Bill Bishop - President
Kris Bickell - Vice President
Ann Bickell - Secretary
Ali Smith - Treasurer
Board of Directors
What is our Story?
The Cheshire Rugby Corporation, operating currently as MidState Rugby Club is an organization whose objective is to teach, develop and promote the sport of rugby in central Connecticut. This includes the development of high school, youth, and children’s rugby. The MidState Rugby culture is one that embraces core values of teamwork, inclusion, discipline, respect, and responsibility.
501c3 - Non Profit Organization
We operate as a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. The governance of the MidState Rugby Club is overseen by a board of directors and an executive board comprised of stakeholders representing all levels of the organization. It is the job of the board to make decisions for the club with all members in their best interest. The board contribute to ongoing operations, procure resources, sponsorships, help promote the club and recruit players, and generally give back to their community through the lens of the rugby.
Our Roots - Cheshire Rugby Club
Cheshire Rugby was founded in 2005 and was the brainchild of rugby enthusiast Ed Robinson. Ed brought in UCONN rugby alum Joe Masi as the first head coach along with coaches Dan Ruddy, Pete Velcofsky, and Bill Bishop. The team played its frst match in April 2006 against Norwalk. Enthusiasm and particpation grew immediately and the team captured the D2 HIgh School boys NERFU tournament in 2007.
The team was soon competing against the top teams in CT and the Northeast as interest continued to grow. A youth flag program was started in 2008 led by Kris Bickell and Geraint Phillips. A girls high school program was created in 2012 and captured their first of three state championships that year. As the youth summer flag program bloomed, youth contact teams were added for U12 boys, U14 boys and U14 girls. Cheshire Rugby received 501c3 status in 2015.
Hundreds of players from Central Connecticut have played for Cheshire Rugby. In 2018, the decision was made to rebrand under the name Midstate Rugby setting the path forward for continued growth.