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BLACK SWARM

WESTSIDE GRADES 7-8 MEN’S TACKLE

WESTSIDE GRADES 9-12 MEN’S TACKLE

The two age bracket men’s teams are both called “BLACK SWARM.”  There is a team for Grades 7-8 and another for high school boys, Grades 9-12. 

The Westside Black Swarm (previous called the Avon Rugby Black Swarm) was founded in 2009 and has been nationally ranked in both 2021 and 2022, with three players being selected for the 2022 Spring Athletic All Star Roster for Indiana Rugby. 

They joined the parent organization: The Westside Rugby Football Club, in 2021.

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SCHEDULE AND SCORES

4/6 - 12:00 PM
4/13 - 2:00 PM
4/20 - 12:00 PM
4/24 - 6:00 PM
4/27 - 2:00 PM
5/4 - TBD
5/5 - TBD
5/11 - 12:00 PM
5/22 - TBD
5/25 - TBD
5/27 - TBD
OPPONENT
vs PENDLETON
vs FISHERS
vs PENN
@ CATHEDRAL
@ CARROLL
@ MIDWEST TOURNEY
@ MIDWEST TOURNEY
@ BISHOP DWENGER
@ QUARTER FINALS
@ SEMI-STATE
@ STATE TOURNEY
SCORES
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Coaches & PLayers

Stephen Nicholson
Stephen Nicholson

Black Swarm Coach

Born and raised in Troon, Scotland, Steve found himself immersed in Rugby from an early age. A product of the youth academy at Scottish Premiership team Marr Rugby Club, Steve went on to have a playing career that spanned over 20 years. In addition to playing in Scotland, Steve represented the Royal Air Force Air Training Corps in International Competition as well as spending two seasons with the Dallas Griffins, founding members of Major League Rugby (since rebranded as the Dallas Jackals).

Following his extensive playing career Steve couldn’t stay away from Rugby for long and quickly moved into coaching, working as an Assistant Coach at youth, high school and college age groups for multiple clubs in Texas and Louisiana.  Following his relocation to Indiana, Steve became Head Coach of Avon Rugby Club in the Winter of 2019.

With the 2020 Season being cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, Steve inherited a team that had not played in over 12 months. Taking this into consideration, Steve directed a training plan that rebuilt their rugby fundamentals from the ground up while molding the squad into a force to be reckoned with within Indiana Rugby. In his debut 2021 Season as Head Coach, Steve led both the 15’s Team and the 7s Team to the State Semi-Finals, along with Avon Rugby becoming nationally ranked for the first time in history.  Avon saw over half of graduating seniors earning college athletic scholarships for rugby, it was a highly successful debut season.

Since taking over as Head Coach, Steve has introduced his own exciting brand of rugby to Avon. With a system heavily influenced by the European rugby nations, Steve has introduced a style often unseen in American Rugby, leading to a team that is exciting to watch and terrifying to play against. The team has been the subject of several articles in national sporting media and the increased presence of college recruiters at Avon Rugby games is testament to a program on the rise!

Outside of Rugby, Steve has his hands full keeping up his four children, Andrew, Isla, William and Amelia. While Andrew was a promising Rugby player, his talents lay elsewhere and is currently working on his Soccer career in Europe. Isla is a former State Champion Gymnast. Steve holds out hope that his two youngest children will follow in his footsteps! With what little free time he has left, Steve likes to travel and has so far visited 45 different countries and has no plans to stop any time. Of course, it does help that he is a Certified Pilot!

About Club

The Boys 9-12 League is open to all boys in in Grades 9-12. This is a boys only tackle league.

Contact

(317) 340-2803

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