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
- William & Mary University
- 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 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.
Men’s All-Star Team Selections (from National Collegiate Rugby)
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 National Collegiate Rugby Tournament in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Women’s All-Star Team Selections (from National Collegiate Rugby)
In the News
Coach O’Neill was named National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) Penn Mutual Coach of the Month for the month of June 2021. Keep reading
The National Collegiate Rugby Conference was held May 29-31, 2021 in New Orleans, La. with both E&H Men and Women’s Rugby teams competing. Keep reading
Head Rugby Coach Tom O’Neill is one of 26 coaches from across the country chosen to participate in the Premiership Rugby Scholarships program, which will take place in England in mid-April. Keep reading
After a successful season, the Wasps’ Rugby Club has placed second in the CCRC (Cardinals Collegiate Rugby Conference) Division. Their coach, Tom O’Neil, received the confrence’s Coach of the Year Award, and four players were selected for All-Star play. Keep reading