Our History 2 of 8

2. Men


We compete in the Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union (METNY RFU) Division 1 against teams from New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut. In 2001, the NYRC Men's Team was undefeated and named the 2001 Northeast Men's Division I Club Champion. The team also competed in USA Rugby National Club Championship Round of 16 in 1996, 2001 and 2002. This team thrives on a competitive playing environment within a strong social background and aspires to both those traditions of rugby. We place great importance on the development of local American talent, alongside experienced players from all over the world, and welcome college players who wish to attend practices.

New York RFC
One of the oldest Clubs in the country NYRC started in 1929 as the New York Nomads. In 1957 we became the New York Rugby Football Club Inc, while a further change of status led to another change of name in 2002. Since then, together with New York Women's rugby, we have been New York Rugby Club Inc. It is under this umbrella that Men's rugby team plays. A full history of the New York Rugby Club can be found here.
Manhattan Rugby Club
In 1960 some members of NYRFC split off and formed Manhattan Rugby Club, starting a fierce cross-town rivalry that rivalled the mob wars. The following has been adapted from the old Manhattan RC website.

MRC was founded in McCrorkin's Bar, at 45th and 8th, on an otherwise quiet night, late in 1960. It was founded to play Rugby Football, keep fifteen hot-blooded blades off the streets, and foster the appreciation of Schaefer, Piels, Rheingold, Schlitz, Pabst, Budweiser and any other descendants of the Pilgrim Fathers. The Club colors were green, white and blue, which blended nicely with the city parks where many of the games are played.

MRC was a member of the New York City Metropolitan-Union from its inception, and won the league championship in 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980 and 1981. MRC was also one of the founding members of the Premier Division. MRC participated in the annual New York Thanksgiving 7-a-side tournament in November of each year, which features international competition. They won it more than any other club, winning in 1988, 1990, 1991 and 1995, and in 1997 finished second, losing out to a Northeast All-Star squad. In 1998 MRC won the NY Sevens plate division. In spring 2000, MRC captured the Hampton Sevens Open Bracket Championship.

In 2004, a merger between the men's teams of Manhattan and New York brought us back together and we look to revive the glory days of these two venerated clubs. We strive not just to be a great team on the field but also a great club off it. We hope to become one of the premier men's teams in the country and elevate New York Rugby to even higher standards.