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, weekly email newsletters, Fall league play and playoffs, coaching clinics, administrative and safer rugby guidance, and an All-Star Men's program. The weekly in-season newsletter is a communication tool to provide players, coaches, faculty advisors and others with current information regarding individual clubs, events, safety, skills, resource materials, on-field results, the lighter side of rugby, coaching tips, etc.
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.
Bucknell University Men's Rugby Football Club is a collegiate club that currently competes in the Small College (NSCRO) league. Backed by a long history of rugby at Bucknell, the current program successfully restarted in 2006, and has been constantly growing and improving since.
DeSales University was admitted to the EPRU as a Recognized Member in April 2013.
Franklin & Marshall's Men's Rugby team is a student run organization that brings a lot of pride to their school. They are serious contenders for regional, and national championships each season and compete in the EPRU's Small College (NSCRO) league.
The Gettysburg College Men's Rugby team was re-founded in 2004. Since then, the team has been continuously in competition for the EPRU D3 crown falling just short each season.
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.
Juniata College Men transferred from the Allegheny RU/Three Rivers Rugby Conference in April 2013 and will begin play in Fall 2013 as members of the EPRU Men's Small College Division.
The Lafayette Men’s Rugby team was established in 1972 and has been playing competitive rugby for the last 38 years. Lafayette participated in the Mid Atlantic Rugby Conference in 2012-2013 but rejoined the EPRU Small College Division beginning with the 2013-2014 season.
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.
The Susquehanna University Men's Rugby Club is located in Selinsgrove, PA. The team participates in the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union's Small College (NSCRO) division.
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.
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 have been named this year’s 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.