Welcome to the Pacific Western Rugby Conference. The Conference was set up in 2012 with the organizational and competition changes to the collegiate USA Rugby structure. The Conference is a Division 1 AA conference and competes for the USA Rugby National Collegiate Competition in fifteen’s and in sevens. The Conference covers the regions of Northern California and Northern Nevada. The teams that are included in the Conference are the following:
15’s competition begins January 28th, 2017. The winner of the Conference automatically qualifies for the USA Rugby Div 1 AA National Championship that will be held in May. The PWRC 7’s tournament is a national qualifier tournament. This means that the winner of the tournament is automatically entered into the USA Rugby National 7’s Championship Tournament. This tournament is held in May.
In 2013, Stanford University joined the Conference. 2014 saw the departure of Sierra College and Santa Rosa College. However, UC Davis and Sacramento State joined the league. Sacramento State left in 2016 but has rejoined in 2017 while UC Davis has left after winning two national championships in three years.
2018 brought a change into the fifteen’s competition. The competition split in two for two main reasons. One, is to help programs with a second side of players get matches, Two, was for struggling clubs rebuild their programs. So, there are two competitions. They are the Premier League and the Cup League. Only the Priemer League Teams will be able to qualify for USA Rugby 15’s National Competition. As for the cup league, it will include the induction of St. Mary’s C side. It also drops San Francisco State and San Jose State from the Priemer League Competition.
As we go into 2019-2020 competition season, we were all faced with a pandemic. This caused the season to be cut off short. Not playing rugby will last through the 2020-2021 season. Meanwhile, we see that USA Rugby files bankruptcy and had decided to not support collegiate national championships events. This led to the collegiate rugby landscape to run individual organizations. The Pacific Western Rugby Conference joins the American College Rugby competition. This competition is in partnership with USA Rugby.
As we are getting back to the pitch in the 2021-2022 season, we see the loss of San Francisco State.