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Welcome to Newport Rugby! We are a group of guys dedicated to continuing athletic excellence in the toughest, most demanding game on foot. Rugby has everything - fast running, hard hitting, athletic skill and stamina, strategy and tactics. Newport Rugby offers you the opportunity to challenge yourself in games against players from all over the northeast. There's also an active social calendar, for which Rugby has always been known.

Newport Rugby was founded in 1980. We have about 70 active members, and many more former players or social members still affiliated with the club. Most players are between 21 and 40 in age.

Most of our new recruits have never played Rugby before. We get a lot of guys who played football, and their skills are a good match. But we get soccer players too - Rugby is a game that rewards strength and speed. Learning Rugby is not hard - if you are physically fit and have an aggressive attitude, this game is for you. There really isn't a book that can teach you how to play, but come to practice and you'll learn the basics quickly. We have both A and B squads, both of which play every Saturday, so you'll get playing time right away as a rookie.

Rugby is an extremely rough game and just like football, injuries are common. Typical injuries are cuts and abrasions, pulled hamstrings, knee and shoulder injuries, bruises, black eyes, or concussions. You must have your own health insurance to play with Newport Rugby. Newport Rugby has liability insurance.

Interested in playing? Please email us.

paiva weed presents field
Club President, Pat Cranson accepts a check from Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Paiva Weed.

Newport Rugby is a Non-Profit Corporation registered with the State of Rhode Island. NRFC is administrated by an Executive Committee, which is elected at our Annual General Meeting in January. EC Meetings are open to any member, and are usually held at the Hibernian Hall on Thames Street. For a list of EC Positions and current office holders, please see the Contact Us Page.

We are members of New England Rugby Football Union (N.E.R.F.U.). NERFU has three men's divisions (we are in the 2nd division), as well as a college division. NERFU in turn is part of USARugby, the national rugby organization. The Second Division is: Newport, Burlington, Providence, Boston Old Gold, New Haven, Portland, Springfield, Boston Charles River. Our Referees are from all over New England as well.

We play our fellow 2nd Division teams in the Fall Season (Sep/Oct/Nov). Results from the fall season count towards the championship seeding at the annual NERFU tournament, which Newport Rugby has hostsed for many years in May. We have won the bids for the tourney for the last 10+ years because we have among the best playing fields and settings in New England. The NERFU Tournament is the highlight of the playing year. We have as many as 20 teams, with three fields of play. There's a beer and food tent, sponsors, and trophies awarded.

In the Spring Season (March/April/May), we play teams from other divisions or regions, even international touring sides.

Interested in playing? Please email us.