New England Rugby Football Union

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New England Rugby Football Union
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The NERFU Logo
Abbreviation NERFU
Formation February 3, 1975
Legal status Association
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts
Region served New England, United States of America
Membership Approximately 6000 athletes on 228 teams (youth clubs, high schools, colleges, clubs or other associations)
President Joe Olzacki
Main organ Executive Committee
Website http://nerfu.org (administrative)

The New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) is a Geographical Union (GU) for rugby union teams in New England.[1]

Prior to 2013, NERFU had been a local area union ("LAU"), and part of the Northeast Rugby Union (NRU), which is the governing body for three LAU's (New York State Rugby Football Conference (NYSRFC) and Metropolitan New York Rugby Union being the others.

There are currently over 230 active teams and over 5,000 registered players in the New England area. Though many of these teams are not truly NERFU programs (See Ivy League Rugby Conference and U-19/HS Rugby issues noted below).

Mission[edit]

The mission of the New England Rugby Football Union is to manage, serve, and promote the game of rugby in the New England area, at all levels of play; to assist member teams and participants in their various forms of involvement with the game; to adhere to all the laws of the game; and to encourage and facilitate the involvement of as many people as possible in rugby activities. Though to be fair, NERFU focuses its greatest attention on serving rugby at the club level, and less on the collegiate and HS levels. NERFU has made no effort to establish any youth rugby programs in the New England area.

Divisions[edit]

Men's[edit]

Club[edit]

Division I[edit]
Division II[edit]
Division III[edit]
Division IV[edit]
All-New England[edit]
Metro[edit]
Social[edit]

Collegiate[edit]

Division I[edit]
NERFU's Division I program lost multiple rugby programs when the ivy league colleges left to form the Ivy League Rugby Conference (Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth).
Division II[edit]
Division III[edit]
Maine Conference[edit]
Boston Conference[edit]
Central Conference[edit]
Western Conference[edit]
Southern Conference[edit]
Division IV[edit]
Central Conference[edit]
South Conference[edit]
North Conference[edit]

U19[edit]

NERFU has essentially abdicated its role in overseeing U-19/HS Rugby in favor of state based rugby organizations (SRBOs). In New England, there are nascent SRBOs in VT, CT and MA.

Division I[edit]
Division II[edit]

Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization (MYRO)[edit]

The Massachusetts SBRO (http://myrugby.org) is now the umbrella organization for youth rugby in the state. All High School, U19, and U15 clubs are now under their auspices.

Boston middle schools that play rugby include Washington Irving, Edwards, Orchard Gardens, and Lee Academy.[2]

Women's[edit]

Club[edit]

Women's Premier League[edit]
Division I[edit]
Division II[edit]
Division III[edit]

Collegiate[edit]

Division I[edit]
Eastern Conference[edit]
Western Conference[edit]
Division II[edit]
Downeast Conference[edit]
East Conference[edit]
West Conference[edit]
Division III[edit]
East Conference[edit]
South Conference[edit]
West Conference[edit]
Division IV[edit]
East Conference[edit]
West Conference[edit]

U19[edit]

Division I[edit]

Championships[edit]

1997
Men's Club D1 -
Men's Club D2 -
Men's Club D3 -
Women's Club D1 -
Women's Club D2 -
Women's Club D3 -
Men's College D1 -
Men's College D2 -
Men's College D3 - University of Massachusetts Lowell
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -

1998
Men's Club D1 -
Men's Club D2 -
Men's Club D3 -
Women's Club D1 -
Women's Club D2 -
Women's Club D3 -
Men's College D1 -
Men's College D2 -
Men's College D3 - University of Massachusetts Lowell
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -

1999
Men's Club D1 -
Men's Club D2 -
Men's Club D3 -
Women's Club D1 -
Women's Club D2 -
Women's Club D3 -
Men's College D1 - Norwich University
Men's College D2 -
Men's College D3 -
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -

