Boston RFC is a member of the New England Rugby Football Union, fielding teams in both Division 1 and Division 3. The club competes for the USA Rugby National Championship in Division 1, and is also part of the American Rugby Premiership, an elite American rugby competition. In sevens, Boston RFC competes for the USA Rugby Sevens National Championship as a member of the Northeast.
The New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) is the official governing body of rugby in the six New England States, overseeing 19 distinct divisions of league play and more than 6,000 active players. The Mission of NERFU is to manage, serve, and promote the game of rugby in the New England area, at all levels of play; to assist member teams and participants in their various forms of involvement with the game; to adhere to all the Laws of the Game; and to encourage and facilitate the involvement of as many people as possible in rugby activities.
For 15 years, Boston RFC participated in the Rugby Super League, the top division in USA Rugby. After the 2012 season, the structure of the top competition in the United States was changed, leading to the creation in 2014 of the American Rugby Premiership. The American Rugby Premiership (ARP) is an elite American rugby competition, and the only elite/premiership competition officially sanctioned by USA Rugby. Consisting of five teams in its inaugural year, the ARP raises the standard of competition for its members to a level beyond normal Division 1 play.
In its inaugural year of competition, the champion of the American Rugby Premiership will challenge the champion of the Pacific Rugby Premiership. The runner-up of the ARP will enter the USA Rugby Division 1 National Playoffs.
USA Rugby, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is the national governing body for the sport of rugby in the U.S. and serves as the sport's official representative to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Rugby Board (IRB).
Their mission is to achieve and maintain high levels of quality in all aspects of rugby, while their vision is to develop America into a world rugby power both on and off the field. USA Rugby strives to accomplish these goals by providing competitive and educational opportunities to players, coaches, referees and administrators.