This Sunday, May 26, Simsbury
High School will be host to the to the 5th annual Ct Cup High School
Ten boys’ teams
and three girl’s teams will play matches throughout the day to determine two
state champions and the winner of the Connecticut Cup.
High school rugby teams from across the
state will convene on two fields at Simsbury High School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The girls State Champion as well as the Division II boys champion will be
crowned. Teams from Simsbury,
Hartford, Amity, Ridgefield, West Hartford, Staples, Fairfield, Cheshire, Southington,
New London and Stamford Academy will be participating in the season ending
Boys and girls rugby are among the fastest
growing sports in high schools across the United States.
There are 18 high school programs
throughout the state of Connecticut with new programs starting each year.
Nationwide there are more than 1,200
high school rugby teams. Kids are
attracted by the opportunity to play a sport steeped in the traditions of sportsmanship,
respect and fun.
The Simsbury High
School program was started seven years ago and this year was made a varsity
sport by the Board of Education.
There are currently 50 boys and 25 girls playing rugby at the high
In October 2009, the
International Olympic Committee announced that Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side
version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de
The sport of rugby has
grown in popularity I the U.S.A. over the past several years. The Farmington Valley YMCA is currently
running a youth rugby program.
Rugby has also been added to the curriculum at Henry James Memorial School.
This summer, the SHS rugby coaches will
be running a summer flag rugby program for boys and girls in grades 1 – 9.