A group of men huddled together with a sunset in the background
Players from the Springfield Rugby Football Club huddle up after a practice on their new pitch Aug. 18, 2022. (Photo: Springfield Rugby Football Club)

Springfield Rugby Football Club will unveil its brand-new facility Aug. 20 with a press conference and its annual Springfield 10s Rugby Tournament.

The facility is located at 4035 East Sawyer Rd. (Farm Road 156), next to Brookline Cemetery in Brookline. The fenced-in facility has two rugby pitches, a practice field, parking, a pavilion, water and electricity.

“The sport of rugby is growing at a rapid pace in Springfield because we offer a unique hard-hitting game and an atmosphere unlike any other,” said SRFC’s Daniel Jester in a press release. “Rugby is a true melting pot of cultures and kinds from all over the world.”

The Springfield 10s Rugby Tournament draws teams from across the region, with men’s and women’s divisions. Admission is free and concessions will be available, including beverages from Wire Road Brewing Company. Matches are scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the two pitches.

In addition to home matches for SRFC and the Queen City Chaos women’s team, the new facility will also serve as the home of the new men’s and women’s teams at Drury University. Those teams begin play this year as non-NCAA club sports.

Springfield Rugby Football Club is open to athletes of all experience levels and abilities. The amateur club was established in 1983 and has played regularly in every spring and fall season since then. Unofficially called the Mudpuppies, Springfield plays at the Division 3 level of USA Rugby, in the Mid-America Geographical Union.

For more information on Springfield Rugby Football Club and its new facility, visit their website.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger