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Maximize Your Full Potential

For athletes and coaches

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Founded in 2018, Cleveland Rugby Academy seeks to cultivate homegrown talent and grow the game of rugby in Northeast Ohio. With individualized instruction, fundamental clinics, team partnerships and high-performance opportunities, Cleveland Rugby Academy provides a professional experience to all rugby athletes, coaches and those who love the game. 


meet the team


Zack StryfFEler

Zack began playing rugby in 2010 and continues to play and coach. He has played professionally for 4(ish) seasons domestically with the Ohio Aviators, NOLA Gold and New England Free Jacks. He is presently coaching with local men’s clubs and CRA


Michael Pelagalli

Mike played competitive rugby for over eight years for Saint Ignatius High School, Miami (OH), 1823 7s, the Cleveland Rovers, and the Cleveland Crusaders. Since trading in his playing boots for legal pads, Mike has coached the 7s team for Saint Ignatius and is one of the founding members of the Cleveland Rugby Academy.



Pat played competitive rugby for over seven years until he hung up his boots for a legal career.  For the past six years, Pat has focused on coaching and giving back to the game that has given him so much.


Luke Markovich

Luke enjoyed a playing career spanning from 2005-2019. He picked up rugby in high school and has since played college, mens, and several touring/representative sides. He currently coaches at Notre Dame College, alongside Cleveland Rugby Academy.



The 2022 youth rugby competition season is right around the corner. Join us for our first ever Identification Clinic, where we will aim to identify and develop the talent that will make up our competition teams for 2022:

  • WHO: Girls and Boys, Grades 6th through 12th

  • WHAT: Identification Clinic for 2022 CRA Teams

  • WHERE: Force Eastlake Sports Complex

  • WHEN: January 15, 2022 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM

    • Grades 6-8 | 5:00-6:30 PM​

    • Grades 9-12 | 6:30-8:00 PM

  • COST: $20.00 per athlete​

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JANUARY 15, 2022


MARCH 19, 2022

Register today to hone your skills at the CRA skills development camp:

  • WHO: Girls and Boys, High School

  • WHAT: CRA Skills Camp

  • WHERE: CAPs Fieldhouse

  • WHEN: March 19, 2022 | 8:00 - 10:00 PM

  • COST: $25.00 per athlete​

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With the help of various partners, Cleveland Rugby Academy will present the inaugural National Youth Rugby 7s Championships in Cleveland Ohio. The event will feature U15 tournament brackets for both boys and girls divisions.