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The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy approach to player and coach development is based on the Six Pillars of High Performance model. Each component is critical to developing a professional rugby mindset. This mindset will promote a healthy rugby and life balance while developing life skills that transcend rugby.

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Good luck to the 160 players and 25 coaches representing EIRA July 23-30.

u15, u16, u17, u18 in Ontario, Canada

u16 and u17 in Ireland

EIRA U18s Over BC U18s 53-26
EIRA U18s Win First Match

Photo by Rachel Resnick  Gontz

EIRA 23 - 12 Maclean College, NZ

EIRA U16s Victorious over BC
Game 1: EIRA 23 - 19 BC
watch here
Game 2: EIRA 39 - 14 BC

Photo by Rachel Resnick  Gontz

EIRA U17s Victorious over BC
Game 1: EIRA 39 - 5 BC
watch here
Game 2: EIRA 25 - 23 BC

Photo by Rachel Resnick  Gontz

EIRA U19s Split the Series With Ontario U19s
Game 1: EIRA 36 - Ontario Blues 22
Game 2: EIRA   9 - Ontario Blues 14
Game 1: EIRA 36 - Ontario Blues 22
Game 2: EIRA   9 - Ontario Blues 14

Thank you to Mike Curran, his staff and Ontario Rugby for another great experience. The boys played hard with all 26 making a contribution. Check back for a link to game film.

EIRA Welcomes Chris Line to the Board of Directors

EIRA announces the new appointment of Chris Line to its Board of Directors. EIRA Director of Rugby Operations, Salty Thompson, “We are delighted to have Chris join our board. He shares our passion for the game and adds business acumen to further build our brand and optimize the ways in which a private non-profit can impact the growth and excellence of rugby in America." Read more.

Developing Coaches & Players

in support of our vision to close the gap. 

EIRA is proud to announce co-director Brendan Keane's appointment as the USA Rugby Boys High School All American Coach. In addition, Scott Bracken, EIRA Southern California and National Teams coach has been appointed head coach of the USA Rugby U20 Junior All American team. Coach Keane and Coach Bracken have been part of EIRA since the start and will continue to blend their USA Rugby responsibilities with EIRA and our mission to identify and develop the best young players in America.

Congratulations to Coach John Banarhall, EIRA staff coach, Southwest Airlines Captain, and Army West Point Assistant Coach who, as guest Head Coach of Claremont Colleges, won the small colleges NSCO National Championship Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships (CRCs) 

2018 EIRA Donation Drive

The Winners have been notified!

EIRA players reduced their tour costs by over $18,000 from your generous donations.
Together we do make a difference!

It is with sincere gratitude EIRA thanks Southwest Airlines for providing their employees Tickets for Time. This Southwest Community Outreach rewards employees for volunteerism. 

Captain John Banarhall, EIRA u16 Head Coach and New England Regional Director, donated the 3 Roundtrip Southwest Airline tickets awarded.

All donations helped reduce individual player tour fees and costs in future overseas tours. Closing the gap in the global game of rugby requires playing globally. Thank you for your support!

2018 Summer Tours & Donation Drive

 Closing the gap in the global game of rugby requires playing globally. Please help support our cause!

  • June 25 to July 1 - EIRA u18-19s playing Ontario at Guelph University in a 2 game series.

  • July 5 to July 12 - EIRA u16s and u17s playing British Columbia (BC) at UBC in a 2 game series.

  • July 7 to July 14 - EIRA u18-19s playing BC and Maclean College, New Zealand, at UBC

  • July 17 to July 29 - EIRA u16s and u17s in Ireland playing 3 games against Ulster Schools, Connacht Academy and Leinster Schools at u16 level and Ulster Clubs Select at u17s.

  • July 23 to July 29 - EIRA u15s, u16s, u17s, and u18s at Guelph University to play Ontario Selects in a 2 game series

  • August 2 to August 4 - EIRA Elite u18s, and u16s at the North American Invitational Sevens in Salt Lake City

Selections are ongoing from now until June 25.

Contact if you wish to be considered for a tour. 

EIRA’s vision is to close the gap in the global game of rugby. Our mission is to identify and develop the best young players in America. We know how valuable oversea tours are to players, providing personal experience of the fast-paced skilled game of tier one nations and then bringing this knowledge back to their home club.


If you would like to make a donation to offset team tour costs please click the link below. 


Thank you for your support!

EIRA Player ID Clinic Registration and Payment

EIRA Multiple Session Academy Registration

Opens Fall 2018

EIRA Coach Education Clinic Registration and Payment

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EIRA Graduates Receive Special Recognition


Congratulations to the following EIRA players for their special recognition and outstanding opportunities!


  • Patrick Madden: Winner of the Mark Loane Medal. Attending University of Queensland for the summer with the UQ Academy. 

  • Ryan James: Eagle 7s Camp attendee. Glendale Academy, playing some games for 1st team.

  • Ruben de Haas: Capped Eagles 15s player debuting in the ARC. Playing with the Cheetahs in South Africa.

  • Ben Broselle: Eagle 7s Camp attendee. Played for Tiger 7s and UCLA.

  • Quinn Perry: Starting for Santa Monica Mens Club.

  • Connor McManus : Off to the Crusaders for 6 months.

  • Bailey Wilson: Original EIRA u16 - winning LVI with Utah Cannibals

  • Junior Waqavesi: - Eagle 7s Camp attendee.

  • Mateo Gadsden: Eagle 7s Camp attendee. 

  • Eric Naposki: Eagle 7s Camp invitee

  • Mika Kruse: Eagle 7s Camp attendee and Glendale Academy.

Summer 2017 International Tours Recap

Each year EIRA sends teams of some of the most promising young rugby players on international tours in furtherance of our aim of “Closing The Gap”


We have expanded this program and this year we have five teams touring to three different locations:

The management of EIRA are really pleased to announce that Atavus have sponsored two players who were unable to fund the full cost of the tour to Ireland, and in addition they have sponsored the Giants Causeway and Titanic tours. We believe that cooperation like this between rugby entities in the US is a very healthy thing and we thank Atavus for their generous support.  

Together We Make A Difference!

EIRA’s purpose is to recognize and develop elite players, not to make a profit. Contributions help minimize player costs and enable us to offer scholarships to players with need. Please consider making a donation or sponsoring a tour.

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