Richmond Strikers Announce the Addition of Rugby

Richmond Strikers Announce the Addition of Rugby

The Richmond Strikers are proud to announce that the Richmond Lions Youth Rugby Club and Hanover Rhinos Rugby Club will be joining our organization, creating Richmond Strikers Rugby.

Richmond Strikers Rugby’s goal is to bring quality rugby programming to the greater Richmond area under the umbrella of the well-established and respected Richmond Strikers. Programming for the Strikers will begin in the Spring of 2018. The spring season is tackle only and practice begins in February.

The games will run from March to May and the season ends with a state tournament in May. There will be touch and tackle starting in May. For more information on age groups and youth rugby FAQs, click here.

Blaze Byrd will run the day-to-day operations as the Director of Youth Rugby, while Stuart Willis and Russell McCallum will stay on staff as advisors from the Richmond Lions leadership.

“As long-time member of the Richmond Rugby community, the opportunity to work with the Richmond Strikers to grow the game of rugby in Richmond is one that I am very excited to be involved with,” Blaze Byrd, Richmond Strikers Director of Youth Rugby said about joining the staff. “The Richmond Lions and Hanover Rhinos have done an outstanding job of bringing youth rugby to Richmond and we look forward to building on the great foundation they have set in place.”

“Dedicated, knowledgable leadership combined with a fantastic coaching staff created a tradition of excellence within the Lions and Rhinos,” Jay Howell, Executive Director of the Richmond Strikers said about adding rugby to the Richmond Strikers. “Blaze joining as the Director of Rugby is the icing on the cake. We look forward to the spring and fielding Strikers Rugby.”

Strikers Rugby will be holding a free rugby clinic the morning of October 28th at Pole Green Park preceding the James River Women’s Rugby team’s game, more information including the exact time will be released shortly.

All questions about Richmond Strikers Rugby can be directed to

We are excited to add rugby to the Richmond Strikers family and look forward to continued growth of the game of rugby in the Richmond metropolitan area!