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Palmer College Rugby Club

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"spreading the word of Chiropractic through athletic excellence"

Palmer College of Chiropractic, founded in 1897 by D.D. Palmer, is the oldest and largest chiropractic college in the world. Dr. David D. Palmer, grandson of D.D. Palmer, started Palmer’s rugby program in 1960,

Since then Palmer rugby has been a leader in the profession, graduating the most successful doctors of Chiropractic who practice all around the world.

Through 1960 to 1980 the men's team won multiple collegiate championships.  In the 80's the team moved to the senior club division of USA Rugby.  The team has won multiple Midwest Rugby Union championships and advanced to the USA Rugby national championships four times.

Our women's program was established in 2004 by Dr. Tracy Francis-Nguyen.  Since then the club has become a regular power in the Midwest having won the last two Midwest Rugby Union championships and reaching the national playoffs for the first time in 2022.

Our teams compete at the highest and are proud of being the only rugby teams in the country fully rostered with future doctors of Chiropractic.

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