|Name Anthony Purpura|
Height 1.9 m
|Weight 118 kg|
Education University of Maine
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Anthony Purpura (born November 11, 1986, in Lawrence, Massachusetts) is an American rugby union player who props for the USA Eagle XV side. Purpura plays club rugby for Boston Rugby Club and currently serves as an assistant coach at Harvard University.
Other Club affiliations include University of Maine and Mid Canterbury Rugby Football Union.
Club rugby career
After a standout career at the University of Maine, Purpura first transitioned to the next level of rugby with Division 1 Mystic River Rugby Club alongside former Eagle front rower Jake Sprague. In 2007 he made the jump to Boston RFC, then part of the Rugby Super League.
USA Rugby career
Purpura was selected to tour with the USA Eagles squad for the Autumn 2010 tour of Europe and made his international debut in June 2010 was against Russia.
After a nearly seven-year hiatus, Purpura was again named to the Eagles roster as a starter against Uruguay on 4 February 2017. Two weeks later, he again earned a starting position in the front row and scored his first test match try in the USA's 51-34 defeat of Canada on 18 February in Round 3 of the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship.