Anthony Purpura first started playing rugby in college when his brother got him involved at the University of Maine. He went on to represent the Northeast at the Collegiate All-Stars tournament.
Upon graduation, he continued to play at Mid-Canterbury Rugby Union and Ashburton Celtic, before coming back to the States, where he played at Boston Rugby Club. In 2010, Purpura made his Men's Eagles debut at Prop against Russia in Glendale, Colorado. He was again called in for the United States in 2012, this time for the developmental squad in the Americas Rugby Championship.
Purpura is currently Assistant Coach for the Harvard Women's Rugby program.