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Palatine Mutts High School (U19) Girls Rugby Team

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Palatine Mutts High School Girls Rugby

Rugby Illinois All State Team - The Tornados

The Tornados are Rugby Illinois' high performance rugby team.  We will have an informational meeting for players, parents, and coaches which will allow you to meet the Tornados coaches and get more information on the program.

If anyone can't attend the meeting but is interested in playing, they can contact me for more information.  

Coach Amy
Rugby Illinois HS Girls Division Coordinator

When:  Tuesday April 10, 7 - 9 PM

Where:  Canterberry Room, Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Who:  All interested Rugby Illinois HS Girls players, their parents, and coaches

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.

Spring 2018 Training

We welcome new players at all times.  No experience is necessary.  We will teach you to play Rugby safely and well.  Try Rugby, see if you like it before committing to play.

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

Spring Training is 6:00 - 7:30 pm Mon & Wed evenings 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 Mutts Coaches

Margie Musary Mutts Head Coach
Zach Kulig Mutts Asst. Coach
Cathy Veller Mutts Asst. Coach
John Norenberg Mutts Asst. Coach - Backs
Matt McDermott 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 Spring 15s

Spring is the Rugby Illinois High School Girls Division competitive season. 

11 am Sun Mar 18 HS Girls League Scrimmage at Taft HS
5:30 pm Fri Apr 6 Plainfield at Home To be Resecheduled
11:30 Sat Apr 14

Cancelled due to weather
at Naga-Waukee County Park,
651 State Road 83, Delafield, WI 53029

5:30 pm Wed Apr 18 at West Suburban Bulls
5:30 pm Fri Apr 20 Rockford at Home
6:00 pm Fri Apr 27 Sycamore at Home
6:00 pm Mon Apr 30 Plainfield at Home 
11:30 am Sat May 5 at Chillicothe Cailíní
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

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

2018 HS Girls League

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

East (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    

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

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.

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!

HS Girls Team Poem

When by Darryl L. Mobley
with thanks to Rudyard Kipling’s ‘IF’

When you can keep your focus when all about you
Are losing their minds and yelling at you,
When you can trust yourself when others doubt you,
But use their doubting to take your game to a higher level;

When you can spend time on the bench and not allow yourself to lose your edge while waiting your turn,
Or being gossiped about, don’t deal in team gossip,
Or being envied, don’t give way to jealousy,
And yet don’t over-promote your play, nor puff yourself up too much;

When you can dream – and not make dreams-without-work your master,
When you can think under pressure – and not forget to take action when the pressure is high,
When you can deal with Winning and Losing
And treat those two impostors just the same;

When you can bear to see the effort you put forth
Mocked by the jealous to make a trap for the weak-minded,
Or watch the season you gave your life to, lost,
And get back up and build yourself up with more drills & practice;

When you can take all of your goals
And risk them on one more shot, one more push, one more try,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe an excuse about your loss,
Or win, and start again at your beginnings
And not lust to take credit for the success;

When you can force your heart and nerve and mind
To keep you moving forward even when you feel you’re fully exhausted,
And so continue trying to get better when there is nothing in you
Except the Will in you which says to you: ‘I can do it!’

When you can talk with fans and stay humble,
Or play on a great team – and not stop being a giving teammate,
When neither foes nor fans nor disrespectful media can limit your desire,
When your teammates believe in you, but none too much,
When you can fill your unforgiving opportunities
With non-stop effort & belief,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – in the end – you’ll be a Winner, my Sister!

©2016 Darryl L. Mobley. All rights reserved.

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

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

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