The Niagara Rugby Club is pleased to offer almost year round contact rugby for our junior members from Gr9 thru Gr13 (13yrs - 18yrs). The Academy is open to boys & girls with all experience levels that want to learn to play rugby or prepare themselves for higher levels of rugby (Provincial/State Teams, National Teams, College & University Teams).

SIGN-UP FORM To participate with the Academy for a trial session; please fill out the sign-up form and come to the next session.



The Academy calendar is separated into three components as follows:


This section is new for the upcoming year and for athletes that don't have rugby at their high school and would like to play during the high school season. The Academy is also open to those rugby players that do have rugby at thier high school, but are looking for further training and instruction while playing with some of the better rugby players in the Niagara Region and WNY. We'll be playing local high schools in exhibition games and entering tournaments over the three months.

We will train indoors at Niagara College - NOTL Campus (135 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake) in their new all-purpose gymasium on Saturdays afternoons from 2:30p - 3:30p (2019 indoor practices are March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, & April 6). As of mid-April we will head outdoors and continue our training at The Niagara Rugby Club (1105 Barron Rd, Niagara Falls). The dates & times for outdoor training will continue to be on Saturday afternoons (times tba) thru April and May.


This section of our program is open to all junior players that want to compete in one of North America's most competitive junior rugby leagues, RugbyOntario Jr Rugby for boys & girls in the divisions for U19, U17, & U15 on the representative team from Niagara & WNY. The training for this section is held at The Niagara Rugby Club as follows:

U19&U17 - Practice Tue Nights 5:00p-6:30p & Games Wed Nights (2019 practices starts on June 4)

U15 - Practice Wed Nights 6:30-8:00p & Games Sat Mornings (2019 practices starts on June 5)

The 15s season concludes mid to late August with the NRU & RugbyOntario Cups.


This section of our Academy focuses on 7's training and we'll attend various 7's tournaments throughout Southern Ontario and further depending on interest. Practices will be held Saturday afternoons (2019 practices will start tba) at The Niagara Rugby Club and we'll attend 3-4 tournaments typically on Sundays.



A unique part of rugby includes incoming and outgoing tours. Most years we will host junior teams from all over the world a various times throughout the year. We have hosted many teams over the years from the UK&Ireland, Western Europe, USA, and the Caribbean. We also have many standing offers to return the favour of visiting our new friends on a tour to their respective countries. We'll be evaluating an outgoing junior tour in the next year or two to London England, Cardiff Wales, and Dublin Ireland.



Academy Coordinators: Boys (Chris Hodgson) & Girls (Erin Risto)

Contact Us: & 905-353-7478

Cost: $280 for any or all 3 components and includes club socks, shorts, and reversible training pinnie.

Registration: On our website, go to the tab GET REGISTERED

 SIGN-UP FORM To participate with the Academy for a trial session; please fill out the sign-up form and come to the next session.



We are always looking for school reps...if you would like to play (students) or help coordinate for your school (students, teachers & admin)...we would be happy to have you join our club and the Academy.

Our schools...join our team, club, & family!

DSBN – Secondary

A N Myer – Niagara Falls

Beamsville – Beamsville

Centennial – Welland

DSBN Academy Secondary – St Catharines

E L Crossley - Fonthill

Eastdale - Welland

Eden – St Catharines

Governor Simcoe – St Catharines

Greater Fort Erie – Fort Erie

Grimsby - Grimsby

Laura Secord – St Catharines

Port Colborne – Port Colborne

Sir Winston Churchill – St Catharines

St Catharines Collegiate – St Catharines

Stamford Collegiate – Niagara Falls

Thorold - Thorold

Westlane – Niagara Falls

NCDSB - Secondary

Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School - Grimsby

Denis Morris Catholic High School - St. Catharines

Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School - St. Catharines

Lakeshore Catholic High School - Port Colborne

Notre Dame College School - Welland

Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School - St. Catharines

Saint Michael Catholic High School - Niagara Falls

Saint Paul Catholic High School - Niagara Falls


Jean-Vanier - Welland

Ridley College - St. Catharines

Niagara Christian College - Fort Erie

Canisius - WNY

Kenmore - WNY

Orchard Park - WNY

City Honors - WNY

Grand Island - WNY

Brock University - St. Catharines

Niagara College - Welland/NOTL/NiagaraFalls

WNY Colleges & Universities - WNY

Niagara Flag Rugby - Niagara


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