About

The rugby community of Madison, Wis., is home to 11 competitive rugby teams for men and women – senior, college, high school and middle school – in addition to an energetic youth flag rugby program. One of the few rugby communities in the United States with its own dedicated rugby fields and a growing facility, the teams of Madison United Rugby also call the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex our home in Cottage Grove, Wis.

Since our first teams started in 1962, Madison United Rugby has seen a tradition of success built both on and off the pitch. Our teams have won national championships and our community has seen numerous members represent Madison on territorial and national all-star teams, including internationally for the Rugby World Cup and Olympics.

Rugby is a game played in more than 120 countries. Many of the values of rugby come from its rich history, camaraderie and community involvement with the sport. Rugby is considered to be one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S. and around the world.

New players are always welcome to the teams of Madison United Rugby, whether you’re brand new to the sport or a skilled veteran. Please explore this website to learn more about our teams and why rugby is thriving in Madison, Wis.

Clubs

Mission

Mission: To support the growth of rugby in the Madison area.

We have developed an alliterative four point approach to this broad mission:

PLAY: We support the playing of the game by our member clubs, at the highest level possible. We are establishing a fund to assist clubs with expenses associated with National Championship Playoff travel and lodging, as well as assisting individuals players chosen for select-sides. This fund will also be used to assist our member clubs with the hosting of international touring sides.

PROGRAM: Our signature program Youth Flag Rugby debuted the summer of 2010. Our goal for the first year was to have one hundred grade school kids playing flag rugby. Each summer we host a six week, coed, non-contact program. It provides structure for developing running, passing, catching and kicking skills, with an emphasis on sportsmanship and teamwork. Each summer session runs from June 21 – July 31, with two age groups; those entering grades 2-3 and those entering grades 4-6. Middleton and South Madison are the first two locations. We plan to expand in future years as our resources allow. Other programs will include the hosting of camps for training and development of coaches, referees and player skills.

PLACE: A proper field for rugby has always been one of the biggest issues for American clubs. Thanks to the hard work and generous donations of many, the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex now exists to benefit all of our clubs. In the Village of Cottage Grove, just east of Madison, we own a portion of Fireman’s Park.

PARTNERSHIPS: For rugby to grow significantly, we recognize the need to expand beyond our current sphere of operations. Madison United Rugby is actively seeking partnerships to support our family oriented operations. We are actively connecting to the community at large through our Youth Flag Rugby Program and the WRC Sports Complex will be available for sporting and social activities other than rugby. Sponsorship opportunities exist for Madison United Rugby individual clubs and the Sports Complex. Please contact info@rugbymadison.org for more information.