The EPRU currently has 13 teams participating in the intra-union Division 3 and Division 4 league matrix. There is also one team classified as a non-divisional member. The EPRU Division 3 consists of 6 teams competing in a Fall league matrix with the top three teams advancing to the Competitive Region 4 (CR4) Division 3 championship in the Spring. Division 4 consists of 7 teams which play in a league matrix culminating in an inter-union championship in the Fall.
The EPRU Men's Division 3/4 Club Coordinator is responsible for all facets of the Division 3, Division 4 and Non-Divisional Men's Club programs. To contact the Men's Club Coordinator, go to the Contacts section of this website »
The Blackthorn Rugby Football Club (Elkins Park, PA) was founded in 1971 by Marshall Sturm, John Galante, and Bob Kirkpatrick. Sturm had been a member of the Penn State Rugby Club and then played for Whitemarsh R.F.C. After playing several seasons for Whitemarsh, Sturm decided to form a club.
The team was mainly formed on the basis that we were starting many players at WCU that were no longer in school or were just living in West Chester (our founder being one!)(Rudy, Jack, Yacco, Litch, etc). This was obviously not fair to the college players. I think that there was also a desire to create something for the future. We still haven't met the goals of our own clubhouse and permanent pitch close to West Chester, but these are things we can strive for in the future.
A Rugby Club whose heart and soul were established in 2011 by a small group of rugby fanatics. We began to build on the dream of a full-on club and it has come to fruition! The club became a Recognized Member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union in September 2012.
The Doylestown Rugby Football Club (Men's Division) was formed in December of 1974 by Jo Stefano, Tony Stefano, Matt Tyksinski, Gary Mount, and John Tomlinson (JT). Through the Doylestown Maennerchor Society, they gained access and built a rugby pitch on Cold Spring Creamery Road, Buckingham Township. In January of 1984, John Tomlinson was again instrumental in the formation of the Doylestown Junior Rugby Football Club (High School Boys).
The Fossils are a 7s-only team composed of former members of PCOM RFC looking to preserve and continue the tradition of 40 years of PCOM Rugby. The team seeks to participate primarily in tournaments with Old Boys Divisions. Over 200 players from 1973-2012 serve as the player pool.
Harrisburg RFC, established in the autumn of 1969, now moves into its fifth decade. Club growth now includes men's, women's, old boys, old girls and high school teams. Harrisburg is currently fundraising for a Rugby Complex. Updates and donations at http://www.gofundme.com/harrisburgrugby
The Hibernian Rugby Football Club, based in Levittown, PA was founded on January 21, 1976 by former Blackthorn RFC players along with some enthusiastic novices to the game. The club’s name is derived from Latin “Hibernia”, which the Romans called the wild and unconquerable island now known as Ireland.
The seeds of what would become the Jersey Shore Rugby Football Club were first sown during the summer of 1986. Three members of the South Jersey RFC, Roger Howell, Bill Regotti and your ever-faithful narrator, became tired of the long trips to Cherry Hill and beyond for practices and matches and were considering rugby retirement. After the spring season, and before retirement, the 3 amigos and assorted other rugby enthusiasts began practicing and playing touch rugby at the school field on the corner of 18th and Bay Avenue in Ocean City.
The Lehigh Valley Rugby Football Club is a non-profit corporation. Founded in 1998, the Club represents men's and women's rugby in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. The Club also takes an oversight role for the High School and Youth teams. The men's team is a Full Member of the EPRU.
Media Rugby Men’s Football Club played its first game in the spring of 1978. Three high school friends who were returning to the Media, PA area from college and had played collegiate rugby started the club. In the mid 1980’s Media assimilated Marple Rugby football club into its fold and continued to grow. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s Media grew into a regional powerhouse.
The North Penn Men's team currently fields two competitive sides for players 18 and older. Players of all skill levels, from beginner to seasoned player are welcome to play.
The Northeast Philadelphia Rugby team, also known as the Irish, was founded in 2011 and were admitted to the EPRU as Recognized Members on February 6, 2012. In a short two years, the Irish went undefeated and won Division 4. In Fall 2014, they moved up to Division 3 and look to further establish themselves against greater competition. Contact email@example.com
Old Gaelic RFC was formed in the winter of 1975 and became a Full Member of the EPRU in February 1987. The club participated in the Division 3 National Club Championship Series in 2010 and 2011. In May 2015, the club won the Mid Atlantic Conference (MAC) Division 3 Championship and moved to Division 2 in Fall 2015. The club plays matches in Hershey, Dillsburg and Mechanicsburg.
