Brandeis women’s rugby’s LauraBen Moore helps USA Rugby U-20 team to Nations Cup finals

LauraBen Moore '14 is fifth from the left (courtesy RugbyMatters.com)

WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University rising senior LauraBen Moore of the Judges’ women’s rugby club, has earned a starting role on the USA Rugby Women’s Junior All-Americans (WJAA) team at the 2013 Under-20 Nations Cup. She made her first-ever start in the USA’s 27-17 upset of home team England and will be playing for a gold medal against Canada at noon Eastern on Sunday, July 21, at Trent College in Nottingham, England.

      Moore played twice earlier in the tournament, coming in as a substitute for 10 minutes in the WJAA’s opening 25-15 loss to Canada and for 60 minutes in their 44-5 rout of South Africa. She played the entire game against England, helping the USA to its first-ever win over the host team. Moore is the only collegiate player on the WJAA’s U-20 team from a Division III institution.

      Moore and the WJAA’s will face their rivals Canada in a rematch of a 25-15 decision in the opening match for both teams. The event can be followed at usarugby.org or by following their twitter feed at @aarugby.

      Moore is in just her second year of playing competitive rugby. She qualified for the WJAA’s at a March training camp in Herndon, Va. At Brandeis, Moore is a double major in studio art and anthropology with a 4.0 grade-point average. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. Moore is also a Community Advisor and has served as the rugby club’s top recruiter and publicist.