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“We’ve seen a huge spike in interest in rugby. It’s a sport that anyone can play,” 76ers boys coach Warren Taylor said. “The boys who come out now just love it. I think girls, in general, are finding a sport where they can go out and show how strong and tough they are.”
Rugby union is the fastest growing sport in the United States, with more than 2,600 clubs across the country and more than 100,000 players registered with governing body USA Rugby. That includes local college clubs at Clemson, Furman and Lander. The Greenville Griffins Rugby Club has competed regionally at a post-collegiate level since 1969.
Taylor said the sport is an excellent option for fall sport athletes who want to remain conditioned and competitive throughout the year, as well as those who simply want to try a new sport. High school athletes in the upstate and their parents are invited to learn more at an informational meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 2 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Hall A at Greer City Hall located at 301 E. Poinsett St.
The 76ers roster is open to boys in grades 9-12 and girls in grades 8-12, with a youth program in the planning stages. The city will host a Christmas 7s Rugby Tournament on Dec. 11 for high school and college teams at Country Club Road Park.
For more information on the preseason meeting or the tournament contact Cory Holtzclaw at 416-0105.