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Chuckanut Bay Dinner Auction : POSTPONED

By Craig Brown 02/23/2020, 5:45pm PST


Per the recommendation of the Washington Department of Health and Whatcom County Health Department, the club is electing to postpone our Irish dinner and silent auction to May.  Those who have already reserved seat/tables will continue to have a spot reserved on the new date.  Refunds are available to those who need then.  We apologize for the inconvenience and hope measures taken now will prevent future spread of the virus.


Join the Chuckanut Bay Rugby family for the opportunity to support the club as we continue on the fundraising journey to build a world class rugby facility in Whatcom County! Reserve your spot at the bottom of this page.

During the evening, you will get to enjoy a traditional Irish dinner & dancing experience.& A silent auction with the chance to bid on numerous items/services offered by our community supporters and club members will also be available.

Former Ireland national player and USA rugby coach, Justin Fitzpatrick will be the keynote speaker, sharing his insights and experience collected during his rugby career.


Individual tickets are available at $50 each ($65 after March 14th) and includes dinner and 2 beer/wine drink tickets. Get a group together and reserve a table of 8 for $450 and get an additional 2 drink tickets per person (an $80 value)  Reserve your spot below and thank you for your support!

Beer provided by our long time local sponsor Boundary Bay Brewery

Bellingham School District Approves Varsity Rugby

By Craig Brown 11/27/2019, 6:45pm PST

Varsity Rugby

November 27, 2019


Craig Brown
Chuckanut Bay Athletic Association
(360) 393-1174

Bellingham School District Adopts High School

Rugby for Boys and Girls

Bellingham, WA –  The Chuckanut Bay Athletic Association (CBAA) has reached a formal agreement with the Bellingham School District to develop new girls and boys rugby teams at each of three high schools. Bellingham, Squalicum and Sehome High Schools will begin training and playing as a spring sport.

The announcement coincides with the rapid growth of youth rugby, and local athletes competing at the World Cup and Olympic level, and WWUs recent appearance in the national collegiate playoffs.

Each Bellingham boys and girls high school team will enjoy official school recognition as an ASB sport, providing access to training and meeting facilities. While not yet sanctioned by the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), the programs will report through Athletics and adhere to the same standards and codes of conduct. The programs are being delivered at no cost to the district, through modest dues & donations and coordination by the CBAA, the affiliate organization of Chuckanut Rugby Club. 

Chuckanut Rugby Club, a local youth and adult club founded in 1973, has made Whatcom County one of America’s most productive sources of talent: In just the past dozen years, 15 local athletes have played for Team USA including Alex Cleary (Ferndale ‘18) who captained the USA’s delegation to the 2018 Youth Olympics in Rio; Titi Lamositele (Sehome ‘13) a London-based professional playing for Saracens in The Premiership;  and Cole Semu (Ferndale ‘18) who joined Jack Wendling (Squalicum ‘17) last summer in the USA national team against Canada U20s.


“This is a significant opportunity for aspiring student-athletes,” said Ferndale (‘17) multi-sport standout Ben Broselle, now playing for the USA and training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic squad. “Chuckanut Rugby has given so many from our area the opportunity to play a varsity college sport, represent Team USA, become a professional athlete and see the world. Giving more local high school athletes the experience I’ve had is an amazing win for the Bellingham area.”

“The Bellingham School District has been a great advocate for the interests of its students,” said Craig Brown, President of Chuckanut Rugby Club. “Rugby embraces the culture of respect in sportsmanship. The game invites young people, of all background and abilities, to accept challenges and express themselves in the very best spirit of athletics.” Said Brown, “With so many emerging opportunities as an emerging NCAA and varsity sport, rugby is instilling qualities, offering experiences and providing opportunities that players, parents and educators embrace.”  

Boys and Girls coaching appointments will be made by December 15th 2019. Coaches interested in being involved with these new high school clubs may email

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Chuckanut Bay Rugby Club was founded in 1973 after a group of recent Western Washington University graduates. Today the club offers rugby to over 200 locals, in club sides including Grade k/1, Grade 2/3, Grade 4, Grade 5/6, Youth Grade 7/8  U-14 , Jr. Varsity Boys Grade 9/10, Varsity Boys Grade 11/12 and High School Girls program in addition to women and men's adult teams. In 2003 the club incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit organization and focused on growing rugby, including a capital campaign investing in a dedicated rugby facility at The Bellingham Polo Grounds.


Geoducks vs Budd Bay Scrum

November Rugby Club Newsletter

By Craig Brown 11/01/2019, 7:30pm PDT

Important item! If you have not completed our club survey, your input in appreciated! THANK YOU!

Important item! If you have not completed our club survey, your input in appreciated! THANK YOU!
Click here for the link.

Men still enjoying our great game(match v Budd Bay) continued again in league competition this fall and went 3-1, looking to build on this momentum in the Spring. Still looking for more athletes who are keen to play. Please let us know!

Members around the Pacific Northwest who played for the club and continue to be involved playing or coaching, and as our club coach Joel is fond of hash-tagging... #YouNeverGraduateRugby

Major League Rugby: Utah Warriors
Club Rugby: Chuckanut Bay, Seattle Saracens, Seattle Quake
University: WWU, CWU, WSU, UW

Tour Out

Spring Break 2021 the kids are on the trot and going to the UK. Highlights to include, 3 or 4 matches in Wales, England tour of Twickenham Stadium and camp session with Saracens of London and run by our own Titi Lamositele who plays professionally for Saracens and was recently representing the USA at Rugby World Cup in Japan! Go Titi, Go Chuckanut Bay kids...

Capital Campaign 

Over the next several months we will be highlighting sponsors who have graciously come forward to support our club, if you are needing services please think of and reach out to our sponsors. (click on their logo to be directed to their website)

This is how we will continue to grow and find support for our great game and generous club members. 

Emily Rose Mowrey, Attorney at Law
  • Estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, both simple and complex/high net worth estates)Probate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Real estate (deeds, leases, easements, evictions)
  • Formation of business entities, contracts, purchase and sales of businesses
Craig A Brown, CRPC
  • MultiGen Wealth Services, works with and guides families through each stage in life with their customized Financial Planning, Investing and Insurance.
Tyler Green: Land Use Manager, Principal


High Performance Congratulations

Shawn Pittman: Asst. Coach Utah Warriors, USA Men at Rugby World Cup
Titi Lamositele Saracens, USA Men at Rugby World Cup
Ben Broselle USA 7s 3 tournaments past two months: Munich & London
Jacob Broselle HSAA 7s : World School 7s New Zealand

Thank you again to all our volunteers who actually run the club!

As always, thank you for reading and if you have any questions or if you are keen to be involved in some way please let me know or just give a call to discuss. 

Respectfully, Craig Brown.

U14 and U16 team picture