Club History

DC Furies in 1978

The original Furies in 1978

The Washington Women’s Rugby Football Club (WWRFC) was founded in 1978 in Washington, D.C. Also known as the Furies, the team was originally formed from a nucleus of five skilled and hardworking rugby players, and quickly developed into a highly competitive club team. Over the years, other skilled and dedicated athletes have replaced the now-retired initial members. These new players share the same intensity and love for the game as the team’s originators. The team has a healthy membership, fielding a roster of 20 to 30 players since 1978. Currently, the Furies boast over 60 members, and have consistently been able to field both WPL and Division 2 teams.

The Furies play at the most competitive level of club rugby. Currently, the Furies are the only team in the Mid-Atlantic area to participate in the Women’s Premier League (WPL), which consists of the top 10 teams in the country.

The First Ruggerfest

The Furies winning the very first Ruggerfest

As an additional testament to the high-caliber rugby played by the Washington Furies, a number of players have been members of the United States National Team (U.S. Eagles), the United States 7s National Team and the Under-23 United States National Team.  A number of Furies have also been selected to the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union select side, Under-23, and Women’s National team pool.

The Furies are also proud to host Ruggerfest each year, the largest women’s spring tournament in the country, which attracts top teams from across the United States.

The Furies are an international traveling force. Along with extensive touring throughout the United States, the team also travels abroad. In 1997, the Furies toured France, taking in the sights from Paris to Nice, while compiling a 2-1 record. In 1999, the team ventured to Ireland, returning home undefeated in both matches. In 2001, the Furies toured down under for two weeks of intense Australian rugby competition. And in 2004, the Furies took a competitive team abroad and hit the streets of South Africa. In 2006, the Furies played in Argentina beating teams in Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, and Corrientes. In August 2010, the Furies traveled to London, England to play local teams and attend the Women’s Rugby World Cup, a tradition we repeated in 2017 when we traveled to Ireland for the World Cup and played in a local 10s tournament.IMG_0803