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Gamecocks 4th largest rugby club in US


From James Farrar, USC RugbyUSC celebrates winning the Palmetto Rugby Union Championship


Columbia, SC – With the 2009 Fall Freshman class set to be the largest in University history, it seems only fitting that the USC Men’s Rugby Team has broken its own recruitment record. With the help of Campus Recreation, the Gamecocks have been able to reach a respectable number of freshman students through the use of flyers and promotional material at various locations around campus. In addition to on-campus organizational fairs, the long-standing partnership with the South Carolina High School Rugby League, and numerous out-of-state commitments,

Fall 2009 has been the best recruiting season in club history with more than 75 regular participants attending team training sessions.??Not only do the Gamecocks now stand as the largest club in the state of South Carolina, they also hail as the largest in the entire South territory, well ahead of universities such as Arkansas State, Tennessee, & Clemson. More importantly, USC Men's Rugby currently stands as the 4th largest club in the nation ( with 82 players and coaches CIPPed for the Fall Season.


Largest Rugby Clubs in US
Rank Club LAU Registered #'s
1 Arizona State Univ Arizona 98
2 US Naval Academy Potomac 88
3 Wharton Univ Eastern 84
4 USC GAMECOCKS Palmetto 82
5 Penn State Univ. Potomac 76
  Milwaukee Westside Harlequine Wisconsin 76
7 Glendale Raptors Eastern Rockies 75
8 Washington Women's Potomac 73
  Temple Univ. Eastern Penn 73
  Village Lions Met NewYork 73
  Stony Brook Univ Met NewYork 73






Founded in 1967, the USC Men’s Rugby Club is the oldest club sport at USC, boasting a long and distinguished record of success over the years. Since its conception, the team has always maintained the policy that everyone has the opportunity to play regardless of skill or ability. With this philosophy, the Gamecocks have been able to grow their roster to 75+ individuals, enabling them to field three sides on any given game weekend. The Palmetto C-side serves as their developmental side, currently competing in Division 3 with its own schedule and coaching staff. USC Men’s Rugby is proud to claim that they are the only team in South Division 1 that has three sides of competitive ruggers.??If you would like more information on the USC Men’s Rugby Program, please contact Club President Anthony Hughes at


NOTE: The Gamecocks have been as high as 3rd on this ranking, but have recently been jumped by Wharton, according to USA Rugby statistics.