I created a blog called West Rugby in March 2006 because I couldn’t find much information on women’s rugby on the internet. We re-branded to Your Scrumhalf Connection in 2008 once it was clear that the site and topic was viable. In all honesty, the site blew up and I’m honored to keep it going.
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 Traci Young (formally disguised as The Girl).
After a long love affair with soccer I was yearning for something different. I was out with some friends one evening and we received a flyer for football and rugby. We split the practices up and never went back to football. We all went to two practices and then played in our first rugby game that weekend!
In 2006 I moved to Austin, to play with the Austin Valkyries. Over the years I was chosen to play on several select side teams including West 7s, West U23 15s, West Senior 15s and Texas Senior 15s. In 2007-2008 I was honored to be a member of the USA Women’s National Team pool.
I retired from playing in 2011 to focus on refereeing.
Player Coaching Career
I’ve never been good at doing just one thing…I’ve coached at the University of Texas, with the Austin Valkyries and several select side teams in Texas and at the West (regional) level.
In 2004 my coach encouraged me to take the referee certification course and so I did. I passed the course but didn’t pick up the whistle again until 2008 where I did it part-time until I retired from playing in 2011.
Once I retired from playing and focused solely on refereeing, I was assigned to my first USA appointment in 2012, the World Rugby 7s circuit from 2014-15, my first Men’s D1 match in 2014, the RRRC Men’s D1 Championship in 2015, the WPL league in 2017 and a WPL Championship match in 2018. Ironically that WPL match was my last as I retired from center refereeing shortly after.
Referee Coach Career
As you can probably tell, I don’t idle well so before I retired from refereeing I became a Referee Coach Match Official (CMO) in 2016. I began coaching individuals referees in 2017 and currently am working in the Texas Rugby Referee Association (TRRA), NIRA, D1A conferences as well as the WPL and MLR leagues.
In 2008 USA Rugby began a Geographic Union pilot program which included a paid administration position. I was honored to be asked to do this for the Texas Rugby Union GU and continue in that role today. I oversee the day-to-day operations of the Union and am responsible for the annual TRU Summit conference, our various Championship events and the Women’s All Star Challenge.
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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