Welcome to Amoskeag Rugby Club!
Come out to training and introduce yourself -
Men's Training is Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6 PM at the YDC on North River Road in Manchester.
Women's training is Monday and Wednesday night at 6 PM at YDC fields on River Road in Manchester.
NO Experience is necessary.
Wear shorts, a rugby jersey or T-shirt and cleats if you have them.
Meet us at Tommy K's after training at 8:30 PM on Wednesday nights (women) or Thursday nights (men).
- We will assist experienced rugby players interested in relocating to Southern New Hampshire with finding employment and housing in the Manchester area.
- We can also help recent college graduates interested in living in Manchester.
- Amoskeag has hosted 'seasonal' rugby players from around the globe including ruggers from New Zealand, Kenya, Wales, Australia, South Africa, Japan, England, Portugal and Samoa.
If you have questions or would like more information about playing with Amoskeag, please contact us at AmoskeagRecruiting@gmail.com
Amoskeag Rugby Football Club History
The Amoskeag Rugby Club was formed in 1984 by members of the Concord Rugby Club. Though based in Manchester , New Hampshire, the Club draws members from throughout central and southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.
Amoskeag started play in the Third Division of the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU). After capturing the Third Division Championship several times, the Club moved into the Second Division play and captured the Division Championship in both the Spring an Fall of 1990 and the Spring of 1991.
In addition to capturing the New England Division Championship in 1990, Amoskeag also went on to win the United States Rugby East Territory's Northeastern and East Coast Second Division Titles.
In the fall of 1991, Amoskeag moved into the NERFU's First Division, considered by many to be one of the most competitive in the Nation. Initially the club competed against the perennial power clubs like Boston, and Mystic River, and by the fall of 1993 had moved itself into the fifth position in the eight-team league. In the fall of 1994, a Premier League was formed, encompassing Clubs from throughout the Northeast United States. In the fall of 1995 Amoskeag finished third in its ten team Division with a 6-3 record.
1996 & 1997 saw Amoskeag compete in the Inland Division (a middle division between Premier and Second Division) of Northeast, challenging for playoff spots each season. In the fall of 1998, Amoskeag placed third in the Division, and was awarded a bid to the Second Division National Tournament, where the club reached the Sweet 16 in Dallas, Texas (played in the Spring of 1999).
Amoskeag is now competing in Division Two of the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU). The Northeast Rugby Union is comprised of NERFU and Met NYRFU Division 2 teams. The team continues to go from strength to strength.
In 2009 Amoskeag Rugby Club welcomed a Women's team. The women compete in the New England Rugby Football Union Division III.
Amoskeag Rugby Club is extremely proud of its achievements off the field in the arenas of community and charitable work. Amoskeag club members have participated in the following activities around the community:
· 2011 to present: Wounded Warriors Project
· 2011 to present: Toys For Tots
· 1997 to present: Amoskeag Youth Rugby Club (coaching and organizing rugby for New Hampshire teens)
· 2008-present: Relay For Life of Greater Manchester
· 2008- present: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, volunteers
· 2000- present "Give Blood, Play Rugby"Blood Drive
· 2006 - present New Hampshire Adopt-a-Road sponsor
· 2006 - 2008: Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity Project
· 2007- 2010 CASA ski relay competitors.
· 2007-2009: Susan G Komen Cancer Fundraiser
· 2007 'It takes balls to beat cancer' fundraiser for Lance Armstrong's Ride for the Roses
· 2000: Hosts to USA v Ireland and USA v Canada rugby international matches in Manchester
In an effort to promote the sport of rugby, enable athletes and members to get to know each better both on and off the field, and as a way to recruit those interested in learning about the Foundation and raise money for the Foundation which is fun for members, families and friends, the Rugby Foundation supports a number of social activities including winter pond hockey tournaments, Manchester Monarchs hockey outings, "6 Nations" rugby breakfasts, Adult/Retro Prom Night, Halloween parties, and a number of summertime pool parties after competitions and practice.