Rugby continues to gain popularity across the globe and in the city.
The sport recently took another huge step locally when five Catholic League high schools joined forces to form the Chicago Catholic High School Rugby Conference, the first of its kind in Illinois.
Brother Rice, Fenwick, Mt. Carmel, St. Ignatius and St. Rita are the founding members of the new conference.
“I think the Catholic League will be a great thing from a growth-of-the-game standpoint. Montini is already scheduled to join next year with St. Pat’s and Marist potentially starting teams as well,” said Br. Rice Coach David Fee. “And if a high school Catholic League is established, how long before the local grade schools start to pick it up as well? It will connect with local established rivalries and traditions. With rugby growing in popularity—back into the Olympics in 2016, NBC televised events, collegiate scholarships and all the issues they are seeing with football—I think people are starting to see rugby as an option for playing an entertaining contact sport.”