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The “best of the best” in the Women’s Premier League flock to Denver for All-Star game

by | Jul 27, 2018 | Elite Women

The best of the best in Women’s Premier League, the highest level of rugby for women in the United States outside of the U.S. Women’s national team, will come together this weekend for the Rugged Rugby Tour at the University of Denver.

Glendale Merlins Women vs Berkley All Blues

Photo by Seth McConnell

The top talent from all ten teams in the WPL will play in an All-Stars East vs. West game at 2:30 at DU’s Pioneer Field. There will be a tailgate as well as a post-match concert.

The location is a direct nod to the state of Colorado, and more specifically, Glendale – a.k.a. RugbyTown USA.

“Colorado has really invested so much in the growth of the athletes from a youth level all the way to a USA or professional level,” says Christiane Pheil, a captain for the West All-Stars, a six-year WPL veteran, and a former tennis player for the University of Colorado.

She and her West All-Stars coach, Kittery Ruiz, credit Glendale for playing a large part in growing the sport and for making the first rugby-specific stadium.

Article by Cealey Godwin on 9News.com.

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