Clubhouse Interview: Liz Kirk, Alum and Women’s Director of Rugby (Part 2 of 2)
- What are the pathways to playing for the USA national team, and how are club players identified for these?
- How did the formation of the US Women’s Premier League (WPL) impact the club?
- How does the club support players on the path to or playing for the Eagles?
- What was your experience playing for the Eagles?
- How has playing for the Eagles helped how you coach or view the club?
- What did it mean to the players to have the opportunity to watch the WPL All-Stars take on the Te Tai Tokerau Natives from New Zealand?
- What would it take to get a women’s professional or semi-professional league going in the US?
Liz Kirk, alum and Women’s Director of Rugby, talks about the US national team, from her experiences playing with the Eagles in the ‘90s/‘00s and how that’s shaped her coaching and the culture of Seattle Rugby Club to supporting club players who have national team aspirations. She also digs into the Women’s Premier League (WPL), the challenges of identifying top talent in the US, the high quality of competition we have here in the PNW with the British Columbia teams, and what it might take to get women’s professional rugby going in the US.
About the Seattle Rugby Club
Established in 1966, Seattle Rugby Club (formerly known as Seattle OPSB and Seattle Saracens) is an adult rugby union club focused on the fifteens code of the global game. Seattle Rugby proudly promotes the sport of rugby in North America both on and off the pitch through community-focused efforts as well as performing on game day. The club provides opportunities for men, women, and young people to engage with rugby at all levels.