Monthly Archives: May 2017

Sunshine Games – Men’s Open Teams

Below is the final list of Men’s Open Teams for the Sunshine Games this weekend, and the morning schedule.

Men’s Open Teams:
Bay Area Barracudas 1
University of South Florida Rugby Club
Naples Hammerheads
U.S. Coast Guard Rugby
Treasure Coast Pirates
Sarasota Rugby Club
Bay Area Barracudas 2

Schedule of Events:
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Teams Check-in
10:00 a.m. – Mandatory Coaches Meeting
10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Competition


Player Camp with Magali Harvey

The FRU has the opportunity to host a player camp with Magali Harvey, IRB 2014 Women’s Player of the Year ( This camp would be in partnership with several groups so we are trying to find the best fit for dates and venue. Approximate cost would be $25 and include lunch. We are looking for interested parties to complete this form so we can best plan for this opportunity.

She would like to do a camp that covers basic skills but also focuses in on the ability to step and manipulate a defender (one of her trademark skills). She has just as much experience in the 7s world as she does in the 15s world so it would be a mutually beneficial camp.

Having received her first cap with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team in 2011, Harvey was later on the Canadian side that won a silver medal at the 2013 Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens. She has also represented her country with the fifteens and was a big reason why Canada also finished second at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. After her strong performance, in which she finished second in tournament scoring with 61 points and had a highlight reel 87-metre run for a try against France, Harvey was named the 2014 IRB Women’s Player of the Year. With speed being her best intangible, Harvey’s transition back to the sevens game was easy. She was Canada’s leading scorer at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, scoring 48 points on eight tries and four conversions, helping the team win the first ever Pan Am Games gold in women’s rugby. After competing in the first tournament of the 2015-16 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series, Harvey suffered an injury that kept her out of action until the final stop of the season in May. Despite playing in only two events, Harvey finished the 2015-16 WSWS season with nine tries, tied for fourth on the team.


Summer Sevens is Here!!

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FRU 2017 Summer Sevens Series Dates

May 20 — Sunshine State Games
G.T. Bray Recreation Center
5502 33rd Ave DR W, Bradenton, Florida 34209

  • Registration Link –
  • Entry fee is $100 per team for U14 & U16 divisions and includes an Official Sunshine State Games t-shirt for athletes and one coach. NO refunds.
  • Entry fee is $100 per team for High School divisions and includes an official Sunshine State Games t-shirt for athletes and one coach. NO refunds.
  • Entry fee is $200 per team for Open divisions and includes an official Sunshine State Games t-shirt for athletes and one coach. NO refunds.

June 3 — Surfin  7s
Lake Lytal Park
3645 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

June 10 — Fiji Sevens (National Qualifying Tournament)
Miramar Regional Park
16801 Miramar Pkwy
Miramar, FL 33027

  • Registration Link — COMING SOON
  • Men’s & Women’s — $250
  • High School — $150

June 24 — Todd Miller Sevens (National Qualifying Tournament)
Emery Hamilton Sports Complex (Orlando Fairgrounds)
4400 W Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808

  • Registration Link –COMING SOON

July 8th — Gulf Coast Sevens (National Qualifying Tournament)
Lakewood Sports Complex – St Petersburg
2001 Country Club Way S.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33712

  • Registration Link — COMING SOON

July 22 – Southern Conference Championships hosted by GA

  • Awaiting the Georgia Rugby Union announce full details.

Aug 5 – BeerFoot Sevens
Ft Myers Beach

Big weekend for Florida Women’s Rugby

This past weekend was a great one for Florida Women’s Rugby – they say good things happen in “threes”. We had UCF Women finish 3rd in the D1 Spring Championship with a win Saturday over Stanford, 45 to 19. FRRA referee Haylee Slaughter called the D1 Elite Women’s Final, Penn State vs. Lindenwood. On Sunday Fort Miami won the South Regional Championship hosted here in Florida at Ormond Beach with a decided win over Knoxville, 54 to 17, and advance to the USA Round of 8 Playoffs in Pittsburgh. This is the campaign for their gofundme for that trip:

Vote for USA Congress

The True South Rugby Union is administering the USA Rugby Southern Conference Congress elections for 2017.  The Southern Conference includes the Carolinas GU, Florida GU, Georgia LAU, and True South GU.  This Congress member will serve for two years starting on June 1, 2017.

Elections will start on Friday April 14, 2017 and end at midnight Friday May 5, 2017.  Each member club may cast one vote

*The election runner up will serve as the Alternate Congress member in the event the winner is unable to fulfill his/her duties or term.

All nominees were contacted to verify their willingness to stand, have submitted a biographical statement, and provided written responses to these questions: 1) why the nominee wants to serve 2) what value does the nominee offer as a Congress member, and 3) what are the nominee’s top three goals/objectives as a Congress member.
The USA Rugby Congress (the “Congress”) shall be the representative body of the Members. All matters required by law to be submitted to a vote of the Members shall be submitted to the Congress, except as otherwise set forth in these Bylaws. The role, powers, and duties of the Congress shall include:
(a) To receive and review periodic reports on the activities of the Corporation and actions taken by the Board of Directors and to report back to its constituent Members;

(b) To approve, from time to time, the dues structure proposed by the Board of Directors;

(c) To elect and/or ratify the election of certain Directors of the Corporation, as set forth in Section 5.4 of these Bylaws;

(d) To remove the Directors in accordance with Section 5.7 hereof;

(e) To approve amendments to the Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Corporation as set forth in Article XV; and

(f) To approve all fundamental change transactions not in the ordinary course of business, including, without limitation, all mergers, consolidations, divisions, sales of substantially all assets, and the liquidation or dissolution of the Corporation.

Congress members shall be bound by the Corporation’s confidentiality and conflict of interest policies, as such policies shall be adopted and amended from time to time by the Board.

The constituent Southern Conference unions have nominated two individuals to fill the open position.  Nominee Supporting Documentation – please click on the links to see the forms:

– Bill Bell, from the Carolina GU – nomination acceptance and nominee background

                – Martin Gardner, from the Florida GU – nomination acceptance and nominee background


Please use this link to cast your vote: