The Harvard-Radcliffe rugby football club boasts of being “bad-ass” in its recruiting posters. Sometimes a fist will even find a chin, as it did in a recent Saturday afternoon contest against Columbia.
But last year’s Division 2 national champions are breaking ground, not faces. Harvard recently created an NCAA Division 1 varsity women’s rugby team for the 2013-14 academic year. That gives Harvard a total of 21 women’s varsity teams — more intercollegiate opportunities for women than any other higher-learning institution in the country.