New to Rugby?
Why Old Gold?
Rugby union is a fast and exciting full contact team sport. It can be played by teams of 15, 10 or 7 players who during two halves of 40 minutes must attempt to outscore the opposing team by carrying, passing, kicking and grounding an oval ball. The teams must attempt to stop the advance of their opponents by tackling them to the ground, causing the player to release the ball and possession to be contested, or by charging down their kicks.
So, what does Old Gold Rugby Club have to offer you? It offers hard earned bumps, bruises, cuts, sprains and possibly, the odd broken bone. It also offers the opportunity to play hard and sometimes win and other times lose. In the end however, it offers the opportunity to be in a team of like minded individuals who look out for each other, work hard for each other, and more importantly, accept you for whatever you can bring to the club.
Old Gold Rugby Football Club was founded in Boston, Massachusetts by a group of Boston College Alumni and has competed in New England and toured the globe since it was founded in the Fall of 1974. The team is steeped with history and tradition that is the envy of many US rugby clubs. Old Gold Rugby Club is in the final stages of becoming an official non-profit organization. This ensures that people and businesses that sponsor OGRFC can obtain a tax credit.
During that first season Old Gold was undefeated, and has ever since continued to offer competitive rugby to any team who steps onto the field. The team plays fair and hard rugby that have earned it a solid reputation in NERFU. Old Gold also helps foster rugby by helping out at college level and by offering a very well run tournament the New England 10's™.
Each fall we compete in the NERFU League against clubs throughout New England and New York. We are presently in the Second Division. Old Gold has won the Second Division of New England a number of times.
Old Gold is the home for many players from around the world. Our current list boasts players from countries such as Australia, Tonga, South Africa, England, Ireland, Canada and more.
Old Gold has an extensive history of tours. Within the United States, we annually play in one of the nations greatest tournaments, the Saranac Lake Can-Am Rugby Tournament. Other tournaments include Savannah, Georgia, St. Patrick's Day Tournament, the Connecticut Cup, Portland Tournament, the Harvard, Newport, New York and Worcester 7's, and the New England 10's. (Which we won in 1996 and now currently host).
Old Gold celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2000 with a tour of the Bahamas Islands. Prior to that, in '96 we toured the Grand Cayman Islands. Our 20th Anniversary tour landed us in Australia '94. Other tours include England/Wales '91, Ireland/Scotland '87, Bahamas '83. Also, a few members traveled to South Africa for the 1995 World Cup and were able to attend the Championship Match between South Africa and New Zealand. Others may have occurred, however, all mental records were tragically destroyed.
We last hosted visiting teams from: Abercarn RFC from Wales and Cowbridge RFC from England. Our club has hosted numerous international clubs, including the prestigious Old Emmanuel of England, in 1979 and a good bunch to know, the London Metropolitan Police/Imber Court, in 1991.