Club History

The Rowan Rugby Football Club was established as a 7s team in 2006.  Rowan had a full 15s squad by September 2008 and enrolled in the Division III Metropolitan New York Rugby Union.

A new coaching staff in 2009 brought improved playing techniques and recruiting.  Rowan enjoyed their first winning season.  The team improved to 6-2 the following season.

In 2011, the Profs transferred from the MET Union to the Division III Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union.  Rowan promptly recorded its first undefeated season and qualified for the EPRU championship.  The Profs continued on to the Regional and National championships later that season.

In the Fall of 2012, Rowan moved up to Division II and joined the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference.  They again finished the regular season undefeated and claimed the MARC championship.

The Spring of 2013 saw Rowan tour Ireland and play in the Northeast Sweet 16.  Rowan topped Norwich before losing to eventual champion Salisbury in the Elite 8.

Rowan finished the 2014 Fall season second in the MARC and played Fairfield University for the opportunity to compete in the Sweet 16.  The Profs overcame a 38-12 deficit to win the match 43-38 and claim their third Sweet 16 berth in four years.  Rowan fell to James Madison in the Round of 16.

The Profs completed yet another undefeated regular season in 2015 and swept to their second MARC championship.  In the national playoffs, Rowan topped UMass, 51-10, before losing to Towson, 41-44, in a hard fought Elite 8 game.  The Profs finished the 2015 season ranked #5 in the nation for DII rugby clubs.

Rowan continued their winning ways in 2016, extending their regular season winning streak and finishing the season once again undefeated.  The Profs took home their third MARC championship and returned to the national playoffs.  In the Sweet 16, Rowan topped Illinois State in a thrilling game before falling to Norwich in the Elite 8.  For the second year running, Rowan finished the year ranked #5 nationally.

The Profs moved to DIAA in the fall of 2017. Their season began with a win over in-state rival (and DIA program) Rutgers University. Rowan then rolled through the MARC regular season undefeated earning the number one seed in the Eastern Division. Their winning ways continued with victories in the MARC quarterfinals and semifinals. Although the profs fell short in the MARC championship game, they nevertheless earned an invitation to the national playoffs. Rowan lost in the Sweet 16 to eventual eastern champions, University of Mary Washington. Despite this loss, their first season in DIAA exceeded all expectations and they finished ranked #16 in the country. Rowan was also honored by being ranked in the top 50 of all DIA and DIAA teams combined. Further honors were bestowed on individuals as Rowan saw eight players named to the MARC all-conference team. In addition, two players were named to the all DIAA team and one to the DIAA all-freshman team.

The Profs enjoy strong support from an active alumni base and the Rowan Rugby Boosters.  With continued alumni and booster support, active recruiting of high school athletes and rugby players abroad, the Profs look forward to continued success.