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EGU Welcomes New Board for 2017-18

July 24, 2017
As part of its 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM), Empire GU elected its Board of Directors for the 2017-18 cycle. EGU Board of Directors PresidentKen PapeVP OperationsMichael CraftonVP CommunicationsPat MoroneyVP FinanceJennifer SalomonED MenLex MaccubbinED Women Jennifer JonesED SevensRosalie MacGowanED Referees Brad KleinerEGU would like to thank the following outgoing Board members for their service and dedication to growing the game of rugby within Empire GU and beyond:Sh..

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Empire GU Clubs Set for USA Rugby Nationals

May 17, 2017
NYAC and Morris Advance to PittsburghEmpire GU has two clubs competing in the USA Rugby National Quarterfinals, set for May 20-21 at Founder's Field in Pittsburgh, PA.In Division I, NYAC will meet Mystic River in the Round of 8, on Saturday at 5pm. Morris, the Atlantic North Champions in D2, face Life at 1:30pm. Winners will advance to the National Semifinals on Sunday, May 21 (D2 11:45am, D1 3:15pm), while the losers will play a consolation match (D2 10am, D1 3:15pm)."We wish..

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Empire Donates to WRWC Pool Players

April 19, 2017
April 19, 2017The Rugby Breakdown (link to article)Knight, center, during the 2017 Can Am Series in Chula Vista, Calif., /// Photo: Paul Rudman, KLC fotos (see more) Phaidra Knight is a veteran of three Women’s Rugby World Cups (WRWCs), and so she is familiar with the life-work-rugby negotiations that occur in pursuit of representing one’s country. For many pool players, that balance is poised to be stressed, as June will kick off a series of camps, residency and a weeks-long Wo..

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New High Performance Program Unveiled by Empire GU

April 03, 2017
Empire GU today announced the formation of a new High Performance program for both its Men’s and Women’s athletes. The announcement was made by Ken Pape, Empire GU President.“We are excited to announce a new and improved Empire GU High Performance program,” said Pape. “This will better benefit and be more representative of our Men’s and Women’s athletes. The formation of this new program was the genesis of a lot of hard work and I thank those which provi..

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EGU Partners with GoPlay Sports Tours as Official Travel Partner

March 27, 2017
Empire GU Rugby has entered into an agreement with GoPlay Sports Tours to serve as its Official Travel Partner. The announcement was made today by Ken Pape, President of Empire GU Rugby. “We are excited to announce GoPlay Sports as the Official Travel Partner of the Empire GU. This will provide outstanding travel resources and fundraising opportunities for our member clubs, athletes and high performance sides,” said Pape. "This unique partnership is one of the first of its ..

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EGU Names James English Head Coach of Empire Women’s All-Stars

February 13, 2017
NEW YORK (February 13, 2017) — Empire GU named James English as Head Coach of the Empire Women’s All-Stars. The announcement was made today by Ken Pape, Empire GU President. “We are excited to have James English join the Empire GU as Head Coach of the Empire Women’s All-Stars,” said Pape. “He has had a broad and noted career in rugby and he brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience. We expect he will have a significant impact on our Women's A..

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EGU Launches New Website

September 09, 2016
Empire GU today launched a upgraded website (empiregurugby.com) and platform that gives users an optimized experience like no other rugby union in the United States. The refresh of Empire GU's web home improves the user experience with a dynamic presence, enhanced graphics, easy to navigate tables and a mobile responsive design."We are excited to launch the new Empire GU website in line with the kickoff of the 2016-17 season," said Ken Pape, Empire GU President. "This will giv..

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EGU Crowns 7s Series Champions, Names All-EGU Teams

July 31, 2016
At the capstone tournament for the 2016 Empire GU Summer 7s Series, EGU crowned four Summer 7s Champions and named the first-ever All-EGU 7s Team. The Blazing 7s Tournament on July 23 was the scene for a great day of rugby. In High School Girls, Morris claimed the title over Play Rugby. In High School Boys, PlayRugby ran past Ridge. Monmouth dominated the Women's Series all summer and claimed the championship over Morris. On the Men's side, Morris claimed the title with a fantastic,..

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EGU High Performance / Select Side Tryout

June 09, 2016
Saturday, June 119am-9:45am: Athlete Check-In and Measurements which include 1. Height 2. Weight 3. Wingspan 4. Hand Size 5. Vertical Jump 10am-12:15pm: Physical and technical skill testing which include 1. 40m 2. Medicine ball toss 3. Illinois Agility 4. Track Tackle 5. Catch/Pass 6. Ruck Support 12:30pm: Yoyo endurance test 12:45-1:20pm: Lunch (All athletes provide own lunch) 1:30-3:30pm: Live Scrimmages 3:30-4pm: Individuals will be selected for positional skill work ..

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Northeast Academy Launches Mentorship Program for Rugby Coaches,

June 08, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENew York, NY; (June 8, 2016) – In conjunction with its expanding mission to advance the development of rugby skills beyond the touch lines as well, Northeast Academy is now offering mentorship opportunities for Coaches, Referees and team Administrators. Beginning June 20, qualified applicants to the Northeast Academy mentorship program will have an up close and personal opportunity to observe and learn from some of the best staff members in the USAR National Devel..

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