The USC Rugby Football Club (USCRFC) is the official men’s rugby team of the University of Southern California. Over time, the program has adopted more colloquial names such as USC Rugby or Trojans Rugby. The team was founded all the way in 1886 when a British professor on tenure brought the game to campus. Today, rugby is one of the largest and most competitive Tier-1 club sports at USC.
USC Rugby prides itself upon breeding strong, intelligent, and enthusiastic student-athletes who execute both on and off the playing field. Two-hour practices are held throughout the school week, while weekends are reserved for travel and matches.
Trojan Rugby participates in the Division I-A PAC Rugby Conference. In the fall, the Trojans compete in prestigious seven-a-side (7’s) tournaments such as the PAC 12 Rugby 7’s and the West Coast Rugby 7’s. The Trojans play Rugby Union (15’s) conference games in the spring against schools like Arizona, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, University of Arizona, and Utah. The team also appears in preseason 15’s games with local colleges.
From 1988 to 2014, the men’s squad was coached by alumnus Dave Lytle, who represented USCRFC from 1983 to 1986. In 2015, USC Rugby introduced Dominic Riebli as Director of Rugby and Laloa Milford, a former Samoan national, as the new head coach. In Milford’s first year, the Trojans finished second in the general conference and was invited to the D1-AA national playoffs. Currently, the roster is jointly coached by Steven Stagg, Head 7’s Coach, and Wayne Parillon, Head 15’s Coach.
- 2005 Division Champions
- 2009 Undefeated Division and Regional Champion