Louisiana High School Rugby
High school rugby began in New Orleans in 1999 with four founding school teams: Archbishop Shaw, Archbishop Rummel, Brother Martin and Jesuit.
Since then, the high school rugby league has grown to include over a dozen teams at its peak. The teams are fielded by various groups including private and public schools, as well as community club programs. The league is mainly concentrated in the southeastern region, with New Orleans at the center. However, play has included teams from as far as Lafayette in addition to other out of state teams from Mississippi and Florida.
While growth has been concentrated in the southeast, our goal is to grow the game wherever there are players. If you are interested in starting a team, then go to our How to Start a Team page.
The current league roster includes:
St. Paul (Covington)
Brother Martin (NOLA)
Bayou Hurricanes (Club)
Jesuit of New Orleans
Warren Easton High School (NOLA)
New Orleans area venues include the New Orleans Rugby Club's Gretna Pitch on Gretna Blvd as well as the beautiful City Park pitches on the corner of Marconi and Harrison Ave, across from Crescent City Bark Dog Park, and the Pan American stadium. Other venues include St. Paul's campus in Covington, Mississippi Rugby clubs home pitch at the Jackson County Soccer complex in Gautier, MS, and Niceville HS stadium in Florida.
All Louisiana Rugby high school matches are governed by the national sanctioning body of USA RUGBY and run by certified coaches and referees. This certification requirement assure rules and safety are held to the highest standards.
Graduating players go on to find that many colleges have great rugby programs, so the fun doesn't end. A few colleges even offer financial help to star rugby players.
Many Louisiana high school matches are photographed by Ed Krider Imaging.