American rugby is full of clubs that are inexorably linked to a single
coach, and in the women’s game, there are few teams that have as strong a
connection to their coach than the Minnesota Valkyries and ar Fugate.
A brilliant motivator and tactician, Fugate has been at the forefront of
American coaching for years, but she is taking a break from the Valkyries
to concentrate on her... Read More
The Atlanta Harlequins enjoyed a superb season last year, and with the
return of coach Jason Payne for his third season will be looking to surpass
their 2011 performance, when they made the nationa semifinals.
Longtime stars Heather Hale, Patty Jervey, and Tasha
Mannino-Dickson return for another go-round, and the club has added some
new talent up front.
"We are raring to go,"... Read More
USA Head Coach Ric Suggitt is planning to bring in large groups of players
to create a series of mini-tournaments at the Olympic Training
The three or
four weekends should get the USA players ready for Dubai and give Suggitt
some valuable selection footage.
This is all happening right in the meat of the Women's DI and Premier
League season. Despite this, Suggitt said... Read More
Scoring three times through rolling mauls and led by strong games from
Parisa Azgharzadeh, Carrie White, Christina Zier, and Margaret Lessman, the
Seattle Breakers defeated crosstown rivals the Emerald City Mudhens to
begin their women's DI club league campaign with a victory.
Also victorious in Competitive Region 1, which covers Washington, Oregon,
California, and Arizona, were... Read More
The women’s DI club competition really gets underway this weekend.
Two games have already been played in CR2, with Detroit beating Chicago and
Austin holding off Black Ice. But four games are on the slate this weekend,
all in the other two regions. Philadelphia travels to NOVA in CR3, and
Providence goes to Boston. Boston is led by, among others, Northeast 7s all
star Danielle... Read More
The National Women's Club 7s Championships is a complicated affair. What
with teams not accepting invitations, and new teams coming in, and those
teams bowing out again, and the pools all changing, it's a tough one to
But, there are some solid programs involved. Here's what we think:Pool A:
Seattle Breakers, Chicago North Shore, NOVA 2, Nobody This is a
three-team pool... Read More
Led by captain and USA player Christy Ringgenberg, the Youngbloodz will hope
to pull of a one-two with their male counterparts from Minneapolis.
Head Coach Sam
Robinson said the team’s success has been something of a surprise.
“Only two of the players have played 7s before at all,” said Robinson,
referring to Ringgenberg and Stacey Bridges. “The rest have never played it
all. We got a lot of... Read More
Head Coach Evan Haigh, who also coaches the Old Puget Sound Beach Men, and 7s
legend Waisale Serevi have been involved with the team, and they are raising
interest among players.
“We’ve developed a really nice system within the Seattle team,” said Haigh.
“The team has a good chemistry with the men’s team, and we’ve got a lot of
Not least of which is Nate Serevi. The 17-year-old... Read More
(Several teams have not yet submitted their rosters. As they come in, we
Berkeley All Blues
Cynthia WrightBoston Belles
Emily Jones... Read More
The West Coast girls all-star season wrapped up a couple of weeks ago,
culminating in a Southern California victory at the West Coast Invitational
in Portland, Ore.
“It’s important to have more than just one weekend,” said Rugby Oregon rep
side coach Ernie Espinoza. “We wanted to expand it into a season. And it’s
been great to see the... Read More