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“This is a tremendous accomplishment for both these women, and for the UK Women’s Rugby team. These are the first two women’s rugby players to represent UK at the national level.”
-- Adrianne Bouche,
UK Women’s Rugby Football Club
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2004) -- Two members of the University of Kentucky Women’s Rugby Football Club have been selected to play on the under-19 USA National Ruby Team. Bethany Zick of Rochelle, Ill., and Tiffany McCoy of Pikeville were chosen for the final 28-person USA under-19 Eagles Girls National Team. Both will be sophomores at UK this fall.
The national squad will assemble in Blaine, Minn., on June 14. Following two exhibition games in Minnesota, Zick, McCoy and their teammates are scheduled to depart for the United Kingdom on June 21, where they will compete against under-19 teams from England, Wales and Canada. The team will return to the United States on July 4.
Zick and McCoy were among 85 student-athletes awarded the opportunity to attend the Elite Developmental Camp in Austin, Texas. From there, they both earned invitations to the national team tryout sessions, the first round of which was held in Seattle, Wash. The UK students survived the cut there and went on to West Chester, Penn., where the roster was trimmed to the limit of 28 players.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for both these women, and for the UK Women’s Rugby team,” said Adrianne Bouche, head coach of the UK squad. “These are the first two women’s rugby players to represent UK at the national level.”
Women’s rugby has been a club sport at UK since 2001.
Bouche further noted that rugby in the United States is strictly an amateur sport. All of the travel done by Zick and McCoy has come at their own expense.
Rugby, which traces its roots to England, is a football game in which play is continuous. Kicking, dribbling, lateral passing, tackling, and the scrum are featured. Interference and substitution are not permitted.