Anthony Purpura

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Anthony Purpura
Tony Purpura Churchill Cup 2010 vs Russia.jpg
Full name Anthony Purpura
Date of birth (1986-11-11) November 11, 1986 (age 30)
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
Position(s) Prop
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006-2007
2007-present
Mystic River Rugby Club
Boston Rugby Club
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Current local club Boston Rugby Club
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010  United States 8 (5)
Correct as of 6 July 2017

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.

Other Club affiliations include University of Maine and Mid Canterbury Rugby Football Union.

Club rugby career[edit]

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[edit]

Purpura was selected to tour with the USA Eagles squad for the Autumn 2010 tour of Europe and made his international debut in June 2010 was against Russia.

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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