, team awards and an evening of fun and fellowship. We look forward to seeing parents, players, coaches  and volunteers!

The Grand Palace is located off of I45 South in Spring on 314 Pruitt Road.  Map

This is  a ticketless event, please check in when you arrive.

Check In: 6:00-6:45pm

Dinner Served: 7:00pm

Seating is assigned for players only! If you want to be seated with your group, please arrive early!