2017 Annual General Meeting

Our 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place June 25 at 2 PM in Orlando at the Orlando Public Library. More information will be posted to our meeting site once it is available. Please mark your calendars, as each member club is required to send a representative. This year is an election year, in addition, each division discusses the format of the upcoming competitions schedule. https://floridarugbyunion.org/meeting-minutes/

South Championships Venue Announced

South Rugby Championships are being held in Ormond Beach, Florida on May 6th & 7th, 2017. The FRU is proud to be hosting the event in partnership with the Florida Youth Rugby Union, the Daytona Beach Rugby Club, and Visit Daytona. We are excited to have such wonderful partners for this event. Information will be posted as the event progresses: https://floridarugbyunion.org/south-rugby-championships/

2017 Florida Summer Sevens Series

2017 Florida Summer Sevens Series

2017 Florida Rugby Summer Sevens Series will follow the same format that was created last summer with three social tournaments to begin with followed by the three qualifying tournaments.

Last year all tournaments made great strides with improving the operations of their tournaments. We want will continue to help clubs make their tournament a success.

FRU 2017 Summer Sevens Series Dates

May 13 – Social Tournament  – Host needed
May 20 – Sunshine State Games in Sarasota
May 27 – Memorial Day Weekend
June 3 – Social Tournament – Host needed
June 10 – Qualifying Tournament – Host needed
June 17 – Break Weekend
June 24 – Open – QualifyingTournament – Host needed
July 1st – 4th July Weekend
July 8th – Open – Qualifying Tournament- Host needed
July 15 – Break Weekend
July 22 – Souths Hosted by GA
July 29 – Break Weekend
Aug 5 – BeerFoot Sevens – Ft Myers Beach
Aug 12 – Nationals – Location TBD

Tournament Applications
If you wish host one of the open tournaments dates. Please follow these three steps

  1. Download and complete the Tournament Application Document
  2. Pay your clubs $200 FRU Tournament Application Payment
  3. Finally upload the document and proof payment via the following link

Please note that this process must be completed by Friday February 17, 2017. The first round of applications will be reviewed by February 25th. This applications will be reviewed with the following factors in mind:

  • Previous experience in hosting a tournament
  • balancing of locations/dates between North & South Florida
  • Quality of the facility provided.

If we have open for dates after the February 25th date we will review applications on a rolling basis.

USA Rugby & FRU Requirements for Tournaments

  • Facility confirmation/contract for your desired date
  • Access/plan for having posts, flags and post pads for at least three fields
  • Tournament Director assigned with backup person engaged
  • Host club must be in compliance with USA Rugby (at least 15 registered player + L200 coach on their roster)
  • Understanding the only teams who are in compliance with USA Rugby are allowed to enter your tournament.
  • Pay the FRU $200 Application Fee
  • Complete USA Rugby online event sanctioning — http://events.usarugby.org/ — Please note that USA Rugby has introduced a $160 application fee for this. — We do need you to complete this until you have been approved by FRU as official Summer Series Tournament.

Please note: USA Rugby has changed their tournament sanctioning process. We will work with teams to help them ensure that their tournament meets their requirements. Without this sanctioning from both the FRU and USA Rugby you will not be able to have FRRA referees assigned to your tournament.

2017 Rugby Sevens Las Vegas Invitational 7s – Florida Team Picks

Thanks to everyone for the effort and hard work the last couple of months. This year’s team selection has been the most difficult of all for the coaches; there were many talented athletes to choose from.  The teams selected for the 2017 Las Vegas Invitational tournament are:


Stephanie Browne – Orlando
Stephanie Nevadunsky – Fort Miami
Jaqueline Edge – University of Central Florida
Brittany Broomfield – Florida International University
Leandria Ates – Florida International University
Cortney Kuehl – University of Central Florida
Jessica Warner – University of Central Florida
Ashaunte Stroman – Florida International University
Jennifer Fasano – University of Central Florida
Tatum Walker – Fort Miami
Agnes Fuerst – University of Central Florida
Amanda Divich – Unattached (formerly Lindenwood University)


David Washington – Jacksonville RFC
Jeffrey Herron – Tampa Krewe
Mateo Velazquez – Florida International University
Damien Clemente – Miami RFC
Cagney Kobrin – Unattached (formerly Miami 7’s)
Malacchi Esdale – University of Central Florida
Tristan Dignan – University of Central Florida
Tyler Pigott – Naples Hammerheads
Scott Watson – University of Central Florida
Eddie Abreu – Orlando
Roderigus Ceasar – Unattached (formerly Narooma Devils, Rugby League Australia)
Santiago Laphitzondo – Florida International University

Congratulations to all!

