Brown Rugby, founded in 1960, is an intercollegiate sport at Brown University, playing a full competitive match schedule in the fall and spring of each academic year. Brown currently fields two to three teams each weekend.
The fall season is the league season in which Brown competes from September through October against the other seven Ivy League Universities. The top four teams play off for Ivy League Championship bowl and the top two qualify for the Northeast Territorial Championships in November. The teams that come out of this competition move on to the top 16 of the country each spring. Thus Ivy League Rugby is in the mix to compete each year for a National Collegiate Rugby Championship. The Ivy League teams that don't go on to the National scene, finish the fall competing for the Ivy League Plate and Shield.
The spring season is more flexible with the ability to schedule opponents from around the region and to go on tour during the University's spring break. Since 1965, Brown has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Hong Kong, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Trinidad, and the Cayman Islands.
Another great Brown tradition is the annual Commencement Rugby match, pitting the Undergrads against the Alumni. Always played during Brown's Graduation and Alumni Weekend, the game brings together current players back to the earliest teams at Brown.
To play rugby, one must be an undergraduate student at Brown. However, one need not have rugby experience to give the game a try. Brown has open practices and anyone looking for a great competitive team sport is welcome.