Princeton Celebrates Rugby

On June 1st Trust Executive Director, Nikki Wiederaenders, was on hand for the dedication of the Haaga House at Princeton University. After 135 years of rugby and 80 years of continuous play, Princeton Rugby now has a permanent home. The new club house includes a 5500 square foot covered area, four team rooms, restrooms and storage space. The Haaga House is named for Princeton alum and USA Rugby supporter Paul Haaga and his wife Heather Stuart Haaga.

Paul, Heather and Blythe Haaga cut ribbon at Haaga House as Rugby Endowment Board Chair Elycia Sherman and Founding Chair Stuart Rickerson look on.
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Nikki was also present to celebrate the retirement of Emil Signes after 10 years as Princeton’s Women’s Rugby Coach. His Princeton teams went to the USA Rugby Final Four in 2004 and 2005 and to the Round of 16 in 2006, 2012 and 2013. Signes has an extensive rugby resume that spans 30 years. Along with Princeton Women, he has coached numerous collegiate and senior level clubs as well as many select sides. Signes has also coached the US Men’s 7s Team, the US Women’s 15s Team, the US Women’s 7s Team and the US U-23 Women’s 7s Team. He has played a crucial role in promoting women’s sevens at the international level.

USA Rugby Trust Executive Director Nikki Wiederaenders presents Emil Signes with a signed Team USA Sevens Jersey.

You can read more about the dedication, Princeton Rugby and Emil’s retirement here.

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