Club History


Women’s Rugby at the University of Washington saw a glimmer of beginnings in 2001, but it was not until 2002 that the team was officially founded. A match against Western Washington University marked the true beginnings of the team. At that the time, the team was barely big enough for a full side and would often have to call on players from opposing teams to fill out numbers.

Over the years the team has slowly but surely gained players and support. The first two influential coaches were Heidi Whitman for the back and Sarah Veatch for the forwards. With the knowledge and knowhow of both Veatch, an active member in the creation of the team, and Whitman, who continues to be an active member of the Pacific Northwest rugby scene, the foundations were laid for something great.

Recent History

OSU Homecoming Tournament
Champions/Queens 2011
Today the team is gaining momentum and growing with nearly 30 active members. Recently, the UW Women have seen its most winning season to date in the 2011/2012 season, with losses only to Western and Washington State University.

The UW Women brought home two tournament wins at both the first annual OSU Homecoming Tournament (2011) and Spokane's Foolsfest (2012).

UW Women’s Rugby, formerly part of the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union (PNRFU), is currently in the process of becoming a part of the Cascade Collegiate Women's Rugby Conference (CCWRC). Although the CCWRC is still being formed, it has been recognized by USA rugby.

The Conference is in the midst of filing to be a non-profit. More information to come.

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Not a UW Student*? Apply today!

December 1, 2012 is the application deadline for the 2013/2014 academic school year. Apply online at

*All currently enrolled UW students (with valid ID) and staff (with an IMA card) are eligible to play. We are also happy to meet people that are interested in helping but not playing (coaching, managing, etc).