Youth Rugby Wrap Up: Report On Your Team!

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Manhattan RFC 1NEW YORK, NY – We’re always looking to cover anything you folks might find interesting, so at the suggestion of the RRMC (Rugby Rain Man Collective), we’re trying to dedicate more coverage to the YRS (Youth Rugby Scene) by having teams report in… Here is our latest:

Country: USA
State/Province: New York
County: New York
Report: Manhattan RFC – Chelsea Tournament

This was Manhattan RFC’s first tournament of the season, with PS 208 and PS 75 attending with Epiphany and Pelham also making an appearance. This was a great success for all who attended and there was some fantastic rugby being played. It was good to see all players who have trained hard for the past few weeks put what they have learn in to practice showing some great potential.

The “Saturday Team” played against Lycee Francais. This was a very different game from the 1st game we had played two weeks ago. Lycee – or “the French” as they were getting called – showed up with some fantastic traditional French Flair. This was a real test for the Saturday team, who went down by a few points rapidly. However, after the shock factor of speed and physicality of “the French” was realized, MRFC pulled together as a team and played much better rugby in their second game. Considering a good portion of the team is comprised of  eight-year-olds, the character and resilience shown at such a young age was/is very impressive to see.

The “Sunday Team” also played “the French,” who again were physical fast and hard-hitting. It was a learning curve for the MRFC team, as they have had fewer training sessions than the Saturday team. Still, they showed great passion and aggression, especially with the ball in hand. Lessons can definitely be learned from this experience one being how effective the use of getting the ball into space using quick passing.

Well done to all players involved and special thanks to Adam Barnard and Christian Mayo for refereeing.

Manhattan RFC 2U14’s
I have been around and watched many games of rugby and I always hear the term, “They showed great heart.” For once this quote perfectly describes the U14s battle with the French. The fight and want in the eyes of the MRFC players was clear for all to see. They moved the ball well, carried well and made the right decisions at the right times, especially with a few cheeky kicks. The game ended at 30-30, which is a fantastic improvement and achievement from last year’s losing score line of 75-10.

A special mention to Harry Lazerwitz whose decision-making and skills impressed both the MRFC coaches and other MRFC team members.

The U16s traveled down to Philadelphia to play in a 7s tournament. With only eight of the players eligible to play for age reasons, they came back to NY with fantastic results; winning three out of four. This is brilliant news, especially with the very limited amount of 7s experience these boys have.

Before we get out of here, we want to thank MRFC Manager Ryszard Chadwick for his submission. If you would like your youth league’s rugby scores to be reported by RWU,  simply post them below in the comment section – like a reporter on the scene – or  email us at Posting them in the comment section is immediate and suggested!.

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And until the next time… stay low and keep pumping those legs.

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Born in Osu, Accra, Ghana, West Africa, Junoir Blaber is a rare commodity; while most Ghanians eat, sleep and dream Soccer (football), Junoir is all about Rugby. A self-proclaimed Rugbyologist, he has been involved in Rugby as a ref, coach, administrator and player since Columbus discovered Ohio. His useful/trivial rugby knowledge qualify Blaber as RWU's Senior Correspondent & known in rugby circles as The Rugby Rain Man. He can also be found moonlighting for our American partners at