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Name: Jessica B.
Nickname: Blondie to all of you
Where You Live Now: Madison, Wisconsin
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin and Door County, Wisconsin
Occupation: Public/Media Relations and Webmaster
Education: Master’s Degree
Years Involved in Rugby: 12 and counting …
Rugby Team You Play For Currently (Name, Division, City): Wisconsin Women’s RFC, Division I Club, Madison, Wis.
Previous Team(s): University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Women
Select-Side/All-Star Teams: Wisconsin Senior Women’s Select-Side
Special Honors: Most Dedicated (UW-SP), Coaches Award (WWRFC)
Position You Currently Play: Lock, Flanker, Utility
Other Positions You’ve Played: Everything 1-15 in 7s, 10s and 15s
Your Favorite Position or the Position You’d Most Like to Try: They’re all pretty fun.
Are you also a coach, administrator or referee? If so, tell us about it: Assistant Coach – Wisconsin Under-19 Women’s Select-Side, WWRFC President
Did you or do you participate in any other sports? Basketball and Track & Field (Hurdles, Sprints) in High School, all kinds of intramurals in college, most recently, Kickball!
Other activities you enjoy: Anything in the water, scuba diving, hiking, biking, spending time with my family and friends, cooking, walking or playing with my family’s pets and traveling.
Favorite Foods: Asian, Italian, Hors D’oeuvres
Favorite Movies/Television Shows: Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (70s version), Jaws, Clueless, Legally Blonde, Braveheart, Thank You for Not Smoking, Bones, and somewhat reluctantly, Dancing with the Stars
Favorite Books: Anne of Green Gables as a kid, now anything I pick up
Favorite Websites: News sites, Dooce, Youtube, TMZ (guilty pleasure)
Favorite Music: Funk, Rock, Alternative
Your “Up At Bat” or “Enter the Arena” Song: No Doubt, “I’m Just A Girl”
Words to Live By (Personal Motto or Fave Quote): “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those that hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln
Pet Peeves: Bad teeth, poor hygiene, people that say “Cool Beans”
Heroes or Role Models: My family
Dream Occupation: Adventure Explorer
Tell us about how you first started playing rugby: I saw a flier the first day of college, realized I no longer wanted to run track and never looked back.
Tell us about the first (or best) try you ever scored: A very cold, snowy roadtrip with UWSP to Northern Michigan University on Lake Superior to a field covered in goose poop. I scored in a big blowout of NMU, then had to be carried off the field after injuring my knee. And we only got peanut butter sandwiches and pixie sticks to eat at the social afterwards.
Places you’ve traveled for rugby: Only around the USA – Savannah, GA; Seattle, WA. More hopefully soon. In Australia, I saw rugby, but didn’t play, so that doesn’t count.
Why do you continue to be involved in rugby? Why is rugby important to you? It just makes sense to me. It’s like the world’s best sorority/fraternity. And all the other people who love it just as much as me.
Why should others come play for your team? We’re a young team with lots of potential in a great city. Be part of something special. Plus, in a few years, we’ll have our own multiple-field sports complex!
Do you have any gameday rituals? Get up early, don’t eat a lot, enjoy the quiet.
What’s your most favorite part of rugby? Realizing you just made a great tackle or that moment when you realize you have a breakaway. And the traditions, the camaraderie.
What’s your least favorite part of rugby? That people don’t realize that it’s more than just a game on Saturdays and an excuse to party.
Your Teammates Would Describe You As: “Aloof”, sarcastic, bossy sometimes, caring, in support.
Future rugby plans or hopes: To stabilize and grow our team and women’s rugby in Wisconsin. Play 80 minuts without being short of breath and run a major race outside of rugby.
Shoutouts and Thank Yous: Thanks to everyone who steps up.