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Join us for the USRF Virtual Hall of Fame Event presented by Penn Mutual

Although our annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner is our biggest fundraising event of the year, we thought that the rugby community has endured enough in 2020. We wanted everyone to be able to enjoy some rugby excitement and entertainment, free of charge, as we await rugby action to get back on the pitch. If you'd like to make a donation, big or small, you may, but we are not going to require any admission fee for a fun and exciting evening as we honor those who have contributed so much to the sport of rugby in America.

Attendees of this year's U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will qualify for some great rugby giveaways, including a jersey signed by every Eagle from RWC 2019, a set of rugby-themed posters, 30 USRF A Ball 4 All rugby balls to the youth or high school rugby team of your choice (size 4 or size 5) and more.



  • Rick Bailey was the dominant loose-head prop for the Eagles in the 1980s and was in the Eagles side for over 10 years.

  • Tam Breckenridge was arguably the premier lock in all of women's rugby in the late 80s and early 90s. 

  • Jamie Burke was a prop of exceptional ability and is one of the most accomplished women ever to grace the rugby pitch for the United States. 

  • Bill Campbell co-founded the Columbia University RFC (in 1961) and also helped found the renowned Old Blue RFC in New York City in 1963. 

  • Chris Lippert was a world-class loose-head prop for the Eagles in the 1990s and when he retired from playing, he did so with a then-record 38 caps.

  • Gerry Seymour was a rugby visionary who is credited with advancing the sport of rugby in middle America and beyond. 


1976 USA Men's Team vs Australia

On January 31, 1976 in Anaheim, California, the U.S.A. Eagles played against Australia in their first test match of the Modern Era. The USARFU was founded in 1975 with the purpose of acting as the governing body responsible for the promotion and development of rugby in the United States and in 1976, they introduced the Eagles to the rugby world. 



  • Mike Dunafon's impact on rugby in the U.S. will be felt for decades with the development of Infinity Park and RugbyTown USA in Glendale, Colorado.

  • Bob Erwin's commitment to the sport spans over 50 years and he played for and was involved in the formation of numerous rugby clubs organizations throughout the Midwest and the West.

  • Matt Godek is regarded as one of the most influential ambassadors of the sport of rugby in America and the pioneer in the development of rugby equipment and supply. 


2020 Craig Sweeney Award

Dan Lyle was the original "Captain America" becoming the first USA player in the pro era to conquer the international stage both internationally and professionally at the club level.

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