The Notre Dame Women's Rugby Club was founded in 2009 by Kathryn Thornton, Erin Connor, Theresa Yerkes and Christina Konkey. The Rugby team competes for the University of Notre Dame in the USA Rugby Women’s Collegiate DI. The inaugural season of Fall 2010 in DII was extremely successful. The team qualified for the Midwest Regional Championship and after winning 2nd was seeded into the DII National Playoffs. After successfully defeating their Round of 16 opponent (Mesa State) and their Round of 8 opponent (Shippensburg) in San Diego, CA they moved onto the Final Four in Pittsburgh, PA to defeat Stonehill College and play Radcliffe in the Championship game.
We are coached by Kate Daley, "Chago" Ramirez, and "Tui" Tuisala.


All women from Notre Dame, Holy Cross, and St. Mary's are welcome to join our club team. Try-outs are not necessary, just come to practice one day and we'll get you started. Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursday 6-7:45PM at McGlynn Fields behind West Quad.

"Rugby is not for prissy girls. You learn to blow your nose without a kleenex and count each bruise with pride. Your field might resemble a pig wallow one week or a slab of concrete the next. It may take your parents a LONG time to adjust. Your body can feel like you've been in a minor car accident every weekend and you'll learn the true meaning of a bad hair day. You will cry. You will laugh. You will sweat. You will freeze. If you want to be good you will work harder than you ever thought you could and you will do it with a team full of other women with potentially synchronized menstrual cycles. Don't let ANYONE ever tell you you're not an athlete. You are the truest kind - you play for the sheer love of it. You will get stronger, faster, fitter and braver. You will make unlikely and wonderful friends. You will learn more every time you play - and some of that will even be about the game..." -- Anonymous women's rugby player