The EPRU Collegiate Program has a number of goals in trying to improve the quality and enjoyment of rugby. These include:
The EPRU Collegiate Program is recognized by its peers as the premier program in the United States. It consists of a number of components, such as Fall league play and playoffs, coaching clinics, administrative and safer rugby guidance.
The EPRU Men's Collegiate Coordinator is responsible for all facets of the men's collegiate program.
In addition to 23 varsity sports, Albright has established club sports offerings: men's and women's rugby, badminton, and ultimate frisbee. Men's and women's rugby compete in the fall for Division and League titles and in the spring for Mid-Atlantic and national playoffs, along with tournament play.
Since its founding in 1973, the Bucknell University Men’s Rugby Football Club (BUMRFC) has worked hard to develop a program worthy of our Bison mascot. After a winless season in 2011, the team has boasted a 16-6-1 league record and made the playoffs for the last three years. In the playoffs, we have a 5-2 record with a 1st and a 3rd place finish. The team currently supports two full sides and is looking to start the fall with three sides. We play a Fall season in the EPRU in addition to some Spring 15s developmental matches. The club also competes in the NSCRO 7s qualifiers.
Founded in the fall of 2011, DeSales Men’s Rugby Club started by playing sevens rugby until the club grew large enough to play fifteens. DeSales Rugby Club, now playing fifteens rugby, competes against other colleges and universities in the eastern Pennsylvania area. The club is open to any male student who wishes to play. DeSales Rugby is a group of young men that work together to accomplish three goals: to play a high level of safe collegiate rugby, promote a strong sense of brotherhood between its members both on and off the field and to serve the community.
Franklin & Marshall Men's Rugby was established in 1972 and is one of the oldest and most successful club sports at Franklin & Marshall College. They represent the Diplomats Shield on their chest with pride both on and off the field. They play competitive seasons both in the fall and spring (15's and 7's), are serious contenders for regional, and national championships each season, and compete in the EPRU's Small College (NSCRO) league. F&M Men's Rugby has established a rich tradition of teamwork and dedication. All F&M students are welcome to come out for the team regardless of ability or size.
The rugby club, also known as the Angry Young Newts, has roots going back to the 1970s when the club practiced and played on the Orchard Field (now the space across from the Campus Center). The team thrived at the time and enjoyed much success. However the club faded during the 1990s and it was not until the Fall of 2005 that the club was revived through the efforts of a fresh generation of Newts.
The Holy Family University RFC was the first collegiate team in America to exclusively play 7's rugby. We are a founding member of the Philadelphia 7s Series, a 7s series based off the HSBC International Sevens Series. We are currently making the transition to play Rugby 10s as part of the EPRU Small Collegiate Developmental League and continue 7s in the spring. Our team has been centered on the belief that being one family and one team can help us accomplish our task. HFURFC strongly promotes the well-being of not only its members, but also those in the community.
Juniata College Men transferred from the Allegheny RU/Three Rivers Rugby Conference in April 2013 and began play in Fall 2013 as members of the EPRU Men's Small College Division.
The King's College RFC was formed in early 2015 by students and faculty of the college. What originally started as recreational touch rugby sessions quickly turned into more formalized and drill-oriented rugby practices. Eventually, a committed group of students voiced their interest in forming an official rugby team. The club was approved as a Recognized Member in August 2015 and began play in the Tier 2 Small College Division in the fall of 2015.
Rugby is a club sport at Lafayette and has been around since 1970, when coaching legend Emil Signes led the team. Five years ago the program was disjointed without a formal coach, commitment or structure. Current Allentown Blues High School Rugby coach Dan Benedict who started the Blues youth program over 12 years ago, joined the program and instilled a level of discipline unknown to previous teams.
The LaSalle University Men’s Rugby Club competes in the Small College Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union. It encourages its student athletes to excel both on the field and in the classroom while incorporating a family-oriented environment. Although from a smaller college, many LaSalle RFC alumni have gone on to compete in the USA Super League and Division 1 Men’s Clubs.
The LCCC Cougars were founded in 2016 and admitted as Recognized Members in November 2016. The club has the support of the school and hopes to connect individuals throughout the school to learn a new sport.
The club began as an adjunct to the Lehigh Valley RFC, playing as their B-side for the spring of 2015. Since then the club has grown and joined the EPRU as a Recognized Member in the fall 2015. In its first year, Moravian won the Tier 2 division title and moved to Tier 1 in Fall 2016. In the mid-1970's its student players helped to found the Bethlehem Hooligans RFC.
The Neumann University Men's RFC was formed in the Fall of 2012. The club has participated in both 7s and 15s competitions during the fall and spring. Neumann University was admitted to the EPRU as a Recognized Member in April 2013. The club looks forward to developing into a contender for the EPRU Small College Division title.
The Penn State- Berks Men's Rugby Football Club is a two-time EPRU Division 3 Champion and the 2010 NSCRO National Champion. The PSU-Berks campus is located just outside of Reading, PA.
The Philadelphia University Rugby Football Club, added as a Club Sport in Fall 2011, provides students of the University with the opportunity to be introduced, taught, and play rugby at the collegiate level, while bringing them into the unique brotherhood of Rugby Union Football.
Susquehanna University Men's Rugby, located in Selinsgrove, PA, was the 2014 EPRU Men's Small College champion. The Susquehanna Men's Rugby Club finished the fall season ranked 8th out of 215 teams in the country by NSCRO. The club has played in the last 3 EPRU Small College Championships, in 2013, and 2012 the club finished as the EPRU Small College Runner-Up. In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, the 7’s rugby team won one of the 8 NSCRO national championship 7’s qualifiers and played at the Penn Mutual NSCRO National Campionships in Chester, PA.
We are the Evil Buzzard Rugby Cult. Why a buzzard? It’s a cult thing: spent with 25 of the smallest guys in the rugby league, losing only one game in the last four seasons, gaining a number one rank, and socializing with the opposing side after every game are cult things. Swat Rugby...Carry on the Tradition.
The Ursinus College Men's Rugby Club is a club team that competes in the EPRU's Small College (NSCRO) league. Their nickname is the Bearcox. The Bearcox compete against similar-sized schools in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. As a club sport, the Bearcox accept any student who wishes to be on the team. They play a regular season in the Fall and an exhibition season in the Spring, both of which consist of approximately five games.
Washington College RFC was founded in September 1990 by Seth Engel. It began as a small club, receiving funding from the Student Govt Assn and member dues. The club was a member of the Potomac Rugby Union, but has since transferred to the EPRU. Washington College is located in Chestertown, Maryland.
Wesley College, located in Dover, DE, began their men's program in the fall of 2015 and participated in the Tier 2 Small College league structure. As of Fall 2016, the team is Inactive.
The Widener Men’s Rugby club has had great success in recent years, making it as far as the national final four in Division 3 Club Rugby. The 2009-2010 club was undefeated in their regular season and were named the Division 3 Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union champions.
Come out and enjoy this gritty sport with our championship caliber club, and we promise you will build new friendships while learning new skills. Home games are played on Widener’s Old Main field on the Chester campus.