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White Plains Rugby Football Club
WELCOME TO WHITE PLAINS RUGBY
The White Plains Rugby Football Club (WPRFC) invites you to the world of rugby football (America’s fastest growing sport) played at its highest level in New England, the New York Metropolitan Area, and nationally. WPRFC is a 501c3 amateur athletic organization focused on being proactive in the community both on and off the athletic field.
Our premier side (USA Rugby Division I) is highly competitive and successful in the Empire Rugby Union play, qualifying for the national playoffs annually for 6 of the past 8 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.
WPRFC Boasts one of the finest coaching staffs in USA Rugby.
Head Coach Daniel Pazio has over 30 years of player and rugby leadership experience. Originally from England, Dan began his career at age 6 playing for, Letchworth RFC and later spent time with Whitchurch RFC and finally London Irish RFC before moving to the USA and joining WPRFC in 1996 as a player. His knowledge and dedication to improving the team’s skills, technical understanding and fitness has become the driving force behind the clubs recent achievements.
Assistant Coach Carlos Blanco, a former Argentine national team player, specializes in young player development. Coach Blanco assists Coach Pazio with player development at the Division I level and coaches the club’s Division III developmental side. Coach Blanco focuses on improving younger players’ overall knowledge of the game, and the skill sets required to support a player’s desire to graduate to a higher level of play.
WPRFC’s home field is one the finest venues in northeast rugby. Centrally located in White Plains, Loucks Field is expertly maintained by the professional staff of the White Plains Central School District. Likewise, our practice facility at Saxon Woods Park provides a full-sized lighted field that allows full practices early in the spring and into the fall as the days shorten.
WPRFC 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.