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The issue of Rugby in April 1976 is notable because it marked the first article about American Women’s Rugby in the magazine. The report detailed the two-day Women’s Annual Rugby Championship at San Diego. It also included a profile by Ed Hagerty (then, with an Associate Publisher title) about Marilyn Glicksman of the UCLA RFC. In addition, the issue featured a one-page spread with five photographs of women’s rugby in the South under the headline, “Happening in Hammond.” (Louisiana).

From this spring 1976 issue on, Rugby would cover the emerging growth and development of the women’s game in the United States.

The tournament report, written by long time west coast rugby enthusiast, Al Ginepra, narrated the event, which was played at Huntington Beach, California, under the able tutelage of director Cathie Alvarez. Approximately, 4,000 fans attended this second time event.

Eight teams participated: Belmont Shores, UC San Diego, OMBUSH, Tempe, Phoenix, Eleanors, UCLA, and San Diego State. Each played four games. The winners were Belmont Shores, which went undefeated in pool play 4-0, and fought off OMBUSH (Old Mission Beach) 4-3 in a spirited final.

The organizers presented three awards: Marilyn Rao, Most Valuable Forward, Bev Sweet, Most Valuable Back, and Jill Goldberg as MVP.