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NextPhase & Rugger’s Edge Partner

NextPhase & Rugger’s Edge Partnership to increase accessibility to college rugby & college rugby scholarships for all student-athletes

April 1, 2022: NextPhase and The Rugger’s Edge have joined forces to assist young student-athletes from across the world in pursuing higher education while playing top-level collegiate rugby.

Next Phase Rugby is an online platform and mobile app that allows high school athletes to create online profiles that include their academic and rugby information, pictures, highlight videos, references, contact information and more. Through the Next Phase Rugby platform, the high school athletes will have access to the largest database of collegiate rugby programs where they can follow their target schools, and search for schools by location, academic requirements, type of rugby program and more.

For many student-athletes, especially first-generation students, the process of just getting started can be daunting. NextPhase allows these students & families an easy pathway into starting conversations with coaches and opening up their eyes to what options they may have. Many students are able to move through the college recruitment process simply via NextPhase’s platform, while other students may find they need additional support. That’s where The Rugger’s Edge can step in to help.

Rugger’s Edge Owner & Founder, Karen Fong Donoghue as well as group academic presentations aimed at preparing student-athletes for the college admissions process and what to expect once admitted.

"We are ecstatic to begin working alongside NextPhase to promote more high school students to the collegiate game,” said Karen Fong Donoghue, owner and founder of The Rugger’s Edge. “Many students come to me with the intent to play college rugby and may have their sights set on highly selective institutions. Just because they have started a conversation with a coach isn’t the end of the story. They may need advice on class selections, testing timelines, as well as application and essay support. This is where we can ensure they are putting through the very best application to their dream schools.”

The Rugger’s Edge is able to take students from their first steps on NextPhase over the finish line of acceptance and enrollment.

About NextPhase & The Rugger's Edge

Next Phase Rugby is an online platform that connects college rugby programs with high school rugby players. The app launched in May, and has quickly become the largest online rugby recruiting platform in the country, with hundreds of high school players from the USA and abroad. The college database includes hundreds of men’s and women’s teams across all collegiate divisions. To create your account, click HERE.

The Rugger’s Edge works with the best colleges in the country to prepare material to help families find the perfect fit for their child. With an intimate knowledge of the landscape of US collegiate rugby and how athletic recruiting applies to college admissions, The Rugger’s Edge offers aspiring collegiate student-athletes sound advice to help reach the child’s goals and fulfill the family’s needs. Request a FREE 30-minute consultation HERE.



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