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RA Partners with Women’s Premier League Rugby

MINNETONKA, Minn.  -  Rugby Athletic has announced a partnership with the Women’s Premier League (WPL) in which it will serve as the official apparel and merchandise provider for the next three years.  

“We are committed to the growth of women’s rugby,” Rugby Athletic’s Chris Babiash said. “And there is no better way to show our support than partnering with the WPL.  We are excited for this opportunity to not only provide them with the best apparel and merchandise, but also increase their exposure.”

Founded in 2009, this player-led league is the longest-running premier-level rugby competition in the U.S. Currently comprised of 10 teams, the league just increased from eight with the recent additions of Beantown and Chicago North Shore.  They join the league alongside the Atlanta Harlequins, Berkeley All Blues, D.C. Furies, Glendale Raptors, New York Rugby, Oregon Sports Union, San Diego Surfers and Twin City Amazons.

"The WPL is very happy to be partnering with Rugby Athletic to launch a new logo as well as a new line of WPL clothing to our players and fans," Commissioner Milla Sanes said. "As the WPL continues to grow, this is a great step for us to further raise awareness for our League. In fact, we now can look forward to having a Women's Premier League online store soon."

The WPL’s season starts this fall with all 10 teams vying for a shot at the Championship. Play starts Labor Day weekend and culminates at the WPL Finals event at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 10-12, 2017.

For more information on the WPL, visit them online at https://www.usarugby.org/womens-premier-league/ or check them out on FB at https://www.facebook.com/wplrugby/.

Rugby Athletic Partners with Naples Rugby

MINNETONKA, Minn.  -  Rugby Athletic has announced a partnership with the Naples Hammerhead Rugby Football Club in which it will serve as the official apparel and merchandise provider for the next three years.  

"In a sport with ever-growing obstacles and challenges, Rugby Athletic truly has made meeting our needs easy as can be,” said Naples Treasurer Jeremy Ray. “Their knowledgeable and skilled staff puts your mind at ease as they tackle the challenges we face. Our club is very excited to be a part of a company that not only wants to help us, but also help youth rugby and develop the game. We are looking forward to working with RA for many years to come.

Founded in 1993, Hammerhead Rugby is the premier rugby club in Southwest Florida. Competing in Division 2, the Hammerheads are not only proud to provide a fun and competitive atmosphere on the field, but are also dedicated to serving their community. The team has seen a lot of success both on and off the field over the past 25 years and also host one of the biggest and best beach rugby tournaments, the Beerfoot Beach 7s.

On a national level, the club has been in the top eight in 2002 and 2007 and the top 16 in 2012 and 2015. Regionally, the Hammerheads have been USA South Champs in both 2002 and 2007 and Florida Rugby Union Champions in 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2012.  Off the pitch, the club has seen a number of great rugby leaders come up through their club ranks such as Cam Dolan (USA National Team), Shane Young (Founder of Memphis Inner City Youth Rugby) and Darian Lovelace (Life University Women’s Team Captain).

"Naples Rugby Club is a club that is committed to growing the game of rugby on all levels and we love partnering with clubs that get that,” said Chris Babiash. “They are also now in their 15th year of hosting the super successful Beerfoot Beach Rugby Tournament and we can’t wait to help them continue to take this event to the next level.”

For more information on the Naples Hammerhead Rugby, follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HammerheadRugby/ or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/hammerhead_rugby/. If you’re interested in checking out the Beerfoot 7s, visit http://www.beerfoot7s.com/.

Rugby Athletic Partners with Metropolis RFC to Launch Youth Rugby Academy

MINNETONKA, Minn.  -  Rugby Athletic is partnering with Metropolis RFC to launch a Youth Rugby Academy, which will kick off on March 11 at the Irish Sports Dome in Rosemount, MN.  

This inaugural camp is designed for both experienced rugby players as well as kids experiencing the sport for the first time and will be open to both boys and girls in middle school and high school (grades 6-12).

The academy will be managed by Metropolis’ new Academy Technical Directors and USA Rugby 7's Olympians Garrett Bender and Katie Johnson.

“Rugby Athletic is extremely excited and proud to be partnering with Metropolis in an effort to promote the sport of rugby to more Minnesota youth,” Rugby Athletic’s Chris Babiash said. “We have seen such an interest in rugby in this area and we can’t wait to have Metropolis involved in a program like this. Their club, its leadership, and, of course, Bender and Johnson, will make this an incredible opportunity for young players to get involved and fall in love with the sport of rugby.”

Saturday’s camp will start promptly at 7 a.m. and will run until 10 a.m., with check in at 6:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per athlete, and registration to this camp will give participants a free pass to the next outdoor session. To sign up now or for more information,  pre-register here. 

If you wish for Rugby Athletic to consider partnering with your club or event, please contact Chris at cbabiash@rugbyathletic.com or via phone at 612.590.0065. For more information on Rugby Athletic, please visit http://www.rugbyathletic.com/.

Rugby Athletic Partners with Tundra Rugby Academy

Rugby Athletic has officially announced a new partnership in which they will serve as the official apparel partner of Tundra Rugby Academy.

"Gaining support from local companies that are going to grow with us and support our mission is a priority for our organization,” said Tundra’s president, Mikayla Miller. “Rugby Athletic was a perfect fit, and we are really excited about our new partnership.”

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Rugby Athletic Signs on as Maggotfest’s Apparel Vendor

Rugby Athletic has officially signed on as the exclusive apparel and merchandise partner for Maggotfest in 2017.

The partnership is the first of its kind for this event and will include communications, marketing and sponsorship assistance, outfitting the volunteers and creating a consistent apparel and merchandise line, as well as vending the actual tournament itself, which takes place this year May 19-21.

“Maggotfest is unlike any other event. It’s one that we’ve been extremely interested in for a while and we are very happy to be involved,” Rugby Athletic’s Chris Babiash said. “We really want to help add to this tournament’s success and feel that helping build and promote a consistent brand is just the first step.  We can’t wait to see where we can take this partnership.

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Rugby Athletic Releases Statement on BLK Australia Receivership

Rugby Athletic has received confirmation that BLK Australia recently entered into receivership in an effort to implement practical solutions to improve their business performance in Australia.

“We want to ensure our teams that this will not affect anything that we offer them in terms of partnerships or BLK  teamwear in the USA,” Rugby Athletic’s Chris Babiash said. “This situation is isolated to BLK Australia. We will continue to stand behind the BLK brand as the impact of BLK Australia does not affect any global licensee outside of Australia.”

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RA, BLK USA Partner with Dallas Rugby Football Club

Rugby Athletic and BLK USA have officially announced a new partnership in which they will be the official apparel provider to the Dallas Rugby Football Club through 2019.

"We are really looking forward to this partnership with RA and BLK,” Dave Dodge, president of Dallas RFC said.  “This season our Executive Board went through an extensive bidding process in order to select a long-term apparel partner.  The RA/BLK team blew our socks off, not only with the quality and diversity of their product offerings, but also with the competitiveness of their pricing and reputation for dedicated customer service.  We believe RA/BLK USA are the perfect partners for our long-term goals both on and off the pitch.”

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