Women's Rugby

The Northern Michigan University Women's Rugby Club, aka the Northstars, started in 1994. Since its establishment, the club has won several tournaments around the Midwest and has been runner-up winners in National tournaments. The team is a part of the newly established Great Waters Women's Rugby Conference. During the fall season, six regular season matches (three home and three away) are played throughout Wisconsin. During the spring, the team participates in tournaments throughout the states. In the spring season of 2014 the team went to Nashville, TN and participated in the NashBash tournament. There are also tryouts and camps that are hosted in WI for the Select Side Women's Team of Wisconsin. Selects is a great opportunity to play against some of the best women’s rugby teams in the United States. Between practices and games, the team strives to hold a strong bond with everyone who plays when off the field. Volunteering, fundraising, and general team get-togethers help keep a fun yet competitive atmosphere around the club. The Northstars base themselves on hard work, upholding traditions and team unity.

Dues
$150 per new player. This fee includes shorts, socks, a t-shirt, and the fee to get CIPPED (a rugby player’s insurance). Old girl's fees are $80. Extra money for travel and other club activities should also be kept in mind. Members are also required to purchase a PEIF pass for the year.

Participants Must Supply
Mouth guard and cleats. Soccer cleats are preferred. However, baseball cleats can be used as long as it does not have the toe spike. Metal spikes are illegal! If new shorts or socks are needed, they will be able to be purchased at the beginning of the season individually.

Travel
The team travels to Wisconsin for away games during the fall season. Departure is usually early afternoon on Fridays. Games are on Saturdays between 11am and 1pm.

Tryouts
Tryouts will be during regular practice hours starting on August 26th and going through the 28th.
*Please note that nobody is cut from the team. Tryouts help us to find out which position best suits a player.

Practice
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Practices are held at the pitch (intramural fields on the corner of Wright and Lincoln Street)
*It is strongly encouraged to attend at least 2, preferably all 3, practice; however school and class obligations do come first. Attend as many practices as you are able. The team will work with your schedule if you are dedicated to being a women’s rugby player.

Additional Information
No experience is necessary. No matter what size, shape, or athletic ability, there is a position for anyone who comes out and gives rugby a try. Games are played in all weather – rain, snow, or shine. The only time a game will be delayed or canceled is if it is lightning.

Contact
Club E-mail - wnmurugby@gmail.com

Melissa Merklein, Co-President
Morgan Brigman, Co-President

Links
Keep connected with the team and what they are doing by liking the Facebook fan page (link below).
NMU Women's Rugby Facebook

View the link below for updated team stats and conference standings.​​
Great Waters Women's Rugby Conference Page