Fall 2015 Wrap-Up

BWRFC on the Pitch:

And just like that…fall matches are over. Boston Women’s Rugby ended the fall season in second place, with strong performances home and away and only two losses in the 7 game season. We hosted Philadelphia Women in a friendly home match and welcomed a new coach and new players. This season was a tremendous success, and gives us plenty of motivation in the off season to prepare for the remainder of our league matches in the spring and the road to playoffs in 2016. 


BWRFC at the last game of the season: a 40-10 victory over the Village Lions in NYC.

BWRFC at the last game of the season: a 40-10 victory over the Village Lions in NYC.


Check out the Schedule Page for our match results and a look at our fall schedule. We can’t wait to update the page for a new spring season! 


BWRFC off the Pitch:


BWRFC Skills Clinic-

Boston saw a great turnout to our fall skills clinic on October 8th. Players from Northeastern University, MIT, BC and Lincoln-Sudbury and Belmont High Schools all came out to learn some new drills, focus on skills mastery, and work with other players! We had a great time working with players to “Grow the Game” in Boston. 

We will take our skills clinics on the road in the spring! If you’re interested in having a few BWRFC players come run a practice and work with your team in the spring, please reach out in the Contact Us page, We’d love to work with you! 


Players from surrounding College and U19 teams running together at the BWRFC Skills Clinic

Players from surrounding College and U19 teams running together at the BWRFC Skills Clinic


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer with BWRFC:


For the 7th year in a row, Boston Women’s worked the 1st water station at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on the Charles River. This event is a tremendous fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and players spent the morning welcoming, hydrating and cheering on walkers during their hike to end Breast Cancer. This volunteer event is an important tradition that we’re proud to continue each year. 


BWRFC working and cheering at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Boston.

BWRFC working and cheering at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Boston.


Upcoming for BWRFC…

Be on the lookout for these events coming up for Boston Women’s: 

Christmas Caroling – Dec 2015

  • This event is beloved by Boston players and alumni, as we spend a weeknight caroling at the Cambridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Players and alums bring their kids, friends, and even dogs to help spread holiday cheers in our hometown. Be on the lookout for emails about this great event! 

New England Rugby Pub Crawl – Jan 2016

  • Don’t fret that you don’t have plans yet in the new year – because you will want to be at the 5th Annual New England Rugby Pub Crawl! Welcoming teams from all over New England – ruggers take the Boston Bar Scene by STORM. Keep checking the website and Facebook for more information. 

Winter Practices – Jan 2016

  • Yes, the fall season just ended, but that means our preparation for spring has just begun! If you’re interested in joining Boston Women’s Rugby Club, it’s never too early to get in contact! Reach out to our New-Player Contact, Katie, by emailing her at join@bwrfc.com – we can’t wait to see you at practice! 


Thanks Goes Out To…

MIT Women’s Rugby Club for hosting BWRFC for the Fall Skills clinic

Philadelphia Women’s Rugby Club for traveling to Boston for a match! Always a great challenge to step on the field with such an established club! 


Crossroads Irish Pub for hosting BWRFC for our home socials! It’s always great to share food and drink with teammates and opponents at Crossroads Pub in Boston! Thanks for the support!  

BWRFC Honors Roger Carter

Boston Women’s Rugby Club would like to honor the passing of Roger Carter. Roger Carter was the designer of our iconic Boston Boot logo, and a dear friend to founding members of BWRFC. Below is the logo that Roger designed and a note from Roger’s friend and Boston rugby alumna, Ruthie Scully:




I would like all the people in the Boston Women’s Rugby Club world to know that the artistic designer of our iconic logo, boot with lipstick, passed away Monday night. His name was Roger Carter and the lipstick belonged to his wife Betty. Roger was a friend of mine and would always be scribbling while having the odd pint at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge, where we all hung out in the early days. He showed me a sketch one day and I said that sure beats Mrs. Andy Capp(she was around for a while!) Well, he cleaned it up, made it camera ready, and off we went, with what I think is one of the best Rugby logos in the world. So, think of Roger when you don your rugby kit in the future. He was a hell of a guy, even though he never played!

