We are excited to announce that Broad Ripple Park (BRP) Rugby has merged with Royal Irish Rugby (RIR). The combined entity consists of:
The merger will provide common administration, shared financial and fundraising resources, and develop high-quality players by teaching the game of rugby as early as the 5th grade. For several years, Royal Irish has had BRP players who moved on to the high school level. The new entity will secure a solid talent pipeline and strengthen the overall program.
Chris Kaufman will remain as the administrator while a new youth parent board was created in August and has been active since September. Last but not least, we welcome two coaches to RIR ranks: Rick Michaelis and Zach Douglas, who are, of course, RIR alumni.
Go Royal Irish!
Kicking off the pre-season, Royal Irish Rugby will hold a clinic on Sunday, November 10th, from 1-3pm at the Bishop Chatard football field. All youth ages 10 and up are cordially invited. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about one of the fastest growing sports in the US and meet Royal Irish players, parents and coaches.
This is a non-contact event
Location: Bishop Chatard HS football field
Registration: click here
All registered guests will received a RIR t-shirt and a wristband. We will serve pizza and refreshments.
The 2019 State contest began Saturday, May 25 with A and B sides facing Fishers HS. The B side easily won 42-5 while the A side prevailed 36-12.
After facing Penn HS twice this season (once during regular play, the other during Midwest) and coming up short, this time Royal Irish A prevailed 20-12 and Royal Irish B won 31-14.
Congratulations, 2019 State Champs!
Once again, Royal Irish performed impressively during the 2019 National Championship, held at the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC) in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Because of our ranking, our round one pairing had us facing the team we lost the 2018 title to, Danville Oaks from California. This time, Royal Irish prevailed, 38-26!
In round two, we faced the San Diego Mustangs, who defeated another impressive team, Granite Bay. Again, Royal Irish came
on top 45-18.
Round three had us facing the Back Bay Sharks. After an incredible match, Royal Irish came in second after a 12-51 defeat.
Our boys performed exceptionally well and should be incredibly proud of their appearance at this year’s championship.
Go Royal Irish!
Unselfishness, teamwork and self-control largely define rugby. Rugby athletes are known for their versatility, sportsmanship and athleticism, no matter their size. It has been said that rugby is a physical game played by gentlemen. It is not football without pads! Rugby requires special tackling techniques. The ref, called Sir, is there to enforce fair and proper play.
Inclusiveness, camaraderie, respect for the other team and the officials are fundamental values in our program. Our players come from different schools but develop a brotherhood-like bond. Players come chiefly from Cathedral and Bishop Chatard high schools but we welcome players from any high school in the Indianapolis and suburban areas without a rugby program.
For 28 years, Royal Irish has been one of the most successful high school programs in the country, with four National Championship titles: 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017. In 2018, after a heart-stopping final, Royal Irish came in second place. In addition, the club won the Indiana State Championship thirteen times, including 2018, and the Midwest Championship for six years. The club’s motto is teaching boys to become gentlemen through the sport of rugby.