Men's Rugby Team Photograph

About the Team

The Northern Michigan University Men’s Rugby Football Club, AKA the Moosemen, was established in 1979. It is the oldest club on campus, and as such, members of the club try their hardest to preserve the long standing tradition of this great sport. Rugby, much like soccer, is a sport that is recognized worldwide and blends endurance, strength, teamwork, patience and grit. Whilst many do not know much about the sport, it is rapidly gaining recognition throughout the US.

The club competes in two separate seasons during the school year. During the Fall season, the Moosemen participate in the Wisconsin-Illinois Intercollegiate League (WIIL) Rugby Conference and Wisconsin Rugby Football Union (WRFU). There is a seven week competitive schedule against other teams in the WRFU. Those teams that qualify can advance to the championship bracket and compete against teams in the other divisions of the WIIL Rugby Conference. The Spring season is a non-competitive season consisting of exhibition matches and tournaments in the Midwest.

Aside from the competiveness of the sport, playing rugby creates a unique trust and comradery that defines a team. The club offers students the opportunity to build life-long friendships that continue for years on. Often times, members will plan recreational outings for the team such as a team canoe/kayak trip down the Au Train River or camping/hiking trips to local hotspots. Nonetheless, there is always fun to be had for all groups.


Dues: Dues are $175 per player every fall season BEFORE THE FIRST COMPETITIVE GAME. This money goes toward purchasing new shorts and socks, CIPP fees, league fees, and after-game socials. Extra money for travel arrangements must also be kept in mind. Members are also required to purchase a PEIF pass for the year.

Tryouts: Tryouts begin the first week of practice, starting Tuesday Aug. 26 and ending Thursday Aug 28.

Participants Must Supply: All players must supply their own pair of cleats. Football or soccer cleats are fine as long as they do not have the front toe spike (illegal to have in rugby). Players may wear a mouth guard if they so choose. Additionally, all registered players must have a year-round PEIF pass.

Travel: Traveling to away games in the fall is subject to the WRFU schedule. They are usually spread out so that traveling is done every other week, but on occasion there will be back-to-back traveling weekends. For more information, see the Fall game schedule posting. Traveling is done via carpool. Typically, cars leave around Friday afternoon before game day, but travel arrangements are often made to accommodate class and work. Some cars return on Saturday after the game, otherwise most typically stay the night and leave Sunday morning. This leaves options for players to stay or leave early..

Practice: Practices are held Tuesday and Thursday 6-8pm held at the pitch (Intramural fields at the corner of Wright and Lincoln Street). IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT PLAYERS ATTEND PRACTICE. Obviously there may be individual complications with class and work obligations, however, strong dedication to practice and games are required for a SUCCESSFUL TEAM.

Additional Requirements & Information

  • Each participant must have health insurance.

Please keep in mind that there are no tryouts and no one is cut from the team. That being said, there is NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Those that choose to join will be trained at the position best suited for them and will have the opportunity to play. Regardless of size, shape, race, athletic ability, all players are welcome!

Contact: Gavin Klein,

Coming Soon.


Sept. 16 - HOME vs. Michigan Tech at 1 PM

Sept. 23 - @ MSOE

Oct. 7 - @ UW Stevens Point

Oct. 14 - HOME vs. UW Eau Claire

Oct. 21 - @ UW Lacrosse


Oct. 28 - GMW Semis

Nov. 4 - GMW Championship @ Cottage Grove, WI