It’s been a successful year for the Life West rugby program, which just received news about winning the Rugby Club of the Year honors for 2018 from FloRugby, an online sports media service.
The strength of both the women’s and men’s teams helped Life West Rugby win the honor, according to an article on the FloRugby website.
“There actually aren’t a lot of clubs that are equally strong in men and women … For Life West, we can point to a women’s D1 15s title, a strong-ish season for the men in the PRP (Pacific Rugby Premiership), the fact that both teams sent players to the Eagles, and that they are offering playing opportunities to athletes who might struggle to find them otherwise.” Read the rest of the article here.
(Left) Gladiators captain Devereaux Ferris slices through the East Palo Alto Razorbacks defensive line. (Right) Life West student Hali Deters breaking San Francisco Golden Gate arm tackles.
The Life West Gladiatrix ended the 2018 season by winning their second consecutive USA Rugby Division I National Championship.
The Gladiatrix also earned a spot in the Women’s Premier League (WPL), the top American women’s rugby union competition organized by USA Rugby, when they defeated the DC Furies 88 – 0 this past November.
The women’s team looks to continue their dominance in the WPL when the season kicks off in Fall 2019.
The Gladiators finished the 2018 season strong, finishing in fourth place in the inaugural year of the Pacific Rugby Premiership. The Gladiators are back on the pitch for the 2019 season on Jan. 26 when they head to Treasure Island in the Bay Area to face fellow Bay Area competitor San Francisco Golden Gate RFC.
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