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Summer 2018: Inaugural Women's Northeast 7s Club Championship Se

April 09, 2018
Summer is just around the corner and we're hoping for another scorcher of a 7s season! Rosalie MacGowan, EMPIRE GU Executive Director of 7s, and John McGeachy, NERFU Executive Director of 7s, are pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Women's Northeast 7s Club Championship Series. This will be an EMPIRE/NERFU combined series and will include three tournaments. At the conclusion of the series, the top two teams will earn bids to USA Rugby's Club 7s Na..

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The Kamil Patel - Buffalo Rugby Scholarship

March 16, 2018
Scholarship honors Buffalo native who was a leader for club, communityThe Buffalo Rugby Club and the Patel family have established The Kamil Patel - Buffalo Rugby Scholarship which is dedicated to honoring the memory of Kamil Patel. The scholarship was created in the spring of 2018 to assist high school rugby players who plan to continue their education in college while playing rugby. Renewable scholarships of up to $500 are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of t..

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Phaidra Knight Elected to World Rugby Hall of Fame

October 30, 2017
Induction Ceremony to be held on Nov 10 in Rugby, EnglandPhaidra Knight, one of the best US rugby players ever, and a member of both NYRC and Old Blue, has been elected for induction to the World Rugby Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on November 10 in Rugby, England."The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made an indelible mark on our sport through feats on the field of play, displays of great character or through their tireless and inspirational work in..

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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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