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About Us

Rugby Imports was founded in 1971 by former President, Bob Hoder. Bob

found his way to rugby after many years of playing football, both as a college

athlete at the University of Rhode Island and later, professionally, for the

Providence Steamrollers. In 1966, Bob began playing rugby. After noticing

a lack in the availability of rugby jerseys in America, he started exploring

opportunities to bring English style jerseys to America. In 1971, Bob first

began importing Halbro rugby jerseys to the United States and Rugby Imports

was born. At first, the business ran out of the Hoder home with no more than a

desk and a telephone, but by 1975 demand was such that the business

expanded to its current headquarters and retail location in East Providence, RI.

Almost 50 years later, Rugby Imports has expanded online to provide a huge

variety of products to rugby players, fans, and teams with products from our

own Rugby Imports brand as well as apparel and gear from other top rugby

brands. We specialize in team and lifestyle products for college and club

teams - ranging from country and slogan casual apparel to fully customized

bespoke uniforms for teams.

After Bob's passing in 2018, Bob's son and long-time Vice President, Mark

Hoder, has taken the helm as President of Rugby Imports and has ambitions

to continue to build upon the brand while keeping to the authentic spirit of

American rugby.

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