In 1991, the USA Women won the inaugural XVs Rugby World Cup. From the beginning, the team was burdened by a lack of resources and funding and players paid for their travel costs out of pocket. The team did everything they could to make the journey to Cardiff, Wales possible, from surviving on a small team stipend from the Women’s Sports Foundation, hosting fundraisers, and making and selling t-shirts to cover expenses. On April 14, 1991, the Eagles overcame all obstacles defeated England (19-6) in the first-ever Women’s Rugby World Cup Final at Cardiff Arms Park.
Over the next two World Cups ('94 and '98), the Eagles missed out raising the cup and finished second in the world. Most recently, the Eagles have seen progressive success in the last two World Cup cycles placing 6th in 2014 and 4th in 2017.
Women's XVs Hall of Fame:
Since the 2017 cycle, the Eagles have increased the number of matches and interactions per year, while overcoming continual budget setbacks. In just the last two years, the team has:
Looking at the current and future budget, the players will be responsible for: travel to/from camps and potential tours, housing during camps and potential tours, a camp fee, loss of wages, and other unexpected expenses. Around the world, Women’s Rugby is professionalizing while the USA team remains largely pay - to - play despite the increasing competition and interest nationwide.
Rugby World Cup
New Zealand 2021
The Women's team has already qualified for this event based on their 4th place at the 2017 World Cup, but currently face the challenge of a limited budget.
The XV Foundation was created to bridge the gap and create a professional program where players don’t have to worry about external stressors and can strictly focus on representing our communities, our teams, and our country.
Watch the top teams from across the globe battle it out for the chance to raise the cup and be crowned the champion.
The tournament begins September 18, with the Champion being named October 16.
Learn more by visiting RugbyWorldCup.com
Our success as a foundation is tied to our ability to create direct, sustainable revenue. To remain competitive, we must raise $350,000 for the Women’s XVs program for 2020 (through donations, grants, sponsorships, and partnerships).
Your donation would help cover:
These funds will allow us to not only compete but to be successful at the highest level possible. Join us in helping the Women’s XVs Program move one step closer to equity, sustainability, and empowerment.