Dartmouth Men

The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club (or DRFC) was founded in 1951, and competes in the Ivy Rugby Conference against its traditional Ivy League rivals Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale.

The DRFC also plays in the D1AA Championships and the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships.

The Dartmouth rugby team comprises more than 60 students and often fields more than three sides on a given weekend during the fall term.

One of the strengths and strongest traditions of the two clubs are the Annual Tours, the first of which occurred in 1951 when the DRFC toured Bermuda. The former team was the first U.S. college rugby team to invade England (one English newspaper describing the event as "the nastiest upset since Bunker Hill"), and Sports Illustrated covered the 7-game tour in its January 19, 1959 issue. In 1962 DRFC toured in Ireland, and in 1964 the team toured both Germany and Scotland. Since 2000, the teams tours have included trips to England, Ireland, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Argentina, and Uruguay.

Dartmouth has enjoyed great success on the national stage. In 1965, the first XV was undefeated and was declared the unofficial national collegiate champion. More recently, since 1980 Dartmouth has twice reached the finals of the US national collegiate championship and has reached the semi-finals three times.

Dartmouth has been successful in national rugby sevens competitions. In 2011, Dartmouth defeated Army 32-10 for the men's championship in the Collegiate Rugby Championship in a match broadcast live on NBC from PPL Park in Philadelphia. Dartmouth repeated as champions in the 2012 Collegiate Rugby Championship, defeating Cal 21-19 in the semifinal and beating Arizona 24-5 in the final. Dartmouth went 5-1 at the 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships to win the consolation bracket.

Dartmouth has also enjoyed success in Ivy League competitions. Dartmouth has won the Ivy League cup 16 times through 2013 since it was established in 1969, including 5 consecutive championships from 1998 to 2002 and 6 consecutive championships from 2008 to 2013.

team after the tournament
Spring 2024
Dartmouth Wins 2023 Ivy 7s
Spring 2023
Dartmouth men's rugby team posing on the field
Fall 2019
Big Green Men’s Rugby Plays for Title
Fall 2018
Dartmouth Wins 2017 Northeast Collegiate Championship
Spring 2017
Dartmouth Men Spring 2017
Summer 2017
Dartmouth wins in Ithaca
Fall 2015
Spring 2015
Photo © Bing Guan, used with permission
Spring 2013
Dartmouth 15 at Yale
Fall 2012
Dartmouth wins Ivy Rugby Wildcard
Spring 2012
Dartmouth College Wins the 2012 National Collegiate Championship
Summer 2012
Spring 2011 Dartmouth Men
Spring 2011
Summer 2011 Dartmouth Men's rugby
Summer 2011
2010 Dartmouth College Rugby
Fall 2010
2010 Ivy League Champions
Fall 2010
Spring 2008 Dartmouth Men
Spring 2008
2007 Dartmouth Men
Spring 2007
Summer 1980 Dartmouth Men
Summer 1980
Spring 1965
Spring 1964
Former Harvard rugger Senator Ted Kennedy
Spring 1964
team on the pitch
Spring 1955
1951 Dartmouth Men's Rugby to Bermuda
Spring 1951