USA Rugby update on Referee Abuse

The Law book states:
“Rugby owes much of its appeal to the fact that it is played both to the letter and within the Spirit of the Laws. The responsibility for ensuring that this happens lies not with one individual – it involves coaches, captains, players and referees.
It is through discipline, control and mutual respect that the Spirit of the Game flourishes and, in the context of a Game as physically challenging as Rugby, these are the qualities which forge the fellowship and sense of fair play so essential to the Game’s ongoing success and survival.”
We are all passionate about the game and at times we are emotional, but we have a responsibility to the game and each other to be respectful and control our behavior. 
Regarding verbally abusive behavior from coaches, team staff or team substitutes towards the match officials and/or to their players or opposition players, USA Rugby Referees will, with immediate effect, be applying the following:
  1. The referee will ask the identified person to refrain from this behavior ONCE,
  2. On the second occasion the referee will EJECT the person from the grounds;
  3. Zero tolerance approach will be applied.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the USA Rugby Referee Department or the FRRA, Florida Rugby Referees Association.



  • Click Here to download tournament informational package
  • Click Here to register your team for the Tournament
  • Click Here to register for the Level 200 Coaching Course (October 26th at All Florida Day)


The 2014 Annual All Florida Day Tournament will be held at the world class National Training Center in Clermont. In partnership with Central Florida Sports Commission the FYRU and FRU will be hosting the two-day four-division tournament.


  • Men’s International 7s - Will feature National teams from across the Caribbean and the Florida Select Side.
  • Open Men’s 15s - Open to all 15s teams (College & Senior Men’s) from across Florida and its surrounding States. Games will be played in 25 minute halves each team will be guaranteed 3  games. However, we ideally would like to have 4 total, with two on Saturday and two on Sunday.
  • Open Women’s 15s - Like Mens the women’s division is open to all 15s teams (College & Senior Women’s) from across Florida and its surrounding States. Games will be played in 25 minute halves each team will be guaranteed 3  games. However, we ideally would like to have 4 total, with two on Saturday and two on Sunday.
  • High School Boy’s 15s & All American Camp - Salty Thompson will be traveling in from Arizona to observe and view talent for the USA High School All American squad. Salty will be running his camp from 9am to 11am on Saturday followed by observing talent in the High School Division.
  • Men’s College Florida Cup Matrix Play - 6 Florida Cup matches will be played across the two days. No b-side matches will be arranged however, college B-sides are encouraged to enter the Men’s Open Division.


  • Men’s International 7s – $300
  • Open Men’s 15s – $250
  • Open Women’s 15s – $250
  • High School Boy’s 15s & All American Camp – $20 per player
  • Men’s College Florida Cup Matrix Play – $50 per team

Receive a $50 rebate by staying in a Tournament Hotel
Pay your Tournament entry fees by October 5th, book at least 4 rooms at a tournament hotel and receive $50 rebate after you final game on Sunday. Teams who do stay for Sunday’s games will not receive the rebate.
**Offer not valid for the High School Division and/or College Florida Cup Matrix Play.

**Please note the High School Division Players need please register using this link


Days Inn & Suites
20390 N. US Hwy 27
Clermont, Fl 34715
Daily Rate of $43.99 +11% Tax
Call the hotel Direct on 352.429.0483 ask for the “All Florida Rugby” room block.

Crown Club Inn 
105 Summer Bay Blvd, Clermont, FL 34714
Daily Rate: $55 + 11%
Call the hotel direct on (407) 239-8315
ask for “Florida Rugby” group block

Holiday Inn Express 
Daily Rate: $99 + 11% tax
Call the hotel direct on 352.243.7878 ask for the “Florida Rugby” Room Block
Or Go Online by clicking here use the group code “FRG”

Fairfield Inn & Suites Clermont
Daily Rate: $99 + 11% tax
To book call hotel direct on 352.394.6585
ask for the “FL Rugby Union” group block
This is the closest hotel to the facility it walking distance


National Training Center
1935 Don Wickham Drive, Clermont, FL 34711
More information go to


  • On site Food and Beer will be provided by Beef ‘O’ Brady’s of Clermont. They will also be hosting the Social Saturday Evening.
  • Two other small food truck vendors will also be on site.


