The Capital Rugby Union (CGU) began in Fall 2013, as a result of the consolidation of the Virginia Rugby Union (info below) and the Potomac Rugby Union (info below), both formerly part of the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union.
The CGU organizes, administers, controls, regulates, improves, teaches and fosters the growth and maintains the standards of the game of Rugby Union Football for the clubs that are its members within the geographic area. It represents its members before other official administrative bodies of rugby on a regional, national or international level (including, the International Rugby Board [the “IRB”] and USA Rugby [“USAR”]), and shall organize, control and administer rugby games between regional bodies and visiting clubs as necessary.
The CGU is a Geographic Union member within the USAR administrative structure; its teams play within the Mid Atlantic Conference (also called National Competitive Region Four or NCR4) .
Why Capital? Easy! Our region has the colonial capital (Williamsburg) and the United States capital (Washington, DC).
Note: A capital is a seat of government; a capitol is a building.
Potomac Rugby Union
The Potomac Rugby Union, or the PRU, was the governing body for all rugby in northern Virginia, DC, Maryland, and parts of Pennsylvania. The PRU was responsible for competitions at all levels, all star teams, assisting clubs with admin matters, running coaching and player clinics, and disciplinary matters.
The PRU was known as a local area union (or LAU in the parlance of USA Rugby), the smallest subdivision of the national governing body. The Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union (MARFU, for short) was one of seven territorial unions (or TU) of USA Rugby. MARFU comprised the PRU, Virginia Rugby Union (VRU), and Eastern Penn Rugby Union (EPRU).
The PRUs member clubs were in eight different gender and age groups senior men, senior women, college men, college women, high school boys, high school girls, youth, and old boys/girls.
On September 1, 2013, the PRU merged with the VRU to become the Capital Rugby Union.
The Virginia Rugby Union
Prior to 1972, clubs playing in Virginia had no sub-union organization and were considered clubs at large in the greater Eastern Rugby Union (ERU; later referred to as USA Rugby-East or USARE). The ERU was established in 1934 and generally encompassed Maine to Louisiana. In May of 1972, the ERU authorized the Virginia Rugby Association to be formed in order to determine if the new organization structure was viable and to monitor the Associations ability to perform. In 1974, the next administrative step was taken with the formation of the Virginia/North Carolina Rugby Union. One year later, in January 1975, Virginia made the final step by becoming the Virginia Rugby Union (VRU).
In the Fall of 1975, the VRU held its first State Tournament for Mens Clubs, the Ed Lee Cup. In 1976, the Sandy Lee Cup was added for Womens teams; in 1980, a College Mens bracket was initiated.
With the advent of National Championships, league play was instituted for the Mens club teams in 1980 and was followed in ensuing years for the other brackets.
In 1994, the VRU became a member of the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union (MARFU) with the Potomac and Eastern Pennsylvania Unions.
Clubs played in a number of brackets and divisions within the VRU: Mens Club Division I, II and III; Women’s Club Division II, Collegiate Men Division I, II, and III; and Collegiate Womens Division I and II. These clubs included over 2,000 active playing members and others in administrative, coaching and social roles.
The VRU was the first to have a U.S. club home page (Blacksburg RFC), the first to have a Collegiate Mens and Womens rugby home page (Virginia Tech Men and Women) and the first to have a fully-featured WWW site for a local rugby union.
The VRU Crest was designed and adopted by the VRU in 1977 to reflect the spirit of rugby football and to relate that spirit to the symbols of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VRUs colors of navy blue and white were derived from the dominant colors of the present day Virginia state flag. The VRU crest is a replica of Queen Elizabeth the Firsts Royal Coat of Arms minus the royal rampant dragons, a British royal symbol. Virginia takes its name from this English queen.
The crest was the dominant symbol of the VRU and it was worn on players jerseys and blazers and appears on most gifts that are given by the Union. In this way, the crest was a continuous representation of the Commonwealth of Virginia and a symbol of excellence for those chosen to wear it as players, coaches, and administrators on the state team.
On September 1, 2013, the VRU merged with the PRU to form the Capital Rugby Union.
