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Rugby combines the beauty of soccer with the hard-nosed, physical nature of football into one amazing game. It takes intelligence, guts, and a high level of fitness to be a rugby player. There are fifteen players to a side each position has a unique role in determining the outcome of the game.

Lehigh Rugby: Recent History

Lehigh enjoyed a successful Fall 2015 season, going 4-2 with wins over Drexel and Scranton, and barely missing the Mid Atlantic Rugby Conference (MARC) playoffs. Spring 2016 sevens play sees them traveling to URugby Virginia Beach, where they will test themselves against top talent. 

The ground was laid for a revival in the fall of 2014, when through the recruitment process Lehigh was able to gain over 15 new committed players, half with previous rugby experience. It was with this new influx of talented players that the team was able to move back into the MARC division 2 league, and play some very talented teams.

Even more importantly, the team brought on a new coach. Tom Utsch, a Lehigh alum, has agreed to help the team progress and be competitive in a tough league. Together with the help of John Davidson, another Lehigh alum and the current coach at York College, the team has made steady gains and sets its eyes on once again being a dominant Rugby force in eastern Pennsylvania.

The Lehigh University Rugby Football Club prides itself on being one of the most competitive club teams on campus. We hold tryouts in the beginning of the fall semester to select our A-side team, which competes in the Mid Atlantic Rugby Conference. We also field a developmental B-side for new players to gain experience in a less intense atmosphere.