Arizona Women - Collegiate Rugby Championship

Arizona Women

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The Arizona Women’s Rugby Football Club at the University of Arizona was founded in the fall of 1997. Competing in the Southern California Rugby Union saw increasing success under Head Coach Nancy Purdin. The team began as part of the Southern California Rugby Union and became the SoCal Division II Champions for the first time in the spring of 2007. They have played in the USA Rugby National Tournament, where they were ranked fifth in 2007 and were in the National Payoff’s again in 2009. Also in 2009 Assistant Coach Rusty Wortman took over the program as Head Coach after Nancy Purdin’s retirement. In 2012, the team committed to playing DI in the Pacific Mountain Rugby South Conference in the 2013 season and continue to do so today. The seven’s program is relatively young, but have seen some great moments in it’s three-year history. The program competed in a few tournaments, until the team was accepted to compete in the College Rugby Championship in 2015. Adam Dick, who helped guide the Arizona Men’s Team to success at the College Rugby Championship in year’s past was brought on as the 7’s Coach. In which the team had a great showing in their first major tournament in last year’s College Rugby Championship. In the spring of 2016, the Arizona Women’s 7’s team competed in the Las Vegas 7’s and made it to the quarterfinals, losing to eventual winner AIC in a close match.