Dartmouth Women's Rugby became the College's 35th varsity sport in July 2015, but the history of the program dates back to 1978 when it was officially founded as a club. Over that time, the team has evolved from a group of novice ruggers to two-time National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) National Champions (2021, 2018). Friends of Women's Rugby support has enabled DWR to field a development side and increase its coaching staff.

“Friends support allows us to fund a second assistant coach, which is hugely important. With three dedicated coaches, we’re able to provide individual attention to each student-athlete while growing a deep roster that can win at the highest level.”

Katie Dowty, Head Coach of Women’s Rugby