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Harvard University RFC
Harvard Crimson.svg
Full name Harvard Rugby Football Club
Union USA Rugby
Nickname(s) Crimson
Founded 1872
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ground(s) Soldiers Field 42°22′16″N 71°07′41″W / 42.371°N 71.128°W / 42.371; -71.128 (Cumnock Field)Coordinates: 42°22′16″N 71°07′41″W / 42.371°N 71.128°W / 42.371; -71.128 (Cumnock Field)
President Cody Kiechle
Coach(es) United States David Gonzales
League(s) Ivy Rugby Conference
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.hcs.harvard.edu/rugby/

The Harvard Rugby Football Club is a collegiate rugby team at Harvard College. Founded in 1872, the HRFC is the oldest Rugby Club in the United States.[1] With around 50 members, Harvard Rugby is one of the largest club teams at Harvard. In past years, the club traveled to Berkeley, California for the National Tournament (Top 16) after having taken the Ivy League title.

Teams[edit]

Men's Team[edit]

Main article: Ivy Rugby Conference

Harvard competes in the Ivy League.[2] The first Ivy League Rugby Championship was played in 1969.[3] Harvard has won the Ivy League Championships in 2007, 2003 and 1994 and were National Champions in 1984. In 2009, the men joined a newly established Ivy Rugby Conference that kicked off as a separate conference in the Northeast Rugby Union.[4]

Harvard Rugby in Ireland

On May 14, 1874, Harvard University hosted Montreal’s McGill University at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the first recorded rugby game on American soil, which Harvard won.[5]

The Harvard Men's Team, along with the Princeton and Yale Rugby teams, began the tradition of U.S. college students going on Spring Break to the Caribbean.[6][7]

The Harvard Rugby Football Club has been featured in the International Rugby Board's series, Total Rugby.[8]

Recently, the Harvard Rugby Football Club released a film, "Just a Club".[9]

Still from Harvard Rugby's "Just a Club" film.[10]

Radcliffe[edit]

Radcliffe, the women's team of Harvard, was founded in 1982. The Harvard athletic department announced that women’s rugby will become the university's 42nd varsity sport in the 2013-2014 season.[11] Radcliffe were national champions in 1998.

Harvard Business School Rugby[edit]

The Harvard Business School RFC is a rugby union team based at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. Although affiliated with Harvard University, only graduate students compete on this team.



Notable Alumni[edit]

Harvard varsity rugby team photograph, 1955. Edward "Teddy" Kennedy is pictured top row, left.
Pre American Football era team photograph.

External links[edit]

Facilities[edit]

Harvard and Radcliffe play their home matches on Cumnock Field, located at Harvard's Soldiers Field Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1924/11/8/woodrow-wilson-coached-princetons-first-football/
  2. ^ http://www.americanrugbynews.com/artman/publish/college/Ivy_League_teams_split_from_NERFU.shtml
  3. ^ http://www.americanrugbynews.com/artman/publish/college/Ivy_League_Championships.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.americanrugbynews.com/artman/publish/college/Ivy_League_teams_split_from_NERFU.shtml
  5. ^ They Picked Up the Ball http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/rugby/articles/they-picked-up-the-ball/
  6. ^ Sports Illustrated, "Bermuda College Week," March 26, 1956. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1069587/index.htm
  7. ^ Life Magazine, "Collegians in Bermuda," April 26, 1948.
  8. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ijQXygzNNE
  9. ^ https://vimeo.com/51819176
  10. ^ https://vimeo.com/51819176
  11. ^ http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2012/8/22/women-rugby-varsity-sport/
  12. ^ http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/c3gQG3skukmyedWFHXhBNw.aspx
  13. ^ John F. Kennedy: A Biography http://books.google.com/books?id=fxzd__gA_I4C&pg=PA174&lpg=PA174&dq=john+f+kennedy+harvard+rugby&source=bl&ots=b1f2I21K4A&sig=cQTVuqjJQLT1EACL2fHCEq1oKgI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1vUYU-W5EsfSyAGT24CoBQ&ved=0CFUQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=rugby&f=false
  14. ^ The Harvard Crimson, "Woodrow Wilson Coached First Football Team, Says Historian," Nov 8, 1924. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1924/11/8/woodrow-wilson-coached-princetons-first-football/
  15. ^ The Harvard Crimson, "Woodrow Wilson Coached First Football Team, Says Historian," Nov 8, 1924. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1924/11/8/woodrow-wilson-coached-princetons-first-football/
  16. ^ Quad Q&A: ‘Harvard Beats Yale 29-29’ http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/21/quad-qa-harvard-beats-yale-29-29/
  17. ^ The Harvard Crimson, "Woodrow Wilson Coached First Football Team, Says Historian," Nov 8, 1924. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1924/11/8/woodrow-wilson-coached-princetons-first-football/