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History

The White Plains Rugby Football Club was formed in 1972 by IBM employees. Since that time the club has built a long record of competitive success on the field and important community support off the field. 

USA Rugby Highlights:

National Club Playoffs - 18 Times
Eastern Rugby Union Champions - 1988
Met NY Union Champions - 1988, 1989, 2000, 2006, 2007
Can Am North America Champion – 1989, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2006, 2007
Hong Kong 10’s Finalist - 1993
Aspen Ruggerfest Finalist - 1995, 1996
Mad River Champion – 1982, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1996
National 7’s Finalist – 1996, 1997
Division Playoff’s - 1998, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007
Savannah Tournament Champions – 2001
Fort Lauderdale Tournament Champions – 2003

International Tours:

England / Scotland - 1984
Ireland - 1987
Zimbabwe, Africa – 1990
Hong Kong - 1993
Europe / England – 1996

Hosted Tournaments:

Jo Jo Moore Tournament – 1993 to 2015

Community Activities:

Jo Jo Moore Tournament, Cornwall-on-Hudson
Semi-annual Blood Drive White Plains Hospital
Wildlife In Crisis
Youth Rugby Programs for local high school and college players

Officers

President: Eric Nicklas

VP Recruitment: Michael Matkovic

VP Development: Benn Lewis

Treasurer: Dean Carson

VP Membership/Controller: Jason Savino

VP Communications: Jeff Lahens

Social Secretary: David Cohen

Match Secretary: Jamie Everett

Field Secretary: Tony Joyce

Coach: Chris Dahlem

 

Mission

The White Plains Rugby Football Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable athletic organization dedicated the development of the sport of rugby football, the personal growth of young men and women, and support of our local community. We invite you to the world of America’s fastest growing sport, played at its highest level in New England, the New York Metropolitan Area, and nationally. 

Competitive Rugby

Our premier side is highly competitive and successful in the Empire Rugby Union play, qualifying for the national playoffs for 6 of the past 9 years, and in 2006 and 2007 winning the Greater Metropolitan New York Rugby Division I Championship. White Plains also fields a USA Rugby Division III developmental side that feeds the Division I side and offers players of all levels (younger players, developing players and Old Boys) an opportunity to play competitive rugby as they start their rugby careers or after their Division I days have passed. White Plains also fields one of the most competitive Old Boys sides in the nation, and is eager to start a women’s rugby program.  

White Plains Rugby - Beyond the Pitch

While our primary mission as an organization since 1972 has been to promote the growth and development of the game of rugby football, to develop youth rugby and support local high school and college rugby programs, high-level competition is not all that this club is about. A first class rugby club is more than a sporting organization.  It is more than a family.  It is a family that reaches out and becomes an integral part of its local community.  That is what you sign on for when you become a member of the White Plains Rugby Football Club. WPRFC has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable causes and gives back to the community through blood drives, ALS events, Wildlife-in-Crisis volunteer work and many other avenues. We are a large and competitive group of smart and talented people.  With our partners and families we try to be a force for good, as well as good rugby.

Bleed Blue with Us!