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Welcome to the Renegades High School Rugby Club website. The Renegades train in Downers Grove, IL and play their home matches at the Blaze Rugby Grounds in Lemont. The club plays their league matches in the Spring season and begins outdoor training around late February depending upon the weather.
The Renegades were founded in 2004 and were the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Tier II State Champions. Our club is part of the Illinois Youth Rugby Association (IYRA), Chicago Area Rugby Football Union (CARFU) and USA Rugby (USARFU).
With our success in 2004, 2005 & 2006, the club was elevated into Tier 1 for the 2007 season. There the club compiled a 4-1-1 record and took second place in the IYRA Eastern Division. Though the team suffered a heartbreaking last minute 31-26 loss to Mount Carmel in the first round of the play-offs, it was a fun and successful season. The Renegades retained their reputation as one of the better clubs in the Chicago area. 2008 was a down year, but a lot of young players gained experience. The Renegades rebounded in 2009 with a 6-3 overall record, winning their first ever Tier 1 Play-Off match and taking 4th Place in the State.
In 2010 the club went through a transition of new recruits and was hit with injuries to key players early in the season. Despite some really good moments and a lot of enthusiasm, the season ended with a record of 0-5-1. The future looks brighter as several young players will be back for the next year
The 2011 season saw the Renegades finish with a 5-1 league record and earning the # 4 seed for the Tier 2 Play-offs. After winning in the first two rounds the club took on Sycamore in the Championship Game. In a back and forth affair the Renegades were beaten 27-22 in overtime to finish with an overall record of 7-2.
In 2012 the club again made the Tier 2 Play-offs but were defeated in the first round by Batavia by a 9-8 margin. The season ended with an over all record of 4-3 2013 saw the club rebound and take 4th Place after sweeping their opponents during the regular season and ending up with a 7-2 record.
With numerous experienced players, 2014 was a great season. the Renegades claimed the 4th seed int he Division 2 Play-offs with a 4-1-1 regular season record. They avenged their only loss in the first round, defeating #3 Seed Naperville 22-10. In the semi-finals they took on the #1 seed West Suburban Bulls and won 41-12. In the Championship Match against Montini, the Renegades were down 21-5 midway through the first half. the club pulled together and won the State Championship with a well deserved 31-26 win.
We are always looking to expand our club with players of any skill level who want to be apart of a team. We encourage interested players to contact Coach Dan Hart, Coach Ken at (630) 279-1213, Coach Matt Bando at (630) 362-1151 or by using our contact form on this site.
Thanks again for visiting. We look forward to another successful season in 2015. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments!