About USAIRA

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A Welcome Message from USAIRA Director Paul Keeler:

The USA International Rugby Academy High School Player’s Course, founded 2013, is the cornerstone of the development program. USAIRA’s goal is to attract, recruit & develop America’s best young rugby talent by providing an effective development continuum, high quality competition and first class qualified coaches.
We provide our young players with an environment in which they can grow, express themselves both personally and professionally and realize their dream of playing collegiate and International Rugby. At USAIRA, we value attitude, commitment, integrity, and honesty as highly as we do rugby ability. We have assembled an experienced team of coaches, technical experts and support staff who all specialize in player development. In the program, particular focus is paid to core skills and game awareness but also includes physiology, sports psychology, nutrition and personal development.

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About the Course

The USAIRA High School Player’s Course is for players 13-18 who have the ability and/or the desire to progress to higher levels of rugby.  After participating in the fall course select players will be invited to participate in our Nor Cal all star academy team.  Selection will place a player into a personal development program that is geared primarily to ensuring that his capacities and abilities as a player are maximized. These players will be mentored by our top coaches, and will also be learning from current and former International rugby players. They will also have dedicated training sessions once a week where core skills, game awareness, video analysis and personal development are highlighted.

Danville Oaks and the Pleasanton Cavaliers Rugby Club, who will co-host the USAIRA fall academy sessions.
After the inaugural season of USAIRA held at Cal Maritime in Vallejo, which attracted committed rugby players from the greater Bay Area, and after establishing itself as the premier rugby academy in Northern California, the academy has expanded further to locations in the East Bay.

USAIRA is dedicated to furthering the rugby skills and knowledge of high school and middle school boys and girls, and cannot be more excited to partner with these two great youth rugby powerhouses and also work with other clubs and high school players from the East Bay and greater Bay Area.