About 60 universities in America offer scholarships for rugby athletes who want to combine rugby with their studies. College rugby is the way to become a better rugby athlete, both physically and mentally, to build a network of international friends, and to maximize personal development. Additionally, you earn a recognized diploma that forms the foundation for a successful career.
How does college rugby work?
College rugby is different from the ‘normal’ rugby you are used to in the Netherlands, both in organization and atmosphere. In America, you don’t play for a club team but for a school or university. In America, this is the highest achievable competition for youth players.
On average, a team consists of about 32 people, and you train together every day. With your team, you compete against other universities in the conference. The ultimate goal? To become the national champion!
The biggest difference is the atmosphere during the matches. Teammates and fans make a lot of noise, encourage each other, and often shout supportive messages to one another. So, don’t be surprised if there’s suddenly shouting in the middle of the game, and thousands of fans and students are watching; the energy level is very high!
College rugby fun & facts
Did you know…
- There has been a 350% increase in the number of rugby student-athletes since 2010?
- Both 7-a-side and 15-a-side rugby are played?
- Most colleges offering rugby scholarships on the West Coast?