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|Full name||Anthony Purpura|
|Date of birth||November 11, 1986|
|Place of birth||Lawrence, Massachusetts|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||118 kg (260 lb; 18 st 8 lb)|
|University||University of Maine|
|Rugby union career|
Anthony Purpura (born November 11, 1986, in Lawrence, Massachusetts) is an American rugby union player who props for the USA Eagle XV side. Purpura plays club rugby for Boston Rugby Club and currently serves as an assistant coach at Harvard University.
Club rugby career
After a standout career at the University of Maine, Purpura first transitioned to the next level of rugby with Division 1 Mystic River Rugby Club alongside former Eagle front rower Jake Sprague. In 2007 he made the jump to Boston RFC, then part of the Rugby Super League.
USA Rugby career
After a nearly seven-year hiatus, Purpura was again named to the Eagles roster as a starter against Uruguay on 4 February 2017. Two weeks later, he again earned a starting position in the front row and scored his first test match try in the USA's 51-34 defeat of Canada on 18 February in Round 3 of the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship.
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