The Harvard-Radcliffe Rugby Football Club (HRRFC) was born of humble beginnings in 1982, but scrappy determination, dedicated coaches, and an indomitable spirit have transformed the club into a team to be reckoned with in the Northeast.
In 1998, Radcliffe captured its first-ever Collegiate National Championship, becoming the first championship team to be led by an all-female coaching staff. In 2005, the team went to Florida for the national playoffs and finished ranked fifteenth nationally. In 2006, Radcliffe again qualified for nationals and competed at Penn State. In spring 2011, Radcliffe traveled to Florida and Pennsylvania, beating UW-LaCrosse, Norwich, Western Washington, and Notre Dame to capture the USARugby Collegiate Division II National Championship. On the heels of this success, Radcliffe moved up to Division I in fall 2011, joining the newly formed Ivy Rugby Conference.
The team’s first season in Division I brought new challenges but a successful finish of third in the Ivy Conference (3-2 league record) and an appearance in the DI NRU Final Four. The team finished the fall 2011 season ranked 23rd nationally in Division I.
Radcliffe currently has about 35 active members and fields an A and B side for every game. Like most college rugby teams, Radcliffe operates as a club sport at Harvard under the guidance of the board and coaching staff.
Motivated by the ideals of athletic competitiveness, inclusion, and the development of women’s leadership, Radcliffe provides the undergraduate women of Harvard with a unique opportunity to develop both as athletes and as individuals.