Since 1974, the Rockaway Peninsula has played an outsized role in the rapid growth and steady ascent of American Rugby. Young men and women who passed through Fort Tilden's sand-strewn fields, where the city meets the sea, have gone on to national prominence as Players, Coaches, Administrators and Founding Members of rugby teams across the country. On Saturday, March 4, that tradition and success was honored as dozens of youth rugby players marched in support of their coaches, Andrew Israel (posthumously) and Rob Palmer, who were named as Deputy Grand Marshals. The team was pleased to see the Mayors of Cork, Limerick and Tipperary showing their support by wearing Rockaway Rugby scarves, and honored to receive the Queens County Saint Patrick's Day Parade award for Best Tradition. The Rockaway Fish Heads Rugby Club extends their thanks to their friends, family and supporters who braved the cold to make this a special day.
Rockaway's Youth Rugby Programs are taught by former players with decades of experience leading to a consistently top Middle School program and a High School program on the cusp of achieving prominence in its own right. This spring, the Youth Rugby program, which benefits from the deep knowledge of rugby on the peninsula, coupled with strong community support, will compete against the best teams in the NY Metro area. These matches include a perennial favorite against top 5 nationally ranked Xavier High School Rugby, which is populated by many alumni of Rockaway Rugby's Middle School Program.
As they kick off their Spring Season, Rockaway Youth Rugby welcomes new players ages 10 through 18 to join the team and continue the winning tradition. For more information please visit their website at RockawayYouthRugby.org
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