Over 40 Years of Harlequins Rugby

The Pittsburgh Harlequins were founded in 1973 at the University of Pittsburgh by law students and were originally known as “University of Pittsburgh Law School Rugby Football Club”.   After experimenting with several different names, the team was officially changed to The Pittsburgh Harlequins RFC in 1975 and expanded beyond the University of Pittsburgh community. […]

Braddock vs. Garfield

The 2014 youth rugby season has kicked off for the 19th year in a row.  Garfield, the season champion for the past two years, travelled to Team Braddock at Hawkins Village in the Borough of Rankin.  The sidelines were ringed with family and friends, as well as quite a few neighbors who just wanted to […]

Hazelwood Travels to Braddock

The Braddock Youth Rugby Program hosted Hazelwood Wednesday in games that were bookended by passing thunderstorms.  Braddock, uncharacteristically light on the sidelines, got out to a good start and showed decent determination and were tied 1-1 with only a few minutes left in the first half.  Hazelwood showed their athleticism and took advantage of some […]

Matt Rippin, Harlequins Youth Rugby Programs Coordinator

PSDB: First, can you tell readers how you became the coordinator for the Harlequin’s youth programs and what that entails? Matt Rippin: I played for the Harlequins until I was about 27. Every member of the Rugby Football Club (that’s the team itself) is expected to contribute to the Rugby Football Association. The RFA is […]

Charlie Batch Visits Youth Rugby Championship

On June 2nd The Pittsburgh Harlequins celebrated their 13th annual Youth Rugby Day at Founders Field in Pittsburgh. The day brought all four U-14 Rugby teams together for a day of semifinal and Final games.   Pittsburgh Steeler Quarterback, Charlie Batch was on hand to speak with each team about dedication and teamwork, as well as to congratulate each team on […]

“Rugby for Life” Alumni Weekend: Quins vs. Raleigh Vipers

The Pittsburgh Harlequins open their 2011 Mid-Atlantic fall campaign Saturday at Founder’s Field, hosting the Raleigh Vipers. Raleigh finished 3rd in MARFU last year and defeated the Harlequins 16-12 at the end of last season. The Harelquins are looking to avenge last year’s narrow loss and open their season strong. The Pittsburgh Harlequins RFA will be hosting their annual “Rugby for Life” […]

Youth Rugby kicks off in Braddock

The Garfield “G-Force” Rugby program traveled to Braddock Wednesday night to play “The Dock” in the first contest of the Spring youth rugby season. The late day arrival of a little sun made the event a pleasure for the good showing of Coaches, players and fans in attendance.     The visitors got off to […]

2011 Harlequin Youth Rugby Begins

Youth Coaching is Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 6:00-7:30pm. The Pittsburgh Harlequins Youth Mentoring programs utilize the sport of Rugby as a mentoring tool to instill our core values of  Accountability, Responsibility, Teamwork, and School Matters.  Our mentors and coaches work with at-risk youth age 8-14 in the neighborhoods of Braddock, Homewood, Hazelwood and Garfield.  Over 200 […]

Harlequins Gearing up for Season

The Pittsburgh Harlequins began preparing for the spring season Saturday with a club meeting to discuss logistics, as well as a CPR training. The CPR training, provided by Alumni and supporters, is one of the first steps the Men’s Division 1 Club team takes to prepare for the youth mentoring programs. The youth mentoring programs […]