Otago University Rugby Football Club (OURFC) is unique amongst rugby clubs in New Zealand. Founded in 1884, our club has had more All Blacks than any other rugby club. Our focus is excellence on and off the field.
Over the history of the Premier Rugby competition, we have won the competition 54 times, twice the number of times the nearest other club has won. Our club has held the Ainge Trophy six out of the last eight seasons; awarded to the club with the best aggregate finish across their top five teams.
This is a student’s club which balances academic studies, sports excellence, and social activities. We are the only rugby club in Dunedin that is Otago University Student Association affiliated. I am proud to say that students are involved in the decision making and the day to day running of the club.
Although originally starting as a student's only club, we are now open to all players, whether you attend University or not.
We are also the only club in Dunedin that allows you to be eligible to be selected to represent your country for the New Zealand Universities team. NZU plays visiting teams touring New Zealand and often takes teams overseas to play other Universities and play in international Rugby tournaments like the World University Rugby Cup.
If you are coming to Otago and you are looking for a club that pursues excellence, a club that is immersed in student culture, then the club you will want to play for is OURFC.
Andy Ellis, 2023 Club Captain