Girls rugby comes to Carmel Valley

An all girls noncontact rugby program will be offered this fall in Carmel Valley, targeting girls in grades 3-8. The noncontact program will align the with the launching of girls rugby as a club sport at Torrey Pines High School this coming winter. 

In an exciting development driven by the local Mustangs Rugby Club in conjunction with San Diego Girls Rugby, a non-contact rugby league is being established and will train at Carmel Del Mar Park starting Oct. 31. Hannah Lockwood, who is running the league and is a former Olympic squad member and current team member of the San Diego Surfers rugby team, commented “This is a fantastic opportunity for girls to get into a new fun sport at the ground floor. The college opportunities for girls are really opening up with colleges all over the country offering rugby programs, with a number also offering financial assistance.”

The new touch rugby league will teach the girls the basis of the game of rugby in a 7 a- side noncontact format that is fun, fast and exciting. Abigail G. who was the first girl in Mustangs history to sign up for the rugby 7’s last summer was excited to hear the news “I will be all in – rugby is so much fun and the chance to play with my friends and improve my skills is too good to miss.”

People interested in signing up for the noncontact rugby league should visit www.sandiegogirlsrugby.com.

U.S. Olympic rugby team member and Torrey Pines High School alum Jessica Javelet will be coaching the girls team at Torrey Pines that sees the girls playing 7’s rugby in a tournament style format over a six-week period in January and February. “I wanted to bring girls rugby to Torrey Pines – just getting as many girls involved as possible now that it is an Olympic sport and I think more colleges are going to start carrying it,” Javelet said.

This year in San Diego 18 high schools will have girls rugby – which is the fastest growing team sport in America. Javelet commented after the first practice session, “We had 16 girls turn out and I was impressed with how quickly everyone picked up passing the ball and running at space. I want as many girls as possible to experience the sport that enabled me to reach my Olympic dream at Rio.”

After the high school season ends, the Mustangs Club will also be starting a girls program. For more information on girls rugby go to www.sandiegoyouthrugby.com or call Mustangs Club President David Pool at (858) 405-9271.

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