The Game


Since the first meeting between the Yale and Harvard on November 13, 1875, rugby union has not only grown into a huge global sport, but an emerging sport in the United States.

The IRB Rugby World Cup is the third biggest sporting event on the planet, and this success on the global stage is only possible because of the thriving school, university and club competitions in the United States and around the world. Rugby will reappear in the Olympics in 2016 after an almost 100-year absence. The United States is the reigning Olympic Champion.

While the conventional 15-a-side version of the sport makes the headlines, sevens rugby is now thriving across the United States as the country readies for the Olympics in 2016.

Whether you are a fan, a newcomer to the game or a seasoned veteran, this section will provide you with useful information from the very basics of rugby, all the way through to detailed playing regulations in the EPRU. See our individual pages on membership, rules and regulationsdisciplineforms and team color registry.