This site was created because I wanted to give back to rugby since it had given so much to me. It all started by trying to find women’s rugby news on the web, I could always find plenty of men’s rugby news. So I began this site on March 31, 2006 to report on women’s rugby and haven’t stopped!
The us in the About Us is pretty simple…the site has two owners with a small army of reporters/social media wizards and journalists behind us. Wendy Young, editor and creator of Your Scrumhalf Connection and The Girl. The Girl is the constant inspiration and challenger of what this site could be and will become. For more on the The Girl and who she is….read below!
As for Wendy, I retired from playing in 2011. My rugby career started at the University of Oklahoma in 2001. In 2006 I moved to play with the Austin Valkyries in Austin, TX. I have also played on several select side teams over the years, West 7s, West U23 15s and West 15s. In 2007-2008 I was honored to be a member of the USA Women’s National Team pool.
I’ve never been good at doing just one thing so I’ve also coached several select side teams (TRU U23 & West U23 All Stars) and also consulted as a 7s specialist with the University of Texas & the Austin Valkyries.
I’ve also donned the whistle and made my way up to a USA Rugby B Panel referee. Highlights include my first USA appointment in 2012, my first Men’s D1 match in 2014 (first female to referee a D1 Men’s match in Texas!), Reds vs Blacks for first place in Texas in 2015, working the IRB 7s (now World Rugby) circuit in 2014 & 2015, several appearances at USA Rugby 7s and 15s Championships and a personal highlight, a WPL Championship match in 2018. I retired from center refereeing in late 2018 and am now a referee coach participating locally in TRRA, D1A, ARP, WPL and MLR matches.
I was asked to become a the Texas Rugby Union’s Geographic Union Administrator around 2008 when USA Rugby was piloting the program. Ever since I’ve been working hard for the TRU and loving every moment. Our goal is to grow rugby across our union and I’m on the front lines of helping with that.
Note: The site originally began as West Rugby Blog covering rugby in Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico etc but evolved to Your Scrumhalf Connection in 2008 and expanded to focusing on women’s rugby in the USA and Internationally.
About “The Girl”
The Girl’s story…I started playing rugby in college at Texas A&M University (whoop!!!). For those of you who don’t know our story, Wendy and I were mortal enemies in college! Both captains and officers of our rival clubs… it was a sight when we played against each other.
To make a long story short… call it fate, a full moon, opposites attract, what have you…we both moved to Austin after college to play for the Austin Valkyries and soon after became a duo on and off the field as players, coaches, referees and administrators.
Wendy started this site in May 2006 and I’ve been her silent partner working behind the scenes collecting stories, scores, pictures and videos. I’m a bit private and therefore have the title “The Girl”. Its kinda my alter ego .
I hope you enjoy what we produce… feel free to contact me as well!
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