Currently NIRA #3 Central Washington Women’s Rugby had its first D1 varsity season in the Fall of 2014. They’ve made some big strides since then, “at the end of Spring 2015 the program placed 2nd at both the 15’s National championship and the 7’s national championship.” This summer CWU had 6 players go to Canada playing for the Women’s Junior All-Americans.
The program has a new interim head coach this season, Trevor Richards. Richards along with assistant/former CWU player Cassidy Meyers talk about the differences for this season compared to last.
Meyers said, “there is a lifted energy and desire to strive to be better. This team is special because they just want to play and play well. One of our goals has been to create a deep respect and compassion for each other over the past couple months.”
Richards went on to say the Wildcats want to “win not only a championship but we also strive to build a culture of cultivating great human beings. Confronting adversity has been a motivation this year, as we’ve faced a lot. From this we are on an upward journey with a focus on positivity, hard-work, and drive.”
Richards described the tough loss last week (24-29) to NIRA #1 ranked Quinnipiac: “Some defensive lapses in the first half gave up some easy points but the second half was definitely ours. It was obvious that we just sort of ran out of gas at the end–playing a game on Friday night certainly didn’t help. We took away some learning experiences for sure. Namely, upping our communication on defense and trusting our teammates on the inside.”
“We have several players to watch out for. But it’s hard to miss Sui A’Au, Michel Navarro, Leah Ingold, and Sammy Pinson in full flight. They’re all complimented well by a fierce pack of forwards and a creative backline.”
Facing BYU this week in their final regular-season match. CWU plays on their home Wildcat Rugby Pitch at 11 AM PT this Saturday, October, 28th.
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