Championships, Awards, & Achievements

by Travis Normand

The following is a list of championships and accomplishments of the Texas A&M Rugby Football Club (established in 1968).

(Note: This is not a comprehensive or exhaustive list; I am still working on compiling all of the club’s records and championships from over the years. In other words, this is not a complete list of all the championships and / or tournaments won by the Texas A&M Rugby Football Club. If you notice something that is not correct, or if you have more information to share, please let me know. Also, this page is created entirely by myself, and while I believe the information to be accurate, I have indicated where something may be “unofficial.”

National Championships (XVs):

  • 1973-1974 National Champions!

Conference Championships (XVs):

  • 1970-1971 Texas Rugby Union – Champion (Undefeated, 14-0);
  • 1971-1972 Texas Rugby Union – Champion;
  • 1972-1973 Texas Rugby Union – Champion;
  • 1973-1974 Texas Rugby Union – Champion;
  • 2009-2010 Conference Champion;
  • 2012-2013 Allied Rugby Conference (Inaugural Season) – XVs Champion (Undefeated, 6-0); see D1ARugby.com, “Texas A&M Wins Inaugural ARC XVs Championship,” by Calder Cahill, April 7, 2013 (A&M defeated t.u. in the championship game by a score of 45-5 in College Station, thus sweeping both the ARC XVs and 7s championships);
  • 2016-2017 Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference – 2nd Team Champion;
  • 2017-2018 Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference – South Division Champion;
  • 2017-2018 Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference – Champion;
  • 2018-2019 Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference – South Division Champion;
  • 2019-2020 Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference – Champion/Co-Champion “Unofficial” (Unofficial Champion or Co-Champion, A&M finished the conference standings tied with Oklahoma; the Championship game was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the RRRC has officially stated that there is no champion from this season);

Tournament Champions (XVs):

  • 1971 (Fall): 3rd Annual Houston Invitational Rugby Tournament (Lone Star Rugby Invitational Tournament) – Champions;
  • 1972 (Spring): Mardi Gras Tournament – Champions;
  • 1972 (March): First Annual Falstaff Invitational Rugby Tournament (Galveston, Texas) – Champions;
  • 1973: Galveston National Tournament – Champions;
  • 1973 (Fall): 5th Annual Houston Invitational Rugby Tournament (Lone Star Rugby Invitational Tournament) – Champions;
  • 1973-1974: 7th Annual Austin Rugby Tournament – Champions;
  • 1978-1979: Midwest Intercollegiate Rugby Tournament – Champions;
  • 1999 (April 10-11): 31st Annual Austin Rugby Tournament at Zilker Park – Collegiate Champions;

Conference Sevens (7s) Tournament Champions:

  • 2011 (Fall): Oklahoma 7s Tournament (aka ARC) – Champions (4-0);
  • 2012 (Fall): Allied Rugby Conference (Inaugural Season) 7s Tournament – Champions (defeating Oklahoma and Texas Tech in tournament); see Rugby Mag, “Aggies Take ARC 7s,” by Pat Clifton, Saturday, October 6, 2012, posted at RugbyMag.com;
  • 2012 (Fall): Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference (SCRC) 7s Tournament – Champions (defeated Georgia in the final, 28-10; and qualified for the 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championship); see Rugby Mag, “A&M Wins SEC: Full Scores, Video,” by Pat Clifton, Tuesday, October 16, 2012, posted at RugbyMag.com;
  • 2015 (Fall): Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference 7s Tournament (Waco) – Champions;
  • 2015 (Fall): Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference 7s Seeding Tournament (Lubbock) – Champions;
  • 2015 (Fall): Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference 7s Tournament (Fort Worth) – Champions;
  • 2019 (Fall – Sept. 14): “North Texas 7s Tournament” (Host: UNT; only RRRC teams participating) – Champions of the 2nd-Side tournament (this was a “warm-up” tournament before the RRRC national qualifying tournament on Oct. 12); A&M was arguably the co-champion of the 1st-Side tournament with Baylor, as the two were slated to play a championship game that was canceled due to time constraints;
  • 2019 (Fall – Sept. 28): “Austin/UT 7s Tournament” (Host: Univ. of Texas Rugby; only RRRC teams participating) – Champions of both the A-Side and B-Side tournaments (this was a “warm-up” tournament before the RRRC national qualifying tournament on Oct. 12);
  • 2019 (Fall – Oct. 12): Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference 7s Tournament – Champions (Undefeated and RRRC 7s Champions); earning an automatic bid to the USA Rugby Collegiate National 7s Championships in May 2020 (the National 7s Championship was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic);

Regional and National Playoffs (XVs):

  • 2006-2007 (Spring): Western Conference Playoffs;
  • 2009-2010 (Spring): Western Rugby Union Conference Playoffs (Div. 1) – Champions;
  • 2009-2010 National Playoffs;
  • 2017-2018 D1A Rugby National Playoffs;

Regional and National Playoffs (7s):

  • 2012 (Dec.): USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championship Playoffs – Quarterfinalists (qualified for championship by winning the 2012 SCRC 7s tournament);
  • 2015-2016 (Spring): USA Rugby College 7s National Championship Playoffs;
  • 2016-2017 (Spring): USA Rugby College 7s National Championship Playoffs;
  • I believe the Texas Aggies made the USA Rugby Collegiate National Championship playoffs in the following years: 2011 (tournament host); 2012 (tournament host); 2015; 2016; and 2017 (at-large bid, 2nd in RRRC);
  • 2020 (May): USA Rugby Collegiate 7s National Championships (A&M qualified for this tournament, but the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic);

National Rankings:

  • XVs finished the 2011-2012 season ranked 16th in the country by Rugby Mag, “Final 2012 D1-A College Rankings,” by Alex Goff, Sunday May 20, 2012, posted at RugbyMag.com;

The Trophy Case
(Photos of Various Trophies Below)

2017-2018: RRRCC XVs Champions (Championship Trophy seen in middle of photo)
On Right: The 2012-2013 Allied Rugby Conference (Inaugural Season, XVs) Championship Trophy
Three Trophies in photo, I believe all three are from the 1974 Tournament where A&M won its National Championship.