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Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Buffalo Rugby Club is to cultivate, promote and present the global game of rugby throughout the Buffalo and western New York community. The club will strive for the highest sustainable standard of play by engaging in the development of players and participants at all levels. The club is committed to fostering sportsmanship, camaraderie, and community service through all its endeavors.

The Buffalo Rugby Club currently competes nationally with two sides, one competing in the Empire Division II and the other competing in Empire Division III. Previously in the Midwest Division II (2000-2008, 2011) the upper side advanced to the national USA Rugby Sweet 16 tournament in eight of nine years including advancing to the Elite 8 in five of those years. Buffalo were the Midwest Division II Champions in 2007 and 2011. From 2007 to 2011 the second side competed in New York State Conference advancing to the USA Rugby Sweet 16 in 2011

In addition to fielding two competitive rugby sides, the Buffalo Rugby Club is involved in organizing numerous youth clinics throughout the area.  Club members are also active in assisting or coaching much local youth, high schools and colleges rugby programs.  The Club also is involved with Habitat for Humanity and annually volunteers for rehabilitation work.

The Buffalo Rugby Club has an annual operating budget of about $50,000.  Because of the success of the Club, there are significant travel requirements to participate in tournaments and games necessitating the size of this budget.

The Buffalo Rugby Club brings significant resources to the table. The Club is over 50 years old, is well established and well recognized throughout the community.  The Club has an extensive network of over 450 alumni both in the area and outside of the area with contacts in many businesses and other areas.  In addition, the Buffalo Rugby Club recently obtained its 501(c)3 tax exempt status which will allow the Club to significantly increase its fundraising capabilities

  • Community Service
    • Volunteer work for the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservatory
    • Volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity - House Tear-outs
  • Youth Rugby
    • Summer Development Team - Ron Astridge, Jack Schweigel
    • High School coaching
      • Canisius HS - Jeff Gemmer, Nick Maurer
      • Ken West - Bill Conrad, Jerry Hann, Steve Caruana
      • Grand Island - Dave Knowl
      • Fairport - Joe Kirsch, Pat Moran
      • Orchard Park - Emerson Smith, Anthony Crispo, Mike Forpah, Bo Minogue
      • South Towns - Glen Nenoff, Pete Johnson
      • Orchard Park girls - Matt Sutton
      • Hamburg boys - Tom Eichler, Eric Heltz, Danny Ryan
      • 716 Youth Rugby - Bo Minogue, Mike Ilkiwskyj, Glen Nenoff
    • Collegiate coaching
      • University @ Buffalo - Gerry Wojcik
      • Niagara University - Gene Adams, Matt McGovern
      • St Bonaventure - Tui Osborne
  • Annual Tournament
    • Empire Sevens
  • Accomplishments
    • 2008 Can-Am Tournament Club Division Champs
    • The only men's team in the USA to qualify for the USA Rugby Division II National Sweet 16 for 7 consecutive years (1999-2005)
    • 2007,11 Midwest Div II Champs
    • 2012 Empire Div I Champs
  • Social
    • Annual Winter Awards Dinner
    • Bi-annual Last Practice
    • 50th Anniversary Celebration