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New Coach and New Outlook - June 12, 2017

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The Los Angeles Rugby Club is pleased to announce that Phil Grieve has accepted a position as Head Coach.  The LARC Executive Committee has contracted Coach Grieve through the 2020 season.

“I am excited for the opportunity to come in and develop some amazing young players.  The club has loads of talent, and I look forward to building a solid foundation.  The administration has demonstrated a commitment to the sport, and I’m fortunate to be part of it.”

Phil comes from a strong rugby pedigree, having been both a league and union player in his home country of New Zealand.  More recently, he has coached Texas A&M University and Cal State University in Fullerton.

“I am happy to be coming back home to Southern California.  The talent here is incredible” says Grieve.  “So many gifted athletes that are perfect for rugby.  We simply need to tap into this talent pool.”

President Rory Kaclik is very excited for Grieve to join LARC.  “Phil has impressed in his sit downs with us.  He teaches an exciting brand of rugby and puts trust in his players.  His training approach covers the basic fundamentals through full team strategy.  This is an approach that will develop our new players and veterans alike, and I can’t wait to see the product on the pitch.  Our club is thrilled to have him as our coach.”

Despite a challenging year on the field, Kaclik is optimistic about the future.  “Regarding the quality of rugby, Southern California sets the bar high, no doubt about it.  Our goal is to be among the best.  We fell short in 2017, but we brought Phil aboard and are making the changes we are making to be at the top in 2018.”

The club is in the process of outfitting the rest of the coaching staff in preparations for the 15’s season.  In the meantime, Grieve will focus his energy on the Summer 7’s Season with the first qualifiers tournament in San Diego on June 17th.  “Really liking what I see.  The boys have responded well.”

When asked for his outlook on coaching LA and the season, Coach Grieve has a very straight forward response, “Not good at self-promotion.  Would rather results do the talking.”

Please join us in welcoming Coach Grieve to LA.

2017 Sevens Season Information

7s Training is every Tuesday and Thursday night at Westchester Park, from 7pm through 8:30pm (6:30-7pm warmup).

Everyone is welcome, all experience and skill levels!

Please contact Zach Morgan for any additional details 406-214-6406, callmezemo@gmail.com

The 2017 Sevens Tournament Schedule is posted here: http://www.larugby.com/page/show/2511056-7-s-schedule

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2017 season of 15's rugby has concluded!

The Los Angeles Rugby Club has wrapped up a competitive season of 15's rugby!  Thank you to all the players, coaches, supporters and families who made the 2017 season a special one to remember!  

Stay tuned to this website for updates on the upcoming 7's season, which is scheduled to begin in June 2017.  Both the Men and Youth will be participating in a 7's program.  More information to come in the near future!