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$2000 – Extra all inclusive per/day cost Includes:

  • Up to 5-hours of practice time each day
  • Athlete recovery time after each practice
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner – Based on 30 players & staff)
  • Hotel (Based on 8 rooms per team @ Fairmont Inn & Suites or the Holiday Inn with Breakfast included)

Other extra services

  • ATC Trainers can arranged for any session for $35 per hour
  • Extra speed & agility session can be arranged. Session is lead by the NTC’s Olympic Training Staff – extra $150 per session
  • Extra strength & conditioning session. Session lead by NTC Staff within the NTC Athletic Center. – extra $150 per session


Evan Haigh

Mens High Performance Program – Mens Select Side Rugby


The Florida Rugby Union is proud to announce the re-establishment of the Mens High Performance Program. The program focuses on running Florida Select Teams for both 15s and 7s along with elite player development.  

Program Objective and Goal:

The High Performance Program (HPP) is intended for athletes that want to play at a higher level of competition and improve their play.  Participation will provide athletes with training and competitive opportunities needed to improve their skills through exposure to coaching and competition not available at the local level.   

2014/15 – Scheduled Games

  • Saturday, October 11th @ Life University – 15s Squad

  • Saturday, February 21st @ RuggerFest versus Life University – 15s Squad

  • Sunday, February 22nd @Ruggerfest versus Argentina Alumni – 15s Squad

  • Saturday, May 2 @ TBA in Florida v Trinidad Caribs – 15s Squad

  • Saturday & Sunday, October 24th & 25th at All Florida Day- 7s Squad

  • Thursday, Friday & Saturday, February 12th, 13th & 14th @ Las Vegas 7s – 7s Squad  

Players Nominations

  • All players who wish to be selected for the October matches must nominate themselves by completing the player nomination form - Click Here to do so.

  • Please also note only players who are registered with USA Rugby for the 2014/15 season are eligible to tryout for the team.

  • Player tryouts will be held Sunday September 14th at the Indian River Club. Start and finish times will be announced closer to the date.

Nominations for all coaching Positions

  • To apply to any of the coaching positions Click Here
  • Click Here for job description details.
  • Applications Close this Friday, September 5th.

Practice/Tryout Dates 

  • Sunday September 14th – Player Tryouts 
  • Sunday September 28th – 15s Squad Practice 
  • Sunday October 5th – 15s Squad Practice 
  • Sunday October 25th – 7s Squad Practice


Saturday & Sunday August 23rd & 24th

The first annual Florida Rugby Development Summit brings together the best practices in rugby development for all coaches, referees, and administrators from across the Country.

Summit Location

The Out of Door Academy                                                                                                                                5950 Deer DR, Sarasota, 34240

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch                                                                                                          6231 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, FL 34240

  • Rugby Room Rate - $94 + 11.5% tax
  • Call 941-782-4400 - Ask to for the “US Rugby Room Rate”
  • Deadline for Hotel Reservations is Monday,  August 18th.

Saturday August 23rd – 12pm to 7pm

Day One of the summit will include panel discussions, keynote speakers, and on field technical workshops on a variety of topics. Every attending coach will receive Professional Development Credits towards their annual continuing education requirements for USA Rugby.

Only $40 if you register by August  18th after August 18th the price will go up to $50 per person.  This prices includes 7 plus hours of Nationally Recognized Coach Education and a BBQ dinner on Saturday evening.

  • Click here to complete your registration for the course.
  • Click here to complete your payment for the course. (Please note that the early registration fee is only valid if full payment is made by Monday August 18th)


12pm to 1pm - Review of the USA Rugby Game Day Management Guidelines

1pm to 430pm - Coach Education – Topics: Club Management, Scrums, Lineouts, Continuity of Play & Defense.

