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South Suburban Rugby Club

2018 High School Varsity Sevens 3rd Place
          High School Varsity 4th Place
          U12 2nd Place
2017 High School Varsity 2nd Place
          U14 4th Place
          U12 4th Place
2016 High School Varsity Playoff Qualifier
          U12 2nd Place
2015 U14 2nd Place

About South Suburban Rugby Club

Established in 2014, South Suburban Rugby Club is a nonprofit organization run by volunteer coaches and parents.  We are part of Rugby Illinois and USA Rugby.  All coaches are certified by USA Rugby and have many years' experience playing and coaching rugby in the USA and around the world.  We have quickly established a culture of success based on teamwork, hard work, and having fun.  

Community Involvement

Our club continues to work with the New Lenox Community Park District to deliver fun & educational rugby programs to teach the fundamentals of rugby to 1st-8th graders and advanced skills to high school players. Our coaches along with Rugby Illinois have worked with PE teachers from local schools to bring rugby to their classes.  We are happy to help any other local schools with lesson plans and training (let us know via email if interested). Our club has sponsored St. Baldrick's Day events and each year we march in the Manhattan Irish Fest parade. In 2016 and 2017 we hosted a Rugby Illinois Middle School Festival in New Lenox.  In the fall of 2017 we raised money for the New Lenox Township Food Pantry.

SSRC Teams playing in Spring 2019 season

Rookie Rugby (U10, grades 1-3, co-ed)

Middle School Juniors (U12, grades 4-6, co-ed)
Middle School Seniors (U14, grades 7-8, co-ed)

Girls High School

Boys High School


Most of our players are new to the sport of rugby so we are always teaching and practicing the fundamentals of the game.  We work a lot on tackling form and technique, rucking and mauling, scrums and lineouts, and the principles of attack and defense.  Playing the game safely and competitively is our focus.

Most of our players live in the south suburbs of Chicago (including New Lenox, Tinley Park, Manhattan, Homer Glen, Lockport, Joliet, Mokena, Orland Park, and Frankfort).

SSRC Mission

  • coach our players to play rugby safely and competitively
  • build a team, a tradition, and life-long friendships
  • teach our players about  goal-setting and hard work, sportsmanship and teamwork, resilience and respect

About Rugby

Rugby is the fastest growing youth sport in the USA.  The game is fast-paced and everyone gets involved in the action.  Play is continuous and relies on decision-making and teamwork.  Rugby players come in all shapes and sizes, and all players have the opportunity to contribute on attack and defense.  Click on the following links to learn more about the great game of rugby...

Introduction to the game

BBC Sport - Rugby Union Laws & Equipment (rugby basics, positions, & penalties)

USA Rugby Spectator’s Guide to Rugby (essential reading for all)

Rugby tackling taught in the NFL

Is Rugby the Best Sport for Building a Kid's Character?

Playing Multiple Sports Builds Better Athletes

Nate Ebner USA Eagle Olympian and New England Patriots Player

Rugby is a great sport for Wrestlers and Football Players
Rugby requires many of the same skills and techniques used in wrestling and football.  The ‘rugby tackle’ is very similar to a double-leg takedown in wrestling and is also being used in football as a way to take the head out of the tackle.  Rugby tackling is even being used as the model for some NFL teams.  Rugby players work to develop their footwork, agility, fitness, strength, and use of body positioning, leverage, and angles in play.  Rugby is an excellent spring sport for football players and wrestlers.