Rest in peace Roger, we wear you with pride.


 Ruthie Scully Hall, Co-founder, Boston Women’s Rugby Club


With our appreciation for the impact Roger made on 40 years of Boston Women’s Rugby players, we send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Roger Carter. It is an honor to wear the Boston Boot.


With love and Bootkisses,

Boston Women’s Rugby Family


2015 Fall Season is Kicking Off

Boston Women’s is heading into a full fall of competitive matches this upcoming weekend with an opener against Beantown! With Top-16 finishes for the past two years, Boston is looking to build off of this momentum and attack our fall line-up. With a new coach and new players joining our veteran squad – we can’t wait to put Boston the test again this fall.


Fall 2015 Match Schedule

September 12th – Boston v Beantown (Away)

September 19th – Boston v Village Lions (Home)

September 26th – Boston v Albany (Away)

October 10th – Boston v Monmouth (Home) – ALUMNI GAME

October 17th – Boston v Philadelphia (Home)

October 24th – Boston v Monmouth (Away)

October 31st – Boston v Beantown (Home)

November 7th – Boston v Village Lions (Away)


We hope you can come out to cheer us on at any home or away match! Please note, we’re welcoming the Alumni specifically to the October 10th HOME GAME vs. Monmouth Women’s Rugby. Monmouth is a great hard-hitting team and it’s sure to be an awesome game! Come, bring your family, rock your Boston Gear and cheer us on at home! We’re here because of our extensive BWRFC Alumni Family!



BWRFC Welcomes a New Coach

 Introducing new Boston Women’s Head Coach: Arturo Bravo Nuevo AKA “R2”. R2 has played rugby since he was 6 years old. He played top rugby in Europe and was granted a full college rugby scholarship. He then moved to New Zealand, where he played for a year before moving to Australia. In Australia he was a member of the  Sydney University team while pursuing his Ph.D in neuroscience. In 2004 he moved to the US where he coached and played for several teams in Boston and Philadelphia. Over the last few years, R2 has focused on coaching and growing teams. He has led several women rugby club and college side teams, including: Bryn Mawr College, Ursinus College, St. Joseph’s University and the Philadelphia Northeast Irish Ladies. He is married to a rugby player, which is probably the reason that she hasn’t divorced him yet due to the hours that he spends thinking, watching and coaching rugby.

Boston Women’s is excited to be working with a new coach this fall as we work to enter our competitive season. R2’s work with us so far has pushed veterans and rookies alike, and we can’t wait to see how we develop with him.

New Players Join Boston Women’s

It’s that time of year: a new season and a new group of women joining BWRFC. This is the perfect time to give the team a chance, or give rugby a chance if you’ve been considering it but unsure when to start. Players are always welcome to join BWRFC and we field a competitive side and a developmental side ensuring that new players get the opportunity to grow with the club. If you’re thinking about continuing to play after college or making the decision to give rugby a try – come out and join us for a practice or two – we know you’ll find a family in Boston Women’s Rugby.

Email: join@bwrfc.com

Practice: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-10pm

Location: English High School,  144 McBride Street Boston, MA 02130

Calling BWRFC Alumni

It’s official – we’re getting close to our 40th Anniversary year! 2016 is going to be a BIG year for Boston Women’s and we want to make sure we have as many of you as possible to be a part of it! We have an ongoing (and growing) alumni email list, but we’re still looking to track down some of our earliest members! Email might be the way we’re reaching out in 2015, but we don’t have the all the most up-to-date addresses for the groundbreaking Boston Women from  the 1970s, 80s. and 90s. So we need your help!

If you’re not getting alumni emails – Email our Alumni Chair: Kate McCabe She will add you to the alumni email list so that you stay up to date on the alumni happenings of BWRFC!

If you’re getting emails, but have friends and teammates that are NOT – FORWARD this to them! It’s so much more fun to stay connected to the club when you’re doing so with your teammates!

