For over 25 years, in-state rivals Newport Rugby Football Club and Providence Rugby Football Club have squared off on the rugby pitch, with the winner claiming rights to the Rhode Island Cup. This annual rugby match is always a fierce contest between Rhode Island’s two top-level men’s rugby programs, with bragging rights to “best rugby team in Rhode Island” on the line. Newport RFC has claimed the RI Cup for the last six contests, and on April 6th they will not only be looking to “Defend the Fort”, but to also “Defend the Cup”.
A re-surging Providence RFC team, tied for first place in this year’s league play, will surely be looking to upset the home team and take the Cup with them back to Providence.
A full day of rugby will kick-off at 11am with youth seven aside rugby matches, hosted by Island Rugby, the local Newport County Youth Rugby Football Club team. At 12:30pm, the Rhode Island Collegiate All Star match will kick-off. This North vs South match will feature the best collegiate men’s rugby players selected from University and College rugby programs throughout Rhode Island.
The main event will begin at 2:30, as bagpipes and a color guard march the Providence and Newport Clubs into the Fort to prepare for the Rhode Island Cup kick-off.
The event is sponsored by the Fort Adams Trust and the Rhode Island National Guard. Admission is free to spectators and participants, donations at the gate are encouraged to support the restoration efforts of the Fort Adams Trust. Concessions will be available inside the Fort for attendees.
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