UCSD Women's Rugby is part of a growing tradition of women's collegiate rugby in America, and especially in Southern California. The team's SoCal league has become progressively more competitive over the years, thanks to a growing interest in women's rugby. UCSD Women's Rugby has a history of excelling in their league, making it to nationals several times and doing well with the tough competition. UCSD Women's Rugby is known for our yearly tournament called Scrum By the Sea, that happens every November, and includes teams from all over California and Arizona. UCSD Women's Rugby also annually travels to Stanford and Arizona for tournements and regular league play.
It's never too early/late to join the Women's Rugby Team at UCSD and become part of the fastest growing women's college sports in the country. We are always looking for enthusiastic, hard-working, fun or serious athletes who want to try something new. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! None of the current players on our team had any previous rugby experience coming in to college, so don't be intimidated about trying something new -- we all did!
Rugby was born in 1823 when, in a fit of unsportsmanlike rage, William Webb Ellis of Rugby School in England picked up the ball during a match of soccer and ran with it. Since that time, many others have mimicked his actions (both unlawfully during soccer as well as during sanctioned rugby matches). Rugby was brought to the U.S. by 1840, and in 1911, lead to the development of American football with the introduction of the forward pass.
Women, bright enough to avoid playing American football, joined in the sport of rugby by the 1970s by organizing the country's first women's clubs in Colorado and Connecticut. Rugby is at present one of the fastest growing sports among collegiate women in the U.S.
UCSD Women's Rugby was established in 1996, and has quickly grown to be one of the best teams in the Nation.
NEWS AND RESULTS
On the weekend of November 18-19, the UCSD Women’s Rugby Team hosted one of its most anticipated events of the year, the annual Scrum by the Sea tournament. The fundraising event is held on Warren Field and sees teams from California and Arizona playing rugby at both the competitive and social levels. It’s an exciting gathering of players and an excellent way to start off the season, providing plenty of game experience for newcomers and seasoned players alike. Read More>>
The Tritons went up against the UCLA Bruins in their first scrimmage of the year where they showed great dominance on the field. Many rookies made their first appearance ever in the scrimmage and with the help of vets, the team grew exponentially in their confidence throughout the game. Read More>>
On Saturday March 4th, the Tritons made the two hour journey north to face off against the Matadors at California State University, Northridge. The Tritons were eager to face off against the Matadors again, having played CSUN at Scrum by the Sea in fall quarter. Read More>>
The weekend of November 19-20 was a momentous occasion for the UCSD Women’s Rugby Team. This marked the Scrum By The Sea tournament, the annual fundraising event taking place on UC San Diego’s own Warren Field. Read More>>
This past Saturday, the Women’s Rugby Tritons faced off against their final opponent of the season, the University of Arizona. It was the final game of the season and luckily it was a home game so a bunch of people could come out to support and cheer on the team, but more importantly they could celebrate our graduating seniors Raelynn Holmes, Chloe Belman, Elle Baum, Amara Sengamphan, Morgan Bundy, and Sana Gold. Read More>>
After going a whole pre-season without a game and having to step out of the UCSD Scrum By the Sea tournament due to COVID protocol, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby Club had its first game on January 29, 2022 against the UC Los Angeles Women’s Rugby Club. Read More>>
Saturday, January 25th, we had a big game against Cal State University Northridge. We started the game strong and we were in the lead by two tries in the first half. In the second half, CSUN amped up their offense and scored 3 tries. However, we did not give up and continued to take control of our game, making sure that we remained calm and stuck to our set pieces. Read More>>
The weekend of Nov 2nd to 3rd we hosted our 22nd Annual Scrum by the Sea tournament at UCSD, hosting 16 teams from California and Arizona. Participating teams included: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Northridge, CSU Long Beach, Sacramento State, Occidental College, Claremont College, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, UC Irvine ... Read More>