AU Men’s Rugby: An International Experience

Men's Rugby Team Photo

The American University Rugby Football Club (AURFC) is the oldest continuously-active club sport at American University. Founded in 1964, AURFC competes in the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) and has consistently ranked among the top teams nationwide, finishing in the top 30 last season.

The team, which comprises of 30-40 members, welcomes players from all backgrounds, from newcomers to seasoned veterans, and strives to be productive members of the AU student body and the larger rugby community. Men's Rugby Game Overlooking Monuments

In entering it’s 53rd season, and building on past successes, the team looks to take a major step forward this year in its development: an international tour! AURFC looks to become the first-ever AU club sport to travel internationally when it will head to Scotland for an 11-day tour in March 2018. Consisting of matches against Scottish universities and excursions to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Scottish Highlands, AURFC team members will truly have a once-in-a-lifetime cultural and rugby experience.

“Our tour to Scotland will be invaluable to the club. The opportunity to practice and play with top-level players from one of the game’s home nations, along with the various cultural excursions, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” – Zach Mitlitsky, Captain

The team plans to send 23 of it’s highest-performing AU students on this tour and estimates their fundraising efforts to be around $50,000. Players are planning numerous fundraising events for the fall semester, as well as reaching out to club alumni.

Men Rugby Team scrum

“Joining AURFC was the greatest decision I’ve made in my college career, and I can’t think of a better way to give back to the club that has given so much to me than an international tour. I have no doubt the tour to Scotland will raise the profile of club sports at AU and solidify the development of the club for years to come.” – Alex Chabala, President

Interested donors can donate by going to the Donations tab on our website and following the instructions.