Rugby is one of the fastest-growing club sports in America. The Men’s & Women’s Rugby Teams at Emory & Henry compete against other college club teams from around the region and in the Cardinal Athletic Conference.
Join Emory & Henry’s Rugby Team
Emory & Henry College added non-NCAA competitive rugby to enhance the vibrant culture of the college community and to start a new tradition. Men’s and Women’s Rugby is register through National Collegiate Rugby. The teams travel and play at home against other institutions on a collegiate level.
The club at Emory & Henry is open to tryouts for any students interested.
*Important Note: Per NCAA rules, if you participate in an NCAA-athletic team you are not eligible for a Rugby Scholarship*
- Virginia Military Institute
- University of Virginia
- University of Richmond
- James Madison University
- Radford University
- Duke University
- Christendom College
- College of William & Mary
- Roanoke College
Rugby at E&H
Men’s Rugby began at Emory & Henry in 2012 as Club Sport program. It quickly grew into a popular sport on campus and transitioned to Affinity in 2016. The program has seen much success since that time and has seen many players receive high honors for their performance on the pitch.
The E&H Men’s Rugby program competes within the Cardinals Collegiate Rugby Conference as a part of the Challenger’s Division. In 2018, E&H finished 2nd in the conference, the best in the program’s history. Head Coach Tom (Doc) O’Neill was named the 2018 Cardinal Conference Coach of the Year.
The 2020-2021 Men’s team saw six members selected to the Conference All-Star Team. The Conference Team finished sixth nationally at the National Collegiate Rugby Tournament in New Orleans, Louisiana.
E&H Men’s Rugby
Men’s All-Star Team Selections (from National Collegiate Rugby)
2021-2022 Season Results:
- Sept. 11th vs. James Madison University- Won, 64-5
- Sept. 18th vs. College of William & Mary- Won (forfeit)
- Sept. 25th vs. Virginia Commonwealth University- Won, 49-14
- Oct. 2nd vs. Longwood- Won (forfeit) (E&H Nationally Ranked- #17)
- Oct. 14th vs. Roanoke College- Won, 75-14 (E&H Nationally Ranked- #14)
- Oct. 30th at Richmond University
- Nov. 6th and 7th (Cardinal Collegiate Rugby Conference Tournament)
In 2019, Emory & Henry formed its first women’s rugby team playing non-NCAA intercollegiate rugby in the South-Atlantic Rugby Conference. Their motto is “Never Give Up. Never Surrender.” The team has membership in National Collegiate Rugby and is a group of powerful women devoted to teamwork and dedication both on and off the field.
The 2020- 2021 team saw four members selected to the Conference All-Star Team. The Conference Team finished 1st overall and was awarded the National Championship at the National Collegiate Rugby Tournament in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Women’s All-Star Team Selections (from National Collegiate Rugby)
2021-2022 Season Results:
Oct. 23rd Tri Tournament vs. Virginia Commonwealth University and UNC Greensboro-
Vs. VCU- Won, 29-5
Vs. UNCG- Won, 33-7