Nashville Grizzlies Gear Up for a New Season


After a fantastic Spring 2018 season and Summer 7’s season, the Nashville Grizzlies are gearing up for an even better Fall 2018 season. The Grizzlies kicked off the new season with their bi-annual Rugby 101 skills clinic on August 11, to recruit some new players, give fans a chance to learn more about the game, and welcome our new head coach Jonathan Jenkins.

Jenkins has been playing rugby for eleven years, and he played with the Grizzlies for one year before accepting the position of head coach. He says that he is “excited to see new and old faces” and is “looking forward to further developing my skills as a coach while hopefully helping everyone increase their skills and have fun doing it!”

With a strong showing of both veterans and new players at 101, this season looks promising for the team. This season the Grizzlies will be playing more in the True South Men’s Matrix—a division of USA Rugby. This means that the team will be going up against fewer IGR (International Gay Rugby) teams and more local ones, such as Jonesboro and Jackson, Mississippi.

But the Grizzlies will still compete in a few IGR matches, most notably the Queen City Crown. Having won the tournament the last two years, the pressure is on to once again bring home the crown for Nashville.

Looking to play? Come on out to one of our practices—we are always looking for new players!

For more information, contact James Poland at [email protected]


  Sept 29 — Queen City Crown 2018 (in Charlotte, NC)

  Oct 13 — Away Match vs. Jonesboro Chiefs (in Jonesboro, AR)

  Oct 27 — Home Match vs. Jackson Rugby FC (from Jackson, MS)

  Nov 17 — Away Match vs. Charleston Blockade in Charleston, SC



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