• John Coumbe-Lilley

Rugby league training has started. Numbers at training have been good for those preparing for the Tampa 9s tournament and others preparing for rugby's return sometime this year. We had 11 for the first session 17 for the second session. Players from three clubs attended training and more are welcome. Rugby league allows all players to step out of the union game and join with friends and new players from other clubs without conflict between clubs.

The players are learning the rules and getting used to new movements like the play-the-ball restart. They are learning defensive techniques like 'turtling', double-tackling, and controlling the player in the tackle. The players learned quickly and adapted well to new ways of playing rugby.

The tournament in Tampa provides different opportunities for players. Garen Casey, the USA Women's Rugby League Head Coach will lead a practice session before the event. Another opportunity is for WPL players to experience the preparation for an event by the new coaching staff. Even though Tampa is a new event and rugby is slowly returning the coaching staff is using the opportunity to work a build-up the week before the event just as they would if the event was for the WPL match or a sevens tournament. A final opportunity for the players is playing with each other and bonding because of the challenges they face on the field and the problems they solve together. Then enjoy the social aspect of rugby which like so many folks know is part of our love of the sport.

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  • John Coumbe-Lilley

Chicago North Shore is developing its rugby league section. Every player is welcome to train and put themselves forward for selection whether they come from another club or sport. No rugby league experience needed.

The goals of this effort are:

  • Introduce rugby league

  • Promote rugby league to develop rugby union players

  • Provide a new rugby experience

  • Join the national team identification and selection pathway

  • Create an opportunity for players who might not play rugby union together to play league

  • Committed to sharing coaching, organization, and opportunities.

Learn about the club's first rugby league season below.

Spring Competitive Schedule Rugby League – Tampa 9’s

May 15 Rugby League Tournament, Tampa, FL.

Practices 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9

Location: Stanton Park, Chicago

Arrive 5:45pm

Start: 6pm

Depart: 7:30pm

Any player from any club or sport is welcome to be part of this tournament process. Up to 15 players will be selected for the event which is part of the USA Women's Rugby League 9's series. There are events this summer Florida, Utah, California, and Illinois. Search for USA Women's Rugby League on Facebook for more information.

For more information about this opportunity contact head coach John Coumbe-Lilley at

  • John Coumbe-Lilley

Chicago North Shore is hosting a series of five virtual sport psychology webinars.

Dates / Times /Topic

Sunday 11/ 8. 5:00 pm-6:00 pm CST. Topic: Psychology and the scrum

Sunday 11/15. 5:00 pm-6:00pm CST. Topic: Psychology and the lineout

Sunday 11/22. 5:00 pm-6:00 pm CST. Topic: Mental game at the breakdown

Sunday 12/6. 5:00 pm-6:00 pm CST. Topic: Mental game in transition

Sunday 12/13. 5:00 pm-6:00 pm CST. Topic: Winter rugby mindset

Follow the website for joining details.