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Minnesota Youth Rugby and Tundra Rugby Academy Establish New Formal Partnership

By MYR Admin, 07/20/17, 8:15AM CDT


Minnesota Youth Rugby and Tundra Rugby Academy Establish New Formal Partnership

For Immediate Release
Submitted by Minnesota Youth Rugby 
July 20, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Minnesota Youth Rugby (MYR) has officially established a three-year partnership with the Minnesota Tundra Rugby Academy to become the official provider of MYR’s high school high performance (select-side) programming for both 15s and 7s.

Photo credit: Tundra Supporter. Tundra recently traveled with 38 athletes and 8 staff to the 2017 Las Vegas Invitational.

Co-founders Hanson and Mikayla Miller previously co-coached the MYR HS Girls Select Side (2011-2016), winning the 2014 Midwest Championship. Pictured above, Tundra's roster of 38 athletes and 9 staff that traveled Las Vegas, NV to compete in the 2017 LVI.

The formal partnership, effective immediately, will provide MYR members access to Tundra’s year-round competitive rugby opportunities, as well as individually tailored programs for player and coach development.

"Launching our partnership with the Tundra Rugby Academy is an exciting step forward in streamlining the pathway for Minnesota rugby athletes. Moving forward, Tundra will be the official select-side provider. " said MYR Executive Director, Sean Lindersmith. 

"By joining forces, MYR can focus our efforts on growing our players and coaches locally and also support their growth with year round high performance opportunities with the Tundra Rugby Academy."

Hosted in Blaine, MN August 11-12, the  2017 National High School 7s Invitational, a USA Rugby sanctioned event hosted by MYR in conjunction with the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship, will be the first event to benefit from this partnership. Sixty athletes will be selected to fill four teams which will compete across the boys and girls competitions.

“Our goal with this partnership is to continue to empower young people through rugby by providing a top-quality focus on individual growth and development,” says Jimmy Hanson, Tundra’s co-founder and current Vice-President. “We are excited to rekindle our partnership with MYR.”

Interested in playing at the 2017 National High School 7s Invitational with Tundra? It’s not too late to join. Visit today and register for their 2017 Summer Training Camp or email with questions.

About Minnesota Tundra Rugby Academy:
Established in 2010, Minnesota Tundra Rugby Academy is a 501c3 organization committed to empowering young people through rugby that offers year-round competitive opportunities as well as individually tailored programs for player and coach development.

About Minnesota Youth Rugby:
Minnesota Youth Rugby (MYR) is the governing body for all of youth rugby in the state of Minnesota.  Minnesota Youth Rugby is a member of USA Rugby (national governing body) and recognized by USA Rugby as Minnesota's official State Based Rugby Organization (SBRO).  USA Rugby is a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and World Rugby. Currently headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, MYR is charged with developing the youth game on all levels and has over 1,500 active members.

Further Information: 
Sean Lindersmith | Executive Director 
Minnesota Youth Rugby |