Before Historic USA vs. All Blacks, High School Girls in Chicago Learn Rugby From Serevi & Gollings

In lead-up to USA vs. New Zealand at Soldier Field, local students learn the game that could change their lives from international rugby legends


[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap1′]C[/bra_dropcaps]HICAGO – (October 23, 2014) – As the U.S. National rugby team – the “Eagles” – prepare to play the reigning World Champion New Zealand All Blacks on November 1st at Chicago’s Soldier Field, across town more than 100 high school girls will be learning the game from some of the biggest names to ever play the game. Led by international rugby legends Waisale Serevi and Ben Gollings, Serevi Rugby ( is partnering with the Noble Network of Charter Schools to introduce high school girls on Chicago’s West Side to the game that could change their lives through new educational and fitness opportunities.
On Friday, October 31st from 3 to 5pm at Algeld Park on Chicago’s West Side, Serevi Rugby is holding an introductory rugby clinic for more than 100 high school girls from Chicago’s Noble Network of Charter Schools.
As parents and teachers look for a sport that can offer a position for young female athletes of every size, rugby has emerged as a fun, safe, and rewarding option for a growing number of young people. Requiring every player to have a diversity of skills – passing, jumping, kicking, running, tackling – rugby is one of the fastest growing team sports in America, an increasing number of major universities now offer rugby scholarships to boys and girls, and rugby sevens will debut at the 2016 Olympic Games, opening the opportunity for many new athletes to play for their country.
Schools are also taking note of the benefits that accrue to their students from rugby: leadership, confidence, decision-making, team play, and perseverance.
At tnoble_logo_header_0he Noble Network of Charter Schools rugby provides a point of motivation and focus for many students. With seven teams playing at schools throughout the Noble network, the development of teams, aligned with eligibility restrictions, helps to keep the students on track to college, and beyond. Rugby has helped develop a sense of self-control, improving discipline and respect across all of Noble’s campuses.

Media Contacts:

Jaime Quick, Serevi Rugby, 206.229.5183,
Adam Kopp, Serevi Rugby (ONSITE IN CHICAGO), 773.474.1088,
Ryan McBride, Director of Rugby, Noble Network of Charter Schools,  773.242.2212,

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