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.