UNI women's rugby honored on and off the field

Recently the University of Northern Iowa women's rugby team was honored by the Iowa Legislature for its outstanding achievements and accomplishments since the team began in 1994.

UNI women's rugby
Members of the UNI women's rugby team being honored by the Iowa Legislature for its outstanding achievements and accomplishments throughout the years.

The piece of legislation read, "The House of Representatives honors the young women of the University of Northern Iowa's Women's Rugby Club, and coaches Steve Murra and Jennifer Murra, for the remarkable and ongoing success of the UNI women's rugby program." House Resolution 142 noted the impressive record of honors the team has earned over the past 18 years. The student organization has garnered two national titles, eight consecutive years of qualifications for the Sweet Sixteen, three players in the World Cup and a total of 315 wins.

"Being able to join the Iowa House members was such a humbling experience," said Meghan Flanigan, a junior majoring in leisure, youth and human services. "The girls that are, and have been, a part of the rugby team have put so much hard work and dedication into the program, especially our coaches. Just to be able to be there in person when they read the resolution was an experience I will never forget. It almost brought me to tears because it put in perspective how blessed I am to be a part of such a great program at a great university." 

Coach Steve Murra spoke highly of the team, "Coaching a women's rugby team has great rewards, one of them being their execution of the fundamentals of the game." Murra mentioned that this has been the best season yet for the team, finishing seventh in the country. The Elite Eight includes teams from Penn State, Stanford and the Army, so the UNI team holds their position with pride. According to Murra, "the future is very bright for this team."

"It almost brought me to tears because it
put in perspective how blessed I am to be
a part of such a great program at a great
university."
-Meghan Flanigan, UNI junior 

Women's rugby outside of UNI has taken great strides, as it was recently added to  the Summer Olympics. Murra hopes to have a UNI player in the 2016 Summer  Olympic pool of athletes.

The team recruits heavily from Minnesota and Milwaukee, Wisc., but also actively recruits new UNI students during summer orientation. Any women are welcome to join and no experience is needed. Interested individuals may contact Steve Murra at steve.murra@hawkeyecollege.edu or Jennifer Murra at jennifer.murra@uni.edu.

Women's rugby is a program of UNI Wellness & Recreation Services. Contact the sports club coordinator at 273-3435 for additional information on all UNI Sport Club activities.