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Canton Area High School Rugby was established in 2004 as the Stark County High School Rugby team. Our high school rugby programs have expanded to include any boy or girl in Stark/Tusc County, as well as adjacent counties/schools with no rugby teams established. We participate in the RugbyOhio league, under the organization of USA Rugby. We are currently seeking to increase the number of high school teams in the Stark/Tusc area, and will assist any area high school to establish a program by providing coaching, resources, and other needs which may arise. Our goal is to have at least three (3) additional teams in the Stark/Tusc area by 2024.

We run two separate high school seasons and a player may participate in one or both depending on their schedules. Our spring season runs roughly March - May and our fall season runs roughly September to November. 

SPRING 2023 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the below teams. Spring registration is $225.00 per player. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. The cost of registration includes USA Rugby liability insurance, shorts, socks, match jerseys and a t-shirt. The player will need to purchase football or soccer cleats and a mouth guard if they do not already have them. Register through the programs registration link below, or reach out to the main point of contact with questions. 

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BULLDOG RUGBY (9th-12th)

Presented by Canton Rugby. Bulldog  Rugby is a Stark County-wide youth program providing boys and girls, grades 9th-12th the opportunity to play tackle rugby. This team is comprised mostly of students from Canton-McKinley and surrounding high schools (such as Glen Oak, Jackson, and North Canton). Practices are within Canton city twice a week with matches on Fridays or Sundays. 

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PANTHER RUGBY (9th-12th)

Presented by Panther Rugby, in partnership with Canton Rugby.  Panther Rugby is a Stark county-wide youth program, comprised mostly of students from Perry Local Schools. The high school program provides and opportunity for boys and girls grades 9th-12th to play tackle rugby. Practices are held twice a week at Perry local facilities, with matches on Fridays or Sundays. Home matches are played at Perry Stadium. Perry High School Student have the opportunity Letter in Rugby. Contact Perry Club president Jason Doyle at 330-412-2967, email, or visit for more information.


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DOVER RUGBY (9th-12th)

Presented by Dover Rugby, in partnership with Canton Rugby. Dover High School Rugby is a Tuscarawas County-wide youth program introducing boys and girls, grades 9th-12th to tackle rugby. This team is comprised mostly of students from Dover Area High Schools. Practices are held at the high school throughout the week with matches on Fridays or Sundays. Contact Head Coach Austin Archinal at 330-365-7508, email for more information.



We can help! If you are looking to field a youth rugby team for your particular area or school district within the Stark/Tusc area, please contact our Youth Commissioner Jason Doyle via text/call at 330-412-2967,  or email  
Jason will let you know if there's  already something in the works for your area, or he'll put you in touch with the appropriate person to get the ball rolling. You may also contact us here. 


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