The rugby club at University of Wisconsin-Madison is a competitive D1-A club comprised of university students. The club competes in the Big 10 conference West division.

The Wisconsin Rugby Football Club was founded in 1962 by collegiate students, alumni, and Madison residents. This club proved to be one of the most successful teams in the midwest during the sixties and early seventies. In 1977, the present day University of Wisconsin RFC came into being a team comprised entirely of UW undergrads. Under the guidance of long time Coach Stu Pippel, the UWRFC won 7 Wisconsin University Union championships. This Union also includes teams from Marquette University, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Platteville, UW-Lacrosse, UW-Stout and UW-Stevens Point. In 1992- Stu Pippel’s final year as head coach- UW won the Midwest Cup and advanced to the National Collegiate Final Four. There UW was forced to contend with the three other regional winners- Cal Berkeley, Air Force, and Harvard. UW lost both games and finished fourth in the nation. Stu Pippel has since been replaced by Coach Skip Heffernan.

  • Big Ten Universities Champions: 2013
  • Big Ten 7's Champions: 2012, 2011

Prospective Players

We are always looking to add players. No prior experience is needed. Playing rugby at the University of Wisconsin provides one the opportunity to represent the Badgers and to build great friendships. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for info on practices and how to join!

Alternate pitch: 4064 Vilas Rd, Cottage Grove, WI 53527