If you’re not yet, FOLLOW Boston Women’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Facebook is one of the best ways to get the most up-to-date information about the club, games, initiatives, etc.

And finally, if you’re up to date on all the happenings of the club, be sure to SHARE the updates as we get closer and closer to alumni events. Your share makes it possible for the women you played with to reconnect with you and the club and remember the impact BWRFC has made on all our lives!

BWRFC at our 35th Anniversary Alumni Game in 2011!

 THANK YOUS and Summer Close-Outs

This summer we did some amazing things. We threw the 30th Cape Cod Sevens Tournament and welcomed men’s teams to the event for the first time ever! We welcomed collegiate players into our team and competed with multiple sides a lot of summer tournaments. We won the Northeast Summer Sevens Series, topping NERFU in competitive sevens this summer. We competed for the first time ever, at the USA Rugby Club 7s National Championships, and we can’t wait to go back again next year even better! With your support, we raised over 2,000 to help players fund their travel to nationals.

Boston Women's Rugby Club team at the 2015 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championships

As a club we’ve had a very successful, supportive and rewarding 2015, and it’s only September! We thank you for your continued support, and we keep working at every practice and game to make our Boston Women’s Family proud! We can’t wait to get into Fall 15s games and continue to play Boston Rugby.

BWRFC Heads to Club 7s National Championships



Boston Women’s Qualified for USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship


Throughout the summer, BWRFC’s 7s Team has taken New England by storm. With early tournament wins at Worcester 7s and Newport 7s, and an overtime second place finish at Springfield 7s, Boston Women’s cinched the New England 7s Series Title and headed to playoffs at Saratoga 7s Tournament on July 18th! After an amazing day, and a tough loss to New York Women’s Rugby Club – Boston qualified for the Club 7s National Championships on August 8-9th in Des Moines, Iowa. There Boston will be one of 15 highly competitive clubs from around the nation working to take home the USA Rugby 7s Championship Title.


If you’re interested in supporting the players traveling to Nationals – please donate to assist their travel at the link below! Any contribution, large or small, helps the BWRFC players compete at the highest levels in the country.



BWRFC after qualifying for USA Rugby Club 7s National Championships at Saratoga 7s Tournament




Boston Women’s Players Competing at Club 7s National Championships:

Julie Athanasiadis
Shannon Etherson
Kendra Lenz
Denise Lyn-Shue
Stacey Markovic
Deanna Nash
Elise Ordile
Margaret Reiss
Morgan Roberts
Tara Roberts
Paige Stathopoulos
Lisa Van Eerde



Boston Women’s

30th Cape Cod Sevens Tournament


While BWRFC sent a competitive team to Saratoga 7s, the bulk of the team cheered from the Cape while hosting the 30th Annual Cape Cod Sevens Tournament. This year’s holiday-themed fun tournament was a wild success for competitive, social, collegiate and men’s competitors alike – as it was the first time that BWRFC welcomed men’s teams into the historic tournament. It was a beautiful day, filled with tons of fun for all the participants.



Boston College Women's Rugby Club - 2015 CC7s Collegiate Champions - Dressed as "Black Friday" Holiday!

Women’s Competitive  Bracket Winners: North Shore Women’s Rugby

Men’s Competitive Bracket Winners: Boston Maccabi Rugby

Women’s Social Bracket Winners: Albany Women’s Rugby

Women’s Collegiate Bracket Winners: Boston College Women’s Rugby


Stay tuned for more information about the 2016 Cape Cod Seven’s Tournament! We just finished – but we wan’t wait to play with everyone again next year!


Northeast Olympic Development Academy Welcomes Five BWRFC Players to their Roster

In its first year of existence for female athletes, the Northeast Olympic Development Academy (ODA) has asked five BWRFC players to join the roster of this year-round olympic 7s training program. According to the website:  “The purpose of the ODA is to identify, develop and prepare Sevens rugby players with the intention of placing ambitious athletes onto the USA [Women’s] National team and the 2016 USA Olympic team. The ODA will provide athletes with top level coaching, physical preparation, and playing competition to accelerate their personal development as Sevens players in line with current USA Eagles High Performance criteria.” We’re so proud of our players and are joined by the whole Boston Women’s family in cheering their accomplishments as they work to grow, develop and compete at the highest levels.

