Atlanta Harlequins confirm nutrition sponsor
Our sponsorship team is pleased to announce that we have a new partnership with the Atlanta Harlequins women’s rugby club. The agreement means the Harlequins will have an official nutrition supplier for the remainder of the 2017 rugby season and into the future. Please read on to learn more about the partnership, but also more about the Atlanta Harlequins women’s rugby club.
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The (formerly known as) Southeast Harlequins Women’s Rugby Football Club came into being in 1984 as a select side for several teams scattered about the southeastern part of the country. The best players from these teams, including University of Georgia and Florida State, combined to play in the beautiful city of Atlanta.
As the popularity of Women’s Rugby in the south grew, Southeast became a team that truly represented Atlanta as well as this broader geographic region. At the end of the spring ’99 season, the team decided to honor this change in status with a change of name and brand as well. They now proudly carry the name of the club’s host city:
The Atlanta Harlequins.
Dedicated to excellence, the Harlequins have been striving to give national credibility to rugby in the South and right at home in Atlanta. With the current popularity of all women’s sports, it is their desire to bring rugby to the forefront as a viable post-college sport for women.
Where they play
The Atlanta Harlequins compete at the very top level of women’s rugby in the United States. The Women’s Premier League (WPL) features the nation’s top women’s rugby talent and is the highest level of senior club 15s competition in the U.S. The WPL consists of ten teams from coast to coast that are split into two five-team conferences. An eight-game regular season is followed by tournament play for the USA Rugby WPL National Championship title each fall. WPL players make up a bulk of the U.S. national women’s team, the USA Rugby Eagles.
Founded in 2009, the League is completely player-run and operates in partnership with USA Rugby. Recent winners of the competition include:
- 2011 Berkeley All Blues
- 2012 Berkeley All Blues
- 2013 Twin Cities Amazons
- 2014 Glendale Raptors
- 2015 Glendale Raptors
- 2016 San Diego Surfers
A club, NOT a team
The Atlanta Harlequins are one of the few women’s rugby clubs in the country that are proud to field two teams week in and week out. It’s a treat for their fans that the club is able to regularly plays double headers with their D2 and WPL squads. As they say in Atlanta, #doublethequindoublethefun
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming:
“Wow! What a ride!”
Other women’s clubs we support
Thought us sponsoring the Atlanta Harlequins was a strange departure for Ruck Science? You’d be wrong! We’re strong supporters of women’s rugby. A few of the other women’s clubs we support include: Tempe, BGSU, University of Alabama, Pittsburgh Highlanders, Minnesota Valkyries, Smith College and A-State WRC. If you belong to a women’s club and need a sponsor this rugby season, please register here for our sponsorship program.
Watch them in action
As participants in the WPL, the Harlequins are currently in the middle of their season, playing games from coast to coast. Here’s a sample of one of their latest games against former WPL champions the New York Rugby Club.
It’s fantastic to have the Harlequins on board for the upcoming season. For members of the club, please keep an eye out at your next training session for some samples of the most popular Ruck Science supplements.