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West End Rugby

What is West End Rugby?

West End Rugby is part of the SYC Rugby program and offers high school teams and middle school teams for boys and girls.  These teams play a spring season in the Rugby Virginia league; see the current season Game Schedules.


Champions Campaign Fundraiser -- Please Support Our Teams!

The annual SYC West End Champions Campaign fundraiser is underway! Please support sending our Boys HS and Girls HS teams to Nationals with your generous donation! Donations also support our Dave Bailey Memorial Scholarship fund.

Ways to help include:

  • Sponsor a player
  • Sponsor a coach
  • Sponsor a team meal
  • And more!

Details on the Champions Campaign page and the flyer below.  Thank you!


Party & Fundraiser Event on May 7th at Fair Winds Brewpub

What: West End Rugby Party & Fundraiser for Nationals

When: Sunday May 7, 2017, 3:00-5:00pm

Where: Fair Winds Brewery, 7000 Newington Road, Lorton, VA

Why: Enjoy West End camaraderie over beer and food, win some prizes, and support our Boys HS team's return trip to Nationals to defend our 2016 national championship! 

$30 per adult, includes 2 beers and food. 

$20 for non-drinker & under-21. Includes soft drinks and food. 

Please RSVP by April 30 to Rob Pata at ramrap94@hotmail.com, so we can arrange enough bar staff.

Help spread the word by distributing the flyer posted below!  And we hope to see you there! 


Dave Bailey Scholarship Applications Due May 31

Attention West End senior boys & girls: Applications for the Dave Bailey Memorial Scholarship are due to Coach Rupp by May 31. Visit the Dave Bailey Memorial Scholarship page for more information and the application form.


Nationals, Here We Come! West End HS Teams Invited Again!

Both our Boys HS team and Girls HS team have been invited to Nationals again. For details about trip planning, see the Rugby Nationals page.


Summer 2017 Rugby Registration Coming Soon

Registration for the Summer 2017 rugby season will open in mid April.  For further details about summer rugby, visit www.sycva.com/rugby.


Important Info for Spring 2017 Rugby Season

Here's a summary of important information regarding the Spring 2017 rugby season:

Practices for all our teams:

  • Boys HS team weekday practices start Tuesday January 31, and run every Tuesday & Thursday 4:00-dark in the early season, and 5:00-7:00 once daylight savings time begins.  Early season location is the Chili's field in Kingstowne, located near 6250 Interparcel Rd, Alexandria, VA 22315.) 

  • Girls HS team and MS team weekday practices start Wednesday February 1 and run every Monday & Wednesday & Friday 4:30-dark. Early season location is the Chili's field in Kingstowne (see address above in Boys HS bullet item).

  • Boys U13 & U15 teams weekday practices will start in late February. Team coaches will reach out to players with details. 

Games:  Spring season game schedules for all teams are noted on the Game Schedules page. For the Boys HS and Girls HS teams, games will begin in mid/late February.

Mandatory items for all players to take care of ASAP:

  • Concussion awareness training is required of all players as part of registration with Springfield Youth Club. Get it done or you can't practice or play! Contact the SYC office staff if you encounter difficulties.

  • Paperwork -- Complete the mandatory rugby paperwork and return to your team's head coach ASAP, or you can't practice or play. Click for blank paperwork forms.

More rugby program updates to come as they become available.


Get Your Rugby License Plate!

Help Rugby Virginia in its quest to have a RUGBY license plate created by the Virginia DMV. Fill out the application form below and submit it with a check for $25 per car to Rugby Virginia official Stuart Willis. His address is listed within the application file. 

We need 450 to start this program, so please help!


West End Boys HS Team Wins 2016 Tier II National Championship!

May 21, 2016 -- The West End Boys HS rugby team, the #6 seed, won the Tier II national championship with a hard fought 19-15 victory over #1 seed Pelham on a rain-soaked, muddy pitch at the Rugby Athletic Center in Charlotte, NC. Hooker Ieaun Israel led the scoring with two tries, including the game winner; fullback John "Cowbell" LeFevre scored on a spectacular run and glide to the corner, and scrumhalf Jacob Estes added two conversions. 

Along the way, West End beat #3 seed St. Thomas Aquinas 19-10 and #2 seed Charlotte Catholic 27-19. 

Watch video highlights of the championship game at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHpTx_nigtQ, starting at the 3:15:12 mark.  

And here is rugby journalist Alex Goff's take: "West End Recovers to Win Boys Tier II at Nationals."



West End Boys HS Team Heads to Nationals

West End's Boys HS Rugby team is playing in the Boys HS Rugby National Invitational Tournament, held May 19-21 in Charlotte, NC.  West End is the #6 seed in the combined division, and squares off against #3 seed and defending Kansas state champion St. Thomas Aquinas in first round action Thursday May 19.  On Friday the winner faces faces either Charlotte Catholic or North Bay, pending the outcome of their match.

Web streaming of some matches will be available via these links:

For our full itinerary and match schedule, visit the Rugby Nationals page.


Help the Rugby Program with a Donation to Our Champions Campaign!

Please support the rugby program by donating now to our 2016 Champions Campaign!  Donors receive recognition and a free West End Rugby t-shirt!

Learn more and donate on the Champions Campaign page.



Rugby Fitness & Nutrition

West End's strength & conditioning coach Dan Twomey has created these workouts and nutrition guidelines to help all our players play their best rugby. Follow his advice! 


Boys & Girls HS Teams Win State Championships in 2015!

May 30, 2015 -- SYC/West End's Boys HS and Girls HS teams both won the state championships! 

The Boys beat Ft Hunt 22-20 in a nailbiter.  Down 17-20 with time about to expire, West End scrumhalf and MVP Jacob Estes quick tapped from a penalty on Ft Hunt's 5-m line and dove in for the game-winning try.

The Girls crushed FPYC 73-10 in a game that was never in doubt.  MVP was flyhalf Maddie Pennell.‚Äč

Read write-ups about both games on Goff Rugby Report:



Inclement Weather & Field Closures

Fairfax County fields hotline: 703-324-5264 or visit hotline website. We use Franconia Park fields #3 and #4. Also see SYC Rugby policy & back-up plan.



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