North County
Rugby Club Inc.

Est. 1976
Registered 501(C)(3) public charity 
and non-profit corporation. (#2475109) 


In the United States, Rugby is primarily a club sport played on college campuses. Players generally pay their participation fees and the university may help the teams with access to training and competition facilities and financial help to cover some expenses. Given Rugby's status as a college club sport, there are currently no full rugby scholarships available at universities or colleges in the United States.

USA RUGBY is aware of a few American Universities that currently give certain scholarships or stipends for Rugby players. These include:

Arkansas State University -- Rugby has grown at Arkansas State to the extent that the school is now able to offer partial scholarships for men and women Rugby players. Qualifying Rugby players from out-of-state may now attend Arkansas State for the in-state tuition rate. Contact Coach Joe Barrett at 800.794.7022 (mention rugby).

Idaho State University -- Idaho State offers out of state fee waivers. This means students pay only in-state tution of $1800 instead of $5370 for out of state. For more information interested parties can contact Ram Eddings, Coach, Idaho State University, P.O. Box 8345, Pocatello, ID 83209;work 208-282-3242; home 208-232-6221; cell 208-244-1252; fax 208-282-4864;

New Mexico University - Entering freshman who are Under 19 All Stars (men and women) in their region and hold high academic marks can qualify for an AMIGO Scholarship which allows one to pay in-state tuition of $3,500 per year. This represents a $7,000 savings over the out-of-state tuition rates.

Penn State University -- There is a $1000 scholarship for high school players that come to Penn State to play rugby. There is also admissions assistance available. Contact Peter Steinberg - 410 BAB, University Park, PA 16802; 814-883-5732; Team websites: and

Texas A&M University - After 35 years of prestigious rugby and numerous National Championships and playoff runs, this Division I Collegiate powerhouse now offers partial scholarships for in-state and out-of-state rugby players. Qualifying players from out-of-state may now attend Texas A&M for the in-state tuition rate. Contact Texas A&M RFC Head Coach Craig Coates at (979) 571-2784 or Old Maroon RFC President Cody Stringer at (512) 528-1211. For more info visit

Truman State University -- The Truman Alumni Award is given to entering freshmen (1-3) that come to Truman with previous high school Rugby experience and promise to be leaders on the team. Each award is up to $500 and is paid in two installments - at the end of the fall and spring seasons. The award is for the freshman year only. It is expected that the recipient(s) will be contributing members of the team, attending practices and games. To find out more information, please visit or, or Coach Bill Sexton, 1405 East Meadow Lane, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-626-2324,

University of Stony Brook - Partial scholarships are available for both Men's and Women's teams; contact Frank Grieco via 516.458.6997 or 631.751.4605 or via email at For more information, please visit the team website

Additionally, there are ways to earn collegiate credits and play Rugby at the same time. These opportunities include:

Rugby Study Abroad ( - This program provides opportunities for American students to spend one or two semesters studying in Wellington, New Zealand and playing with a local club.

Middle Tennessee State University -- MTSU offers the following classes in Rugby:

PHED 131001 Beginning Rugby; PHED 131002 Intermediate Rugby

For further information, please contact Anthony Neely, Adjunct Professor, PO Box 96, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN 37132; phone 615-812-1754;

University of Illinois at Chicago - The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a full credit course in Rugby Union football.