Rugby is one of the largest club (non-NCAA) sports in the country with over 800 schools playing 15s and 7s seasons. The mens and womens competitive levels range from recreational clubs through to DIA elite teams. Most schools play in regional conferences and have access to national championship pathways.

The sport is governed by several national organizations:


Collegiate Recruiting

College Rugby is divided among several different types of teams, and each of these has a different recruiting process. It’s important for high school student-athletes to understand the differences, and what that means for them.

Before we get into it, a piece of advice—your chief reason for choosing a college must be your education. It does you no good to go to a school that doesn’t offer the right course of study or the right opportunities for you simply because you’re excited about the rugby team.

Our second piece of advice is how you define scholarships. Remember that a scholarship is very rarely a free ride. Getting $1000 to help you with expenses is still called a scholarship, as is full coverage of your tuition. When you hear the word “scholarship” find out what it covers, because it may not be what you expect. And finally—when you’re making your rugby decision about a college team, make sure you know not only the strengths of the program you are considering, but also who they play. If you’re joining a strong team that has a weak schedule, is that right for you?