2000
Men's Club D1 -
Men's Club D2 -
Men's Club D3 -
Women's Club D1 -
Women's Club D2 -
Women's Club D3 -
Men's College D1 -
Men's College D2 -
Men's College D3 -
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -

2001
Men's Club D1 -
Men's Club D2 -
Men's Club D3 -
Women's Club D1 -
Women's Club D2 -
Women's Club D3 -
Men's College D1 -
Men's College D2 -
Men's College D3 - Tufts University
Men's College D4 - Bentley University
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -

2002
Men's Club D1 -
Men's Club D2 -
Men's Club D3 -
Women's Club D1 -
Women's Club D2 -
Women's Club D3 -
Men's College D1 -
Men's College D2 -
Men's College D3 -
Men's College D4 - Brandeis University
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -

2003
Men's Club D1 - Boston Irish Wolfhounds
Men's Club D2 -
Men's Club D3 -
Women's Club D1 -
Women's Club D2 -
Women's Club D3 -
Men's College D1 -
Men's College D2 -
Men's College D3 -
Men's College D4 - Wheaton College
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -

2004
Men's Club D1 - Boston Irish Wolfhounds
Men's Club D2 -
Men's Club D3 -
Women's Club D1 -
Women's Club D2 -
Women's Club D3 -
Men's College D1 -
Men's College D2 -
Men's College D3 -
Men's College D4 - Maine Maritime Academy
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -

2005
Men's Club D1 - Boston Irish Wolfhounds
Men's Club D2 -
Men's Club D3 -
Women's Club D1 -
Women's Club D2 -
Women's Club D3 -
Men's College D1 -
Men's College D2 -
Men's College D3 - Bentley University
Men's College D4 - Saint Anselm College
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -

2006
Men's Club D1 -
Men's Club D2 -
Men's Club D3 -
Women's Club D1 -
Women's Club D2 -
Women's Club D3 -
Men's College D1 -
Men's College D2 - United States Coast Guard Academy
Men's College D3 - Bentley University
Men's College D4 - Nichols College
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -
Women's College D4 -

2007
Men's Club D1 -
Men's Club D2
Men's Club D3
Women's Club D1
Women's Club D2
Women's Club D3
Men's College D1
Men's College D2 - Middlebury College
Men's College D3 - Plymouth State University
Men's College D4 - University of Massachusetts Dartmouth See: 2007 NERFU College Men's Division IV Rugby Tournament
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -
Women's College D4 -

2008
Men's Club D1 - Boston Irish Wolfhounds
Men's Club D2
Men's Club D3
Women's Club D1
Women's Club D2
Women's Club D3
Men's College D1
Men's College D2 - Middlebury College
Men's College D3 - Salve Regina University See: 2008 NERFU College Men's Division III Rugby Tournament
Men's College D4 - Holy Cross College
Women's College D1 - United States Military Academy
Women's College D2 - Stonehill College
Women's College D3 - Bryant University
Women's College D4 - Holy Cross College

2009
Men's Club D1
Men's Club D2
Men's Club D3
Men's Club D4 - Saratoga Springs Stampede
Women's Club D1
Women's Club D2
Women's Club D3
Men's College D1
Men's College D2 - UMASS Amherst
Men's College D3 -
Men's College D4 -
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Women's College D4 -

2010
Men's Club D1
Men's Club D2
Men's Club D3 - Saratoga Springs Stampede
Men's Club D4
Women's Club D1
Women's Club D2
Women's Club D3
Men's College D1
Men's College D2
Men's College D3 - Salve Regina University See 2010 NERFU College Men's Division III Rugby Tournament
Men's College D4 -
Women's College D1 -
Women's College D2 -
Women's College D3 -
Women's College D4 -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USA Club Rugby: Geographical Unions". http://usarugby.org/. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  2. ^ Boston Globe, Youth rugby gains toehold in Boston, Dec. 23, 2012, http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2012/12/23/youth-rugby-gains-toehold-boston/eEmyzR61bd3H95ACRZTS6L/story.html?s_campaign=sm_tw

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