Florida RDA Picks First 5 for Vegas 7s

The Florida RDA is proud to announce the first 5 women and men to this years Vegas Invitational Tournament where they will once again play in the elite division. 

Matches last year included the women taking on Japan and Frances National teams and the men competing against the USA Falcons and Frances National B side. We look forward to similar matches this year.

Cortney Kuehl

Jacqueline Edge

Jessica Warner

Lele Ates

Stephanie Brown

Cagney Kobrin

Clemente Damien

Jeff Herron

Malacchi Esdale

Mateo Velazquez

We still need to make seven more selections for each side, which we will plan to make after the Jan 22 Training in Sebastian.
For more information please contact:
Steve Braunstein

Florida Director 7’s



Winter Rugby Festival

Winter Rugby Festival is being held this Saturday January 14th at the Emery Hamilton Sports Complex in Orlando. We have over 20 teams participating from the Under 10s all the way up to Men’s Division 3 League Matches. 

Key Notes

  • Schedule – it listed out below, it may updated later in the week
  • Referee & Coach Meeting – 9.15am for all tournament teams – not D3 mens teams
  • Rules & Regulations – Please read your division’s rule and regulations. 
  • Post Tournament/Match Social – Held at the Lucky Lure — $10 (advanced purchase) $15 (At the door) bottomless pints – more information is bellow

Tournament Location

Emery Hamilton Sports Complex (Orlando Fairgrounds)
4400 W Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32808

Referees & Coaches Meeting 

It is compulsory for all tournament teams to have coach and/or management representative at the referee meeting at 915am. The meeting will be held in between field #1 & field #2.

*** Please note that D3 Men’s Clubs do not have to have representative at this meeting. However, all D3 teams must complete and ID check with their assigned referee before their match.*** 

Games & Game Structure 

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Men Division Three – League/Matrix Games

  • 80 Minute Matches – Played According to League Rules
  • Indian River v Gainesville @ 1pm — Field # 1
  • Brevard v Pelicans @ 3pm — Field #1
  • Sarasota v Daytona @ 3pm — Field #2
  • Tallahassee v Palm Beach @ 3pm — Field #3

Men’s Open — Teams Entered — UF Men, UCF Men & Jacksonville Men

  • 40 minute matches / 20 minute halves
  • UCF Men v Jacksonville Men @ 11am – Field #1
  • UF Men v UCF Men @ 12pm – Field #1
  • UF Men v Jacksonville Men @ 2pm – Field # 3

Women’s Open – Team Entered — UCF Women, Orlando Women, Jacksonville Women

  • 40 minute matches / 20 minute halves
  • Orlando Women v UCF Women @ 10am – Field #1
  • UCF Women v Jacksonville Women @ 12pm – Field #2
  • Orlando Women v Jacksonville Women @ 2pm – Field #2
  • UF Women v FAU Women @ 2pm – Field # 4 — 80 Minute Match

High School Boys – Teams Entered — Cape Pirates, Tampa Krewe, Orlando HS, Sebastian River HS, Wellington Wizards & Sarasota

  • 40 minute matches / 20 minute halves
  • Rolling subs, only completed through the referee
  • Sarasota HS v Orlando HS @ 10am – Field #1
  • Cape HS v Sebastian River HS @ 10am – Field #3
  • Wellington HS v Tampa HS @ 11am – Field #3
  • Sebastian River HS v Sarasota HS @ 12pm – Field #3
  • Orlando HS v Wellington HS @ 1pm – Field #2

Middle School — Junior Juice —

  • 30 minute matches / 15 minute halves
  • Field size — playing 22 to 22 in length and full width on field #4
  • Rolling Subs, only completed through the referee
  • Cape MS v Wellington MS – 1040am – Field # 4
  • Cape MS v Sarasota MS – 12pm – Field # 4
  • Wellington MS v Sarasota MS – 120pm – Field #4

