Founded in 1975, USA Rugby is the national governing body for the sport of rugby in America, and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and World Rugby.

Currently headquartered in Lafayette, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has over 115,000 active members. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes.

USA Rugby is governed by a nine member Board of Directors, a Congress representing the membership and a professional staff headed by a CEO.

In 2009, Rugby returned to the Olympic movement. In 2011, USA Rugby became a full sport member of the United States Olympic Committee and is now recognized by the USOC as the governing body for Rugby in the USA. Rugby Sevens will now be played at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.

Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining the qualities of body, will and mind in a balanced whole. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced in accordance with Olympism and its values.

The Olympic Movement is overseen by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC is supported by International Federations that govern each sport on a global level, National Olympic Committees that oversee Olympic sport as a whole in each nation, and National Federations that administer each sport at the national level (called National Governing Bodies in the United States). Forty-seven NGBs are members of the USOC.USA Rugby is also a member of the International Rugby Board, one of the 35 International Federations who are members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC.)


To inspire the Rugby World, the American Way


Working To Win


To Improve Everyday


  • Player Welfare First
  • Rugby Builds Character
  • Living the Olympic Spirit
  • Diversity makes us stronger
  • Being students of the game
  • Americans make amazing rugby players


  • Challenging
  • Inventive
  • Proud
  • Always On
  • Open


Taking the podium


Disciplinary Procedures


Strategic Plan

Diversity Statement


Rugby owes much of its appeal to its traditions which dictate that the game is played both to the letter and within the spirit of the Laws. It is the responsibility of coaches, captains, players, referees, administrators and fans to create an environment where the highest possible standards are promoted and maintained at all times on and off the field of play.

It is through discipline, control and mutual respect that the Game flourishes and, in the context of a game as physically challenging as Rugby, these are the qualities which forge the fellowship and sense of fair play so essential to the Game’s ongoing success and survival.

These traditional values remain as important to Rugby’s future as they have been throughout its long and distinguished past. The principles of Rugby are the fundamental elements upon which the Game is based and they enable participants to immediately identify the Game’s character and what makes it distinctive as a sport.

Diversity – ‘A Game For All’

USA Rugby is proud to serve a diverse membership of players, coaches, officials and fans and is committed to creating and promoting a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, age, gender identity, disability or sexual orientation.

We celebrate the differences that make our members unique and special and do not tolerate discrimination, bullying or exclusion in any form.

USA Rugby expects its leadership, coaches, officials, teams, players, administrators and fans to promote a culture of acceptance and support through their actions and through the recruitment of members without regard to sex, race, physical disability, or sexual orientation.

Through our commitment to diversity and mutual respect, we believe that the sport of rugby will continue to grow and become a powerful voice of change in the world of sport.

Code of Conduct

Ted Stevens Act

Indirect (Overhead) Cost Policy for Contract Work

For contract work (such as research studies, surveys) performed for USA Rugby by academic institutions or other not-for-profit entities, the maximum indirect cost (overhead) charge shall be limited to a maximum of 10% of the total project’s contracted cost.

Rugby Research



The official colors of the United States of America Rugby Football Union are as follows:

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Red #C42032 19632500917223187
Blue #152C53 21448310050069539

Usage Guide


Official USA Rugby Logo


Digital (Web) Media
USA Rugby Shield (no text)

Additional Logos

D1A Rugby
All-Americans Shield
Rookie Rugby
Try On Rugby

Athletes' Advisory Council

Who we are

A group of current and former athletes serving USA Rugby leadership roles.


To educate rugby athletes about their rights and protect and advocate for those rights in support of advancing USA Rugby’s mission.

Roles and Objectives

Athlete Education

Advise rugby athletes of their rights and resources available to them through an AAC website, face-to-face presentations, and email and social media.

Athlete Communication

Facilitate dialogue between athletes, USA Rugby and USOC through soliciting player input on key issues; representation at USA Rugby congress and board meetings and USOC assemblies; and disseminating USA Rugby and USOC information and policy updates to athletes.

Athlete Welfare

Advocate for increasing and improving athlete support service including higher education and career development services, alumni programs and networks, Elite Athlete Health Insurance, Safe Sport and other health and safety programs.

USA Rugby Cooperation

Ensure USA Rugby’s compliance with Olympic principles by participating in the development of High Performance plans, reviewing competition selection procedures and athlete agreements-such as Code of Conduct documents and commercial terms agreements-and ensuring 20% athlete voice and vote on all USA Rugby committees.

How we operate

We address day-to-day issues collectively over e-mail; conduct monthly conference calls to discuss initiatives and agenda items; and hold face-to-face meetings in conjunction with major USA Rugby events. Please contact us individually or collectively with any issue-from anti-doping concerns to selection grievances to athlete welfare ideas-and we will discuss the issue internally, place it on the monthly agenda or schedule a face-to-face meeting as indicated in order to determine how best to proceed. We will never disclose any identifying information regarding your issue without your consent. We are here to ensure all USA Rugby athletes have a voice from the Eagles through the grassroots level!

Index of athlete rights and rules



Whistleblower & Non-Retaliation Policy