About the Pittsburgh Forge Rugby Club

Pittsburgh Forge Rugby Club

The Pittsburgh Forge Rugby club is a federally recognized, charitable organization whose purpose is to foster, promote and advance amateur participation in the growth and development of Rugby Union. The Club encourages good sportsmanship and fair play while educating players of all ages in basic through advance skills while encouraging them to participate in local, regional, national and international competition.
The Pittsburgh Forge currently fields two (2) competitive men’s senior sides and one (1) competitive women’s side with plans to expand at all levels. The men currently participate in the Midwest Competition Region (NCR1) at the Division II and Division III levels, and the women also play in the Midwest Competition Region at the Division II level. In the fall, all sides play league competition on Saturdays from August through November in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Western New York. During the spring, competition varies between friendly test matches, social tournaments or tours and Select Side competition. In the summer months of June and July, the Club host Rugby 7’s programming for area senior, collegiate and high school players. We typically play in regional social tournaments and in some National Championship qualifiers.

In addition to senior level rugby, the Pittsburgh Forge is dedicated to fostering and promoting rugby at the youth, high school and collegiate levels. Currently, many Forge players and alumni serve the area rugby community by coaching programs at various levels, administrating both locally and regionally, and by refereeing. The Forge is also actively seeking to expand youth and high school rugby programming within the City of Pittsburgh and its suburbs in addition to holding programing that benefits existing clubs as well.


BECOME PART OF THE FORGE

Membership in the Pittsburgh Forge Rugby Club is open to any person willing to contribute to the interests and goals of the Club and shall not be denied to any person due to age, race, religion, sex, handicap, or national origin so long as they abide by the Club’s Bylaws and remain in good standing. Members need not be active players, however all active players are members of the Club.

If you are interested in joining the Pittsburgh Forge please contact the Club at PGHForgeRugby@gmail.com. Persons interested in joining the Club as an active player should attend a training session. Training sessions are held at various locations depending on the time of year. Typically, training is held locally within the City of Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Thursday evenings when the weather is warm from 7:00 PM until around 9:00 PM. Please check our Club Calendar for the most up to date training and competition schedule. Post training drinks are had at our pub, Rugger’s Pub, located at 40 S 22nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.


HISTORY OF THE PITTSBURGH FORGE

The Pittsburgh Rugby Club established rugby in the City of Pittsburgh in 1964. Since that time, they’ve grown to be the largest club in the City of Pittsburgh, contending for a Division I National Championship in 1987 and most recently fielding two full sides. In 19XX, the Pittsburgh Rugby Club added a women’s side, the Pittsburgh Angels. The Angels enjoyed tremendous success, competing for National titles each year throughout the late 2010s before winning back to back Division II National Championships in 2012 and 2014, and making the jump to Division I in 2015. The Pittsburgh Highlanders were originally founded as the Westmoreland Highlanders in Latrobe, PA in 1983. In the late 2000s, the club was rebranded as the Pittsburgh Highlanders and founded a women’s side, the Lady Highlanders. In recent years, the Highlanders enjoyed tremendous growth and success on the field, being a dominant force at the Division III level throughout the Midwest, but failing to reach USA Rugby National Championship playoffs.

In 2018, the leadership of the Pittsburgh Rugby Club met with the Pittsburgh Highlanders to spearhead a campaign that many in the Pittsburgh Rugby community spoke about, but failed to act upon. The goal was to consolidate resources into one organization in an effort to create a premier men and women’s rugby club with the capabilities to compete nationally at multiple levels while working cohesively on the betterment of the rugby community in and around Pittsburgh. Each club decided it was necessary to build off their current club heritages, maintaining key components from each club, but creating an all new entity: The Pittsburgh Forge Rugby Club.

The Pittsburgh Forge Rugby Club is officially managed by its interim Board of Directors:

Chris Austin
Kirsten Andrews
Sam Angelo
Andrew Chapman
Brooke Gawlas
Corey Jacobs
Olivia Lindsey
Bill Marnell
Neil Reynolds
Geraldine Russell
Angela Smarto
Devin Zangaro

Official Business Address:
Rugger’s Pub
40 S 22nd Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

E-mail: PGHForgeRugby@gmail.com

Pennsylvania Corporation Entity Number: 6673264