Rugby at WMA
Wilbraham & Monson Academy is proud to be part of the growing sport of rugby in the United States. With its global school mission and its international student body, WMA is perfectly positioned to create a strong, enduring rugby program. Rugby is the second largest team sport in the world, with more than three million players in 115 different countries, and it is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.
Rugby is played at nearly every college and university in the U.S. and almost every major city across the globe. WMA Rugby prepares players well for future athletic involvement in college and provides entry into a global community of players and enthusiasts.
Played in the spring, rugby is a varsity sport at WMA. WMA Rugby is part of the newly established Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization (MYRO), the state-based arm of USA Rugby. Opponents include public and private schools in addition to club teams. The Academy also plays outside its conference against traditional prep rivals and participates in regional tournaments.
WMA has offered varsity and junior varsity teams for boys, and our varsity girls program was introduced in 2018 after students took the initiative and, with help from the administration, formed a roster and competitive schedule.
All home matches are played on an official and dedicated rugby pitch at Hugh Harrell field.
Our Boys and Girls teams
Rugby is a continual game where all players can run, kick, tackle, and score. WMA is fortunate to have a large number of players with rugby experience from a wide range of rugby-playing countries including Australia, Argentina, Japan, and the US. Yet many of our players are new to the game. We welcome players of all abilities, sizes, and experience.
WMA Rugby is a teaching program that strives to find the best fit and position for each player. The WMA philosophy emphasizes player development and enjoyment of the game
Rugby is part of the fabric of WMA
The following story was written by our Boys' Rugby coaches - Wally Swanson and Tim Harrington '73 - for the Academy World Spring 2020 issue.
It’s hard to believe that the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Rugby program has crossed the 10-year threshold. This spring marks the 11th season of existence for the boys’ team and 10th year as a varsity sport. A girls’ program was established in 2018, and this spring was to mark its first at the varsity level.