South Carolina

About

"Whether you have always dreamed of being a college athlete, or you are a U17/U19 player aspiring for greatness, the Men's Rugby Team at the University of South Carolina has something for everyone. Founded in 1967, Carolina Rugby is the oldest club sport at USC, boasting a long and distinguished record of success over the years. In 2007, the team was promoted to USA Rugby Division I where it competed against some of the most renowned teams in the nation. From 2008 – 2011, USC continued to demonstrate its national notoriety with proud showings in the National Top-25 collegiate rankings (ARN & RugbyMag) reaching as high as 11th and receiving a bid to the National Playoffs in 2010. Starting in Fall 2011, Carolina Rugby began competing in the newly established Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference with some of the nation's most competitive teams. The players’ hard work is evident throughout the school year, as the competitive season encompasses both the Fall and Spring Semesters. In addition to scheduled matches, USC competes in a number of tournaments including the Southeastern Rugby Olympic 7s Tournament and the Palmetto State Tournament, which it has won more times than any other team in South Carolina."

Prospective Players

"Carolina Rugby is always looking for experienced players who understand the game and are willing to go the extra step for the good of the team. The program has established several ties to the international community throughout its storied history, through both players and coaches, with some of the more recent player exchanges coming from nations such as Ireland, England, France, Spain, Australia, the Bahamas, and China among others. Carolina Rugby maintains a policy that everyone has the opportunity to play regardless of ability. With this philosophy, we are able to sustain a roster of 70+ players, which enables us to field three sides on any given game weekend. In fact, during the Fall 2009 season, Carolina Rugby was the nation's 3rd largest rugby program. The Palmetto C side serves as the program’s developmental side, currently competing in Division III with its own schedule and coaching staff. USC is proud to boast that it is the only program in the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference that has three full sides of competitive ruggers. If you are a high school student looking to play rugby at one of the fastest growing programs in the South, please visit our website at www.USCRugby.org and fill out our recruiting questionnaire. You will be contacted within 72 hours to set up a campus visit, a meeting with the team and coaches, and receive additional information on the program." "Facilities Carolina Rugby is a proud tenant of the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center's showcase field, and has two additional pitches on which to practice and play when necessary. Less than five years old, the field is widely considered by visiting coaches, teams, players, and fans as ""the most beautiful pitch in the South.” The rugby team looks forward to calling this pitch home for many years to come. The Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center also provides players with a world class facility to promote a healthy lifestyle and to focus on seasonal strength training and conditioning. The center is a beacon demonstrating the life, energy, excitement and physical fitness of the Carolina community, and is unequivocally the best of its type in the country on a college campus. Sports Medicine Carolina Rugby is supported by a sports medicine staff that includes NATA-certified athletic trainers and a team of highly trained medical physicians. The sports medicine staff administers all phases of prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and illnesses to include the intervention of emergency medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. They are equipped with state-of-the-art modalities and rehabilitation equipment to enhance sports medicine services, and they also provide counseling to players on rugby-specific nutrition, strength training, and conditioning."