Congratulations BWRFC Players:

 Sarah Appleton

Deanna Nash

Morgan Roberts

Lisa Van Eerde

Miranda Wakimoto







BWRFC Welcomes New Players

for 2015 Fall Season


Boston Women’s is getting ready to return to our love of competitive 15s. We take the fields this weekend at the Saranac Pan-Am Rugby Tournament to kick off our 15s season. In August, we’ll transition from 7s to 15s as we prepare for a full fall schedule! We’ve loved a summer of playing with collegiate players from UCONN, UMASS, Boston College, Boston University, etc. But even as we say goodbye and good luck to those players headed back to their school teams, we welcome all players interested in playing rugby to come out and join us this fall! Newly graduated ruggers moving to Boston, brand new players, athletes that are looking for a new sport to embrace and women returning to the game after a break  are all welcome to join us! Learn more at our New Players Page – or send us an email at join@bwrfc.com .


Fall Season Games Kick-Off September 12th and we’re excited to start a new competitive season with new and returning players wearing the Navy and White! Go Boston!


Cape Cod Sevens – July 18th


It’s almost time for the Cape Cod Sevens Tournament! This is our 30th Year of throwing a fantastic and fun tournament on the cape and to celebrate we’re inviting men’s teams to join in the fun! Our tournament is unique in that every year we embrace a new “theme” and teams pick and choose how to best depict the theme in costume on the field. Our 2015 theme is Holidays – so we hope you and your team are currently crafting holiday attire to take the field on Saturday!


Pick a Holiday, Craft a Costume - Get ready for FUN!

Keep checking the Cape Cod Sevens Homepage for up-to-date scheduling and information. Don’t forget to let your teammates know about the facility rules, parking guidelines, and most importantly – the SOCIAL information! We can’t wait to see you cape-side on Saturday July 18th at Nauset Regional High School in Eastham, MA.




Boston Women’s Summer Sevens


BWRFC has had a fantastic start to the summer sevens season! With returning vets, new rookies and college players coming together to practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays there’s been a lot of fun and work to create a fun, cohesive, competitive summer sevens crew! And it’s been paying off…with lots of tournament hardware…

On June 20th Boston Women’s Won the Tournament Cup at the Wocester 7s Tournament

Boston Women's Rugby Club Holding the Cup at Wocester 7s!


On June 27th Boston Women’s again took first, winning the cup at Newport 7s Tournament!

BWRFC after winning the Newport 7s Tournament!


We can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store for the team – but we’re having a blast playing sevens together! If you’re looking to get back into rugby – or to stay connected to rugby while you’re on summer break from college – please feel free to reach out and join us at practice! Just send us an email at join@bwrfc.com .


Boston Women’s U19 Summer Skills Series


Boston Women’s is really excited to start working with U19 Players in the Boston area this summer! For years, local high school young women have been playing rugby in the spring with little outlet over the summer to continue working on those skills. We’re excited to offer an outlet for those female players looking to improve over the summer. Come workout with other female U19 players and really build on concrete fundamentals that will only improve your play when you head back to your high school teams. All practices will be skills based and non contact – making it a great opportunity for players that are new to the game and looking to learn or improve their skills.  BWRFC is hoping to create a summer U19 team in the future, and this is our first step towards that goal to grow the game for all female players in the Boston area.

Practices are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:45 – 6:30pm starting the week of July 6 and will run for five weeks, with 10 skills sessions, ending Wednesday August 5th. Practices will be held at Belmont High School in Belmont MA.

To find out more information, email Coach Kate McCabe at (mccabe.kathryn@gmail.com). Kate McCabe is a former BWRFC player and a USA Rugby 200 level certified rugby coach, currently coaching both Boston University Women’s Rugby Club and the Belmont High School Rugby Club. She will be joined by BWRFC team members in working with new players and work high energy and really fun skills sessions!