"Growing North American Youth Rugby"

Imagine Rugby

Imagine Rugby strives to make rugby available to the youth of North America by working in partnership with schools, recreation departments and prefessional rugby teams. Youth players learn leadership development, mentorship and healthylifestyles throgh the power of sport.

Imagine Rugby is the 501c3 arm of MRL, working in partnership with USA Rugby and USA Youth & High School Rugby with support from World Rugby.

Imagine Rugby's goal is to increase Youth Rugby participation in North America tow million youth by 2031 in support of the Worls Cup.

Imagine Rugby's offering Includes

Imagine Rugby encompasses all youth rugby, from children in Elementary school just learning what sports are, to advanced level skills leading in to professional play. Imagine Rugby’ s offering includes:”

Imagine Youth Noncontact

Introducing Rugby to Youth with a focus on Fun & Game play.

Integration into School Curriculum

Flag Leagues and Partnerships

Elementary and Middle School ages

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Club and High School tackle Leagues

Providing leagues with focus on skills development and competition

Next step in pathway

Focus on increasing Inner City presence

Elementary and Middle School beginners / intermediates / advanced


Providing a pathway into a Rugby Career?

Focus on Community Colleges initially

Critical link between high school and professional play

Coaching / Refereeing curriculum

Imagine Rugby Staleholders


Governing body of youth and high school rugby in the United States


The highest level of rugby competition in North America


Governing body for the sport of rugby union


Governing body of rugby in the United States

Why Rugby?

Rugby has a proven track record in helping enhance the lives of those who play from a young age, studies show that:


of students report their physical fitness improved as a result of playing rugby


of students report their academic performance improved as a result of playing rugby


of students report that rugby is helping them develop into a person with more good qualities


of students are further along a pathway to happy, healthy lives and made significant gains in their positive youth development score

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