UCLA

uclarugbylogoUCLA Rugby History

Since 1934, the name UCLA Rugby has commanded respect and admiration from the United States and across the world. The Bruins have successfully competed against the best universities, clubs and international teams the world has to offer.

The original team was introduced by James Schaeffer in 1934 and was revived post-WWII through the efforts of Norm Padgett’s hustling and fraternity walks. Padgett’s one-time Captain, Ged Gardner, assumed the Coaching role from 1958-65 and built membership, interest and skill on campus to which legendary coach Dennis Storer added his own unique style starting in 1966. Storer’s reign as head coach, from 1966 to 1982, represents something of a golden age for the club in which the Bruins earned 3 National Championships, countless So. Cal Championships and produced 14 US Eagles. Storer himself became the first ever Head Coach of the USA Eagles.

Unfortunately the enactment of Title IX eventually led to the designation of Men’s Rugby as a Club Sport in 1982, a move that limited the club’s funding and access to facilities. The years following witnessed some difficult results, but the program continued to produce men of character at a constant and consistent level.

Sensing growth in the domestic game and more permanent leadership demands, a dedicated Alumni group headed by Coach Storer, launched an effort to return Bruin Rugby to its former prowess. This resulted in the hiring of current Head Coach Scott Stewart, a Canadian International with 64 caps and 5 World Cup appearances.

Since that time, the Bruins have progressed rapidly and have continued to improve their record each year. 2010 marked a new era for the club, as it earned its first appearance in the National Sweet 16 in 28 years. 2012 saw the Bruins travel to Provo, Utah to play BYU in the National quarterfinal.

As the program has once again becomes relevant on the national scene it will participate in all major domestic competitions in both the seven a side and fifteen a side codes, and is honored to be included in the Varsity Cup in the year of its inception.

 

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