Hi! Thank you for your interest in the Tufts Women’s Rugby Club!
Most of the team arrives to Tufts without any rugby experience, but with some hard work and dedication, our team continues to be competitive. As a club sport though, we’re not only dedicated to the crazy athletic endeavor that is rugby, but also to having a lot of fun. We don’t have cuts. If you want to play, you will. You won’t find another team as genuinely nice, accepting, and fun as this group of lovely ladies.
So are you curious about what a scrum is? Want to know why we have social chairs? Bored of your friends and wanna make some new ones?
Well then, good thing you made it to this site. Check out our information and let us know if you’re interested in becoming a part of the rugby family! Practices in the Fall are on the field behind the track, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30-6:30. To make it to a Wednesday fitness practice, contact one of the captains for time and place! We hope to see you soon!
Join the Tufts University Women’s Rugby team for the first annual Emma Blumstein Memorial Homecoming Queen Brunch, celebrating the life of the one and only Emma Blumstein. Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM (PDT)
Proceeds from this event will be used to capture Emma’s spirit and memory. If we raise…
$500 – Rugby game socks for TWRFC with Emma’s initials to be worn at all games
$1,000 – A tree planted by the TWRFC practice field with a plaque commemorating Emma
$5,000 – A bench placed by the TWRFC practice field with a plaque commemorating Emma
$100,000 – A scholarship in Emma’s name for a female athlete entering Tufts University
I don’t know if this is catching anyone off guard but fall semester is literally around the corner!! For returners, this is a time to catch up with friends and jump back into the whole life and class routine. For first-years, it’s an awesome time to make a ton of new friends and try new things. We’re not gonna lie, we’re kinda hoping that new thing is rugby!
If you’ve ever even fleetingly thought about playing rugby or trying out a new sport, now’s your chance! No prior experience is necessary – we have ex-soccer players, ex-lacrosse players, and even ex-cheer leaders. We have a General Interest Meeting on Thursday, September 6th at 8:00PM in Zamparelli Room (by the ATMs) in the Campus Center.
Practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-6:30. Games are played on the weekend. Please send us an email or stop by the the general interest meeting if you have any questions!
Every great rugby player has a signature move that makes them stand apart from the pack, whether they know it or not. Over the years, I’ve seen some of the best players tackle consistently at seemingly 90 degree angles, do crazy spin moves to block the opposition, and even kick the ball, by themselves, all the way down the pitch. As a rookie in the fall ’09 season, one of the first things that struck me as overwhelmingly impressive was Emma Blumstein’s signature move – the stiff arm.
You couldn’t get near her if you tried. Any attempt at getting her to buckle her knees, let alone to give up the ball, was a fool’s pipedream. She merely pushed you away, intent on her goal. She was simply untouchable.
And that’s the funny thing, the irony of it all – The distance she kept from everyone physically at practice and during games completely contrasted with how close she let you get to her on a personal level. Not only was she an amazing rugby player, but she was hilarious and humble, sincere and personable; a friend to many and a role model to all who were lucky enough to cross her path. She could make you feel at ease within seconds of talking with her, and was as charismatic a character as any of us on the team knew. Hell, most of the school loved her – clearly shown by her Tufts Homecoming Queen ’09 crowning. Her amazing humor, crazy-cool attitude, and her unique, almost shameless persona made you instantaneously feel lucky to be friends with her.
On June 12th, 2012, Emma Blumstein (A’10), our beloved Tufts rugby captain Spring ’07 – Fall ’09 was killed in a bicycle accident in Brooklyn, NY. Over the course of this past month, it has truly been a difficult time for many coping with this immeasurable loss. All words seem trite as we attempt to express the magnitude of what has come to pass, and how such a thing could happen to one of the most amazing ruggers we have had the amazing fortune to be friends with.
Even in her physical absence, the power of her friendship and the affect that she has over everyone she met still continues to have enormous influence over our lives. Dozens of ruggers dropped everything they were doing to fly up to Boston to say goodbye and find comfort in one another. Sandwiches were had and memorable stories were shared.
The team has also retired her jersey, signing and framing it as a gift to her family.
She has inspired a September rugby reunion in her honor, and every day, she continues to help strengthen the bond among the members of her rugby family.
You may have tried to stiff-arm us all again, but this time it’s no use, Emma. We’re not letting you go.
TWRFC “So long as we live, she, too, shall live/ for she is now a part of us, as we remember her” ‘12
It is with great pride—and a tinge of sadness—that the Tufts Women’s Rugby Club bids adieu to an amazing senior class. Having moved up to Division II and graduated some stellar starters last year, we started the fall season with some trepidation. Looking back on that anxiety seems kind of funny now; we played some darn good rugby. Our seniors are truly wonderful women, leaders, and friends.
It was under their leadership and guidance that we made it through some of our toughest games; with their silliness and great personalities that we had some of our most fun nights; and I know I am not alone in thinking that it was due to their friendship that many of us even stuck around in the first place.
Ladies, getting to know you and playing with you on the pitch has truly been a great experience. We hope to emulate your athleticism and love for fun for many years to come. Good luck with wherever life takes you, please be sure to stay in touch, and we hope to see your wonderful faces at some of our games in the fall!
Spring semester is winding down which means we have to go an entire summer without TWRFC, nOoOoOo!! However, we implore that you fear not, for we’re planning on keeping you updated through the summer with how we’re all doing. Periodically we’ll send out a work out, a rugby video, or even just a quick hello from wherever we’re vacationing (New Jersey waddup!).
So now that you’ve gotten relief from knowing that we won’t be incommunicado for three whole months, I’ll get to part two of this post. This spring was AWESOME for 2 distinct and incredibly important reasons.
Number 1: New, awesome players!! (you guys are da bomb)
and Number 2: It seems we’ve been adopted by the super duper fantastical Gillies Family! They’ve been incredibly kind and helpful to our team and along with coming to all our games, they even bring us snacks! So on behalf on the Tufts Women’s Rugby Club (and probably all our parents too), we thank you for all your generosity and look forward to seeing you again this upcoming fall season.
Stay tuned for some more posts as we procrastinate studying for finals!
Your TWRFC Staff
ps: while you’re at it, look at how pretty we look in our dresses too!
It was absolutely GORGEOUS today! Here we are having some fun on Fletcher Field:
Anybody and everybody is invited to come work out with us this semester! This spring we’re meeting at Gantcher (by the bleachers) at 7:00 PM Mondays through Thursdays. Shoot us an email if you want to get on the email list and stay up to date with our happenings.