What Is CU Rugby?
Dating back to the club's inception in 1967, the University of Colorado Men’s Rugby Club competes at the highest level. This tradition continues with the team’s participation in D1A-West, the highest level of collegiate rugby in the United States. Recent years have seen great success with the team reaching the national quarterfinals successively in (2013 & 2014), and found itself ranked 7th in D1A at the end of the 2014 season, and have seen many top 20 and 25 appearances each season. Adding to the team’s proud history are a National Final appearance in 1984, two Final Four appearances in 1984 & 2008, and the PAC 7’s title in 2011. The team won a plate in Vegas in 2015 and '16, and advanced to the plate final in the inaugural year of Red Bull University 7's, appeared at the Collegiate Rugby Championship in 2019, and more. This success is bolstered by an active and outspoken alumni presence that engage with the team as frequently as they can, culminating in an alumni match to kick off the season every Labor Day Weekend.
The '19-'20 fall season 15's boasted wonderful results for the team. Under new leadership in coaching, having been established since last year, the team climbed the rankings all season. Going 5-1 in the conference and climbing to 18 of the top 20 teams in D1A with impressive defensive shutdowns, offensive showcases, and scrimmages against a couple of top-5 teams. The spring brings more 15's scrimmages, as well as changing gears to play 7's again.
Being part of a Division 1 University with many successful sports, the team reaps the benefits through access to the schools top-tier athletic facilities. The University of Colorado Men’s Rugby Team practices on beautiful natural and artificial surfaces, and works out in one of the nation's best recreation centers (which was just renovated to the tune of $62 million). Thanks to its close proximity to USA Rugby, and several of the nation's best men’s teams, the team is bolstered by one of the best coaching staffs in the nation. Moving forward, Colorado plans to build on its successful foundations and remain competing to be one of the best teams in the nation.