The EPRU has seven (7) Women's Club teams who are free to schedule other Women's clubs and colleges in East Penn and other LAU's. Philadelphia is the EPRU's only Division 1 Women's Club team and competes in USA Rugby's "Competitive Region 3." The other EPRU full member teams compete in MARFU Division 2 with teams from the PRU and VRU. The top four teams from MARFU D2 move forward to compete at the MARFU Women's Club Championships to determine which two clubs advance to the USA Rugby Women's Club Sweet 16 and on to the USA Rugby Women's National Championship.
The EPRU Women's Club Coordinator is responsible for all facets of the women's club programs.
Founded in 1999, Brandywine Women’s Rugby Football Club (BWRFC) is based out of the Brandywine Valley in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Nicknamed the “Riot”, Brandywine is a full member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union and competes within Division Two on both a regional and national level. The Club plays year round, fielding both a competitive side for 15s in the fall and spring as well as a social side for 7s during the summer.
In January of 2000, Althea Tomlinson (formerly Althea Rodgers) initiated the formation of the Doylestown Junior Girls Rugby Football Club (High School Girls). Coach Althea has enjoyed two very successful seasons as head coach for this team recruiting 40+girls, from local high schools, a season. Based on the success and popularity of the Junior Girls Club, a proposal was made for the formation of a women's club at the annual club meeting in December of 2000.
Harrisburg Women's Rugby Club is a part of the Harrisburg Rugby Club, established in 1969, and competes in the EPRU. Nicknamed the Harlots, Harrisburg Women continue to raise the level of competition in the EPRU Division 2 by developing skills on the pitch and building team bonds and friendships off the pitch. The Harlots play hard while enjoying and embracing the spirit of the game. Harrisburg has represented the EPRU at D2 Women's Nationals in 2007 and has made MARFU championships many times in recent years.
The Lehigh Valley Women began in the Fall of 1976 as the Maulie Maguires and were one of the first women's teams on the East Coast. Twenty years later the team folded but re-formed in Fall of 1999 as the Lehigh Valley Vultures with the support of the Lehigh Valley Men's team. The club folded again in 2005, but is now back in the EPRU having been admitted as an Associate Member in November 2012.
The Northeast Philadelphia Irish Ladies are closely related to their men's side, the Northeast Philadelphia Irish, and compete as a part of the EPRU Women's Club division. The club was admitted to the EPRU as a Recognized Member on February 6, 2012.
Philadelphia Women's Rugby Football Club (PWRFC) was founded in 1976, making it the most established women's rugby club in the Philadelphia area. PWRFC currently fields a competitive Senior side as well as Developmental side that compete in 15's in the fall and spring and 7's in the summer. Our Senior side competes in CR3 (East Coast) Division I and our Developmental side competes against Division I and II sides. Our Senior side is highly competitive and in the 2012 season, PWRFC finished as one of the top 4 teams at the national playoffs.
We emphasize building camaraderie on and off the pitch and try to provide a positive environment so every player, no matter the skill level, can thrive.
It's never too late to join.. Come out to practice and have some fun. We welcome all ages(above 18) and skill levels...NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!