University at Buffalo Rugby Football Club

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The University at Buffalo Rugby Football Club (UBRFC) is run through the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Recreational and Intramural Services. The Sports Club Program at UB is under the management of the Student Association. The club participates in the sport of rugby union.[1]

The University at Buffalo Rugby Football Club competes in Division 1 of the New York State Rugby Conference. In the fall of 2007 the UBRFC started a Division 3 team playing in the Excelsior West Division of the New York State Rugby Conference. UB rugby has won four championships of the NYSRC Upstate Division 1 Tournament.[2]


The UBRFC was founded in 1966. It was originally called the Queens Rugby Football Club. In 1971 the club gave up its ties to the university and became the Buffalo Old Boys men's club. In 1976, a university team was again organized as the "Mad Turtles" playing within the New York Upstate Rugby Union (URU). Team jersey colors were sky blue with a band of red-white-navy-white-red. The team negotiated a sponsorship in 1980 with Koch's Brewery of Dunkirk, N.Y. and changed their team name to the "UB Black Horses", named after Koch's Black Horse Ale. The uniforms changed at this time to solid black with an embroidered Black Horse Ale patch on the left chest, In 1984 the sponsorship ended when the UB Student Association funded the team and they again became the "Mad Turtles", switching colors to crimson jerseys with crimson and gold hooped sleeves. At this time they were also an official member of the New York State Rugby Conference (NYSRC). The 1984 season was also important as it claimed a victory in the NYSRC Collegiate Championship qualifying them for USA Rugby's Collegiate National Championship for the first time. In 2010, the team was ranked No. 1 in the nation by American Rugby News capturing the NYSRC title. The future continues to look promising for the Mad Turtles as they continue to add members. The development of more local high school rugby programs is helping to raise the overall skill level of the team and they are committed to continuing their success.


The UBRFC Mad Turtles play all of their home games at the "Rugby Pitch" located at the Ellicott Complex on the UB's North Campus.[3]