The EPRU has nine (9) Women's Club teams who are free to schedule other Women's clubs and colleges in East Penn and other Local Area Unions (LAU's) and Geographic Unions (GU's). The Women’s Club teams are divided into three Divisions that compete with the Capital GU within the MAC Competitive Region 4 (NCR4). East Penn has one Division 1 team: Philadelphia. There are four Division 2 teams: Brandywine, Doylestown, Harrisburg, and Phoenixville White Horse. The East Penn GU has also started a Division 3 for women that includes Lehigh Valley, Northeast Philadelphia, South Jersey and York/Lancaster.
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 Men's Rugby Club which was established in 1969. 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.
On February 6, 2012, the Northeast Philadelphia Women's RFC joined the EPRU as a Recognized member. We compete in Division 3 and are always looking to advance our skill set to be a highly competitive side. The team consists of players from all around the Philadelphia area, Bucks County, New Jersey and Delaware and are always looking to add new players, whether experienced or not. We have a great time on and off the field and we love to travel to get the full rugby experience, with you.
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 NCR4 (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.
Phoenixville White Horse Women were created as the sister club to White Horse Men's RFC. The Women of White Horse are committed to promoting rugby and developing the growth of the sport in and around the Montgomery and Chester County areas, and to provide a competitive and social outlet for women of all ages and walks of life. WHWRFC prides themselves in fostering team spirit, camaraderie and sportsmanship and welcomes all interested club members, both on and off the field. White Horse Rugby Club is also affiliated with the Phoenixville Mustangs, a high school club for boys.
The South Jersey Women were formed in the summer of 2014 and admitted as Recognized Members in August. As of Fall 2015, the team will begin competitive play in Division 3 of the Mid Atlantic Conference. Players of all skills levels are welcome to join the club.
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!!