In 2017, a group of women rugby coaches, players, and others involved in the sport, met at a winter Forum and founded the Women’s Rugby Leadership Council as a separate and distinct organization to advance rugby for women in America.
The mission statement follows:
Develop strategies to ensure better access, exposure, and financial resources at all levels;
Implement coherent internal and external... Read More
USA Rugby announced the appointment of Emilie Bydwell as the general manager of women's high performance Wednesday, making her the first such administrator of the women’s national teams in America. Bydwell is a known commodity in the rugby community, having played 7s and 15s for the USA and spent the last several years coaching and managing across many levels.
There’s little doubt she’s qualified... Read More
Maybe it was because Penn State was seeded 13th in the 2000 Women’s Division 1 Collegiate Championship. Or maybe the team remembered that three-years prior, the Nittany Lions had won this championship. In any case, Penn State defeated eastern rival Princeton 31-22 to take the 2000 Women’s college title. Maybe also, the victory came from twice having been defeated by Princeton in these finals in... Read More
The USA’s Women’s Premier League (WPL) for top clubs finished its fifth week, leaving a few matches remaining before the finals on November 12th in Tucson, Arizona. The 2017 season marks the ninth consecutive year for League.
The WPL expanded from eight to ten sides, and plays in an East Coast Red Conference, and a West Coast Blue Conference. Each conference seeds five teams that play each other... Read More
In May 1987, the ninth Women’s Club Championship was contested in San Diego between the perennial rivals Beantown RFC of Boston against Florida State. These two clubs had won seven of the eight prior events, dominating women’s rugby in the USA. The other victory came from the Belmont Shore Landsharks in 1981.
Both fifteens experiences different paths to the finals; Florida State easily beat New... Read More
Statistics from the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland.
A total of 1,549 points were scored across the 30 matches, comprising 247 tries, 127 conversions and 20 penalties
New Zealand retained their 100 per cent record in finals and against England on the World Cup stage with the 41-32 victory
The Ireland 2017 final featured 11 tries, more than the three previous finals between England... Read More
As the glow fades on a memorable Women's World Cup, it's time to be pragmatic about the events of this past month. First, congratulations to New Zealand, which won its fifth gold medal, and proved again the dominance of the Black Ferns. And kudos to England, the former defending champion that battled the Kiwis to the last whistle. These teams total seven cup wins in eight tournaments.
The English... Read More
If you ask residents of Illinois, which is the state’s oldest public university, most will say the University of Illinois founded in 1867, and celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017. But the fact is that Illinois State University (ISU) is older by ten-years, started in 1857 as Illinois Normal. The “normal” in the 19th Century served as a term to designate a training college for teachers. This... Read More
As the dust settles on an incredible Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 final and a tournament that captured the imagination of fans in host nation Ireland and around the globe, a Dream Team has been selected by the World Rugby TV commentators.
Six nations are represented across the 15 players, who will each receive a special jersey to commemorate their selection in the Dream Team.
World champions New... Read More
New Zealand won the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup defeating defending champions England 41-32 in Kingspan Stadium Belfast. It marked the fifth gold medal in eight tournaments for the Black Ferns, and, again, placed them atop the rankings for the year.
The game was a tale of two halves with the Red Roses leading 17-5 in the first period, retaining a seven-point advantage (17-10) at the break. But... Read More