Kent Havoc Hoping For People To “Try Rugby”

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The Kent Havoc U15 girls showed improvement against Waterloo – Contributed Photo

The Kent Havoc Rugby Club is starting the 2022 season with a couple of commitment-free non- contact Try Rugby days for people to try their hand at the sport.

These events are non-contact, and anyone aged four and up is invited out to the Southside Links at 22324 Charing Cross Road, on Saturday, May 7 and Saturday, May 14.

“Rugby is a great sport for people of all ages says”, says board member Kristin Buis. “While we’ve been active in Chatham-Kent since 2001, we still find people are a little reluctant to come out, as they feel they do not have enough experience with the game. Our Try Rugby Days are a great opportunity to fill that gap and familiarize the average person with the basics of rugby.”

Youngsters aged four to six will have their chance to experience Lil Ruggers from 2 to 3 p.m., while boys and girls aged seven to 13 can find out more about playing youth flag rugby from 3 to 4 p.m. Finally, anyone aged 14 and older can have a try at senior flag, which will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. All three options will be available in the same time slots, both May 7 and 14 and are welcome to participate in and free for all participants.

In addition to those wishing to participate, the Havoc are also looking for high school students in need of volunteer hours to help at the two events.

The 2022 rugby season kicked-off when the club took part in the community-organized Pitch-In event in preparation for the upcoming season.

Practices are underway and registration for players of all ages is ongoing. Organizers are looking forward to a busy season after being impacted by pandemic precautions for the past two years.

The club currently consists of Lil’ Ruggers, Youth Flag, junior girls, junior boys, senior womens, senior mens and co-ed flag teams, and organizers hope to expand the offerings.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Havoc Rugby Club, can contact Kristin Buis at They can also check out the website, or visit the Kent Havoc RFC page on Facebook.

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