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Our Rugby Club Mission

The Club is in its 8th year. Spring 2014 will be our second competitive season as a DHS Varsity sport. Parental support is crucial to the success of the club/team and makes the season flow smoothly. In general, the Club's ideal is to embrace the rituals and traditions of rugby, for players and parents alike. Socializing is one of those traditions, as you may know from the home match entertainment & various social gatherings organized throughout the year. If you are a new parent member of the Club, want to know more about rugby, or just have questions about what goes on overall, please ask. There are people on the sidelines always willing to help, and specific questions can be addressed to the Club email, or to any of the coaches. In addition, a spectator's guide to rugby is available on this website under LEARN RUGBY. We are looking forward to a successful, fun season. Please join us as often as you can.

2013 - 2014 Captains

Captain: Alex Gunn

Vice Captain: Zach Basu



John McCarthy , Head Coach
Cell: 917-225-7536 

Joe Hughes

Simon Lowden

James Palmieri

Simon Little

Chris Mead 

Graeme Lindsay, USA Rugby & CT SBRO liaison 



Rugby Club Ethos

Darien High School Rugby Club was established in 2007. All male DHS students are welcome to join at any time. Although practice is not mandatory, players will be chosen for match play based on their knowledge, experience and safe play. The Club recognizes that players have other commitments and tries to accommodate them. Along with the fun of learning and playing rugby, the club encourages camaraderie and team spirit, as well as respect for others. Players are expected to behave like gentlemen at all times, on and off the pitch. Safety and well being are paramount concerns. The coaches have many years of experience, either as players, coaches, or both. DHS Rugby Club is a member of USA Rugby and the CT Rugby SBRO


Field Closings

The Rugby Club relies on reports from the Darien Soccer Association on the condition of the fields. Please call the following number for up to date information. 

Field Closing Hotline: 203-975-2458

Assume the fields are open unless the hotline or website says otherwise. If very last minute, call the McCarthys, listed in the DHS directory.

Directions to Royle School - HOME match pitch

Directions to home pitch: use Royle School, 133 Mansfield Avenue, Darien CT 06820  * BUS drivers please note: there is a RR overpass with height restrictions on Route 1/Post Road in downtown Darien so DO NOT use Post Road North at Exit 11 from I-95 to get to Mansfield Ave, detour to LeRoy Avenue, turn RIGHT on MacLaren, then LEFT on Mansfield.

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