About

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

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