The Philadelphia Gryphons Rugby Football Club (RFC) is a sports organization dedicated to encouraging participation, building athleticism, and improving our community through the sport of Rugby. We work to foster a diverse environment that welcomes all athletes, regardless of age, race, fitness level or sexual orientation. We are a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union, competing in Division IV play. Play@PhiladelphiaGryphons.org
Philadelphia Rugby Club was founded in 1961 in Philadelphia. The Whitemarsh Rugby Football Club started in 1967 in Whitemarsh Township Montgomery County Pennsylvania.The spring of 1985 brought the merger of the two clubs. Both clubs were seeing a decline in membership with Philadelphia having a secure pitch in Fairmount Park and Whitemarsh having a clubhouse with a club liquor license in Conshohocken and a dedicated coach in George Betzler. The decision was made!
Phoenixville White Horse Rugby Football Club is a Division 3 Senior Men's Rugby team who play in Phoenixville, PA. In May 2015, the team won the Mid Atlantic Conference (MAC) Division 4 Championship and moved up to Division 3. New players of all skill levels are always welcome!
Established in 1978 the Reading Rugby Football Club competes in the Eastern Penn Rugby Union. Currently the team competes at the Division III level against teams from the Mid-Atlantic region of the US and the National Competitive Region 4 (NCR4). Reading also fields a competitive 7s side. Although the club has seen success at the local and national levels, the true heart of the club has always resided in its players. Reading Rugby has never wavered on its commitment to sportsmanship, competition, and camaraderie.
The Roses Rugby Football Club, (Roses RFC), is a rugby union team based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that was founded in 2000. The club competes in, and is governed by, the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union and USA Rugby.
Even though the Roses RFC plays in the city of Lancaster, the team formally extends its player membership and marketing to the nearby city of York. The team plays most of its home matches at Centerville Middle School in Lancaster, and at the York College of Pennsylvania.
This is the Division 3 side of the Schuylkill River Exiles Division 1 team. Schuylkill River D3 began play in the fall of 2015.
Schuylkill River Exiles Rugby Club was founded in 1995 and is the only Men's Division I club that trains and plays in Philadelphia. Since its inception in 1995, the club’s accomplishments are a source of pride and the foundation on which it builds its future.
The legacy began in 1999, with the club securing the EPRU Division III championship and advancing to the final 8 in the Division III national playoffs.
South Jersey RFC is a Division 3 member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, just a ten-minute drive from Philadelphia, and 40 minutes to the Jersey Shore, the team is always looking for new players to join the ranks.
For over 30 years, the Wharton Rugby Football Club has represented the University of Pennsylvania on the pitch in heated competition against American rivals such as the Harvard Business School, Stanford University GSB, and the Kellogg School at Northwestern, as well as international competition such as the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), the Smurfit School of Business at University College-Dublin, and the London Business School.
*NOTE* The Widener University Law Rugby Football Club is currently suspended from the EPRU due to non-payment of USA Rugby Membership fees, failure to comply with USA and EPRU CIPP Policy and non-payment of EPRU Dues. They are not permitted to practice, scrimmage, schedule or play any matches until these issues are resolved.
The Wild Rovers are an invitation-only Over 35 men's rugby team which plays friendly matches at a home pitch in Hershey, PA as well as tournaments around the United States. Many of our members are affiliated with other competitive teams in addition to the Rovers, but the Rovers afford them the opportunity to compete at a different level and to have an outlet for their eventual retirement from competitive rugby. Additionally, many of our players coach youth, high school or adult teams.
The Wilkes-Barre “Breakers” Rugby Football Club began in 1973. The Breakers got our name due to this region of the United States that we live and play rugby in. The Wyoming Valley region of Pennsylvania was at one time famous for mining coal. The Breakers adopted the heritage of this region and our colors are black and red. The black symbolizes the coal from the mines and the red stands for the blood of the miners who died in the mines. Our logo shows the skull of a miner with his hard hat on, and the crossed pickaxe and sledgehammer symbolize the tools of his trade.
Wilmington competes in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. After a very successful 2015 season, Wilmington will move from Division 2 to Division 1 in the Fall of 2016. If you are interested in playing or learning more about rugby, contact us by clicking here, or just stop by a practice or game. Feel free to browse the site to learn more about the team.