Youth Rugby Teams
A Growing Sport
Over the last 3 decades, the Tacoma Rugby Club has been making great efforts to increase the amount of youth rugby in the Pierce County Area.
In the Spring of 1987 the Tacoma Tsunamis Rugby program was formed. The Tsunamis were developed to bring awareness of the game we all love to a larger number of High School students in the Tacoma, Pierce County area.
In the Fall of 2006 the Harbour Rugby program was formed. First in 2006 the Hurricanes were developed for boys and in 2008 the Storm were developed for girls.
In the Spring of 2013 we added our third program, the Parkland Warriors, for the students of the Franklin Pierce School District.
Tacoma Rugby Club's Youth Team
The Tacoma Rugby Club's youth division is represented by the Tacoma Tsunamis, led by coach Dakota Quill. All high school boys and girls in the greater Tacoma area and surrounding communities are welcome to come out and play. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUTH RUGBY
Youth Rugby in Washington State
Rugby Washington www.rugbywa.org currently has 14 other High School Club Programs representing its youth programs in Washington State. The youth season runs from January, when practices for the spring season starts, to May when the State Championships take place.
Rugby Washington also has a 4-week Summer Sevens league during the month of July.
Join our youth rugby program:TACOMA TSUNAMIS
Our high school team, the Tsunamis, was formed in the Spring of 1987. It was developed to bring awareness and share the great gifts of the game (discipline, camaraderie work ethic, etc) with a younger audience. In this, it has been successful. The name may have its origin in one of Mike Van Buskirk’s many nicknames; “John Tsunami”. According to Steve Page, when MVB found out a tsunami was a tidal wave, he had the patches printed up before anyone could blink. The team has been coached by a variety of Nomads over the years including Barney Rapp, Doug Bogle, Mike Van Buskirk, Derek Mann, Tobin Ropes, Jason Shelton, Wisski Wisniewski, Chad Nestor, Mark Sullivan Steve Chanfrau, and Jerry Lowe. Former Team Manager John Hargroves has played a very large part in developing the youth team. In 1998, under direction of Coach and longtime Nomad Chad Nestor, the Tsunamis became the Pacific Northwest High School Champions. They traveled to Nationals in Indianapolis, finishing 11th in the nation. Again in 2007 the Tsunamis won the Pacific Northwest High School Championship and took 7th at the National Championships in Salt Lake City.
Our 2nd high school team, the Hurricanes, was formed in the Spring of 2007. The name may have its origin from its first coach, Mark Sullivan's love of his home country, New Zealand. The team was first coached by veteran Nomads Mark Sullivan and Mark Wehn. In 2007 in there first year of play, the Hurricanes went undefeated and won the Pacific Northwest High School DII Championship.