Julie McCoy, Coach

Julie McCoy, US Women's 7s Coach 2005-2009

USA Women’s Sevens Squad travelled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to compete in the first Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens Tournament, March 7-9, 2009.

USA posted wins against Russia, Japan, and France and made it to the semi-finals where they suffered a loss to New Zealand in a close match. The final match between Australia and New Zealand resulted in Australia claiming the first Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens title. For more details on the event go to

“As always, the women's rugby community and other enthusiasts came through to support the Sevens WNT in its World Cup quest,” said Foundation President, Danita Knox. “They reached into their pockets, they purchased calendars used as a team fundraiser, and they travelled to Dubai. Our Foundation was proud to support our Women Eagles given the sacrifices they made to participate in this history-making competition.”

Jessica Watkins, Player

Jessica Watkins

Christy Ringgenberg, Player

Christy Ringgenberg

Coach Julie McCoy gratefully gave credit saying, “The USWRF stands as a role model organization for all female rugby players, as it combines the love for rugby with community service; providing a needed ‘next step’ to the introduction of rugby to mainstream America. Thank you so much for your support!”

Ellie Karvoski, Player

Ellie Karvoski

“Thanks to organizations like the U.S. Women's Rugby Foundation, the U.S. Women's Sevens team was fully funded over the four years of my tenure as head coach,” McCoy added. “In fact, the players involved in the first ever World Cup Sevens in Dubai were actually paid to play for their country; a first for any female USA Rugby Team!”