Women’s Team

Welcome to the Charles River Women’s Rugby Football Club


CRWRFC was formed in 2005 when some wily Northeastern University alumnae sought an alternative to the available women’s rugby options in Boston.  Our Rat foremothers, driven to display both rugby skill and social prowess, collected like-minded ladies from near and far to assemble Charles River Women’s RFC, the sister team to the Charles River Rugby Football Club established in 1973.

In 2007, in just our second year of competition, the Lady Rats finished their Fall competitive season on top of DIII with an undefeated record.  As our skill and numbers grew, we finished on top of DIII again in 2011, and moved up to DII in the Fall of 2012.

Charles River Rugby Women 2015As we built a strong DII side in the New England Rugby Football Union, we advanced to our first playoffs in 2014, and built on that strength to finish 2nd in NERFU and top 16 in USA Rugby DII in 2015.

In 2015 we also celebrated our 10th Anniversary.  We are incredibly proud of our first decade of play, from scrappy startup to standout success.

Now into our second decade, we’re continuing our commitment to great rugby and great community.


We invite all skill levels, experiences to come join Charles River Women.

Please contact us if you’re interested in playing!



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Women's Team Leadership

Melissa Dunn

Melissa Dunn

Women's Recruiting Chair
Come be a Rat with us!
Susan Lackey

Susan Lackey

Women's Omsbudsman
Alex Zadel

Alex Zadel

Women's President
Anne Beaumont

Anne "Wales" Beaumont

Old Girls Liaison