University of the Pacific


The rugby tradition began at Pacific in 1908 when football was replaced with rugby by the sports department. The jerseys and socks of the rugby team were the traditional stripes in black and orange and this led to the unofficial nickname “Tigers”. The tiger was eventually adopted as the official school mascot in 1925 and the school’s official colors changed from just orange to black and orange. Today's Tigers look to continue the proud tradition established over 100 years ago. The Tigers play in the Northern California Collegiate Rugby Conference, in the Challenge Cup division of the National Small College Rugby Organization. The conference consists of Cal Maritime. Sonoma State, Sierra Collegiate, Humboldt State (all in the Champions Cup), USF, Solano Community College, CSU Monterey Bay and University of the Pacific (all in the Challenge Cup).
The Pacific Rugby Club will be participating in the inaugural Challenge Cup playoffs put on by the NSCRO.

Prospective Players

There is no requirement for previous experience in order to play rugby at Pacific. Although there has been an eruption of high school programs in America within the last 10 years, the majority of American rugby players till learn the game in college. It is not even necessary to have any previous athletic experience but if you have played any sport before it will help in your development as a ‘rugger’. It may seem like it is a complicated game and your first match you might feel totally lost, but the basics are easy to pick up and new players quickly learn to love the game. At Pacific we emphasize learning both the rudiments of the game and the traditions involved with making this the greatest game in the world.