Founded in 1969, the Bowdoin Rugby Football Club has been a unique element in the Bowdoin community for over 30 years. Always characterized by strong camaraderie and teamwork, Bowdoin fields both an "A" and a "B" side ensuring all participants the opportunity to play a game every weekend during the Fall season.
The Club has a strong tradition of success, having won the New England Championship in 1991 and posting 15 winning seasons and 10 playoff appearances in the past 20 years. Bowdoin Ruggers have been selected to represent the New England Rugby Union, the Eastern Collegiate Rugby Team as well as the All-American Rugby Team. Bowdoin Rugby's head coach - Rick Scala - has been the foundation of the club's success for the past 20 years with an overall career winning percentage of more than 70%.
Bowdoin has strong connections to its loyal alumni and to the Maine Rugby community. Rugby in Maine actually started at Bowdoin when a group of Bowdoin students teamed up with faculty, including former Bowdoin President Roger Howell, and individuals from the local community to begin playing rugby at Bowdoin. The local players went on to found the Portland Rugby Club. In turn, the Portland Rugby Club has provided back to Bowdoin the head coaches of both its Men's and Women's clubs.
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The rugby team practices and plays at Pickard Field, part of Bowdoin's 35-acre athletic complex. Pickard Field is comfortably framed by the beautiful Bowdoin pines and- during the exceptional autumn season in Maine- is unquestionably one of the best places to watch a match in all of New England.
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