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An important segment of the American rugby community is moving forward with demonstrable pride and purpose, the Women’s Rugby Coaches & Referees Association (WRCRA). The organization was founded in 2017 to establish a professional network of coaches, referees, and administrators to further the growth and development of women’s rugby in the United States.

The WRCRA sponsored its first meeting in May 2017, outlining six areas of topical importance.

The second conference will take place over three-days - December 7,8, and 9 - in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Queens University. The event features a roster of dynamic speakers:

  • Nicole Lavoi: Co-Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport;
  • Katie Sadleir: World Rugby’s General Manager of Women’s Rugby;
  • Kathy Henderson: Vice Chair, Rugby Canada;
  • Phaidra Knight: USA Rugby Player of the Decade and World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee; and,
  • Donna Duffy: Director of the Female Brain Project

The theme of the conference will be “Capitalizing on Women’s Leadership and Opportunities in Rugby.”

WRCRA members are offered a 40-percent discounted registration fee. The member signup continues until Thursday, September 14. Access the members only portal to read the feature article, “WRCRA Members Conference and Registration.” (E-Mail: [email protected] for all log in questions.)

Public registration commences Friday, September 15.

Kerrissa Heffernan, Chair of the WRCRA, states, “We’ve designed the sessions to be interactive and thought-provoking for the attendees. Whether you are a referee, player, fan, or coach, we are confident you’ll leave the conference feeling connected and inspired.”

(For more information. visit or contact Kerrissa Heffernan at [email protected].)