Year Ed Lee Cup (Men's Clubs) 1975 Norfolk 1976 Norfolk 1977 Richmond 1978 Norfolk Blues 1979 Norfolk Blues 1980 Norfolk Blues 1981 Norfolk Blues 1982 Norfolk Blues 1983 Norfolk Blues 1984 Norfolk Blues 1985 Norfolk Blues 1986 Norfolk Blues 1987 Norfolk Blues 1988 Norfolk Blues 1989 Richmond 1990 Norfolk Blues 1991 Norfolk Blues 1992 Norfolk Blues 1993 (not held) 1994 Norfolk Blues 1995 Norfolk Blues 1996 Virginia 1997 Norfolk Blues 1998 Raleigh 1999 Raleigh 2000 Raleigh 2001 Norfolk Blues 2002 Raleigh 2003 Norfolk Blues 2004 Charlotte 2005 Charlotte 2006 D3 Championship: Virginia RFC 2007-present (not held) Year Sandy Lee Cup (Women's Clubs) 1976 Norfolk Breakers 1977 Norfolk Breakers 1978 Norfolk Breakers 1979 Norfolk Breakers 1980 Norfolk Breakers 1981 Iris (Richmond) 1982 Iris (Richmond) 1983 Iris (Richmond) 1984 Iris (Richmond) 1985-1995 (no entries) 1996 Tidewater Storm 1997 Tidewater Storm 1998 BRATS 1999 Tidewater Storm 2000 Blue Ridge 2001 Blue Ridge 2002 Blue Ridge 2003 Raleigh 2004 Blue Ridge 2005-present (not held) Year Ed Lee Cup (Men's Colleges) 1980 University of Virginia 1981 Virginia Tech 1982 James Madison 1983 Virginia Tech 1984 Virginia Tech 1985 Virginia Tech 1986 Virginia Tech 1987 Old Dominion University 1988 James Madison 1989 James Madison 1990 James Madison 1991 Mary Washington College 1992 Virginia Tech 1993 (not held) 1994 Virginia Tech 1995 Virginia Tech 1996 Virginia Tech 1997 Virginia Tech 1998 Virginia Tech 1999 Virginia Tech 2000 Virginia Tech 2001 Virginia Tech 2002 Virginia Tech 2003 Virginia Tech 2004 Radford University 2005 Div I - University of Virginia Div II - Mary Washington Div III – Virginia Commonwealth University 2006 Div I - University of Virginia Div II - Radford University Div III - Longwood University 2007 Div I - University of Virginia Div II - Radford University Div III – Old Dominion University 2008 Div I - Virginia Tech Div II - Mary Washington Div III – Longwood University 2009 Div II - James Madison University Div III - Christopher Newport University 2010 Div II - James Madison University Div III - Longwood University 2011 Div II - VMI Div III – College of William & Mary Year Sandy Lee Cup (Women's Colleges) 1988 University of Virginia 1989 James Madison University 1990 Mary Washington College 1991 James Madison University 1992 James Madison University 1993 Virginia Tech Women 1994 James Madison University 1995 Virginia Tech 1996 Virginia Tech 1997 Virginia Tech 1998 University of Virginia 1999 University of Virginia 2000 James Madison University 2001 University of Virginia 2002 James Madison University 2003 University of Virginia 2004 University of Virginia 2005 Div I - University of Virginia Div II - Mary Washington 2006 Div I - University of Virginia Div II - Mary Washington 2007 Div I - University of Virginia Div II - Mary Washington 2008 Div I - University of Virginia Div II – Longwood 2009 Div I - University of Virginia Div II - William & Mary 2010 Div I - University of Virginia Div II - Mary Washington 2011 Div I - University of Virginia Div II - Mary Washington Year Men's Club Premier League 1980 Norfolk Blues 1981 Norfolk Blues 1982 Norfolk Blues 1983 Norfolk Blues 1984 Norfolk Blues 1985 Norfolk Blues 1986 Norfolk Blues 1987 Norfolk Blues 1988 Norfolk Blues 1989 Virginia 1990 Norfolk Blues 1991 Norfolk Blues 1992 Norfolk Blues 1993 Richmond 1994 Norfolk Blues 1995 Norfolk Blues 1996 Norfolk Blues 1997 Raleigh 1998 Raleigh 1999 Norfolk Blues 2000 Raleigh (Championship Div) United (Territorial Div) 2001 Norfolk Blues (Championship Div) Roanoke (Territorial Div) 2002 Raleigh 2003 Norfolk Blues 2004 Raleigh 2005 Norfolk Blues 2006 Raleigh 2007 Norfolk Blues Year Men's Club Senior League 1988 Virginia Beach 1989 James River 1990 James River 1991 Newport News 1992 James River 1993 James River 1994 RATS 1995 