|Full name||Paul Louis Emerick|
|Date of birth||January 24, 1980|
|Place of birth||Emmetsburg, Iowa|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|Rugby union career|
Emerick was born in Emmetsburg, Iowa, and played his university rugby with the University of Northern Iowa Panthers. He then moved into senior rugby with the Chicago Lions. He moved to Italian rugby in the 2004–05 season joining Amatori Catania and then to Overmach Parma the following season. In the summer of 2006 Emerick completed a move to Celtic League side Newport Gwent Dragons, the side he helped knock out of the Heineken Cup in a playoff a few months earlier with Overmach Parma. In 2008 Emerick re-joined Italian club Overmach Parma from Welsh regional side Newport Gwent Dragons. Overmach Parma had gone through a re-organisation that saw the club merge with Noceto in August 2010 to form Crusaders Rugby Parma. In September 2010 he joined Ulster Rugby on a 3-month contract. He signed a deal with London Wasps in February 2012. On August 7, 2013 Emerick announced his retirement from professional rugby.
Emerick was first capped by the USA Eagles in April 2003 against Spain and as of September 2011 Emerick has been capped 45 times scoring 15 tries (75 points). As of June 19, 2012, Emerick had notched 14 career tries for the United States, ranking him second on the all-time list and first among active players.
Emerick received a yellow card in the closing minutes of the Eagles' 2007 Rugby World Cup match against England for a spear tackle on England's Olly Barkley which sent the English flyhalf flipping through the air, landing dangerously around his head. Emerick was subsequently suspended for five weeks, ruling him out of the remaining Rugby World Cup campaign. He was suspended for ten weeks in 2009 for kicking Canadian center DTH van der Merwe in the head during a qualifying match for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
- "Newport Gwent Dragons". Rodney Parade Ltd. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- Rugby Mag, USA Men National Team Stat Leaders, June 19, 2012, http://www.rugbymag.com/usa-men/4924-usa-men-national-team-stat-leaders.html
- Emerick suspended for 5 weeks
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