Virginia Tech


"Virginia Tech plays rugby in both the fall and spring semesters. In the fall, they will compete in collegiate Seven aside tournaments such as the Atlantic Coast Rugby Sevens and then play a series of hard 15 aside games towards the end of the fall semester in preparation for the spring league schedule. The Junior Varsity side will play a full season of friendlies in the fall. In the spring, Virginia Tech will then compete in the Atlantic Coast Rugby League. The winners of the league will go on to play in the round of Sixteen at the USA Rugby national championships."
"Although the men’s rugby team at Virginia Tech was officially started in the fall of 1968, rugby was actually first played in Blacksburg 87 years earlier. Students at the 20 year old Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (VAMC) had no organized sports at the time. Those wishing to play any kind of game simply found a level spot available and started one. The very first organized game of rugby football was played in the fall of 1891 on an uneven wheat field behind Barracks No1 (Lane Hall), about where Shanks Hall stands today. The students liked it so much that they decided to form a team the following year. Rugby had established itself in the United States through its colleges and universities. Rudimentary forms of a game date as far back as 1820; brutal mass games were played at several Ivy League schools. And shortly after William Webb Ellis ‘picked up the ball in his arms and ran with it’ in 1823, during a game of football at Rugby School in England, rugby caught on and became popular at the Ivy League schools. Rugby then started to spread to other schools, the length and breadth of the United States. Unfortunately for rugby though, at this point during the 19th century, the United States was still trying to develop a new national culture, independent of its English colonial roots; the same way it had become politically independent the previous century. And the developing game of rugby was struggling to catch on with a new American version of the game quickly becoming more popular on campuses. And so it was at VAMC. Although, it’s quite possible that the first recorded football game on 21st October 1892 against St. Albans of Radford would have looked more like rugby than football, it was football that took hold in Blacksburg and not rugby. Although there is no written evidence, but it is quite possible that rugby could well have continued at VAMC after 1892, it was not a recognized sport on campus and went the same way rugby did up and down most of the east coast of the United States. In the early days of the football team, it was reported that, ‘many players would not attend training if they weren’t in the starting line-up’, so these players may have played the rougher, colonial version of the game as an unofficial team. "

Prospective Players

"All prospective players should view the Virginia Tech Men's rugby recruiting page and contact Coach Richards"