Fordham University Rugby Football Club (FURFC) dominated the Metropolitan New York (METNY) Rugby Football Union at the DI level since 1967, repeatedly reaching the pinnacle of this organization and competing in the regional Northeast Rugby Union (NRU) Playoffs. During these years FURFC's most important rivalries developed. Columbia University in Manhattan,
Fordham University in the Bronx, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point in Queens battled for bragging rights over all of New York City. Spring Break tours expanded the range of schools Fordham faced off against.
Following the 1996 METNY Championship, the program began to deteriorate and was eventually suspended by Fordham University in 1998 for misconduct off the field. With some Fordham Ruggers playing for Landsdown RFC in the Bronx, the program's future looked dim. But, with alumni support and advocacy from the Landsdown Coach, FURFC was reinstated in 2000 although the ban from practicing or playing on campus remained. So, Fordham Rugby began to rebuild with a temporary home at Van Cortland Park. In 2003, the years of struggle paid off when Fordham defeated rival King's Point for the first time in ten years, which signaled the start of an impressive season that was capped with another METNY Championship. The following year, Fordham Rugby returned to Fordham University's Campus and its current home at Murphy Field.
After 2003, FURFC maintained the highest level of competition and dedication. Fordham was ranked among the top rugby sides in the country by RugbyMag and competed with the best competition in the region including the United States Military Academy at West Point. Fordham took the METNY Title in 2004 and 2009, returning to the NRU Playoffs both years. In 2009, FURFC went as far as the NRU Final Four.
As the era of the METNY DI competition waned, a new rivalry with Stony Brook developed while FURFC expanded its competition by repeatedly participating in competitions like the Cherry Blossoms Tournament in Washington, D.C., the Four Leaf 15s Tournament on Randall's Island, and the Beast of the East Tournament in Providence, Rhode Island where Rams Rugby found success against a range of East Coast rugby sides.