EPRU Membership

Thorns Rugby

Types of membership are:

  • Recognized Membership is for all newly-formed clubs.
  • Associate Membership is the next step after a club completes one year of Recognized Membership.
  • Full Membership is the final step and has no time limit. Full Members are eligible for all benefits offered by the EPRU.
  • Sevens Membership, a new category instituted in 2012, is for teams who ONLY play 7s rugby.
  • High School Membership, Effective December 2012, all High School, U19, U15, U13 and other Youth teams should join RugbyPA (the Pennsylvania State-Based Rugby Organization) and complete the membership form used by this organization. Go to http://www.rugbypa.org

Recent Membership Updates

Revised: Monday, February 29, 2016

New Members

Philadelphia University Men and Washington College (Chestertown, MD) Men were approved as Recognized Members in June 2012.

Northeast Philadelphia Men and Northeast Philadelphia Women were approved as Recognized Members on February 6, 2012.

At the February 18, 2009 EPRU Meeting, Albright College Women, Penn State-Berks and York & Lancaster Thorns Women were admitted as Full Members.

Hibernian Men were admitted as Associate Members in February 2009 and as Full Members in February 2011.

Haverford College Men were approved as Full Members on March 15, 2010.

Delmarva Men were approved as Recognized Members as of September 25, 2012.

Lehigh Valley Women were approved as Associate Members as of November 18, 2012.

DeSales University Men were approved as Recognized Members as of April 15, 2013.

Neumann University Men were approved as Recognized Members as of April 27, 2013.

DeSales University Women were approved as Recognized Members as of April 1, 2014.

Wild Rovers Men (Over 35's) were approved as Recognized Members as of April 21, 2014.

PCOM Fossils 7s Men were approved as Recognized Members as of May 10, 2014.

Neumann University Women were approved as Recognized Members as of May 16, 2014.

Phoenixville White Horse Women were approved as Recognized Members as of June 2, 2014.

South Jersey Women were approved as Recognized Members as of August 8, 2014.

Holy Family University Men were approved as Recognized Members as of April 28, 2015.

Immaculata University Men, King's College Men, Moravian College Men and Wesley College Men & Women were approved as Recognized Members on August 14, 2015.  *Note* Immaculata University Men were not able to field a team and are inactive.

Dropped from EPRU Membership

York White Rose Men, York Women and Penn State-Delco have been dropped from EPRU Membership. These teams must apply for Recognized Membership should they re-form. Rutgers University Men have been dropped for failure to pay EPRU Dues in 2011.

Resigned from EPRU Membership

Jefferson Medical resigned from EPRU Membership as of September 1, 2001. Dickinson School of Law resigned from EPRU Membership as of January 1, 2007. Carlisle Women have folded as of January 1, 2008.  Bucknell University Women have folded as of Fall 2011.  PCOM Men have folded as of Fall 2012. Lebanon Valley College Women have folded as of Fall 2014. Keystone Women have folded as of August 2015.

Transfers

Keystone Women's RFC have been approved to transfer from the Empire GU to the EPRU effective November 5, 2013.

Princeton University Women have transferred to the Metropolitan New York (Met NY) Rugby Union effective August 2011.

Washington College Men and Mt. St. Mary's Women have transferred from the Potomac Rugby Union to EPRU as of Fall 2012.

Juniata College Women transferred from the Allegheny Rugby Union to the EPRU as of January 2013.

Juniata College Men transferred from the Allegheny Rugby Union to the EPRU as of April 2013.

Mergers

Second City Troop Men have merged with the Schuylkill River Exiles as of August 2015.

Not Members

Chambersburg Women, North Penn Women, Marywood College, South Philadelphia Rugby Club, Valley Forge Baptist, Lion Rugby Academy 7s Women and Wharton Women are currently not members.

Maintaining EPRU Membership

The EPRU Executive Committee has the authority to drop any club from membership in the EPRU who does not play matches or repeatedly cancels matches, does not submit a schedule to the Referees Society, fails to pay dues and/or is not fully enrolled in USA Rugby's CIPP Membership program. Full compliance in CIPP includes both Club Membership and a minimum of fifteen (15) enrolled players.

Penalties for Playing Non-Members

Full Members, Associate Members, Recognized Members and Sevens Only Members are not permitted to schedule, play, scrimmage or practice with non-members of the EPRU or any other recognized Union. This includes tournaments. The following penalties will be imposed:

  • 1st offense - $100 fine
  • 2nd offense - $100 fine, out of league play for one year and no player on that team is eligible for All-Star play
  • 3rd offense - $100 fine, out of league play for one year, the team will drop one division, and no player on that team is eligible for All-Star play
  • 4th offense - expulsion from the Union

Offenses will be carried from year to year. Recognized, Associate and 7s-only Members who play non-members may jeopardize their status, which could effect their future application for either Full or Associate Membership. For an updated list of EPRU members, go to http://www.epru.org/game/membership/current-members.  If you are unsure of a team's status, contact the EPRU Secretary at secretary@epru.org or the Secretary of the Union that team is in.