The Minor rugby program is designed to introduce young players to the very basics of rugby. Practices and games focus on running, passing, sportsmanship and above all else, having fun.

The U12's play co-ed rugby with modified contact. Players are introduced to tackling in a safe environment.

The Minor Rugby program will begin, weather permitting, after the May long weekend. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm-7:00pm at St. Maximilian Koble Catholic High School in Aurora.  Players are encouraged to wear rugby jerseys to practice and they are reminded to wear mouth guards and cleats.

These age groups compete in festivals, held on Saturday or Sunday mornings starting in early June and finishing in late August. Each festival is hosted by a rugby club in the GTA with playing beginning around 9 am and ending by noon.

In addition to training in coaching rugby, many of our minor coaches have also been trained in STARTRugby by Rugby Ontario. This training includes High Five Sport which is Canada’s only comprehensive quality standard for organizations providing recreation and sport programs to children 6 – 12.

Registration can be arranged by contacting the Director of Junior Men's Rugby or attending a spring registration date.


John Edgecombe

Qualifications: NCCP- Level 1, High Five - Sport 

Bio: John has been involved in rugby since 1981, playing at Centennial CVI in Guelph, University of Guelph, as well as Forest City RFC in London, and the Toronto Welsh RFC. Primarily playing as a tight-five forward (1/4), John retired in 2002. He has been coaching since 1999 at various levels at Crescent School (1999-2002) and Holy Trinity School (2002 to present). He became involved with the Aurora Barbarians in 2009 and has coached at the U8, U10, and U12 levels. Instilling the love of the game to his family members, his daughters Megan and Sarah play for the U15 and U12 teams respectively.

Steve Horsch

Qualifications: Introduction to Competition 

Bio: Steve has been coaching rugby for a number of years. Currently the head coach of the Senior Boys at Sutton District High School, Steve draws on his experience to help teach the game of rugby. In 2013 Steve also added on the role of coach of our U-14 Boys 7’s team and they had a strong season under his guidance.

John Spicer


Bio: John is currently the head coach of the St. Theresa of Lisieux Lions and has been a coach with the Aurora Barbarians since 2008. All of John’s sons have played for the Barbs including his youngest who he currently coach. Along with coaching Rugby, John has been coaching minor hockey in Aurora for years. 

Health and Physical Education Teacher - 26 years

Department Head and Athletic Director of St. Theresa High School

Coached high school sports for 29 years

Coaching high school rugby for 12

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