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USA Rugby
Association crest
Founded 1975
IRB affiliation 1987
President Nigel Melville
Men's coach Eddie O'Sullivan
Women's coach Kathy Flores
Official website www.usarugby.org

USA Rugby is the national governing body for the sport of rugby union in the United States of America. It is divided into seven territorial Unions: Mid Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Pacific Coast, Southern California, USA Rugby South and West. The headquarters for USA Rugby are now located in Boulder, Colorado.

USA Rugby administers the United States national rugby union team and sponsors College rugby. Rugby Super League is organized and sanctioned by USA Rugby as the Premier Level of Men's Club competition in the USA.

Former England captain and scrum-half Nigel Melville was appointed CEO and President of Operations on October 11, 2006.

Contents

The Seven Territorial Unions

Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union
Midwest Rugby Football Union
Northeast Rugby Union[1]
Pacific Coast Rugby Football Union [2]
Southern California Rugby Football Union
USA Rugby South
Western Rugby Football Union

There has been some discussion about splitting the Northeast Rugby Union (NRU) into 2 separate territorial unions, with local area union NERFU becoming the new territorial union USA Rugby New England. Under this arrangement the surviving LAUs within NRU (MetNY and NYSRU) would form a separate territorial union - USA Rugby New York.

This makes a great deal of sense for LAU NERFU as it boasts a greater membership than most territorial unions, especially in terms of college and women's rugby. This adjustment might also help to address a perceived antipathy toward New England rugby. On the other hand, it remains to be seen whether NERFU possesses the managerial strength necessary to thrive as a territorial union.

History

The USA Men’s National Team, nicknamed the Eagles, won the Gold Medal in Olympic rugby in 1920 and 1924. After that time, rugby in the US stagnated while continuing to grow in the rest of the world and only recently has rugby started to become popular again in the US.

Beginning in the 1960s and continuing through the 1970s the sport of rugby union enjoyed a renaissance in the USA. This created the need for a national governing body to represent the USA. In 1975 four territorial organizations (Pacific Coast, West, Midwest and East) gathered in Chicago, Illinois to form the United States of America Rugby Football Union (now known as USA Rugby).

In 1993 the Southern California RFU, a local area union of the Pacific Coast RFU, applied to become a separate territory. This was an impetus for others around the country to do the same changing the make-up of USA Rugby which now has seven territories (Pacific, Southern California, West, Midwest, South, Northeastern, and Mid-Atlantic) .

USA Rugby lobbied for several years for a stop on the IRB Sevens World Series and finally was awarded it for 2004-6. The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, was the venue for the initial USA Sevens tournament. In the summer of 2006, the tournament was moved to Petco Park in San Diego.

USA Rugby is a Founding Sports Partner of the Sports Museum of America, joining more than 50 other single-sport Halls of Fame, National Governing Bodies, Museums and other organizations across North America to richly celebrate the history, grandeur and significance of sports in American culture. Set to open in New York City on May 7, 2008, the Sports Museum of America will showcase USA Rugby Lacrosse in its Hall of Halls Gallery in return for their support of the creation of the Nation's first all-sports museum experience.

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