We are excited to be sharing good news!  We are able to start rugby specific training as part of Step 1 of the Provincial Re-Opening Plan. 

Our goal is to start this training on June 22nd, pending confirmation of the field use at Notre Dame.  This will be a slightly modified program to what we have communicated (groups of 10, shared balls only, physical distancing maintained) for approximately two weeks until we enter Step 2 (hopefully July 6th), when our planned flag rugby program will start.

Please review the comprehensive Return to Play plan below for further information.  

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RUGBY...a heavenly game that has a place for everyone. The small and nimble 'halfback', the tall and majestic 'lock', the rotund and powerful  'prop', the wiry and speedy 'wingers' and 'fullback', the muscle and punch at 'center', the guile and control at '1st five' or 'fly half'. Yes rugby has them all!!!


Owen Sound Rugby Club is born out of a desire to introduce rugby to the youth of the Owen Sound area. High School and University rugby continues to grow throughout Ontario and Canada. Owen Sound Rugby will help feed that growth by giving the youth of the Owen Sound area an opportunity to learn a great sport, keep active, be social and carry that with them wherever the bounce of the ball may take them.

After a challenging 2020 (hello COVID!) Owen Sound Rugby Club returns in 2021 to continue to focus on learning the game in fun and safe practices for our young players. As the players progress through the grades they will be introduced to more rugby specific skills and game scenarios. The idea being to just get out and play rugby with an emphasis on fun.

Practices will start at once a week for the youngest grades with increases in practice times for the older grades. 


Please be sure to familiarize yourself with our COVID-19 safety plan.  If you have any comments or concerns, please email osrugby18@gmail.com




2021 Fees

Registration includes a training top, personal flag belt, fields and insurance - and of course LOADS of fun!

  • U6 (flag) - $125

  • U8 (flag) - $125

  • U10 (flag) - $125

  • U12 (flag) - $125

  • U14 (flag) - $125

  • U16 & U18 (flag) - $125

  • Adult Flag - $135



A great introduction to rugby without contact for our younger players

Under 6 and 8 Rugby

We all have to start somewhere, and for the young rugby player this is it! Players learn he basics of rugby using the 'ripping' of flags from a belt as an indication of a tackle. The flagged player must pass BACKWARD to a team mate. Skill and speed are developed through rugby specific drills.  This is all about having fun and learning the game! Under 8 teams will be involved in 3 to 4 rugby tournaments/festivals in the season

Coaches: TBD

Practice:  Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm Notre Dame School

Our program is based on the Rugby Canada "Rookie Rugby" guidelines

Under 10 Flag Rugby

It is definitely not too late to start your Rugby journey here. The majority of our players were still new to the game last year. Emphasis is placed on running with the ball, passing, attack, defense and scoring. Drills are used to develop speed and skill with a little more competitive edge to the outcomes. More game play is introduced in practice. 

Coaches: TBD

Practice: Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:30 pm Notre Dame School

Owen Sound Rugby Club is registered with Rugby Ontario. Find out more about Rugby Ontario minor Rugby...


Under 12 Flag Rugby 

**All 2021 programs are co-ed flag due to COVID-19 restrictions.**

Players will continue to learn ball handling, passing, and defense but will also learn more 'senior' rugby specific areas such as game strategy and set-plays. 


Coach: TBD

Practice: Tuesdays 6:45 - 8:00 pm



**All 2021 programs are co-ed flag due to COVID-19 Restrictions.**

At the under 14 level we begin to put more focus on the specific positions of rugby, adding more structure to game play and allowing everyone to get a feel for what it’s like to play every position: from ‘prop’ and ‘lock’, out to the ‘winger’. Ball handling, passing, and defense will continue to be a main focus...always working on the basics!

Coach: TBD

Practice: Tuesdays 6:45 - 8:00 pm Notre Dame School


UNDER 16 and 18 RUGBY


 **All 2021 Programs are co-ed flag rugby due to COVID-19 restrictions**.

Those who want to give rugby a try for the first time at the under 16 or 18 level, never fear! The basics are always the number one focus at any level, and we are always working on tackling to make sure everyone is comfortable and safe. At this level, players will start to develop their skills within each position, and more strategic game play.



