NERFU AGM Goes Online for 2021

This year, the NERFU Members’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Sunday, March 21, 2021 and will be going virtual to allow representatives of member clubs from all across New England and New York to safely and conveniently attend from home.

Members will hear from the NERFU Executive Committee and staff on important updates about the Union, elect new officers, network with other clubs, and deliberate on important issues in the sport of rugby within our region.

Details on the agenda, registration, and logistics for the new format will be published in the coming days. The latest information will be published at Agenda items and nominations must be emailed to NERFU Secretary Chip Auscavitch at

Important dates:

  • February 28: Deadline for submission of Agenda items from the membership.
  • March 11: Deadline for submission of nominations for NERFU Executive/Management Committee positions.
  • March 21: AGM 2021 – Online

Several leadership roles are up for election. NERFU is also accepting nominations for a few new positions being proposed at this year’s AGM.

  • Treasurer
  • Executive Director of Colleges
  • Executive Director of Sevens
  • Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion (new – proposed)
  • Director: Training & Development (new – proposed, 1 year start)
  • Director: Club 7s (new – proposed)
  • Director: College 7s (new – proposed, 1 year start)
  • Director: College Men – Challenge Cup
  • Director: College Men – Developmental
  • Director: Club Women D2/3
  • Director: Club Men D1/2*
  • Director: Club Men D3
  • Director: Club Men D4

Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion
NERFU values diversity and endeavors to enshrine that value at the highest level of leadership. The Executive Committee will propose a by-law amendment seeking to create this new position and is accepting nominations for the first term (2 years).

Director of Training & Development
NERFU seeks to expand its efforts in training and development for its membership across a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge both on and off the field.  The proposed director will lead this endeavor. Regular term length will be two years, but for continuity of operations this role will be staggered, and the first term will only be one year.

Directors of Club and College 7s
As 7s Rugby continues to grow in popularity, NERFU wishes to create two new roles dedicated to supporting Adult and College clubs regarding this variant of our sport. These directors will work closely with the Executive Director of 7s in expanding 7s rugby opportunities for NERFU members. Again, terms will normally be two years, but in order to maintain continuity of operations between elections, terms will be staggered and the first term of the Director of College 7s will only be one year.

*Director of Club Men’s Divisions 1 and 2 – merged
Not a new position, per se, but due to there being only one club in Division 1, NERFU leadership proposes the merging of both directors of Division 1 and Division 2 for Adult Men.


About the AGM

NERFU is ultimately governed by its members composed of amateur senior (adult) and college rugby clubs throughout New England and parts of New York. Every year, members gather together to network, elect officers, and attend to the governance of the union.


NERFU (New England Rugby Football Union) is the sport’s governing body in New England and a member of USA Rugby and National Collegiate Rugby (NCR). Composed of over 80 clubs, we aim to grow the rugby in our region by bringing resources and opportunities to our members.