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NIRA brings together institutions of higher education that compete at the highest levels of intercollegiate women’s rugby in the United States. The Association seeks, to organize, manage, and promote the sport of intercollegiate women’s rugby, and to annually hold a postseason intercollegiate national women’s rugby championship called the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) National Championship.

The overarching goal of the Association is to help support the growth of women’s rugby nationally to attain NCAA Championship status.


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Wishing those representing all the best in Houston at the @usarugby @collegerugbyus Premier 7s National Championships #sprintto40

Coach Mathews has been a bellwether in advancing the women's intercollegiate game. On behalf of those who have had the privilege of working with her over the decades, the countless student athletes she has impacted and the game she has bettered, thank you.

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Women's Rugby Coach MaryBeth Mathews Announces Retirement - Bowdoin College

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bowdoin women's rugby head coach MaryBeth Mathews has announced that she will retire at the conclusion of this academic year....

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Quinnipiac Rugby is hiring for a full-time assistant coach.

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