About The Academy
The Rhinos Rugby Academy was founded in 2014 in Irvine, California with the purpose of bringing international rugby training and game standards
to the US Youth Rugby, and provide a strong and competitive pathway to and through
college for young student-athletes of all sports
The Academy fosters an environment where kids learn about and apply core values in both rugby and life, such a respect, honor, discipline, integrity, teamwork and accountability.
The Academy offers 3 major programs for all student-athletes:
- After-School Program that incorporates academics, strength, conditioning & speed, and rugby (optional)
- Homeschool Program that incorporates academics, strength, conditioning & speed, and rugby (optional)
- Elite Youth Rugby Program that focuses on high-level rugby, strength, conditioning & speed, and academics
By 2017, the Academy has expanded quickly to 3 locations: Irvine, Sacramento and San Diego. Each location provides custom-designed world-class facilities and selectively recruited staff that implement the Academy programs Monday thru Friday, year-around.
The Academy partners with local rugby clubs through the “affiliate team” program, in order to advance the game of rugby as it is played and coached at international level, and to make the Academy services available to as many youth rugby players as possible.
- Champions (U14 & U16) North American Invitational 7s – Rhinos Rugby Academy
- Champions (U12, U14, U16 & U18) California State Games – Rhinos Rugby Club
- 4th Place (U18) Penn Mutual High School Rugby 7s Championships – Rhinos Rugby Academy
- Champions (U14 & U16) Great Northwest Challenge 15s (USA Rugby Regional Cup Tournament) – Rhinos Rugby Academy
- Undefeated (U16) London Tour (London Irish Academy and Middlesex County) – Rhinos Rugby Academy
- Champions (U12, U14 & U18) Southern California Champions – Rhinos Rugby Club
- Champions (U18) Pacific Cup – Rhinos Rugby Club
- Undefeated (U18) UCLA Dennis Storer Classic – Rhinos Rugby Club
Note: The Rhinos Rugby Club trains 100% at the Academy. All other clubs that make up the Academy Squads are “affiliate clubs”.
- Aaron Matthews – Saint Mary’s College of California; Rookie of the Year; Division 1 Freshman of the Year
- Dominic Iacovino – Grand Canyon University, Arizona; Freshman of the Week
- Christian Gilbert – Spring Hill College, Alabama
- Jimmy McLean – Boise State University
- Brendan O’Meara – Boise State University
- Garret Wessel – Boise State University