Dartmouth Rugby is an internationally recognized program with a rich history as one of the premier collegiate teams in the United States:
• The most wins and championships among the Ancient Eight of the Ivy League, including winning 14 of the last 17 Ivy League Championships (15s)
• USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Champions – 2011 and 2012
• Two National Championship Runner-ups (15s)
• Four National Semi-Final appearances (15s)
• Consistent Collegiate National D1 Top-10 finishes
• Annual international tours since 1951: recent tours to South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, Ireland, England, Italy, Spain and Wales to name a few
• The team fields three sides throughout the spring and fall seasons, garnering a participation of 75 students-athletes.
• Numerous individual awards–including US Eagles, All-Americans, US Maccabiah reps and many All-Ivy League, New England, Northeast and Eastern Select side players.
• 1769: Dartmouth College established
• 1877: Rugby first played on the Dartmouth Green
• 1880: Dartmouth Rugby Football Association established, evolves into American football beginning in late 1880s/1890s.
• 1951: Rugby re-established on campus as the touring Dartmouth Rugby Football Club.
• 1958: First American university to play in England, , garnering substantial media coverage (including feature story in Sports Illustrated) as the men in Green went 5-1-1.
• 1962: First American university to play in Ireland, establishing a long match tradition with Trinity College in Dublin
• 1969: Ivy League rugby tournament established
• 1985: Elite 8 finalist in National Championship
• 1986 and 1988: National Champion Runner-Up
• 1987: National Semi-Finalist
• 2005: Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse dedicated, becoming a preeminent rugby facility in the US
• 2008: Dartmouth wins historic 12th Ivy Championship, the most of any Ivy team
• 2009: Dartmouth’s Alex Magleby ’00 named Head Coach of the US Collegiate All-American program
• 2011: Dartmouth wins USA Sevens College Rugby Championships, televised live on NBC
• 2012: Dartmouth wins Ivy League 15s Championship, 4 straight years undefeated,12th title in 15 years
• 2012: Dartmouth wins Ivy League 7s Championship
• 2012: Dartmouth wins USA Sevens College Rugby Championships, televised live on NBC
This Year’s Squad
• Coach: Gavin Hickie
• Assistant Coaches: Todd Thornley, Chris McCarthy
Technical Adviser: Alex Magleby
• Captain: Madison Hughes
• Co-Captains: Neil Greene; John Descalzi
• Fall Record: 6-0-0 Ivy League North Regular Season Champions
• Spring Record: 2-2-0 Ivy League XVs Champions
• 3rd Place at USA Rugby Collegiate 7s
• Key Returning Players: Madison Hughes ’15, Kevin Clark ’14
Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution. With an undergraduate enrollment of roughly 4100 and a total student enrollment of 5,900, Dartmouth is the smallest school in the Ivy League. Dartmouth is consistently ranked #1 in the country for undergraduate teaching, and Dartmouth alumni consistently have the highest median salary 10 years out from graduation.
Rugby was first played at Dartmouth in 1877 with the Dartmouth Rugby Football Association established in 1880 eventually evolving into what is now our American Football team. Rugby came back to campus in 1951 as the touring Dartmouth Rugby Football Club. In 1958, the Big Green became the first American University to tour in England receiving significant media coverage as they went 5-2. In 1962 we also became the first American University to play in Ireland, establishing a long match tradition with Trinity College in Dublin, which was renewed in March on our annual Spring Tour.
Over the years, Dartmouth Rugby has established itself as a national power in collegiate rugby. They have competed since the 1960’s against our traditional Ivy-League rivals, as well as other New England College and Men’s club teams. The Big Green has also achieved success on a national level, producing two National Championship runner-up and four National Semi-finalist 15’s sides over the years. In more recent years Dartmouth has been competing primarily against the Ivy League in the Fall winning 12 of the past 15 Ivy 15’s titles. This Fall Dartmouth completed its 4th consecutive undefeated Ivy League Season, taking the Ivy League North Division title.
These successes have helped grow a proud tradition of Dartmouth Rugby as we have developed numerous All-Ivy, Collegiate All-Americans, and US Eagles over the years. As a result of generosity of benefactor Corey Ford and strong alumni support, in 2005 the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse was dedicated, giving Dartmouth one of the preeminent rugby facilities in the entire country.
Along with Ivy League 15’s titles, Dartmouth has made a national name for itself recently in 7’s competitions. The Big Green are two-time defending National Champions in the annual CRC 7’s and will be looking to defend their title again this June. Dartmouth came up with a strong 3rd Place finish in this November’s National Collegiate 7’s in North Carolina.
This year’s team is led by first year Head Coach Gavin Hickie and Technical Adviser Alex Magleby. On the field Captain Madison Hughes ’15, fresh off a winter touring with and starting for the USA Eagles 7s squad, brings leadership at fullback, along with co-Captains Greene and Descalzi at 8 and 9 respectively. Dartmouth also features one of the most exciting players in the country in senior wing Kevin Clark ’14.