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Local rugby club extending reach

The Guelph Rugby Football Club is substantially expanding its junior programs as it heads into its second year.

The local club, which debuted last year, will this year include in its junior program U18 girls, U16 boys and girls, U14 boys and girls and mini rugby (U12, U10 and U8).

Mini rugby teams are coed and there is no contact, as contact starts at the U14 level, said a club news release.

“The focus is learning the fundamental skills of the sport.  These key development pieces are coached in a fun and informative way, to encourage a lifelong love of rugby, and most of all, fair play,” said the release from club president Matthew MacNeil.

On April 6, the club will host a free “Try Rugby Day” for players who fall into the mini rugby age categories.

The event takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Shift on 80 Southgate Dr.

The club may also field two men’s teams this season after getting a big turnout for preseason training, said the release.

Last season, the senior men finished third in the Niagara Rugby Union’s C division, the women were first in NRU A and the Under-18 boys earned second place.

The women’s squad has been promoted to NRU A as first-place Sarnia declined promotion.

Registration for all of the club’s programs are open at

A registration day takes place Monday March 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Waverley Drive school, 140 Waverley Dr.

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