Information for New Players

The Potomac Exiles encourage players of all experience and skill sets to come out for the team. Whether you have international experience or are trying rugby for the first time, the Exiles would love to see you on the pitch!

The Potomac Exiles field two teams: A Division One side and Developmental side. All players will be given a chance to compete for a spot, regardless of experience with the club. .

Feel free to contact Mike Minchik with any questions you may have and he will be happy to help you out.

All Players Welcome!

Experienced ruggers will enjoy the level of competition playing on the Division 1 side.  The Potomac Exiles play the top teams in the Mid Atlantic region.  Our club fields multiple players that have competed at some of the top college and high school programs in the nation.   We won our conference in 2014, and look to repeat that feat each and every year.

New to rugby or want to learn how to play?  Our experienced coach staff, along with veteran players, will teach you the skills you need.  Newcomers to rugby can learn the sport on the fly playing for the Potomac Exiles developmental side.  This side is a mix of Division 1 reserves, older veterans, and new club members.   


The Potomac Exiles competes in the in the Mid-Atlantic Conference.  All players will be given a chance to earn a starting spot, regardless of experience with the club. We play in competitive matches each week with a developmental games throughout the season.

What you need to get started

If you want to give rugby a try all newcomers are welcomed to try several practices with the Potomac Exiles at no cost, you only need to bring yourself and a pair of sneakers or cleats. To play in a league match, you will have some basic equipment and register with USA rugby. This list below is all you need for a season:

    • Cleats (Rugby, Soccer, and football cleats all acceptable, both studded and molded)
    • Mouth piece
    • Rugby Shorts (black preferred)
    • Contact Mike Minchik to get added to the club email list and if you have any questions
  • The club provides jerseys each match and team socks once you pay dues

Locations: Practices and Games


(Updated March 2020)

Outdoor Practices Every Tuesday and Thursday at Magruder Field 

Practices will be every Tuesday and Thursday for the Spring Season at Magruder Field in Hyattsville, MD.  Located just over the DC border close to the West Hyattsville Metro Stop, contact the club president ( to help arrange for transpiration from the metro or put you in touch with players in the DC area you cad ride-share with. 

Location:3911 Hamilton St, Hyattsville, MD 20781


Home games for the spring will be played at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda MD.

Social Events

Each Saturday, after every rugby match, the home team hosts the visiting team at a local bar and treats them to post match drinking.  In addition to post game drink ups, the Potomac Exiles host multiple events throughout the year including a holiday party, end of year BBQ, happy hours, etc.  Rugby is a great way to build up social connections and network, especially if you are new to a city.

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