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The Women’s Rugby Coaches and Referees Association (WRCRA) will stage its first conference December 7, 8, and 9 at Queen's University, Charlotte. This is a much-anticipated event that will bring together hundreds of American women who want to foster the growth and development of rugby in the United States. The three-day session will welcome coaches, referees, players, administrators, journalists and fans.

The organization was founded in January 2018 with two main goals:

  • Support women rugby coaches and referees in all aspects of professional development, as a means to advance the sport of rugby for girls and women
  • Increase the number of female coaches, referees, administrators and journalists at all levels of rugby

Leading guest speakers will offer talks on many topics.  There will also be Breakout Panels.


* A Future That Inspires Women's Leadership

Nicole LaVoi, Co-Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport

* Making the road by walking Women on USAR congress and the board

Jamie Burke, Rosalind Chou, Jenny Lui, Jenn Heinrich, KJ Abel Ruch and introducing Julie Lau

SATURDAY - DECEMBER 8  (Lunch sponsored by Penn Mutual Insurance)

​* The Female Brain Project sponsored by World Rugby Shop: Female Concussions and Sideline Protocol 

Donna Duffy and Will Adams

* Global Women in Rugby Strategy 2017-2025

Katie Sadleir, GM Women's Rugby for World Rugby, will give an overview of year one of a new, eight-year strategy aimed at accelerating the global development of women in rugby. 

* Creating a Culture of Philanthropy in Rugby: Establishing, Managing and Growing a Rugby Endowment. Annemarie Farrell 

* Talent identification and plans for women's high performance rugby

Emilie Bydwell and Carol Isherwood

* Turning '"We Got Game" into "We Got Value." Welcome to the unapologetic era of marketing with Pam Kosanke


* It's on us: Creating Healthy, vibrant initiatives to grow the game, Participant-led sessions focused on Youth and high school, College, Club, and Referees.


This is a seminal event in the future for women's rugby in America.