Pittsburgh Rugby Club merges with the Pittsburgh Highlanders to form the Forge The Pittsburgh Rugby Club and Pittsburgh (Westmoreland) Highlanders Rugby Football Club are extremely pleased to announce the merging of their clubs effective June 1, 2018. This merger will bond Pittsburgh’s oldest and largest rugby club with one of the area’s most successful clubs […]
MATCH REPORT: November 4th, 2017 v. Fort Wayne Rugby With the competitive season being condensed into just Fall games, the lead up to playoffs was a lot shorter this year. Just like last season, the Highlanders had gone through their regular season undefeated. The prior week had been the tightest game of the season with […]
MATCH REPORT: October 14th, 2017 v. South Pittsburgh (D3) After 3 weeks without a game, the Highlanders were eager to get back on the field on this past Saturday to take on crosstown foes, the South Pittsburgh Hooligans. After a bye and then a forfeit from Pitt City Rugby, the boys were ready to roll […]
MATCH REPORT: September 23, 2017 @ Greensburg Maulers This past weekend, the Highlanders headed to Greensburg, PA to take on the Greensburg Maulers. After high temperatures the Saturday before, everyone was hoping for some more September-like weather. Instead, both teams were confronted with blue skies and temperatures in the mid-80s, setting up testing conditions. Coming […]
Pittsburgh Highlander Rugby
The Pittsburgh Highlander Rugby Football Club (PGHHRFC) is a federally registered 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable organization structured to foster the sport of amateur Rugby Union in the United States. The club was founded 1983 as the Westmoreland Highlanders in Latrobe, Pennsylvania before moving to the Pittsburgh area in 1994. Currently, the club is fielding competitive men and women’s sides that participate locally in both XV’s and 7’s competitions.
Under the direction of USA Rugby, the club’s play an annual competitive schedule organized by the Midwest Competition Region and is represented locally by the Allegheny Rugby Union. The club plays their league competition every fall from September through November. In the spring, the club plays regional cup competitions, tournaments and other test matches. In the summer months, both men and women’s sides participate in regional 7’s tournaments. The Highlanders currently field a roster of more than 70 active men and women in addition to hundreds of alumni in the Pittsburgh area and all over the country.
How Can I become involved?
If you are interested in trying out the club as a player, please feel free to contact us or just come out to a practice. Practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Phillip Murray Field near Pittsburgh’s South Side. The street address is 725 Mountain Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. The Highlanders are always excepting new players, with or without prior rugby experience, at all times of the season. New players are encouraged to attend practice to check out the club. If you’d like to participate, all you need is athletic clothing, cleats and a mouth guard. Once you’ve joined, all players are asked to regularly attend at least one practice per week.
Games are typically played on Saturdays at sometime between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The men enjoy an extremely local schedule, with all league matches in the Greater Pittsburgh area. The women play a slightly more traveled schedule, with games in Pittsburgh, northeastern Ohio, and western New York.
Neil Reynolds -- Club President
Andrew Chapman -- Men's Vice President Gerri Russell -- Women's Vice President Brooke Gawlas -- Club Treasurer Devin Zangaro -- Match Secretary Jeff Muha -- Club Manager Stefanie Lyle -- Assistant Match Secretary Bill Marnell -- Recruitment Officer Michael Rennie -- Head Coach; Men's Rugby Jason Edsall -- Head Coach; Women's Rugby
Highlander Pitch Address:
725 Mountain Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15210