Commitment to the Community

Commitment to the Community

Commitment to Growing the Rugby Community 

For Immediate Release:

May 13th, 2021

Marietta, GA- Rugby ATL’s commitment to growing the game at the grassroots level leads to a new USA Rugby Member benefit.

Over the past two years, Rugby ATL has traveled across the Southeast developing the rugby community at the grassroots level.

Atlanta Police Athletic League

Rugby ATL and the Atlanta PAL are working to provide higher education and individual development opportunities through rugby.

Alongside their partners, Rugby ATL assisted in the development of over 3,000 youth rugby players from 5-19 years of age.  45% of these players identify as female, with 83% from an ethnic minority, and 80% from under-resourced communities. Rugby ATL is proud to know these initiatives have positively empowered more youth in our community through rugby.

At the collegiate level, 57 different University student-athletes, 14 collegiate coaches, 17 Columbian International coaches, and players participated in various business seminars, leadership training, or rugby development interactives. Knowing community growth through rugby begins with leadership, supporting the development of current and aspiring leaders is paramount to the overall sustainability of the sport.

Currently, there are 13 members of Rugby ATL who have represented the United States on the men’s & women’s international stage. Each one of them will tell you that the experience, characteristics, and values developed through this sport, have made them successful enough to represent their country internationally, graduate from college, and have helped accomplish their highest goals.

Now, any and all currently registered USA Rugby players, coaches, referees, and admin can redeem a $5 ticket to any Rugby ATL home matches with proof of an active USA Rugby Membership.

“We want to encourage players, coaches, and referees across the Union to come to the game, learn from the opportunity, but most of all, enjoy the rugby experience. This isn’t just about the Southeast, but an opportunity for us to help grow the game across the country and spread the tremendous values that come from within the rugby community,” said Rugby ATL Owner, Marcus Calloway.

That is in essence, the commitment of accountability from Rugby ATL’s leadership to the community, the continuous development of self-sustaining leaders.

To learn more about how Rugby ATL is developing self-sustaining leaders in the community through sport, or to get involved, please visit our website. rugbyatl.rugby

Member benefit tickets are on sale now!

Get yours today and become a USA Eagle tomorrow!

Use code “USA2021” when reserving tickets to redeem.

Ticket Link:https://shop.rugbyatl.rugby/products/discounted-tickets

Next Home Game:

Saturday, May 15
⏰ 8:00 PM ET
🏟 Life University
📺 The Rugby Network

Leadership Development Partners:

Georgia National GuardMarietta Police Athletic LeagueUSA RugbyCobb Chamber of CommerceLiving Sport

Rugby ATL to Increase Stadium Capacity to 50%

Rugby ATL to Increase Stadium Capacity to 50%

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Rugby ATL Expands Capacity to 50%

As the local Cobb County government continues to make vaccinations available and with Major League Rugby events being outdoors, Rugby ATL will increase their ticket availability for their game on Saturday, May 15th. 

All the existing health and safety measures at “The Snake Pit” will remain in place. Measures include strong encouragement of face-covering unless actively eating or drinking in your ticketed seat, cashless concessions, mobile ticketing, and ordering. 

Revisions to the 50% seating capacity and the other health and safety measures will continue to be monitored as more information becomes available.

Tickets for all remaining 2021 games, beginning with Saturday, May 15th, are currently available at rugbyatl.rugby/tickets

Saturday, May 15th Details:

Rugby ATL vs. New England Free Jacks

🕑 8 PM EST

🏟️ The Snake Pit

 

Rugby ATL Wins Inaugural Fire & Ice Cup

Rugby ATL Wins Inaugural Fire & Ice Cup

Rugby ATL Hoists the Inaugural Fire & Ice Cup

Presented By: Walton Communities

A commemoration of  unity & teamwork through rugby.”
Rugby ATL vs. Toronto Arrows

Marietta, GA- Rugby ATL scores a “walk-off” try to defeat the Toronto Arrows 33-29.

 

The “Fire and Ice Cup” originated as a tribute to the incredible bond that has developed between Rugby ATL & the Toronto Arrows. Walton Communities Director, Brenda Hall, chose to sponsor the Cup because of its commemoration of international unity & teamwork through the sport of rugby.

The match started off with a flurry of tries, cards, and big energy. Just 3 minutes into the match Toronto’s Andrew Quattrin was issued a Yellow Card. Rugby ATL’s forward pack capitalized on the ensuing lineout when Marko Janse Van Rensburg peeled off the rolling maul and scored his 4th try of the year. (ATL 5-0)

The Arrows bounced back after Mike Sheppard charged down and recovered an attempted clearing kick. Minutes later, Gaston Mieres broke into open space and put away Ben LeSage with a beautiful offload after contact. (Arrows 14-5).

Rugby ATL, though down early, saw a spark when the Marietta born, Jason Damm, bullied his way through 3 defenders into the try zone.

Rugby ATL would add one more try before the half, when a Johan Momsen tackle forced a knock-on which was picked up by Mark O’Keeffe who then scampered from 45m out to put ATL on top.

Halftime: Rugby ATL 19- Toronto Arrows14 

A Fight to the Finish

2 minutes into the restart, Marko Janse Van Rensburg scored his 2nd try of the night. Adriaan Carelse added the conversion. (ATL 26-14). Seemingly, all the energy in the stadium was now favoring the #RATLERS.