Under 12s

  • 30 minute matches / 15 minute halves
  • Field size — games will be played between the halfway & 22 lines – with the 5 meter line being the tryline
  • Rolling Subs, only completed through the referee
  • Cape U12  v Wellington U12 @ 10am – Field #4
  • Wellington U12 v Sarasota U12 @ 1240pm – Field #4

Under 10s

  • 30 minute matches /15 minute halves
  • Field size — games will be played between the 10 meter line and 22 lines – with the 5 meter line being the tryline
  • Rolling subs, only completed through the referee
  • Cape U10 v Wellington U10 @ 10am – Field #4
  • Wellington U10 v Sarasota U10 @ 1240pm – Field #4

Field Set Up


  • We have four match fields.

  • Parking will be available surrounding the fields, there is no parking allowed within the enclosed areas. Parking and entry to the park is free.

  • Team will have space between all of the fields to set up their team areas.

  • Bathrooms are available between field #1 & Field #2

Medical Coverage

  • We will also have an Athletic Trainer onsite to provide athletic taping and any first aid needs. She will be available at the tournament/Medical tent from 9am on Saturday.

Saturday Evening Social

  • The Lucky Lure, 1427 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804
    Additional parking located at Baldwin-Fairchild Cemeteries, 301 NE Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804
    $10 Advance, $15 at the Door
Festival Rules & Regulations
  • Teams will be able use an unlimited amount of substitutes during their matches. These substitutes must be made during a break in play and must go through the referee. ****THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE MEN’S DIVISION 3 MATCHES***

  • All coaches and support staff will be required to remain within the technical box. This box is not for fans and/or reserves.

  • This is friendly festival tournament focused on the development players and referees. A strict zero tolerance will put on offensive behaviour from coaches, players and spectators.

  • Yellow cards will serve a 5 minute suspension from play. Red infractions will be suspended from further participation within the tournament. ****THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE MEN’S DIVISION 3 MATCHES***

  • Players may play for multiple sides during a tournament. The aim is to allow teams who are lower in numbers to gain assistance other teams/players.

  • ALL PLAYERS MUST BE REGISTERED WITH USA RUGBY — Teams must show proof of all players registration. Please print out and hand in the roster to the tournament tent — please highlight your participating players on the roster — To get the online USA Rugby Roster please Click here to find your teams roster —

Brumbies Academy Coaching Course


Two Day Intensive Coach Development Course

Florida Rugby is excited to host the Australian Super Rugby professional team the ACT Brumbies for a two day coach development course in Weston, Florida. We very proud and thankful to our local hosts the Okapi Wanderers and the YMCA of Weston without their amazing support we would not be able to host this event.

Dates: January 7th & 8th 2017
Location: Parks & Recreation, Community Centre, 20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston Florida 33327
Times: 83oam to 630pm – Saturday / Sunday 830am to 4pm
Registration: https://www.brumbies.com.au/brumbies-academy/
Discounts: Early discount until 5pm on December 24th 2016 – Sign Up now!!

FRU & FYRU Reimbursement — All FRU and FYRU member clubs will be able to have one coach receive 50% of the course fee reimbursed by the FRU upon attendance of the course.

World Class Course Presenters

  • Mick Byrne — Mick was the All Blacks skills coach through three World Cup campaigns, including two wins in 2011 & 2015. Know as the man who helped who helped Dan Carter reach his peak. Mick is now the Australian Rugby Union’s National Skills Coach.  Click Here to read more about about Mick Byrne
  • Nick Leah — Nick is Brumbies Rugby Academy Manager, he has successfully developed some Australia’s brightest rugby talents within the Brumbies  Academy system. Nick, has run courses and clinics for Union’s and Clubs from all over the world over the last years.

Course Description
Provides intensive introduction to the the theory and practice and science behind the interdependent networks that promote success in driving programs towards the elite level.

Utilizing case study examples from a range of environments across the world, the course provides effective methods in developing core aspects of individual, team and program development. Underpinning is analysis & intervention programs that drive current trends in the game, as witnessed in the recent world cup, but also 20 years of Intellectual Property from one of the most successful provincial teams in World Rugby.