Coaches: TBD

Practice: Tuesdays 6:45 - 8:00 pm


Rugby Tournaments and festivals

There is a growing number of rugby tournaments and festivals in Ontario. Below are the events Owen Sound Rugby participated in for the 2019 season. Festivals are aimed at the Minor Rugby age groups (U6-U12). 
We will be looking to attend these and more in 2022 

Owen Sound Youth Rugby
Owen Sound Youth Rugby
Owen Sound Rugby
Owen Sound Rugby

Bruce County Rugby Football Club
Date: Cancelled for 2021
Where: Tiverton, ON
Divisions: U6, U8, U10, U12

Cobourg Saxons (Beach Festival)
Date: Cancelled for 2021
Where: Cobourg Beach, Cobourg, ON
Divisions: U6, U8, U10, U12

Georgian Bay Titans
Date: Cancelled for 2021
Where: Fisher Fields, Collingwood, ON
Divisions: U6, U8, U10, U12

Fergus Highlanders RFC
Date: Cancelled for 2021
Where: Victoria Park Fields, Fergus, ON
Divisions: U6, U8, U10, U12

How to sponsor Owen Sound's up and coming rugby talent


You can be part of this great new community initiative! You have an exciting opportunity in our inaugural year to provide sponsorship to support the purchase of equipment (including jerseys), coaching development, referees, tournament funding and club registration fees to supplement player registration.

In return for your sponsorship we are offering two advertising opportunities to benefit your business.

If you are interested in supporting youth rugby, please contact Owen Sound Rugby Club at osrugby18@gmail.com, or send cheque payable to Owen Sound Rugby Club directly to the address below.

It would be great to see you beside us as we kick-off the first season!

Thank you for your consideration.

O.S.R.C Executive

The Owen Sound Rugby Club executive is a passionate group of community members including parents, teachers, health care providers, former rugby players and avid rugby fans who want to see youth rugby as a vibrant part of our community.


Vice President

Samantha Schmalz

Sam started playing rugby in 2004 at St. Mary’s, coached by our very own Darcy Werger. She fell in love with the sport and was determined to continue playing at a higher level. After high school she went on to play at Wilfrid Laurier University, receiving both Rookie of the Year in her first year, and MVP in her last. Throughout her summers during university she played for the Waterloo County women’s teams, competing in the Ontario Women’s League. She also got the opportunity to play for u23 Team Ontario in 2010 and 2011. In 2013, she attended the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and had the opportunity to suit up for a season with the UC Vipers. Once back in Canada she came full circle and started coaching St. Mary’s girls rugby with Darcy in 2014 and hasn’t left. Sam says "Rugby has provided me with many opportunities; friends that became family, personal growth, and life long passion for sports and teamwork. 

Passing on those experiences to younger players is why I coach, it is why I think rugby is one of the best sports to play."


Katie Douglas

While pursuing her degree in Kinesiology, Katie started providing on field medical support for a high school rugby team.  She continued in this role after moving to New Zealand in 2002 with a local club team.  After a season working for the senior men's division, she was asked to play for the senior women's team.  Katie continued to work as a field medic and traveled with the women's provincial rugby team for two years.  Coming back to Canada and raising two boys with her Kiwi husband, she is excited to help bring rugby to the youth in this area.


Darcy Werger

Darcy was introduced to rugby while doing a practicum course as part of his training at McMaster University.  While doing his teacher training in the UK, rugby was part of the curriculum.  Darcy came to Owen Sound and his first teaching job at St. Mary's in 2000.  He has coached soccer, basketball, volleyball and rugby.  In 2003, he started the girls' rugby team at St. Mary's and continues to coach.  His team attracts a lot of girls, who may not have been included in other sports.  He thinks it's great when he sees their self-confidence and self-worth increase!



Erika Werger

Erika is a resource teacher at Notre Dame Catholic School.   To stay active she enjoys running, volleyball, and softball.   She has been involved in coaching/organizing  minor soccer, baseball, gymnastics, and skating.    As a high school student,  Erika was a member of the girls rugby team at Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton.

Child Protection Officer

Clint Stredwick

We will be telling you how awesome Clint is soon

Coaching Coordinator

David Douglas

David hails from New Zealand where people live and breathe rugby!  He grew up with rugby around every corner.  Saturday mornings were spent watching his dad coach and play at a local club.  Friends gathered at the local park and played rugby and cricket, just like soccer or baseball here.  David played rugby during intermediate and senior school.  After moving to Canada, rugby was hard to find, and although he has embraced the hockey culture here and loves that his boys love the ice, he's pretty excited to share his passion for the sport of rugby with our community.  

Fixtures Coordinator

Deandra Hamilton

Community Liason Officer

Megan Hopper