Legend has it that in 1823, during a game of school soccer in the town of Rugby, England, a young man named Wiliam Web Ellis picked up the ball and ran toward the opposition’s goal, launching what would become the sport of rugby.
Two centuries later, rugby has evolved into one of the world’s most popular sports, with millions of players and spectators. At the heart of rugby i s a unique culture and long-standing tradition of winning through discipline, control and mutual self-respect - a tradition that continues at JSC.
This culture is at the heart of the JSC Women’s Rugby Club, which competes as part of the New England Rugby Football Union. In November 2011, JSC won a berth at the nationals in Cherry Hill, N.J., after securing the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) title Nov. 12, winning two hard-fought games against Springfield College (26-10) and Saint Anselm College (17-12). Saint Anselm was the only school to have a win against JSC during the regular season.
The Women’s Rugby team secured the national Division IV championship title on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 besting previously undefeated Albright College of Pennsylvania 12-5.
In Fall 2012, the women’s club finished the regular season with only one loss scoring 150 points, allowing only 12 points and emerging the second team within their conference.