Gaining Momentum: AU vs. UMD 49-29

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This weekend’s match was a tough, hard-fought win against UMD at their home field. A focus point of last week’s practices was defense: spreading the line out wide, getting people into touch, and overall communication. We certainly improved on this front and it showed clearly in Saturday’s game. Stronger defense paired with more efficient offensive play contributed to our success this weekend.

Woman of the match this game goes to one of our spring rookies, Nicole, who played impressive rugby both offensively and defensively in only her second game ever. She scored two tries and took what she learned at practice the previous week to force a number of UMD players on breakaways into touch, saving a number of tries for our team.

Coming up next weekend is the Washington RFC’s annual Cherry Blossom Tournament. After this week’s 80 minutes of hard work and determination (followed by an equally exhausting 30 minute B-side), we’re ready to spend the whole weekend playing strong, effective AU rugby.

A Hell of a Match

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While Saturday’s game against Mary Washington didn’t result in a win on the books, it was a game that made us proud to be on AUWRFC. The team played our best rugby for 80 full minutes and left everything we had on the field, resulting in what our referee for the day referred to as “a hell of a match.”

The forward pack showed great support and communication and had consistently powerful scrums throughout the game. For most of our spring rookies who came on Saturday, it was their first ever game of rugby, and each of them made positive contributions during their time on the field. Our woman of the match this game was Siena, who showed equally fantastic offensive and defensive play.

As a team, we are incredibly proud of how we played and will continue to show what we are capable of as the season goes on.

AU Faces GW in Spring Break Scrimmage

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Last Saturday, we ended spring break with a successful scrimmage against GW. Despite low numbers on both sides, both teams were in high spirits and gave their all in a game that ended with a 65-29 win for AU.

AU showed great offensive continuity in the forward pack, and the back line secured a number of breakaway tries through GW’s defense. Even with some newer players and a lot of people playing out of position, we overcame all of the day’s obstacles and showed our strengths as a team.

Next week, we’ll work on setting a solid defensive line so we can come up strong in our game against Mary Washington.


A Strong Start to the Spring Season

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On Saturday, AU kicked off our spring season with a 42-19 win against VCU! The team showed solid offensive play, with strong communication and support throughout the game. A shutout first half was followed by a more defense-heavy second half, but in the end, the team maintained our lead and pulled through with a win that hopefully foreshadows a successful season ahead.

Our women of the match are Hannah W., who was a strong asset to the forward pack and blew through VCU’s defense to score an impressive try, and Maria, who showed smart & skillful play in the backline throughout the game.

We’ll be gone this week for spring break, but back at it again on March 12th for a scrimmage against GW!

AUWRFC Head Coach Position ~FILLED~

American University Women’s Rugby is looking for a coach for this upcoming Fall 2016-Spring 2017 season. AUWRFC is a competitive DII collegiate club that practices Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5PM- 7PM (4PM-6PM during Daylight Savings Time), with various fitness sessions on Wednesdays. Coaching presence would be mandatory for Tuesday/Thursday practices, and preferred on Wednesdays. All practices take place in the Tenleytown area. Games are generally every Saturday during the season at locations throughout the MD/DC/VA area. The team will cover the coach’s travel expenses. The support of an assistant coach is anticipated.

The team is made up of hard-working, motivated young women, and typically has around 20 returners in addition to new rookies that join each year through heavy recruitment. The team’s leadership is made up of an Executive Board of 10 players including a president, two captains, a match secretary, treasurer, and others who help the season run smoothly. There is a lot of talent on this team, and the 2016-2017 season should be another successful year.

Previous leadership and/or coaching experience is desired, but not required, and we welcome recently retired players who are interested in coaching. USA Rugby coaching certification is required, but AUWRFC will help the right person obtain this certification.

If you are interested or have questions regarding this position please contact Molly Bean at or Maggie Costello at

AU Head Coach Position

AUWRFC Spring 2016 Schedule

Feb. 27: VCU (Away game at VCU)

March 12: George Washington (Scrimmage, away at GW)

March 19: Mary Washington (Away at UMW)

March 26: University of Maryland (Away at UMD, KO 11am)

April 2/3: Cherry Blossom Tournament

April 9: No game (Possible scrimmage TBD)

April 16/17: Ruggerfest Tournament

April 23: Alumni Game