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Women's+ Team

Working For the Next Generation

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Howard Women's+ Rugby is focused on the growth and development of rugby into inclusive spaces for women, and especially BIPOC women. We expect our athletes to be committed to actions both on and off the pitch that build a sustainable rugby program at Howard University in Washington D.C. 

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Notable Highlights


Photos by Kyle Helson

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Our Founder

Founder Takunda Rusike (she/her) is a nursing major of the Class of 2024. Rusike, along with the men's captain, is a co-founder of the Herd Rugby Team at Howard University. She grew up in the Greater Baltimore area playing rugby for West Carroll Marauders Rugby Club. Rusike played for the inaugural Old Glory U19 Select Side.  In 2021, she was honored with the U.S. Women's Rugby Foundation 15 Under 30 Award. 

As a co-founder of Herd Rugby, Rusike hopes that the program not only allows for female students to play rugby, but that it provides an inclusive space for future generations of Black female athletes to play rugby at Howard.

While Rusike is incredibly passionate about rugby, she is a well-rounded student athlete. Outside of rugby, she spends time studying, conducting research, stand-up paddleboarding, and overall staying active. Before rugby she was a multi-sport athlete in swimming, basketball, lacrosse, track, field hockey, and other sports. 

2023 - 2024 Roster


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