Kansas

About

"The Kansas Jayhawks Rugby Football Club is a university club sport that competes with teams throughout the Midwest. The club enjoys a strong tradition of athletic success combined with community and campus support. The KU Rugby team is a member of the Heart of America Rugby Conference and competes annually in this conference. We participate in Divison 1-AA of USA Rugby college rugby. The club also fields a club side composed of non-student players from the Lawrence Area."
"The rugby club was established in 1964 when University of Kansas law student, George Bunting ran an ad for interested players in the University of Kansas newspaper and began their first season. The following year, the club chartered a bus and played a tour of matches with a number of Ivy League schools. Bunting had played as an undergrad at Dartmouth. The club has fielded a consistently competitive team over the many decades in spite of the transient nature of a student player base. Many thanks go to the officers and players who stepped up to maintain the club as we passed through time. The club began international tours and hosting international touring clubs in 1977. The tours have elevated the club's quality of play and evolution. The club has now established a long history of international tours. This evolution led to the club acquiring and developing its own playing facility in 1995. The club's ownership of its own playing facility is a rarity in the sport in the USA. The facility features multiple fields, with bleachers berms for spectators, and parking. A significant milestone occurred in 1979, when three graduating collegiate club members decided to remain in Lawrence and purchase an old bar/restaurant at the north end of the bridge over the Kansas River. Johnny's Tavern became the club's home. The players converted part of the building's upstairs area to an official clubhouse. Trophies, historic team photos, and international tour memorabilia collections were/are displayed. The clubhouse is still used for post game parties and for club executive meetings. The owners then expanded the upstairs to start an ""after hours"" private club called the Up & Under(term for a rugby play) that became an important part of the college scene in Lawrence, until the Kansas liquor laws changed and no longer necessitated private liquor clubs. "

Prospective Players

Practices are held at 6:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at Westwick Rugby Complex. We always welcome new players, regardless of experience.