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West End Rugby

What is West End Rugby?

West End Rugby is part of the SYC Rugby program and offers  teams for boys and girls from 3rd - 12th grade.  These teams play a spring season governed by Rugby Virginia; see the current season Game Schedules.

Important Info for Spring 2018 Season

On-time registration extended to 12 Jan!

Now is the time to recruit new players!  Do you have a cousin, or neighbor, or teammate from another sport who should join the West End family?  Have the parents contact Coach Twomey!

Do you want a West End Rugby yard sign?  Contact Coach Twomey,

West End Boys 7/8th Grade Team Wins 2017 State Title

The SYC - West End Boys 7/8th team won the state tournament in Richmond on May 13, 2017.  They played a tough match and defeated top-seed Vienna while making more penalty kicks after the match had ended in a 5-5 tie. It was total team effort.

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, 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."

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:

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.

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!

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!

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! 

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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