Under the Posts – Jan 13-19 features the formation of the XV Foundation by Alycia Washington & Kristine Sommer. In our XVs section, we’re looking at squads and PR ahead of the 2020 Six Nations and a catchup of all of the top leagues like Tyrrells, Energia AIL and USA Rugby Club. In 7s it … Read more
Another light week as we close out 2019…insane that another decade has come and gone! We’re highlighting Scrum Queens’ Team of the Decade, U18 action from USA, Canada and England, Spain will face Scotland on January 19 and Russia has won the first rugby snow title. There’s some more news mixed in down below as … Read more
Happy Holidays! A short week of women’s rugby news but we’ve got you covered. The 2020 Six Nations match officials have been assigned and France has released their 35 player training squad. Scrum Queens has announced their team of the decade, the Energia All-Ireland League is expanding and the Solomon Islands holds their first “get … Read more
A quiet week due to the upcoming Holidays but we’ve got coverage of the 2020 Six Nations, the Energia All-Ireland Cup Quarter and Semi-finals, an update on the French Elite League, more on Germany dropping out of the European Championship and pools and schedules released for Hamilton 7s. Other news includes Russia appealing WADA ban, … Read more
Another big week in women’s rugby as look at Cape Town 7s, week 9 of Tyrrells Premier, Germany drops from the Rugby Europe Championships, Wales adds another woman to their Board and Netherlands 15s looks to rebuild. We also look at rugby awards for New Zealand and Australia as well as WADA sanctions against Russia … Read more
This week in women’s rugby we’re covering the 2020 WRCRA Conference, wrap-up of college rugby in the USA for the year, updated World Rugby rankings, Dubai 7s and also previewing Cape Town 7s. We also highlight several interviews with Freya Aucken, Sophie De Goede, Maud Miru, Lucky Nirere and Rachel Malcom. Then we take a … Read more
The Pittsburgh Forge Rugby Club (PFRC) consists of four (4) competitive sides; Men’s Division II, III, IV and Women’s Division II all competing in the Midwest Competition Region (MCR). The women’s side consists of forty-nine (49) registered players with thirty-five (35) regularly attending training and games. The Forge women went undefeated in their inaugural regular season (2018) and made it to Midwest Playoffs in each of their first two seasons. They are also actively developing a second side while searching for a Head Coach for immediate hire.
The Head Coach is expected to make a commitment of time, energy, and effort to the development of our women’s side. All of the club’s sides compete in a fall XV’s season. Due to MCR seasonality, the spring season is a mixture of friendly matches, tours, tournaments, ‘Select Side’ competition and qualifying matches (if the USAR playoffs are achieved).
The Forge trains twice per week in the evenings and plays approximately six (6) league matches per season (per side). Away fixtures could be as far as five (5) hours in some cases. Friendly matches, tournaments, and playoff competition have taken us to places like Tennessee, the Carolinas, Florida and Iowa. The team would require the coach to also attend team meetings, serve on some committees, and be available to conduct individual feedback sessions at the coach’s discretion. The Head Coach would also have the ability to build a coaching staff for assistance.
The Head Coach would be expected to lead the team in providing development to all of the players, regardless of level and skill.
Must USA Rugby Level 200 Coaching Certification (Level 300 is preferred);
Ability to create game strategies and develop players of all skill levels;
Ability to coach both forwards and backs;
Regularly attendance at games and training sessions;
Possess strong leadership and communication skills;
Possess a motivation to continue rugby education and to build one’s knowledge set;
Research opponents for appropriate game prep;
Be accessible for players to request feedback regarding game play, fitness, rugby IQ, etc.
What we have to offer to you:
A seasonal stipend commensurate with experience;
An atmosphere of competitive players willing to constantly learn;
A large alumni network for professional connections (see “Note” below);
A professionally ran club with an active Board of Directors.
If interested, please provide the following to PGHForgeRugby@gmail.com:
At least one (1) rugby reference;
An explanation of coaching style, strategy, and any additional information you deem necessary to share.
We will be accepting coaching applications throughout the winter months in hopes or hiring a permanent coach for the Spring 2020 season. Interviews will be offered on a rolling basis once appropriate documents are received. We thank you in advance for your interest in coaching our club and look forward to learning about what you can bring to our organization.
PFRC Coaching Committee
Note: We understand that coaching is a serious commitment and other factors affect your ability to coach. We are ready to supply access to our rugby network within the city if necessary for job placement. Please inform us of what assistance, if anything, you would be looking for from the club.
This week we saw the Black Ferns Developmental side win the Oceania Rugby Championship, Wales defeat Crawshay 29-8, Japan upset Scotland 24-20, Canada swept the USA in the CANAM series and England dominated Italy 60-3. We also catch up with the All-Ireland League, and the Barbarians announce their to face Wales. More news in the … Read more
This week is we look at all of the Internationals starting with New Zealand A and Samoa taking wins in the Oceania Rugby Championship, Czech wins their second European Trophy, England over France, Occitan over Spain, Italy and Japan draw and Wales defeats Scotland. We also cover NIRA finalists, NSCRO semi0finalists and USA Rugby DI … Read more
The big women’s rugby stories this week include the upcoming South America Rugby (SAR7s), Sweden over Finland in the European Trophy, Spain defeated Wales and England took the first Rugby X tournament. We also cover the French Elite League, Glendale takes the 2019 WPL Championships, and we highlight the NIRA semi-finals as well as the … Read more