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How do I get a rugby sports scholarship in America?

U.S college rugby is the fastest growing college sport in America. This is highlighted by the fact that the first ever Major League Rugby (MLR) Collegiate Draft took place in June 2020. The draft represents an important pathway for rugby in America and another positive step for the growing League. With college rugby being more popular than ever, this means it is a really attractive option for many talented student-athletes worldwide. Naturally this means competition for places can be extremely high, which is why using a recruitment consultancy like U.S Sports Scholarships can give you a real advantage. Rugby scholarships include a variety of offerings from tuition grants, to dues or fee waivers, to in-state tuition rates for out-of-state students. To find out more about the rugby scholarship process, fill out our form and a U.S Sports Scholarships consultant will be in touch to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can register for one of our UK or Australia Rugby Trials where our expert team will deliver a detailed presentation that will provide you with information on the entire process and how we can help you with securing a rugby scholarship. If this is of interest please complete our free online application now.

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Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions

 Below we have given you the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about securing a rugby scholarship in America.

1. What is an U.S athletic rugby scholarship?

An athletic rugby scholarship is a form of scholarship to attend a U.S college or university awarded to an individual based on their academic and athletic capabilities. A rugby scholarship can cover anywhere between 0-100% of costs and these offers are authorised by the coaches at American colleges/universities.

2. What determines how much scholarship I get in the USA?

Your scholarship will depend on many factors including your playing ability and academic standing, as well as your coaches assigned budget for the season. However, don’t worry it is our job to ensure that we find you an American college which best suits your preferences and capabilities. If, for example, a university costs $50,000 a year all in and the coach is giving you a scholarship worth $35,000, then this is a partial scholarship as there is a $15,000 shortfall that the coach wants you to contribute towards the costs of attending the university. Most partial scholarships come with the incentive that if you perform well, both on the field and in the classroom, then the coach can reward you with a scholarship increase and cover any costs that you had been contributing towards.

3. What are the chances of getting a rugby scholarship?

Rugby is played across the three NCAA divisions at varying levels. Rugby is an NCAA Division I and II emerging sport and is an equivalency sport which means athletic scholarships can be split into partial awards in any proportion up to the maximum allowed. 32 schools sponsored varsity Rugby teams during the 2019 season but this is expected to grow significantly in the next five years as many colleges transition from having club teams to full varisty teams.

4. How do I find out more about U.S Rugby Scholarships?

To find out more about the rugby scholarship process, fill out our form and a U.S Sports Scholarships consultant will be in touch to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can register for one of our UK Rugby Trials where our expert team will deliver a detailed presentation that will provide you with information on the entire process and how we can help you with securing a rugby scholarship. If this is of interest please complete our free online application now.

5. What does my rugby highlight video need to include?

US collegiate rugby coaches will be looking for a variety of things from your highlight video. Physicality, athleticism, speed and technique and are all key. It is our responsibility to ensure that your highlights showcase your ability in the optimal way. Please see an example rugby video below:

Watch Our Free Online Rugby Seminar

In this informative online rugby seminar our Head of International Rugby Liam Walker and Managing Director Liam Barrett talk through the process of securing a rugby scholarship in America and how U.S Sports Scholarships can help you find the perfect school for you both academically and athletically.

Liam has vast experience at the highest levels of Rugby Union as a player and coach throughout Australia and New Zealand, which makes him the ideal person to head up our international rugby programme.

LIAM WALKER
HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL RUGBY

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Brett Cutbush - US Rugby Scholarships

Born in New Zealand, Brett came to the UK on a sports scholarship at one of the best schools in the country. As well as helping the next generation of athletes find scholarships he also plays at a high level with Colchester RFC.

BRETT CUTBUSH
HEAD OF RUGBY RECRUITMENT

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Liam Barrett - U.S Soccer Scholarships

Our co-founder Liam oversees our rugby programme in collaboration with Liam and Brett. Liam has unrivalled industry experience having successfully placed over 500 athletes at American schools in the past 10 years.

LIAM BARRETT
MANAGING DIRECTOR

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What level do I need to be playing rugby at for a scholarship?

We have been helping talented young rugby players gain places in rugby teams at American Universities for many years now. In order to get the most opportunities and receive the best scholarship offers, it’s important to keep practicing and to do as well as you possible can in your exams. As mentioned above to increase your chances of securing the best football scholarship possible it is also important that you have strong rugby and academic credentials. Key elements of the process that can impact how successful you are in securing a scholarship include; your academic qualifications, entrance exam scores, playing history and football match highlights. Coaches then look at the athlete and their potential within their university or college.

Why use a recruitment consultancy like U.S Sports Scholarships

U.S Sports Scholarships is like no other service provider in the world in that we only offer 50 places on our recruitment programme each year to ensure that every single player receives the necessary time and personal attention to take them through the complex process of finding a suitable school in America; helping them secure the best possible financial package. To help achieve this, each player is assigned their own designated representative who is with them every step of the way. If you think you have what it takes to play and study in the USA on a rugby scholarship, please complete our free online application now.

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