The Club

The University of Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club (PRFC) is a club-level sport at the University's Oakland Campus. The PRFC is a memeber of Pitt Club Sports, and is a SORC certified student organization. The club enjoys a membership of over 50 undergraduate men, and fields several sides that contend throughout both autumn and spring seasons.

Competing at USA Rugby's Collegiate DI-AA level, the PRFC is a constituent of the Keystone Rugby Conference (formerly the EPRU), along with several other universities in the Pennsylvania region. Additionally, the club partakes in tournaments and exhibition matches in both fifteens and sevens rugby against numerous varisty and club-level programs across the country.

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History

Found in 1981, the University of Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club holds a young, yet storied history of competition and comaraderie. Throughout the years, the club has developed a reputation as the marque brand of rugbyin southwestern Pennsylvania, and holds close associations with the mens' clubs throughout the city.

In 2012, after clinching the club's seventh of the previous eleven conference titles in the Allegheny Rugby Union, the PRFC exited the league in favor of the newly established Keystone Rugby Conference. In the first DI-AA season in its history, the club claimed twelve consecutive victories to capture the inaugural KRC crown, advancing to a national playoff for the first time since 2004. Additionally, the club boasted seven all-conference players, including Player of the year as well as Coach of the Year.


Players

As a congenial lot of gentlemen, the club welcomes all those in pursuit of victory and companionship. Members maintain close bonds on and off the pitch, upholding the social traditions synonymous with the sport. Those who make up the PRFC hail from a diverse array of athletic, social, and sovereign backgrounds. These individuals are dynamic, contributing members of the University community. Many maintain high academic marks and graduate with honors, as well as claim positions at distinguished firms or pursue advanced degrees at the conclusion of their undergraduate tenure.


Facilities

The PRFC utilizes numerous amenities across campus for various training purposes. The bulk of practice sessions are held on the southwest corner of the Cethedral lawn. When field conditions deteriorate, the club relocates toe the Charles L. Coste Center for practice. For training, club members make use of the Baierl Fitness Center within the Peterson Events Center, Trees Hall, and Bellefield Hall.

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