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The Washington Irish are a Division I & III Men’s Rugby Football Club in the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union of USA Rugby.  The club was founded in 1980 and we are based in the Washington, DC, metro area of the United States.  Rugby is not only an intriguing sport, it is also a tremendous social community.

The Irish are very proud of our inclusive team culture, acceptance of new members, our tight knit family of current and past players as well as their families and friends.  We welcome anyone interested in the sport of rugby to come watch and learn about the sport.  Individuals interested in playing, experienced or not, are also very welcome to come to our practices and games and participate.

Practice Information


Saturday’s a Rugby Day! As are Tuesdays and Thursdays.

After a long and lonely year without rugby, the Washington Irish are ecstatic to announce our return to play plan!

Tuesday/Thursday weekly practices have resumed! For the Summer 2021 season, practices are from 7-9pm. Tuesday practices are at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, VA. Thursday practices will be in Washington D.C., exact location TBA.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out directly or through the Irish social channels.

Safety Precautions & Procedures for Weekday Training Sessions and Saturday Games or Trainings:

  • Don’t show up if you’re feeling ill
  • We are asking that individuals adhere to CDC guidance and that they be vaccinated if participating. If vaccinated, no mask requirements.
  • You must sign a standard waiver before participating in your first session. We will provide these at the pitch and may also set up an online portal for this requirement.
Finally, we recommend that you CIPP with USA rugby for insurance purposes. There is a reduced rate offered for practice-only participation, so please sign up with our club here: https://usarugby.sportlomo.com/. You can find the Irish by filtering for “Senior Club” and “Capital Rugby Union” before scrolling through the Club Names for “Washington Irish Rugby Football Club.”
You must CIPP in order to play in any sanctioned matches, including upcoming Summer 2021 friendlies.

Our Executive Committee is working on scheduling a combination of 15’s and 7’s matches for the Summer 2021 season. Online Calendar to be provided shortly. 


Always keep an eye on our homepage and social media for training updates in the event of inclement weather.  You can also follow the club on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.