Heart of America
The Heart of America Rugby Football Union was founded in 1967. Our member clubs are located in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. We have over 30 clubs that play at every level within the USA Rugby structure, including men’s and women’s club, college, and high school rugby.
The purposes and objectives of the Union are:
The promotion and administration of and the provision of education and instruction in the amateur game of Rugby Union Football in all its aspects, throughout the Union area.
To ensure that the playing of Rugby Union Football within the Union area is conducted is accordance with both the Laws of the Game of Rugby Union Football and the Declaration of Amateurism as framed by the International Rugby Football Board.
To acquire such property and monies as considered nessary to carry out these purposes and objectives and to dispose of same.
“Full Membership”-Full Membership shall comprise clubs (and individuals therein) situated within the Union area, which have been actively playing Rugby Union Football for at least one full year prior to making application for such membership.
“Associate Membership” - Associate Membership shall comprise newly formed clubs (and individual therein) situated within the Union area. These clubs will be eligible for Full Membership after having shown evidence of operating successfully for one full year.
“Honorary Membership” -Honorary Membership may be awarded at the pleasure of the Executive Board to:
- Any past player or person of distinction considered worthy of recognition in this way.
- Any club, society or group of persons (and individuals therein) who have banded together in a formal manner to advance the game of Rugby Union Football within the Union area and who are not otherwise eligible for “full” or “associate” membership.
"Sustaining Membership” -Any interested individuals, corporations or civic groups who wish to make significant contributions to the Union shall be eligible for election as sustaining members.
Many believe that rugby was born in 1823 when William Webb Ellis "with fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time at Rugby school, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of the Rugby game".
Learn more about the history of the greatest game on earth by visiting http://www.rugbyfootballhistory.com/originsofrugby.htm.
On bronze plaque: 'THE LOCAL BOY WHO INSPIRED / THE GAME OF RUGBY FOOTBALL / ON THE CLOSE AT RUGBY SCHOOL IN / 1823. / SCULPTOR: GRAHAM IBBSEON / 1997'