Looking for a Portland rugby club? You've come to the right place!
ORSU welcomes new players of every age, size, and level of experience! We have new players every season, so don’t be shy. We have dedicated, USA Rugby-certified coaches as well as many experienced players who will help you to learn everything you need to know.
We also welcome international players. While we cannot pay any of our players, we can offer assistance in finding work and a cheap place to live.
ORSU as a Club
ORSU has both men's and women's teams. All of the teams support each other at their games whenever possible, and the club maintains a strong connection between teams. The club is governed by elected officers and a Board of Directors.
We have two seasons, Spring and Fall, plus optional Sevens in the summer (see Sevens page for more info). During the Spring and Fall seasons, trainings are every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7-9 pm, at Bloomington Park in Southeast Portland. Link to directions and maps of practice field and home pitch are on the Directions and Maps page.
Matches and Travel
Matches are usually Saturdays, and if we're playing a tournament it's both Saturday and Sunday. We play away matches throughout the Pacific northwest, and our home pitch, Fuller's Farm or "The Farm" is in West Linn.
Equipment costs are minimal for getting started in rugby. You'll need a pair of cleats ("boots"), but they can't have a toe stud. Soccer cleats are fine, however football and softball cleats are NOT legal in rugby since they have a toe cleat. You'll also need a mouth guard - the $1.99 ones from Fred Meyer are fine. For training, you'll want to wear athletic clothing that you don't mind getting dirty or maybe ripped. Many players like to wear spandex under their shorts to protect their legs against scrapes from the ground. The team provides game uniforms.
Dues and Registration
Rookies do not have to pay dues until after you have played your first game and have decided that you want to keep playing for ORSU. Rookie dues are less than returning player dues, and if need be, you can set up a payment plan with our treasurer to pay a little bit of your dues every week. There are sometimes fundraising opportunities that can help reduce dues. USA Rugby registration: if you want to play league matches, you have to register (CIPP) with USA Rugby, which is $50 per calendar year.
Players new to the sport can find a intro to the game here, courtesy of USA Rugby.