WHO IS KEYSTONE RUGBY CLUB?
Keystone was founded in 2001 by seven experienced women’s rugby players to become a premier women’s rugby club in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. These visionary players saw the demand and need for an additional competitive rugby team in the Philadelphia region that created an atmosphere of support and encouragement for all players to reach their personal fitness and rugby goals. Keystone focuses on a type of rugby called Rugby Union and participates in both 15-a-side (XV’s) and 7-a-side games (7’s).
Early success and strong recruitment showed that Keystone was a viable team both at home and abroad when the team took the Canadian Ottawa Tournament Championship in 2002 and 2003. In 2003 the club joined the Northeast Rugby Union (NRU) in order to play some of the highest level teams in the nation. This transition proved to be tremendous for the team when it won the Can-Am Tournament in Saranac Lake, NY in 2004, and quickly rose to national prominence by placing 7th out of over 30 National USA Rugby Division I women’s clubs in 2005. Since 2005 Keystone has been back to the National Championship stage every year, raising their national ranking to 5th place for 2007 and 2008.
In 2008 USA Rugby established a Premiership women’s rugby league, inviting only the top eight teams in the country, including Keystone. We finished 5th in 2009, 7th in 2010, 6th in 2011 and 8th in 2012.
In 2012, Keystone made the decision to drop down to D1. This decision was made to concentrate on recruitment and player development, while still providing a competitive environment.
Date: July 14, 2009