About Michigan Rugby
The University of Michigan was founded in 1817 as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of a small number of public institutions consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities. Michigan boasts one of the largest health care complexes in the world, the best university library system in the country, and one of the top five faculties in the country. Over 5,500 undergraduate courses are taught each term in over 100 programs across 17 separate schools and colleges with 588 majors. The students come from all 50 states and over 100 foreign countries.
Rugby took shape on campus in the late 1800′s and is notably the focus of the Michigan Daily’s first printing. As the sport morphed into American football, rugby faded from campus until its revival in 1959. Spearheaded by Bert Sugar, Michigan rugby returned to claim a 10-6 victory over the University of Toronto. As other Midwestern teams formed, competition grew and U of M rose as a prominent team in the region. The team won 65% of their games through the 70′s, 80′s, and 90′s, produced multiple USA representatives, and won multiple Big Ten championships.
As the American collegiate rugby landscape continued to change into the 2000′s and 2010′s, U of M experienced a variety of success as it built towards its current place as a top 25 team in the country. The team bolsters over 60 players in a variety of majors, many in engineering. International tours are an important part of team culture with recent trips to France and Trinidad & Tobago. The team also prides itself on work in the community, garnering service work awards from the University.