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Rensselaer Rugby Club History

 

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rugby Football Club honors over a decade of excellence and tradition. The club continues to field competitive championship caliber sides that have been recognized both regionally and nationally.


The club first took the pitch in the spring of 1992, playing as a Division 2 School in the New York State Rugby Conference. In 1995, the men's side claimed its first New York State Division 2 Championship and traveled to the National Championships where they lost to the United States Coast Guard Academy. In 1997, they became New York State Division 2 Champs for a second time, but lost to Williams College in the National Championships. But by claiming the New York State Division 2 title twice in three years, the men's club secured a position in the Division 1 of New York State Rugby Conference.


Soon after rising to division one status, the men's club won its first New York State Division 1 Championship in the fall of 2000. After defeating Northeastern 44-12 in the National Qualifiers, the club succumbed to Darthmouth College and Brown University in the Final Four of the East. The team continued their success the following semester, claiming back to back New York State Division 1 Championships for the first time in club history.


Written by Jesse Cutler
2004 Graduate