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Bowdoin to Host U.S.A. Women's National Rugby Team, Alumna For Training Camp

Story posted July 09, 2010

The U.S.A. Women's National Rugby Team — fortified with Bowdoin alumna Farrah Douglas '99 — is holding its summer residency camp at Bowdoin for three weeks beginning July 10, 2010.

Members of the team, called the Women Eagles, will be living on campus as they train for the World Cup in England in August.

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Forward Farrah Douglas '99 (center left, in headband) during game play.

Douglas, a U.S.A. National Team member for seven years and veteran of many international matches, played for the Bowdoin women's rugby team, then a club sport, all four years of her college career.

"Farrah is strong, tough and an amazing role model for the women she now coaches at Penn State, which has one of the best programs in the country," says MaryBeth Mathews, head coach of the Bowdoin women's rugby team. "She was always a joy to coach, eager to learn and improve. She has such great integrity and character."

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Women's rugby became a varsity sport at Bowdoin in 2002 and remains one of the few women's varsity programs in the country.

The team is scheduled to play a warm-up match July 25 at 11 a.m. As Bowdoin's rugby field is receiving scheduled maintenance over the summer, the game will be played at Shulman Field on Hemlock Road in Brunswick.

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