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Palatine Rugby Club

Palatine Mutts High School (U19) Girls Rugby Team

We welcome new players at all times.  No experience is necessary.  We will teach you to play Rugby safely and well.   

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.

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Palatine Mutts High School Girls Rugby

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

U19 players must be in High School (or home school equivalent) and turn 19 after Sept 1, 2017.

Rugby Illinois is creating Girls Only U14 matches to be played in conjunction with the weekly U12, U14, U16 Rugby Festivals.  Please see our Pioneers page for girls that are not 14 as of July 1, 2017.

A rose by any other name ...

Each of our rugby teams has their own nickname. Our High School Boys are the Barbarians. Our Middle School (U14) players are the Pioneers. Our High School Girls chose to be the Juggernauts when the team formed in 2011. We used this nickname through the spring of 2014.  We did not field a High School Girls team in 2015.

For the spring 2016 season, we partnered with the Chicago Wapiti to form a new High School Girls Rugby Team. The players felt a new nickname was needed to better reflect that we draw players from many schools and cities: Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Grayslake, Hainesville, Lake Forest, Mundelein, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Roselle, Schaumburg, Vernon Hills and Wheeling.

Our players proudly renamed the team The Mutts!

August 2016 Daily Herald article featuring our Palatine Mutts High School Girls Rugby Team

Well written short article about rugby that features many of our Palatine Mutts players.

2018 Spring Training

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.

2018 Spring 15s

Spring is the Rugby Illinois High School Girls Division competitive season. Rugby Illinois will set the spring schedule in late January or early February 2018. 

Sat Mar 17        St Patrick's Parade
Mar 19 - 25       Preseason Scrimmage*
Mar 26 - Apr 8   League Match - TBA**
Apr  9 - 15         League Match - TBA*
Apr 16 - 22        League Match - TBA*
Apr 23 - 29        League Match - TBA*
Apr 30 - May 6  League Match - TBA*
May  7 - 13       Play-offs - TBA*
May 14 - 20      Play-offs - TBA*
Mon May 28      State Tournament @
                          Morton High School

*  Match will be scheduled during this week
** Match will be scheduled during these two-weeks.
All dates & events are subject to change with or without notice.

2018 Mutts Coaches

Margie Musary Mutts Head Coach
Cathy Veller Mutts Asst. Coach
Alan Burton Club Head 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 HS Girls League

The 2018 Rugby Illinois High School Girls League will consist of twelve (12) teams competing in two (2) conferences:

Chicago Conference
Frida Falcons  - New team
Lane Tech Indians (formerly Wapiti)    
Marine Academy Bulldogs - New team
Morton Mustangs - New team
Rowe-Clark Masai Lions
Taft Eagles    

Suburban Conference
Chillicothe Cailíní
Fox Valley Chiefs
Palatine Mutts    
Plainfield Thundercats
Rockford Ravens (formerly Forest City)
Sycamore Spartans

The top four (4) teams in each conference will advance to the Rugby Illinois High School Girls Cup Championship on Mon May 28, 2018.

The remaining two (2) teams in each conference will compete for the Rugby Illinois High School Girls Plate Championship.

Summer Rugby 7s

Rugby Illinois has not yet provided high schooll girls with an Olympic Rugby 7s season.

We run our own Rugby 7s Tournament and have included a High School Girls Division each year. The 6th annual Midsummer 7s is June 9, 2018.

The tournament director's of the other existing Illinois Rugby 7s tournaments are all eager to include a high school girls bracket.

Please note: the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons are completely different.  Players are not obligated to play in any given season. They may choose to play in one, two or all three seasons.

Fall Friendly 15s

The Spring, Summer and Fall seasons are completely different.  Players are not obligated to play in any given season. They may choose to play on one, two or all three seasons.

Fall matches are played on Sundays in Sept and Oct at either noon or 1:30 pm.

Palatine training sessions are held on the outdoor field at the Falcon Recreational Center on Tuesday & Thursday evenings.

In Sept we begin at 6:00 om and continue until dark.

In October, we will begin at 5:30 pm.

Please send an email to if you are interested in Fall 2018 rugby

Nicole Serviss attacking May 1st. Photo credit J. Michelsen.

Sara Hill on the attack vs Lindblom Eagles Apr 17, 2016. Photo credit: J. Michelsen

The 2014 Juggernauts made this poster.

Scorimg a try May 1st vs the Lindblom Eagles. Pnoto credit J. Michelsen.

Apr 17, 2016 Winning a line-out vs Rockford Ravens. Photo credit: J. Michelsen

Lyn R. about to scoop up a loose ball against Chillicothe Cailini RFC

2016 Rugby Illinois High School Girls Division 2 State Champions!
2016 Rugby Illinois High School Girls Olympic Rugby 7s State Champions!

Palatine Rugby Club

Palatine Rugby Club

PO Box 1651, Palatine, IL 60078-1651

Phone: (847) 660-1228

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