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Palatine Barbarians High School (U19) Boys Rugby Team

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Palatine Barbarians High School Boys Rugby Team

2018 Spring Training

We welcome new players at all times. 
No experience is necessary.  

In 2018, we will participate in the North Suburban Conference of Rugby Illinois Division 3. We participated in the Rugby Illinois Tier 2 (later renamed Div 2) from 2008 - 2012, when we joined Div. 1 (for 2013-2014).  We were not proactive enough in recruiting and moved back to Div 2 for the 2015 - 2016 seasons.

2017 saw our team with only a few players, so we combined with the Barrington RC for that season.

We expect the 2018 season will be an opportunity to re-establish our HS Boys team. U19 players must be in High School (or home school equivalent) and turn 19 after Sept 1, 2017.

Spring Training will be 6:00 - 7:30 pm Mon & Wed evenings beginning Mon March 12, 2018 on synthetic turf under lights at Celtic (Aspen) Park, 1351 N Rohlwing Rd, Palatine, IL 60074

After April 1, 2018, we will train at Falcon Park Recreation Center, 2195 N Hicks Rd, Palatine, IL 60074 (outdoor field).

If the Palatine Park District closes Falcon Field due to weather, we will train at either Grassy Ridge Meadow, 1280 W Central Rd, Hoffman Estates, 60192 or Busse Woods, Golf Rd Entrance, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email (, or by phone (call 847-660-1228 and leave a message) or text/call Coach Burton directly: 847-338-1587.

2018 Barbarians Coaches

Alan Burton Palatine Rugby Club Head Coach
John Norenberg Barbarians HS Boys Coach
Matt McDermott Barbarians HS Boys Coach

Interested players and parents are encouraged to observe a training session to meet the coaches & players.

Try Rugby!  It is a challenging team sport that rewards individual creativity and demands strong teamwork. 

2018 Spring 15s

The spring competitive 15s season runs April through May. We play preseason matches in March.  The 2018 Rugby Illinois High School State Tournament will be on Memorial Day at Morton High School.

Matches are usually weekly, scheduled between Wed and Sun.  We prefer to schedule our Home Matches on Wednesday or Friday; and our Away matches on Thursdays.

The league will assign our match schedule in January 2018. It will look similar 

12:30 pm Sat  Apr 14 vs. Peoria Area Renegades 
at Twin City Tornados (Bloomington)
6:00 Fri Apr 20  at Fox Valley Chiefs
5:30 Wed Apr 25 Elmhurst Rugby  at Home - TBC
5:30 Fri May 4 Blaze Rugby Academy (Lemont) at Home - TBC
Thu or Fri May 10/11 at Plainfield Thundercats
Thu or Fri May 17/18 Play-offs - TBA
Mon May 28
Memorial Day

State Tournament @ 

Morton High School


All dates & events are subject to change with or without notice.

HS Boys Team Poem

If by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools: 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

2018 HS Boys Summer Rugby 7s

We run our own Rugby 7s Tournament to open the Rugby Illinois Summer Olympic Rugby 7s season. The 6th annual Midsummer 7s is June 9, 2018.

Rugby Illinois has not yet set the 2018 Summer Olympic Rugby 7s season which generally runs from early June through mid July. We expect the season to look similar to this:

Palatine Midsummer 7s Sat Jun 9
Highland Games 7s Sat Jun 16
Elgin 7s Sat Jun 23
Great Lakes 7s  Sat Jul 7
Rugby IL 7s  Sat Jul 14


2018 Fall HS Boys 15s

Fewer clubs pay HS Boys rugby in the fall than in the spring.  We fielded one side and played clubs throughout the Greater Chicago area from 2013 - 2016.
We will not field a High School Boys team in Fall of 2018..
Palatine Rugby Club

Palatine Rugby Club

PO Box 1651, Palatine, IL 60078-1651

Phone: (847) 660-1228