James River 1996 United 1997 Blacksburg 1998 Roanoke 1999 Blacksburg 2000 Roanoke 2001 James River 2002 Newport News 2003 Virginia 2004 James River 2005 James River 2006 Virginia 2007 Virginia 2008 Virginia 2009 Virginia 2010 Virginia 2011 Virginia Year Sportsmanship Award (Match) 1992 James River 1993 Roanoke (Club) Radford University Men (College) 1994 Roanoke (Club) Virginia Tech (College Men) Mary Washington (Women) 1995 Norfolk Blues (Club) Virginia Tech (College Men) Mary Washington (Women) 1996 Blacksburg (Club) Mary Washington and William & Mary (tie; College Men) Mary Washington (Women) 1997 Raleigh and Virginia (tie; Club) U. of Richmond (College Men) Mary Washington and Virginia Tech (tie; Women) 1998 Norfolk Blues and Raleigh (tie; Club) U. of Richmond (College Men) Mary Washington (Women) 1999 Blackwater (Club) Hampden-Sydney College (College Men) BRATS and William & Mary (tie; Women) 2000 Blacksburg (Club) Virginia Tech (College Men) Mary Washington (Women) 2001 United (Club) Radford U. (College Men) Virginia Tech (Women) 2002 Norfolk Blues (Club) Old Dominion U. (College Men) Norfolk Storm (Women) 2003 Blacksburg (Club) Virginia Tech (College Men) Raleigh (Women) 2004 Newport News (Club) Radford U. (College Men) Raleigh (Women) 2005 Raleigh (Club) Virginia Tech (College Men) Raleigh (Women) 2006 Raleigh (Club) James Madison U. (College Men) James River (Women) 2007 Norfolk Blues (Club) VMI (College Men) James River (Women) 2008 Raleigh (Club) VCU (College Men) U. of Mary Washington (Women) 2009 Raleigh (Club) Longwood (College Men) Virginia Tech (Women) 2010 Raleigh (Club) VMI (College Men) James River (Women) 2011 Raleigh (Club) Hampden-Sydney (College Men) Raleigh (Women) 2012 Virginia RFC (Club) Hampden-Sydney (College Men) U. of Mary Washington (Women) Year Sportsmanship Award (Ed & Sandy Lee Cup) 1995 College of William & Mary WRFC 1996 Mary Washington College 1997 United 1998 College of William & Mary WRFC 1999 College of William & Mary WRFC 2000 Mary Washington College WRFC 2001 College of William & Mary WRFC 2002 U. of Virginia 2003 Virginia Commonwealth U WRFC 2004 Virginia Beach 2005 Mary Washington College RFC 2006 Mary Washington College WRFC 2007 Virginia Commonwealth U WRFC 2008 U. of Virginia WRFC 2009 James Madison University Women 2010 College of William & Mary WRFC Year VRU Presidents 1974 (not available) 1975 (not available) 1976 (not available) 1977 (not available) 1978 George Boothby 1979 George Boothby 1980 Tom Rose 1981 Basil Nisbet 1982 Basil Nisbet 1983 Basil Nisbet 1984 Hugh Jones 1985 Hugh Jones 1986 Jim Booker 1987 Jim Booker 1988 Mike Brown 1989 Mike Brown 1990 Mike Brown 1991 David Chapman 1992 David Chapman 1993 Reyn Kinzey 1994 Johnny McLean 1995 Johnny McLean 1996 Carl Schmitt 1997 Carl Schmitt 1998 Kris Kabza 1999 Kris Kabza 2000 Kris Kabza 2001 Kris Kabza 2002 Kris Kabza 2003 Kris Kabza 2004 Kris Kabza 2005 Kris Kabza 2006 Kris Kabza 2007 Kris Kabza 2008 Carl Schmitt 2009 Carl Schmitt 2010 George Durocher 2011 George Durocher 2012 Matt Robinette 2013 Matt Robinette Year Referees Society of Virginia Presidents 1975 Dennis Marion 1976 Dennis Marion 1977 Dennis Marion 1978 John Mellish 1979 John Mellish 1980 John Mellish 1981 John Mellish 1982 John Mellish 1983 John Mellish 1984 David Harwood 1985 David Harwood 1986 David Harwood 1987 David Harwood 1988 David Harwood 1989 David Harwood 1990 Jim Thompson 1991 Jim Thompson 1992 Jim Thompson 1993 Jim Thompson 1994 Jim Thompson 1995 Jim Thompson 1996 John Andrews 1997 John Andrews 1998 John Andrews 1999 David Chapman 2000 David Chapman 2001 Don Musacchio 2002 Jeff Anderson 2003 Jeff Anderson 2004 Jeff Anderson 2005 Jeff Anderson 2006 Jeff Anderson 2007 Jeff Anderson 2008 Stuart Willis 2009 Stuart Willis 2010 Stuart Willis 2011 Simon Smith 2012 Simon Smith 2013 Simon Smith