Toronto’s senior leadership was not to be phased or outdone with impressive backline displays of skill. Arrow’s Flyhalf, Tayler Adams, kicked a cheeky up-and-under ball at midfield that was hauled in by Gaston Mieres who then darted to the open space and offloaded to Leandro Leivas who finished off the try. Tommy De La Vega followed suit and tied the score with his try in the 63rd minute, securing the 1st of 2 bonus points for Toronto that evening. (26-26)

The Walk-Off Try

The next 10 minutes were filled with heavy blows and rising tension. Both teams were playing for pride and defending “their home turf.” Toronto was awarded a penalty in the 75th minute. Captain Lucas Rumball put the tee into the hands of Tayler Adams who drilled the 45m Penalty Goal. (Arrows up 29-26).

Rugby ATL was throwing everything at the Arrows defense but nothing came of it. Then Rugby ATL knock-on in the 78th minute felt like the end of the match. On the ensuing Toronto scrum, the ball made its way out to Ben LeSage but the line speed of Batu Ezcurra and Robbie Petzer forced the turnover for “not-releasing.”

 ATL elected to go for the lineout and the rest was all the “8 man-machine.” The forwards dug deep and after a series of unselfish and relentless pick-and-go’s, Ross Deacon set “fire” to the crowd as he scored in the 82nd minute.

Final: Rugby ATL 33- Toronto Arrows 29

“It is our first trophy as a franchise. It’s such a great moment and it’s an amazing feeling,” said Head Coach, Scott Lawrence.

Rugby ATL is tied for 3rd place right now in the Eastern Conference with 21 table points alongside the New England Free Jacks. The New England Free Jacks will travel to Atlanta this Saturday night for Week 9 of Major League Rugby.

 

Get Your Tickets Now:

Date: Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Kickoff: 8:00 PM EST

Venue: The Snake Pit

Buy New England Tickets

 

The Fire & Ice Cup

The Fire & Ice Cup

The Fire & Ice Cup

Presented By: Walton Communities

A commemoration of Sportsmanship & Unity through Rugby.”
Rugby ATL vs. Toronto Arrows

Est. 2021

The incredible return of Major League Rugby in 2021 has been complemented by an amazing story of 2 teams, from 2 different countries, calling 1 stadium home for a season. A circumstance that will likely never happen again.

The Journey South

In February, the pandemic presented another unique challenge, this one specifically for the Toronto Arrows. The regulations of the United States & Canadian border and quarantine protocols made it logistically impossible for the Arrows to compete in Season 4 of Major League Rugby.

Toronto Arrows Owner, Bill Webb, who has made a professional career in strategy advisement and capital management, called his colleague and Rugby ATL Owner, Marcus Calloway, to see if they (the Arrows) could relocate from the “6” to the “404” for the upcoming season.

The entire Rugby ATL franchise and their partners welcomed the request to host their brothers from the North. From training facilities to medical care to nutrition, Calloway ensured his colleagues had the resources to operate in a high-performance environment 951 miles away from home (1530km for those reading across the border).

“We compete on the pitch for 80 minutes, but at the end of the day rugby is a fellowship, a brother and sisterhood that brings us together to support the greater good of the sport,” said Scott Lawrence, Rugby ATL General Manager, and Head Coach. “It’s been our pleasure to host the Arrows and we’re grateful for the opportunity to live the rugby ethos that binds our community.”

“The Fire and Ice Cup is a fantastic way to commemorate an unprecedented year for our two clubs,” said Chris Silverthorn, Toronto Arrows Director of Rugby. “We’re grateful for Rugby ATL opening their doors for us and giving us a sense of ‘home’ in this nomadic year of ours, displaying the unity of our sport. This Cup will not only add to our growing rivalry with Atlanta but will also serve as a reminder of how two clubs could come together to overcome challenges under an incredibly difficult set of circumstances.”

The Fire and Ice Cup will set the stage for an annual competition between Toronto and Atlanta by representing how rugby drives unity and sportsmanship in the community.

The Cup Format

The teams will play for the Cup annually, and it will travel with the winning franchise.  The Cup can only be reclaimed if won in the home stadium of the last year’s winner. The inaugural match of this cup will take place on Saturday, May 8th, 2021 in a joint home match between the two teams. Be there in person, and help us inaugurate the “Fire And Ice Cup.”

Match Details:

Saturday, May 8th, 2021

🏟️ The Snake Pit

🕓 7:00 PM EST

📺 Stream live via The Rugby Network

Tickets: https://rugbyatl.showare.com/ordertickets.asp?p=33&src=default

Presented by: Walton Communities

The mission of Walton Communities is to go beyond building places where people live by creating neighborhoods where people thrive. The team at Walton is committed to providing exceptional housing at a great value in a friendly neighborhood environment. 

Walton on the Chattahoochee Community Director, Brenda Hall, and her team have opened their doors to the rugby community. Walton currently houses over 40 Professional Rugby Players, Coaches, Referees, and Staff that represent over 11 different countries. 

The organization’s commitment to exceptional housing and a welcoming environment are the driving factors around the relocation of the Toronto Arrows to Atlanta for the 2021 season.