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 over 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.
2012 Rugby Video
2011 Rugby Video • 2010 Rugby Video
Players & Program
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. 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.
Building a Tradition of Excellence
- 2011 - Massachusetts All State Player Selections - Scott Watson & Kanta Sugai
- 2011 - Current Holders of the Maxwell Cup, annual challenge match with Springfield Rifles RFC
- 2011 - MYRO Division 2 State Tournament Champions
- 2010 - MYRO Plate Division Champions
Backs Coach Tim Harrington
’73, is a member of the WMA English Department and started playing rugby at Bath University in the U.K. in 1976. He was a founding member of three rugby clubs: Middlebury College (Class of ’77); Washington Irish, a Washington, DC area men’s club; and the Wild Geese, a senior club in Maryland. 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. In addition to WMA, he has coached at the club level and at the Landon School in Bethesda, MD.
Forwards Coach Wally Swanson
, Director of WMA’s International Programs and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies, played at Middlebury College for four years and was part of a Div. I-AA New England Championship team. After university, he played for a number of men’st eams in New England, and he has recently graduated to old boys’ rugby. He has played both flanker and hooker.
Both Coach Harrington and Coach Swanson are USA Rugby certified coaches.