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.
Nationals Weekend Last weekend, April 9th and 10th, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team went to Davis to compete for the Western Regional National Championships. They started the weekend off by playing Chico State on Saturday. UC San Diego had a slow start to the game and Chico was the first team to Read More >
This weekend, February 13th and 14th, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby Team faced off against Arizona State University and the University of Arizona in back to back matches. The Tritons faced off against ASU first in a hard fought game. ASU set the pace of the game early and scored on the Tritons first, Read More >
On February 6th, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby Team faced off against UCLA. UC San Diego was placed first and UCLA was placed second in conference ranking prior to the matchup. This match proved to legitimize UC San Diego success thus far in the season, because UCLA would be one of the tougher match-ups. Read More >
This weekend the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team took on CSU Northridge, a newcomer to the Division 1 bracket. The Tritons fielded many new players who played new positions—numerous starters could not play. These young players that were competing in new positions really ¬stepped up and carried a heavier load. The game was different Read More >
This weekend, January 16th, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby Club travelled to Santa Barbara for the first league game of the New Year. The team got off to a slow start within the first ten minutes, but went on to put on an offensive clinic. The UC San Diego ruggers kept UCSB out of Read More >
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