South Carolina

South Carolina

About

The USC Men’s Rugby Program at the University of South Carolina is known for its success and has something to offer to everyone. Whether you’re a U17/U19 player aspiring for greatness, or just want to become a college athlete, USC Men’s Rugby has something for you.

Founded in 1967, the Men’s Rugby at the University of South Carolina is the oldest club sport at USC, boasting a long and distinguished record of success. Carolina was invited two years in a row to the National Collegiate Rugby Championships in 1972 and 1973, and was the first collegiate team in the South to host an international side with back-to-back wins against the Royal Marines in 1973. In 2007, the team was promoted to USA Rugby Division I and has demonstrated its national notoriety with proud annual showings in the National Top 25 collegiate rankings. When compared to all other NCAA sports on campus, the South Carolina Men’s Rugby program has the highest winning percentage of more than 80%.

Starting in Fall 2011, South Carolina began competing in the newly-revised Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference with some of the nation’s most competitive teams, recently finishing 2nd in 2013 and receiving a bid to the USA Rugby National Sweet 16 Playoffs. In addition to scheduled matches, South Carolina competes in a number of tournaments including the Southeastern Olympic 7s Tournament, the USA Rugby Collegiate 7’s Championship, and the Palmetto State Tournament, which they have won more times than any other team in South Carolina.

Prospective Players

Despite their emphasis on high performance, the team continues to maintain a policy that everyone has the opportunity to play regardless of ability, a philosophy which enables them to field three sides on any given game weekend, the only program in the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference that has the ability to do so. In fact, in 2009, South Carolina boasted the 3rd largest program in the nation based on USA Rugby registration.

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, and the Bahamas among others.

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.

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. Nearly 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.

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.