5pm to 7pm - Open Table on the Game in Florida – Presenters (Evan Haigh – FYRU & FRU Executive Director, Richard Every – USA Rugby High Performance Referee Manager, Frank Tito – Boca Raon Head Coach & Kerri O’Malley – FRU President)

7pm to 9pm - Summit BBQ and Social – Hosted by Sarasota Rugby Club

Coach Education Track

Five presenters, presenting on the following topics:

  • Club Management & 2014/15 Competition Regulations by Evan Haigh
  • Scrums by Frank Tito
  • Lineouts by Chris Oostthuizen
  • Continuity of Play by David “Dai” Morgan
  • Defense by TBC

Sunday August 24th – 8am to 4pm

USA Rugby – Level 200 Coaching Course

Level 200 will be the minimum certification requirement for all coaches of contact teams starting on 8/31/2014. That includes assistant and head coaches. This will be your first chance to complete the certification the 2014/15 Season.

This workshop is aligned with the ARM (American Rugby Model) designed to continue the learning process and education of a coach with a focus on the progressive implementation. The new coaching structure focuses on coaching the right thing at the right time with the best interest of the players at hand.

  • Course Cost is $90 per person.
  • Please click here for more information and to register.

IRB Level 1 Referee Courses

This is the entry or introductory level course to rugby refereeing. The purpose of this introductory course is to enable officials to acquire basic skills to officiate safe, enjoyable competition. Course certification is required for anyone who wishes to referee any match that could potentially lead to a National Championship.

For the 2014/15 season all teams must have at least one registered Referee affiliated with their team. This course is the first step in ensuring that every team is able to meet this requirement.

  • Course Cost is $50 per person.
  • Please click here for more information and to register.


IRB Level 2 Referee Courses

The purpose of this course is to enable officials to develop further the skills acquired in the introductory course so as to officiate safe, enjoyable competition.

  • Course Cost is $100 per person.
  • Please click here for more information and to register.



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Pelican Rugby Getting Back on the Map at Gulf Coast 7s

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By Stephen Sheehan, FRU Media Intern

For years, the Gulf Coast 7s Tournament was a staple of the Florida 7s circuit. The tournament’s host, the Pelican Rugby Club, put on strong showings before struggling in recent years.

But after winning the tournament last weekend, the future looks bright for Pelican RFC.

Tour Director Jim Orandash, who took over coaching the side in October, couldn’t have been more pleased with the way the tournament turned out.

“Last year we didn’t even have a 7s team,” he said. “We wanted to re-establish the Gulf Coast 7s and bring the tournament back to St. Petersburg.”

The tournament featured five women’s teams and nine men’s teams, as several of the men’s clubs could not participate at the last minute. Orlando won the women’s division and “played their hearts out” according to Orandash.

The former Division III football player is just one of many passionate members of the Florida rugby community, and it’s easy to see why the Pelicans are back on the right track. Orandash was introduced to rugby after college and latched on with the Pelicans in 1992 before shifting to coaching in the late 90s. He spent some time developing the program at Eckerd College before moving on to coach Tampa Krewe in both 7s and 15s before returning home to the Pelicans.

With the team down to just six players when Orandash was asked to turn things around, and while the journey is far from complete, the club’s victory at Gulf Coast 7s was certainly a noticeable step in the right direction.

The Pelicans went 5-1 on the weekend, with their only loss coming to the USF Memorial All-Star team that they ended up facing in the finals.

“The finals came down to the wire,” Orandash said. “In the last seconds of the game they were going to score but we were fortunate to get a knock-on about five meters outside of the try zone. It was a hard-fought match.”

With a talented group of athletes and a strong administrative core, the Pelicans are trending in the right direction as they look to get back to playing D-II rugby.

Besides his own squad, Orandash singled out the Indian River club as one that made a strong impression on the crowd.

“They’ve been in a rebuilding mode but they were tough,” Orandash said. “The score was 0-0 at half. We went on to win handily but they came out and played their hearts out.”

For a self-described rugby junkie who has experience both as a player, coach and administrator, Orandash is excited more than ever to be part of growing the game from within the Sunshine State.

He highlighted the great work done by Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Boca to establish strong youth programs and noted that both Tampa Krewe and Sarasota are looking to follow suit. The sport should only gain more traction with the 2016 Summer Olympics, when rugby 7s will make its return to the world’s premier sports display.

“Once we get the youth involved, we’ll be able to make our club stronger and more money will come into the state,” Orandash said. “The FRU and USA Rugby are really making a difference in making the sport more structured. I think rugby is really going to explode in the next five years.”