Club Spotlight: Philadelphia Whitemarsh RFC

Philadelphia Whitemarsh Team Huddle

Thirty three years after two teams merged to create the Philadelphia Whitemarsh RFC, the club still maintains its reputation and prowess on the pitch. This week, the EPRU is proud to feature PWRFC as our club spotlight.

Philadelphia Whitemarsh History

Six years after the Philadelphia Rugby Club was founded, the Whitemarsh Township in Montgomery County Pennsylvania started its own rugby club for competitive play in 1967.

After years of success and after much consideration, it was decided that the Philadelphia Rugby Club and Whitemarsh RFC would merge in the spring of 1985. This merger brought together the best of both clubs: a secure pitch in Fairmount Park, a clubhouse with a club liquor license in Conshohocken, and a dedicated coach in George Betzler.

Officers from both clubs smoothly ran the new club while Whitemarsh President Steve Love made great strides in getting the new club organized. Thanks to the hard work and dedication from both sides, Philadelphia Whitemarsh Rugby Football Club was born. 

The club colors became red with two one inch blue stripes with the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia RFC which was combined with the Whitemarsh wallaby to create the new club logo and gear.

After the Merge

Competing in the Mid-Atlantic, PWRFC developed into one of the most successful rugby clubs in the nation. The Club played in the Rugby Super League from 1998 to 2008, while winning the Sevens National Championship in 1999.

PWRFC withdrew from the Rugby Super League in 2008. In 2009 the club, looking to rebuild its foundation, began play in EPRU's third division. The club struggled through the next few seasons before turning it around in the 2011-12 season. With the addition of Conway Maraki as player coach and an influx of young talent to compliment the seasoned veterans, the club went undefeated in the regular season, swept both the EPRU and MARFU championships and advanced all the way to the National Championship game before falling to New Orleans RFC 36-20 in the final.

Today the club has 55 active members with a network of Old Boys topping 500 strong. 

PWRFC Competitive 7s Program Returns

Philadelphia Whitemarsh announced the revitalization of their elite 7’s programs for the spring season in 2018. The club plans to restore the competition, which will be open to current club members, college players, and interested players in the Greater Philadelphia Area. 

“Our goal is to build a fast-paced, energetic, and competitive sevens program that focuses on player development as much as results on the field," PWRFC President Tim Antoian reports. "We also understand that cost can be prohibitive and want to provide an environment that allows everyone to compete.” 

Learn more about the program »

Join PWRFC Today

Philadelphia Whitemarsh RFC is always accepting new members who are willing to play rugby in Philadelphia. Whether you are trying to get back on the pitch or trying the rugby for the first time, PWRFC is the club for you! Please contact the club at about more information!

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