The course culminates with providing coaches with a well researched and practically applied framework to apply the technical and tactical learnings – so to develop their own individual coaching over the short and long term.

Hotel Deal 

Bonaventure Resort and Spa
250 Racquet Club Road | Weston, FL 33326

Room Block Name: Florida Rugby Room Block
Room Rate: $119 – they have waived the $16.95 resort fee
Reservations: 1-800-327-8090

About our Course Partners 

We would not be able to host this wonderful course without wonderful course partners the Okapi Wanderers and YMCA of Weston.

Okapi Wanderers Rugby
Okapi Wanderers Rugby, based in Weston, Florida is a family-friendly rugby club, welcoming players of every age and ability. We field 9 divisions starting at Under 8s all the way up to old boys and are proud holders of three State Championships at Youth, High School and men’s levels.

The YMCA of Weston
The YMCA designs programs to help families build stronger bonds, spend more time together and become more engaged in a community place to be.

The YMCA of Broward County serves 78, 928 different people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and financial circumstances. We look forward to you becoming a part of our family.

Competition Against Canada Gives New Insight For Florida Rugby

By Stephen Sheehan

To be the best, you have to beat the best. And while they weren’t able to notch a win, the Florida High Performance Sevens squad enjoyed an unforgettable and humbling experience at IMG Academy on Saturday, October 28.

Some of the best rugby sevens players from across the Sunshine State gathered in Bradenton to take on Canada’s national sevens side in a quartet of incredibly fast-paced touch matches.

Facing international stars like John Moonlight, Nathan Hirayama and Harry Jones, the 23 Floridians got a first-hand glimpse at the level of professionalism, focus and talent it takes to compete for a spot on an Olympic-quality side.

Though the Florida HPP team failed to dot down a try on the afternoon, players and coaches gained invaluable insight from the nearly two hours of rugby played on one of IMG Academy’s pristine practice pitches.

While the Canadian side obviously boasted better chemistry, fitness and overall skill, they were incredibly down to earth throughout the weekend. Despite being guests themselves at the IMG Academy campus, the Canadians showed great hospitality and sportsmanship in allowing the Florida players to utilize IMG’s state-of-the-art ice baths and training room. In addition, Moonlight and Jones delivered words of wisdom to the aspiring Florida ruggers and even threw in some free Canada team shirts as a token of appreciation for everyone who made the trip.

“We had a squad that got thrown together at the last minute,” said Florida Director of 7’s Steve Braunstein. “A lot of our players are just normal guys who volunteer their own time. However, we’re trying to get our program to compete with the best people in the world.”

The combination of Braunstein and Ronnie Suarez—who also coaches at Florida International University—has catapulted the state’s sevens program to new heights.

“In only two years we’ve been able to put together a program that’s been able to play at a high level,” explained Braunstein. “We have fared very well against Olympic Development Academies across the country out in Vegas, including beating Arizona, Utah and Ohio.”

One player who has been instrumental in transforming the program into a legitimate contender is Jeff Herron. The mechanical designer engineer first picked up a rugby ball in 2005 while attending the University of South Florida, and he’s continued his playing career with Tampa Bay Krewe since 2009.

Herron has been a staple within the Florida HPP 7’s program since 2014 and has been able to play against top-level competition such as Mexico’s national sevens team. Even for an experienced player like Herron, the showdown against Canada was truly eye opening.

“Canada’s pace of play was incredible,” Herron said. “I felt that we matched up with them fairly well in speed. They definitely had us on man-for-man size, but their pace of play was really the difference. Their breakdowns were secured and over with in the blink of an eye.”

Canada and Florida HPP 7s Scrimmage
Canada and Florida Group Photo after the Games

While the scoreboard didn’t fall in Florida’s favor, the chance to play a world-class side at a world-class facility was a welcomed treat for players who often have to pay their own way while working typical day jobs.

“Any opportunity to play against a high level opponent is a chance to test ourselves and also to improve,” Herron said. “There is so much to learn from these matches and the more we are exposed to that level, the sooner we as a group will be able to compete and play at that level. Players with this kind of experience will learn, improve, and then have the chance to take that knowledge back to their club and share that with their local teammates.”