Army Rugby Football Club
|Full name||Army Rugby Football Club|
|Union||Division 1-A Rugby|
|Nickname(s)||Army Ruggers, Brothers XV|
|Location||West Point, New York|
|Ground(s)||Anderson Rugby Complex, Warrior Field (Capacity: ~1000)|
|Captain(s)||Collum Magee, Logan Pearce|
|League(s)||D1A, Eastern Conference|
|2015||Eastern conference champion|
In 1980 the USA Rugby Collegiate Championship playoff system was established. Since then, the Army Rugby team has qualified for every national playoff tournament, has reached more than ten semifinals, and has finished second in the nation 3 times.
All Cadet classes play and the team currently has over 60 members drawn from the United States Corps of Cadets fielding four rugby sides.
The Division-1 A and B sides battle for dominance in the Division 1-A Eastern division, while the C and D sides typically challenge local clubs every year.
Army rugby plays college rugby in the Division 1–A Eastern Conference. The Black Knights play their home games at the Anderson Rugby Complex on the campus of West Point. Rugby is a relatively popular sport at West Point; for example, the 2012 game against Air Force was attended by 2,000 fans. Army is currently led by Head Coach Matt Sherman, the Cadets first full-time head coach. Sherman was an All American player at Cal, leading the Bears to 4 National Championships and was previously head coach at San Diego St and Stanford.
Army has one of the most successful college rugby teams in the country. Army played in three consecutive national championship games from 1990–1992. Army reached the national semi-finals four consecutive years from 2000–2003, and twice in a row in 2009 and 2010. Under Head Coach Rich Pohlidal, Army joined the newly formed College Premier Division (late renamed Division 1-A) in 2010. Army reached the CPD quarterfinals in 2011 before losing to Utah, and again reached the quarterfinals in 2013. Army's rugby team was briefly suspended in 2013 after several team members violated the Army's code of conduct by forwarding inappropriate emails. In 2014, Army reached the ACRC Bowl final, before falling to Life University.
Army also plays in rugby sevens tournaments, including the Collegiate Rugby Championship, the highest profile college rugby tournament in the U.S., reaching the finals in 2011. The Collegiate Rugby Championship is played every year in early June at PPL Park in Philadelphia, and is broadcast live on NBC. Army has established a rivalry against Navy at the CRC 7s tournament. They won the inaugural Military Memorial Cup tournament at the Collegiate Rugby Championship tournament in 2012 and won the Bowl Final in 2016 with a 10-0 victory over Maryland. Their rivalry with Navy brought them to victory in 2016 where they evened out the tournament wins against Navy 2-2.
- 2011 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship - Runner-up
- 2011 CPD East Conference Champion
- 2010 D1 Collegiate Championship - Semifinals
- 2009 D1 Collegiate Championship - Semifinals
- 2003 D1 Collegiate Championship - 4th
- 2002 D1 Collegiate Championship - 3rd
- 2001 D1 Collegiate Championship - 4th
- 2000 D1 Collegiate Championship - 3rd
- 1999 D1 Collegiate Championship - 4th
- 1995 D1 Collegiate Championship - 4th
- 1992 D1 Collegiate Championship - Runner-up
- 1991 D1 Collegiate Championship - Runner-up
- 1990 D1 Collegiate Championship - Runner-up
- 1989 D1 Collegiate Championship - 3rd
|Opponent||Points for||Points against||Points diff||Won||Lost||Drawn|
Head Coach/Director of Rugby
- Matt Sherman — 2015 - Current
- Mike Mahan — 1987–2004, 2013–2014
- Rich Pohlidal — 2011
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
- College Premier Division
- Army Beats Air Force, Rugby Mag, November 2, 2012.
- College rugby
- "CPD Deadline: Who's in, Who's Out?", Rugby Today, Pat Clifton, July 1, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
- "BYU, Utah rugby gear up for College Premier Division semifinals", Deseret News, May 10, 2011.
- "Army temporarily disbands men's rugby team", USA Today, June 3, 2013.
- "Life Downs Army in ACRC Bowl", Goff Rugby Report, November 22, 2014.
- "Dartmouth downs Army to take rugby sevens title", Philly.com, Kate Fagan, June 6, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- "Army-Navy rivalry resumes in rugby tournament at PPL Park", Philly.com, Alex Lee, June 1, 2012.