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John McCarthy Head Coach

Greg Presseau

Chris Mead

Andrew McGarey

Graeme Lindsay:  USA Rugby & CT SBRO liaison



Team Captains

2018 Captains:  TBD


Administrative Questions

contact Mary McCarthy

Field Closings

DHS contacts Coach McCarthy with field closures. An email is sent to all players, the website is updated and a Teamsnap text is sent.  When in doubt, check this website and Facebook (if you are a player), or contact the Head Coach.


January 22, 2018

Practice Saturday, Jan 27th 11 - 1230 am varsity baseball field

Annual Parent/Player meeting, DHS cafeteria: pre-season meeting will be held in the DHS cafeteria on Monday 29th January from 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm. All of you intending to play should bring along a parent/guardian so that we can let everyone know what the expectations are for the season.

-ALL players MUST have a mouth guard with them at every practice and match.  Buy a few if you are prone to misplacing them.

**Don't forget your emergency forms.  No forms, no practice, no exceptions.


2018 Season REQUIREMENTS:  
(more detailed info below)

-COACH'S EMERGENCY FORMS REQUIRED TO PRACTICE - no exceptions.   Coach's Emergency forms can be found at the DHS health office or use this link  

-USA Rugby Registration:  mandatory for all current players.

Please contact with questions.

-2018:  Player Commitment process

ONCE ANNUALLY PER SCHOOL YEAR covers all extra-curricular activities for that year.

*An Electronic Signature must be provided by both the parent/guardian and student through their respective portals. 

Sign in to your Aspen portal account at .  If you do not have an Aspen family portal account, please go to to sign up for one.


-CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT - Read and execute one time. see below





2017 Season photos

2016:  ALUM GAME

2015 photos:


Staples & Stamford:


Photos from playoff game vs Fairfield Prep here

Photos from the Aspetuck match here

Photos from the Farifield Prep match here

Photos from the Staples match here

DHS Rugby Team Information for 2018 Spring Competitive Season

-Athletic Medical forms:     **MOST IMPORTANT & REQUIRED**

DHS Coaches'Athletic Emergency Form and the Sports Participation Form (physical  current within 13 months) must be completed for each player every year to participate in sports at DHS. NOTE:  One sports participation form covers all sports. The Emergency Form however, must be completed for the coach of EACH sport in which the player participates.  Both completed forms are to be taken to the DHS health office for a nurse’s signature. The nurse will then keep the Sports Participation form (physical) and give the emergency form back to the player to be delivered to a coach. Forms found on the DHS website under ‘Athletics’: 

Questions to the DHS health office. 

-Impact concussion management:  ALL UNTESTED players should read and execute. (updated 2/21/17) 


*An Electronic Signature must be provided by both the parent/guardian and student through their respective portals

  1. Sign in to your Aspen portal account at .  If you do not have an Aspen family portal account, please go to to sign up for one.

-USA Rugby Registration    **REQUIRED** 

All players must register with USA Rugby to play. Failure to do so puts the team at risk of forfeiting matches if another team challenges our compliance  (cost is $30+ & now includes liability and secondary accident insurance). CT Union Dues of $8 are also payable on this site (automatically with USA registration).


Match jerseys & socks are provided. We will order more and have them available before the first match.  OTHER necessary equipment:  mouth guards, white shorts for matches, and cleats. Suppliers online:  

Closest store:  Soccer & Rugby Imports, 42 W. Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 661-7622

-Club (& charity) Fundraising:  

it is expected that the players step forward to initiate fundraising ideas and execute them, using the Team Captains and the administrator as coordinators. Players can indicate interest in fundraising verbally, or by email. Recruitment is also an ongoing responsibility of the players.


the current website is This website is current and updated at least once a week during the spring season. Match schedule, volunteer schedule and social activities, plus announcements, are found on this website.   

-Match Fees:  

$10 per player applicable for home matches only. Coach McCarthy will be collecting match fees at the matches. Once our schedule is finalized we may make an adjustment based on the number of home matches/teams we are hosting & any results of fundraising we secure. 

