The Syracuse University Rugby Football Club was founded in 1969 as an Anglo-American collaboration between two graduate students; Peter Baigent from Halifax, England and John Mauro, Syracuse New York (via Notre Dame Rugby Club). The first reported result was an encouraging 6-0 loss to Rochester. The actual result was 76-0 but, with a fine disregard for journalistic details one digit was accidentally omitted in the Daily Orange report. The club has enjoyed much success since this humble beginning. Todays hammerheads are competitive with clubs and universities across the eastern U.S.A and have even made their mark in nations such as the Bahamas, Argentina, and England while on tour.
Previous Records since 1996
1996 Record 1-6 7th place NYS
1997 Record 3-3-1 5th place NYS
1998 Record 7-0 1st place NYS
1999 Record 6-1 1st place NYS
2000 Record 6-1 1st place NYS
2001 Record 5-1 1st place NYS
2002 Record 2-3 4th place NYS
2003 Record 3-2 3rd place NYS
2004 Record 3-3 3rd place NYS
2005 Record 4-2 3rd place NYS
2006 Record 4-2-1 3rd place NYS
2007 Record 4-2 3rd place NYS
2008 Record 6-1 1st place NYS
2009 Record 5-1 1st place NYS
2010 Record 6-1 2nd place NYS
2011 Record 1-7 4th place ERC
The club is a registered member of the New York State Rugby Conference and USA Rugby (USAR). The club boasts two USAR certified coaches that have kept the team at the top of the New York State Conference Premier Division. This year the Syracuse D1 team achieved more success then ever by qualifying for the USA Collegiate Championship and reaching the NRU Championship game in back to back years. The team has recorded over ten straight play-off appearances with wins over Harvard, Dartmouth and Fordham. The Syracuse B side is entered in the NYS Division III level for competative play with a development C side competing after most A or B side games.
The Fall league season provides 9-12 games, depending on playoffs. The spring tournament season provides 8 games over seven weekends. A flexible, yet serious five day practice schedule operates at fields on campus and at the Hookway recreation complex. There are winter training opportunities in the gym, weight room, Manley Field House and the Carrier Dome.
THE RUGBY EXPERIENCE
We provide the students of Syracuse University and SUNY ESF with a high quality experience in learning, practicing and playing the game of Rugby Football in a supportive environment. To encourage connections both with students and the university and provide leadership and organizational experiences for the student.The rugby club provides a challenging athletic experience with a flexible schedule . The experience includes skill development, fitness and competitive matches. There is a place for all backgrounds and sizes with no experience required, no cuts and everybody plays.
- Opportunities to play at State, Regional and National All Star levels
-Travel to colleges to meet and compete with other students
-Flexible practice schedule
-Entry to a national and international community of friends and business contacts
-Opportunities to travel and play in other countries: England, Argentina, Italy and Australia
-Community service activities
-High Team GPA
As of 2011, Syracuse Rugby will compete in the newly formed Empire Rugby Conference. The conference will consist of a Western and Eastern division (Syracuse is in the West) and the top 2 seeds from each division will play in a playoff for the Conference Championship.
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