LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Santa Barbara Rugby Academy (SBRA) has joined the USA Rugby Olympic Development program as a National Development Academy, USA Rugby announced Thursday. Established in 2009 on the more-than-230-acre grounds of the largest privately-funded park in the United States, Elings Park, the Academy has already produced 28 student-athletes attending 17 collegiate institutions. As an NDA, it will expand its residency offering from college-bound athletes to 40 contracts for college-, international-, and professional-bound rugby players.

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