-Game Jersey washing:  

Traditionally parents have volunteered to wash the team jerseys after each match, home or away. If you would like to help, please sign up once the match schedule is complete by sending an email to that effect to  Please mention any dates that DON’T suit.  

-Canceled Practice or Match: 

An email and a facebook notice are sent if there is enough time when the weather is bad, but the BEST way to check if the fields are closed is to look at the website. They also have a hotline phone number listed. Also, the DHS website, where a scrolling item alert saying all grass fields are closed (or click on ATHLETICS to be sure) is a good (but not as reliable) source. DO NOT HESITATE to call Coach McCarthy to confirm. We will be migrating to Teamsnap in the 2016 season for notices and darienhsrugby@gmail for emails.


We have been extremely lucky with the quality of photos taken at all the matches to date. The photos are sent to the newspapers and the DHS website, and are a huge help to our recruitment and publicity. Please email some match photos that you would like to share to, or contact Mary McCarthy to arrange other delivery. 

-Contact info:    

John McCarthy, head coach:   

2018 Match Schedule: TBA



















New Players Welcome


“What is admirable in football (rugby), is the perpetual mix of individualism and discipline, the necessity for each man to think, anticipate, take a decision and at the same time subordinate one’s reasoning, thoughts and decisions to those of the captain. And even the referee’s whistle stopping a player for a ‘fault’ one team mate has made and he hasn’t seen, tests his character and patience. For all that, football is truly the reflection of life, a lesson experimenting in the real world, a first-rate educational tool.” - Baron Pierre de Coubertin

New players interested in playing rugby in 2016-17 please email, supplying your best email address and a cellphone number.

Almost all practice and time sensitive information is conveyed via email or facebook so it is important you are included on the email list. Players often choose to cc a parent so you may include a parent email, as well. Static information such as match schedules, kit requirements, DHS emergency card requirements and USA Rugby registration is kept up to date on this website and via Teamsnap.

We look forward to hearing from you. See our practice schedule on this site and feel free to join in at any point. Make yourself known to a coach, or contact one of the captains, or any player, at DHS during the week. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Press, Results and Events

2013 SEASON photos:

Sat, Nov 30th, Annual Thanksgiving Old Boys/DHS scrimmage:  pictures

2013 END OF SEASON PICNIC:  2013 season video from Ray Giorgio HERE




Thanksgiving Scrimmage (year 4) - SATURDAY, Nov 24th, 2012. Food and Fundraiser:  Great result from all the players that attended. We also raised about $120 from our fundraiser. Thanks to all the parents who provided food for the hungry players and spectators. A very entertaining and enjoyable event.  Photos, courtesy of Ray Giorgio 


Results  for League standings, 2012:  2 - 4

MATCH vs Fairfield Prep 0 - 71 L

MATCH vs Staples H 10 - 7, 7 - 17 W

MATCH vs Simsbury 15 - 17, 0 - 7 L

MATCH vs Fairfield 10 - 19, 5 - 10 L

MATCH vs Cheshire 31 - 17, 10 - 5 W

MATCH vs Greenwich  





Thanksgiving scrimmage 2011:  Thanks to all the Players, Old Boys, Parents and Friends attending the scrimmage on Saturday, 11/26/11. The weather was great and the rugby entertaining. Click here for local press coverage:



2010-11 Season:



Thanks & congratulations to those who participated in the first New England tournament, representing CT, securing victory for the Nutmeg State!  Well done all. 



2009 - 10 season

vs Staples HS 0 - 0

Fairfield JAMBOREE* WON 2, LOST 1 / WON 0, LOST 2

vs New Rochelle HS game 1: 26 - 36 (NRHS)

vs Delbarton  to be posted

vs Xavier B side 0 - 61, A side 32 - 22

vs St Peter's Prep to be posted

vs Greenwich High School  DHS B side 10 - 48, A side 17 - 68

CT State tournament 2010 @ Yale - vs. Madison WiN; vs. Cheshire WIN; vs Stamford Academy WIN; 2010 CT DIV II Champions


** Our esteemed coach, Simon Lowden, has offered to entertain us with the following performance -



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