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 teams for boys, and a 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. 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
Head Coach Tim Harrington started playing rugby at Bath University (in Bath, U.K.) in 1977. He was a founding member of four clubs: Middlebury College, Washington Irish (at one time, a premier club in the top division of Washington, DC area clubs), the Wild Geese (a senior club), and the Landon School (a Bethesda, MD private school). He played college rugby for two years, top-level club rugby for eight years, and old boys (senior) rugby for ten years in both scrum and back positions. He has coached at the club and high school level.
Assistant coach Wally Swanson played at Middlebury College for four years and was part of a Div. I-AA New England Championship team. After university, he played for the Old Gold Rugby Club out of Watertown, Massachusetts. He has played both flanker and hooker.