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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.


  • John Coumbe-Lilley

Our training numbers have been good varying from 12-22! The commitment to improvement and learning has been terrific, new players are coming out and sticking with us, and veteran players are showing signs of growth even after years of play. Credit to everyone on our board, player leadership groups, and supporters for helping us engage and enjoy our rugby.

We are continuing with our forward's theme with pods play, open-play combinations, and forward decision-making interplay with half-backs. We pushed training back on Tuesday's to train with greater space and lighting.

New training dates

Training participants complete the club's COVID-19 symptom check 2-3 hours before training. We're doing well looking after ourselves. Let's keep it going!

Tuesday practices. Check in at 7:45pm-Start 8pm-9:30pm

Tuesday practices: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27

Theme: forward play shifting to rugby league

Saturday practices. Check-in at 8:45am-Start 9am-9:00pm

Saturday practices:  9/26, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31

Theme: kicking game

Sport Psychology Series

Tom Gratton, MA will facilitate our early offseason sport psychology series starting with a 3-part series focused on the psychology of forward play at the set-piece. Tom completed his undergraduate degree at Durham University in England, his sport psychology master's degree at Ball State University, IN, and is completing his doctorate in sport psychology at Florida State University, FL. Tom played rugby, and now his research and applied work is focused on working with rugby teams and referees. More details on Tom's work and the sport psychology series to follow.

Give a hand

Congratulations to Lauren and Kadie playing in the local touch rugby final today.

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