Paul Emerick

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Paul Emerick
Paul Emerick Churchill Cup 2010 vs Russia.jpg
Birth name Paul Louis Emerick
Date of birth (1980-01-24) January 24, 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Emmetsburg, Iowa
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Rugby union career
Current team London Wasps
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Northern Iowa Panthers
Malone RFC
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Amatori Catania
Overmach Parma
Newport Gwent Dragons
Overmach Parma
Ulster Rugby
London Wasps
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003–2012  United States 53 (85) 17t
Correct as of 30 December 2012
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2002–05, 2009–10  United States 17 (145)
Correct as of 28 Feb 2012

Paul Emerick (born January 24, 1980) is a former USA international rugby player. He played centre or wing and last played professionally for London Wasps. [1]


Emerick was born in Emmetsburg, Iowa,[1] and played his university rugby with the University of Northern Iowa Panthers. He then moved into senior rugby with the Chicago Lions[citation needed]. 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.[2] He signed a deal with London Wasps in February 2012. On August 7, 2013 Emerick announced his retirement from professional rugby.[3]


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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]


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