Beantown RFC today announced its decision to withdraw from the Women’s Premiere League and enter New England Rugby Football Union’s Division 1 for the fall 2014 season. Beantown, as one of the original 8 teams during WPL’s inception in 2009, will continue to strive to be at the forefront of Women’s rugby in the USA. While Beantown has enjoyed and succeeded playing in the WPL, membership in the WPL is no longer in the best interest for the Club.
Withdrawal from the WPL will allow Beantown to focus on financial stability, recruitment and retention, and development of quality players which will allow us to compete to be the best women’s teams in the country. Beantown feels confident that NERFU D1 will provide solid competition in a nurturing and financially appropriate environment for the club. Alongside our D1 team, Beantown will continue to compete in NERFU D2 as well.
Beantown Women’s Rugby Football Club is a 501c-3 non-profit organization devoted to the development of women’s rugby both in the New England Area and nationally. Beantown Rugby Football Club was founded in the fall of 1976 and quickly established itself as one of the nation’s preeminent women’s rugby teams. The Club has compiled a distinguished record at the National Championship Tournament, placing top-five in every appearance since 1980, including six National Championship titles.
For more information on Beantown RFC, please go to http://www.beantownrugby.com.
Editor’s Note: We have heard rumors that the WPL is making changes to their format. But it is just that, rumors at this point.
We do know that the #1 and #2 Club Rugby Champions can choose to challenge for a WPL spot…we highly doubt it for either team as ORSU just came from the WPL and Chicago NS while a strong club had to massively fund-raise to even attend Nationals. We assume this is most likely due to an effort to not drain the bank, not a sign that NS isn’t a strong and organized club.
That leaves the WPL with seven teams unless the eighth team (New York) doesn’t drop or isn’t challenged? Is it time to abandon the WPL and restructure women’s rugby in the USA one more time?