The Carolinas Geographic Rugby Union is responsible for administrating Rugby Union (XV’s and 7’s) for adults and unaffiliated colleges in North Carolina and South Carolina. The CGU currently serves well over 1000 players in the Carolinas
Effective with the opening of the 2011-2012 Competitive Season, the USA Rugby Board named four Geographical Unions (GUs) as part of a pilot program to review a new streamlined union structure to support anticipated growth in the game and to provide increased member services in the local areas. Geographical Unions (larger than typical Local Area Unions and smaller than current Territorial Unions) are defined based upon a combination of club density in an area and natural geographical boundaries. A GU may be a single state, multiple states, or parts of a large state. The templates for GU organizational structure, financial models and bylaws were developed over a two-year period by a committee commissioned by CEO Nigel Melville to research the best models from existing LAUs and TUs, other rugby-playing nations, and other national governing bodies (NGBs).
At the January 2013 USA Rugby Congress meeting it was approved that the GU structure would no longer be considered a pilot program and would be fully adopted as the local governance model for Club Rugby moving forward. The Carolinas Geographic Union (CGU) was formed as a combination of the North Carolina and South Carolina LAU’s that were previously in charge of governing Rugby Union in the Carolinas.