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American River Rugby Club

The AR Rugby Club is excited to compete in USA Rugby’s Division 1 AA.

Our club will provide an opportunity for students to compete at some of the highest levels collegiate rugby has to offer while fostering productive relationships among players and organizations active in the sport of rugby.

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In the Clubs inaugural season 2023-2024 it will be led by Head Coaches Zach Swithenbank and Josh Fitzgerald along with Club President Jack Ferguson.

Members of our club will have the opportunity to gain lifelong friendships, leadership skills, and strong personal character attributes. The game itself is fast-paced and exciting. We will provide a framework where new players can learn about rugby and advanced players can improve their current skills. All players are given the opportunity to pass, catch, kick, tackle, run and more!

If you have the ability to sponsor and support the rugby club please click on the sponsor opportunity link or reach out to any of the contacts for the club.

  • Meeting Location: student center conference room
  • Meeting Day: Every Wednesday
  • Meeting Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Overall Record 5-0
  • League Record 4-0
  • National Ranking #21

Schedule of Events and Matches

Event: Date: Location of Match: Information:
Youth Clinic at ARC
Skills Camp Sign up
November 19, 2023 ARC N/A
Pre-Season Player Skills Camp January 8 to 13, 2024 ARC N/A
ARC Scrimmage January 20, 2024 ARC Non-League Match:
American River: 27
Sac State: 20
ARC vs. Stanford University January 27, 2024 Stanford University *League Match:
American River: 20
Stanford: 0
ARC vs. University of Nevada Reno February 3, 2024 ARC League Match:
American River: 51
Univ. Nevada, Reno: 12
ARC vs San Francisco State University February 10, 2024 4700 College Oak Dr. Sacramento, CA 95841 American River 48 SF State 0
ARC vs. Chico State February 17, 2024 4700 College Oak Dr. Sacramento, CA 95841 American River 29 Chico State 10
Bye Week February 24, 2024 Bye Week TBA
ARC vs. Fresno State March 2, 2024 5200 N. Campus Dr.
Fresno, CA 93710
ARC vs San Jose State University March 9, 2024 4700 College Oak Dr. Sacramento, CA 95841 TBA
Open Open Open TBA
Open Open Open TBA
Division 1 AA Playoffs Round 1 March 16, 2024 TBA TBA
Division 1 AA Playoffs Round 2 March 23, 2024 TBA TBA
Open April 13, 2024 TBA TBA
Division 1 AA Playoffs Regional Championship April 20 and 21, 2024 TBA TBA
Open Open TBA TBA
Division 1 AA Playoffs National Championship May 4 and 5, 2024 TBA TBA
Open Open TBA TBA
Open/ End of year Sponsor and Fan Appreciation day May 18, 2024 TBA TBA

* Score Update 02/08/24: Stanford concedes match.

2024 ARC Rugby Schedule and Results

Thank You to our Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

  • Redwood Nursery
  • Playa Living
  • Pit Boss Jerkey
  • Cover Story
  • BCN inc

Silver Sponsors

  • FairTrade Properties
  • Next Gen Photography
  • Re/Max Champions Swithenbank Team
  • Fairtrade Equities


Jack Ferguson

Brian (Puka) Keliikuli

Haydn Williams

Director of Rugby/Head Coach:
Zach Swithenbank

Co-Head Coach:
Josh Fitzgerald

Director of Photography
Reem Thanoon