Club History

Founded as a Youth Rugby side in the spring of 1988, North Penn RFC is one of the few rugby organizations to have emerged from a Youth rugby side into a full-fledged athletic fraternity offering rugby to players of all ages. The club was founded on the premise that rugby can and should be built “from the ground up”.

The first team ever to take the field for North Penn RFC earned a berth in the USA National High School tournament in 1988, finishing eighth overall in the USA. Mini and Junior rugby sides also flourished during that first year.

The club became a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation in 1991, and began to conduct organized fundraising and recruiting activities. NPRFC has since been successful in recruiting athletes from all local high schools – North Penn, Lansdale Catholic, LaSalle, Methacton and Souderton High schools. The club is affiliated with the Hatfield American Legion, thereby gaining access to a practice pitch, a match field and permanent clubhouse facilities. North Penn RFC’s reputation as a competitive, organized,
and well-funded club is well established. NPRFC has worked diligently to solidify its reputation as being among the most organized and best-administered rugby organizations in the region.

Our Guest Player Program has hosted players from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Spain and the UK.

Thanks to the generosity of the Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation, the club broke ground for a new match pitch on land adjacent to the Legion property. The club has hosted many rugby related events such as EPRU Referee’s clinics, USA Rugby coaching clinics.

2001 brought the establishment of the first ever North Penn High School Girl’s rugby team. The building process continued to the level that as of May 2007, they were unbeaten, yet still preserved the essence of humility, realizing that they had not yet discovered how good they could be.