Wisconsin

Wisconsin

About

The Wisconsin Rugby Club was founded in 1962 by collegiate students, alumni, and Madison residents both with and without rugby experience. This club proved to be one of the most successful teams in the midwest during the sixties and early seventies. In the 1969 Big Ten Championship match, the Wisconsin Rugby Club claimed the Big Ten title after upsetting Indiana University 9-6 in overtime. This ended IU's two year unbeaten streak.

In 1977, the University side split from WRC and the present day University of Wisconsin RC came into being - a team comprised entirely of UW undergrads. In 1992 - long time coach Stu Pippel's final year as head coach - UW won the Midwest Cup and advanced to the National Collegiate Final Four. There, the 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 Stu Pippel has since been replaced by Coach Skip Heffernan.

On the club's 20th anniversary, Skip and the boys took a giant step forward in the journey to reestablish the UWRC among the collegiate elite. The club finished 8-1 in the 1997 season, and by winning the Wisconsin Union earned the right to represent the state of Wisconsin in the national playoffs. The Badgers won their first match against a tough Illinois team, but eventually fell to Midwest champion Indiana University. In 2012, the Badgers won the inaugural Big Ten 15's Championship and in 2013 were runners up for the Big Ten title. Wisconsin also competed in the National Collegiate 15's tournament in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The UW has remained a dominant force in the conference.

The UW is also proud of their dominant 7s team, garnering back-to-back Big Ten championships in 2012 & 2013. Along with victories in multiple CRCs, the Badger 7s squad represented the Big Ten two years in a row at the USA Rugby national 7’s tourneys at Texas A&M and in the Collegiate Rugby Championships in Philadelphia from 2011-2013.

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