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Stephanie H. Edwards (Stephie-Jo) formed James River Women’s Rugby Football Club (JWRFC) in the Spring of 2001. Before that, there was not a women’s club team in Richmond, VA. 

With the assistance of the James River Men’s and United Men’s RFC, JRWRFC was able to gather interested players from the area. Enough players came out to establish the need to schedule practices.  With the enthusiasm of these new players, James River entered a team in the Cape Fear Sevens Tournament that summer. 

There was a positive reaction from the players to continue with a team in the fall. James River Men’s RFC, our established brother club, allowed us to use a portion of their field and assisted in coaching the new players during the fall season. 

Schedule practices began in mid-August and continued through the first part of November. Eight scheduled matches were played and several scrimmages with Virginia Commonwealth University Women’s Football Club were organized and executed. The team also participated in the Sandy Lee State Cup in late October. After a successful trial run, the women decided to move forward with the club. 

On January 15, 2002, the club held its inaugural Annual General Meeting (AGM).  The club voted in Shannon Plum as the newly elected president; as well as, its first executive board. 

Bleed Blue and Green!

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