Women's Rugby

With 12-Hour Time Differences and Unprecedented Uncertainty, Rugby Standout Sofie Fella Embraces the New Normal

Fella had found her rhythm in her life at Harvard until it was abruptly interrupted in January of 2020.

Let's Keep It Simple: National Champions

The national champions pose with their medals, trophy, and banner. The Crimson would lose just twice over the course of the season...before later avenging both losses (to Dartmouth and Army West Point) in the playoffs.

It's Lonely at the Top: Women's Rugby, National Champs and Team of the Year

On Mignone Field, in front of a large and boisterous home crowd, the Harvard women’s rugby team defeated Army West Point 18-7 to be named the 2019 National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) National Champions for the first time in program history. After a season full of adversity and a couple stinging losses, the team pulled together to achieve a historic season.

It's a Wrap

Sophomore Cassidy Bargell looks to elude the Black Knights' defender. In the game, while Army attempted to wrap up the Crimson, Harvard wrapped up the season in victory: with a national championship.

Women's Rugby Captures First-Ever NIRA National Championship

The Harvard women’s rugby team was named the NIRA National Champions for the first time in program history this past weekend. The Crimson defeated Army West Point, 18-7, at Mignone Field in front of Harvard’s home crowd.

Winners At Last

The Crimson celebrate on Mignone Field on a snowy Sunday afternoon.

Women's Rugby Beats Dartmouth, Advances to NIRA Championships

In its third matchup of this season, the Harvard women’s rugby team got its revenge and defeated Dartmouth in a stunning victory, 23-22, this past weekend in the NIRA semifinal game, earning a spot in the NIRA National Championship this coming weekend.

Women's Rugby Falls to Rival Dartmouth in Ivy Championships

This past weekend, the Harvard women’s rugby team fell to Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship, 41-22. The Crimson beat the Big Green early on this season in September, 50-32, but the team was unable to channel that same energy in order to see a similar result this past Saturday.

The 'Ole College Try

Harvard was unable to top its rival Dartmouth, but a rematch is scheduled next month.


After a successful 2019 regular season, the Crimson awaits its first chance at postseason play.

Women’s Rugby Dominates Over Notre Dame

The Harvard women’s rugby team firmly defeated Notre Dame this past Saturday, finishing with a final score of 105-0. After defeating Dartmouth and Quinnipiac the past two weekends, this dominant win over the Falcons extends the Crimson’s winning streak to three games.

Slip Slidin' Away

The Crimson offense was completely unstoppable this past weekend, putting up over 100 points. Meanwhile, the defense achieved its first shutout of the season. f

Oh Thank Heaven

The Crimson will have to recover in time to play Dartmouth in its home opener next weekend.

Women’s Rugby Captures Ivy League 7s Title in Overtime Thriller

Harvard went 3-1 at the Ivy 7's Championship over the weekend, winning the tournament for the first time since 2015-16.

Rugby's Recruiting Success and Its 2018 Run to the NIRA Championship Game

This season, the Harvard women’s rugby team has proven it deserves attention. The program has continuously been among the best in the NCAA, and its 2018 campaign showed no change. The program’s greatness only becomes more impressive when the difficulty in recruiting high school rugby players and walk-ons is considered.

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