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Embarrass River Rugby Club

Embarrass River Rugby Club


The Embarrass River Rugby Club is currently in development and seeking their first registrations for the 2019 season. The effort is being led by longtime rugby enthusiast Brian "Moose" Gleason. Gleason and his family hope to continue participating in rugby as they had in the Appleton area. Gleason has participated as a player, coach, and referee accumulating over 15 years of experience in the sport of rugby.

While living and working in Appleton, Gleason played rugby with the Fox Cities Gargoyles. The Gargoyles are a Div. III men's club and Gleason had played for the team for over 12 years and served as club president during their Midwest region playoff run in 2008. In 2012, Gleason aided in rebranding a struggling boys high school team in Appleton and Dragon Rugby Club was born. Brian continued to stay involved in the rugby scene and in 2017 was elected to the Wisconsin Rugby Union board of Directors where he currently serves as the statewide Youth Development Director.

The rugby club that Brian had helped to resurrect, Dragon Rugby Club of the Appleton Area, expanded into girls high school rugby the following year and then youth flag rugby shortly after. The most recent expansion for the club was into Middle School tackle rugby, in which Gleason's daughter Michaela was participating. All of Gleason's four children participated in Dragon Rugby Club programs and are eager to continue in the sport. 

In the spring of 2018, the Gleason family moved to Split Rock and quickly realized the limited opportunities for club athletics in the area did not include rugby. Gleason views this as an opportunity to bridge the gap between established youth rugby clubs in the Fox Cities and Green Bay area, with those of the Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, and Wausau areas. The programs that the newly formed Embarrass River Rugby Club (E.R.R.C.) hopes to install include both boys and girls middle school tackle rugby, a youth flag rugby program, and potentially high school boys and girls rugby. This is a grand undertaking considering participation in school-age sports has seen a significant decline in recent years.

Gleason admits it could be a challenge, "I realize that the local Thundercatz Football program is currently downsizing and school enrollments are also shrinking, but I am passionate about this sport and believe rugby could provide an identity for the community". Growing a program where there is currently very limited knowledge of the sport, will indeed be an uphill challenge. Building a knowledge of the sport will be a cornerstone activity in the initial years and Gleason has reached out to area physical education teachers at the elementary and middle school levels about introducing the fundamentals of rugby in gym classes.


Embarrass River Rugby Club
W15298 Main St 
Tigerton, Wisconsin 54486

Phone: 920-920-0442
Email: [email protected]

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