About the Rugby Gold Cup
Launched as an initiative by the Red River Premiership and Midwest Premiership in the Fall of 2015, the Rugby Gold Cup is a USA Rugby sponsored tournament to provide high-level, elite competition to rugby clubs in the United States.
Clubs annually qualify based on their record from the previous season (similar to European cup competitions), and the winner is determined from a double round-robin series of matches between all teams participating. Intra-league competition (e.g. when a Midwest RGC team plays a Midwest RGC team) counts in the standings, as does both weekends of crossover competition (e.g. when a Midwest RGC team plays a Red River RGC team).
Should they qualify through their current season's record, clubs participating in the Rugby Gold Cup may elect to participate in the USA Rugby Men's Division 1 National Playoffs, where their league's representatives face clubs from four purely-Division 1 competitions and the American Rugby Premiership.
In 2015-2016, the Austin Blacks, Dallas Rugby, Kansas City Blues, and Metropolis Rugby all qualified for the competition. The inaugural champion was the Austin Blacks, who was also the Men's Division 1 National Runner-Up.
2016-2017, the Chicago Griffins replaced the Kansas City Blues by virtue of their runner-up finish in the Midwest Premiership. As such, the competing clubs in 2016-2017 are the Austin Blacks, Chicago Griffins, Dallas Rugby, and Metropolis Rugby.