RUGBY ATL COMBINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME - JUNE 09, 2019

Want a shot at the Major League?

Athletes looking to play professional rugby for the MLR’s newest franchise have the opportunity to be evaluated at our Rugby ATL Combine held at famed University of Notre Dame. Coaches and scouts from Rugby ATL, a 2020 expansion team to MLR, will be in attendance to lead, nurture and evaluate talent for the upcoming season. Running the combine are two of the sports most experienced coaches - Notre Dame Head Coach, Justin Hickey, and Rugby ATL Head Coach Scott Lawrence. 

Rugby ATL Combine: June 9, 2019

REGISTER NOW AT bit.ly/RugbyATLCombine

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This combine is an introduction to what it will take to compete as a professional athlete in Major League Rugby. Participants can expect to be put through rigorous athletic skills testing and be guided on where they need to improve their game from a highly experienced and established coaching staff. Players also participate in game training and other skills-specific work. The combine runs from 9:00am - 3:00pm. The cost is $150 per player.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Clear pathway to play professional rugby for RugbyATL

  • Exposure to MLR coaches and scouts from RugbyATL

  • Learn what it takes to compete at the Major League Rugby level

  • Athletic and rugby skills testing

  • Game training and simulations against other players and MLR coaches

Rugby ATL Combine: June 9, 2019

REGISTER NOW AT bit.ly/RugbyATLCombine 

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CAMP COACHES

CO-DIRECTOR - SCOTT LAWRENCE

Scott Lawrence serves as Assistant Coach of the USA Men's National Team and is in his 17th year on the Life University Coaching Staff. He's also Head Coach for the Atlanta Major League Rugby team.

Coach Lawrence has filled the head coaching roles for the USA High School All-American team and the USA U20 Junior All-Americans. He led a staff (alongside Justin Hickey) to capture the IRB Junior World Trophy in 2012. Coach Lawrence remains a resource coach and selector for the U20 program and an avid contributor to USA age grade rugby.

Prior to beginning his coaching career Coach Lawrence captained two National Championship teams and was capped as a USA National Team player on the 15s and 7s team.

CO-DIRECTOR - JUSTIN HICKEY

Coach Hickey is in his fourth year as head coach for University of Notre Dame Rugby after serving five years as head coach of the successful Clemson Tiger Rugby Program.

Hickey was recently named assistant coach for the USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans in 2015. Previously, he worked for two years as manager for the USA Rugby U20 Junior All American Team that competed in the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in T'Bilisi, Georgia in 2011, and won the competition in Salt Lake City, UT in June 2012, earning the USA promotion to the IRB Junior World Championship competition in 2013.

Coach Hickey began his coaching career where his playing career started, as assistant coach at Catholic Central High School, in Grand Rapids, MI. Hickey helped start the Davenport University Varsity Rugby team in Grand Rapids, in 2009, which went on to win the 2011 & 2012 USA Rugby Division 1AA National Championship. Coach Hickey served as assistant coach/manager for the USA Rugby High School All American 7s Team, which toured to British Columbia in 2011, as well as serving as manager of the USA Rugby High School All Americans from 2009-2010.

COACH - BLAKE BRADFORD

Blake Bradford serves as RugbyATL Forwards Coach, Life University Club Head Coach and Collegiate All-American Forwards Coach.

COACH - VALENESE MALIFA

Valenese Malifa serves as the RugbyATL Attack & Skills Development Coach.

COACH - MATT DALLOW

Matt Dallow serves as the Head of Athlete Performance for RugbyATL following a role as performance coach & event group lead for Athletics New Zealand.

Rugby ATL Combine: June 9, 2019

REGISTER NOW AT bit.ly/RugbyATLCombine

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CAMP DETAILS

Participants are responsible for their travel to and from the combine as well as any lodging. Lunch is provided on the day of the combine, but no other meals are provided. For a recommended list of local hotels, please contact Coach Justin Hickey @ jhickey3@nd.edu.

REGISTER NOW AT bit.ly/RugbyATLCombine