Photo courtesy of USA Rugby
We are honored to announce that our former longtime coach and All Blues alum Kathy Flores is part of this year's US Rugby Hall of Fame Inductees! Included in her very impressive list of achievements was helping build the legacy of our club. From 1994-1997 she captained and coached the All Blues, winning two national titles while playing. As a coach she led the team to 15 National Championship titles. Please join us in congratulating her for her many years of service with our club as well her dedication to women's rugby in the US!
To learn more, visit Kathy’s profile on the US Rugby HOF page
All Blues Travel to San Diego for Champagne Classic 2016
On March 19-20, the All Blues played in Champagne Classic, an annual social tournament held in San Marcos, CA. The All Blues competed in the women's club bracket, which included the hosting team San Diego Surfers, the “Pterrordactyls” (a touring team from Providence and NoVA), and Life West (another Bay Area team). The All Blues played four games on Saturday, and played one game on Sunday for the championship title against Life West. A highlight of the weekend included going against the Pterrordactyls and their "old lady tricks,” and learning how ineffective shirt grabs were to tackling players wearing skin-tight green leotards. Former All Blues and current USA Eagles Irene, Emily and Vix were also seen supporting on the sidelines! Overall a great weekend for learning together, and pinpointing areas we can work on as individuals and as a team.
Missed the action from that weekend? Check out our twitter
for a taste of Champagne Classic. Photos from our match vs. the Pterrordactyls are here
, courtesy of Jay Coulter.
Player Profile: Allie Byrne
Hometown: Lititz, PA
Position(s): Lock, 8-man, Prop
All Blue since: August 2014
For Allie, rugby was “love at first ruck.” She started playing in Fall 2008 during her freshman year at Drexel University, and she credits her first coaches there with playing a huge part in her current rugby career. According to her, “not only did [my coaches] teach me the game, but they also pushed me…encouraging me to try out for select sides and take a leadership role on my team.” There’s no doubt that Allie took these advice to heart, being one of the hardest hitting All Blue (#feelthebyrne, anyone?), as well as playing an active role in the team as the current D2 VP. As an All Blue, Allie loves the “shared commitment to being a good teammate,” including pushing each other to improve, “holding each other accountable” and “forming meaningful friendships off the pitch.”
When not hitting rucks, Allie enjoys looking for frogs in the rainforests of Panama. She is a self-professed nerd, currently working on her PhD at Cal on a disease that affects amphibians. Her spirit animal, however, is not a frog but a koala and a jaguar. She chose a koala because they are “mellow and cute,” but also a jaguar because they are “strong and reserved but you really don’t wanna mess because they will take you down.” Trust us, you definitely
don't want to mess with her!