2017 U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Inductee
San Diego, CA (March 28, 2017) - With a combined total of 40 years of coaching
and playing experience including 23 years of international competition, Candi
Orsini has had a profound impact on the sport of women’s rugby in the United
began her rugby career with the Florida State University Women’s Rugby Football
Club in 1975 and helped lead the team to 13 finals appearances and four
national championships during a 23-year span. At the time, FSU Women’s Rugby did not require players to be enrolled at
FSU, but players could be alumnae or locals, resulting in Orsini’s 23-year
career with the club. Orsini also represented the East, South, and Florida
Select Teams multiple times and was a member of WIVERN (Women's International Vagabonds, Emissaries, and Rugby Nomads), the first unofficial U.S.A. Women’s Team in 1985.
In 1987, Orsini was selected to the first official USA Women's Rugby team, competing against Rugby Canada. In 1990, she was selected to
the “President’s XV” at the World Rugby Festival and along with teammates and
fellow U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame inductees Patty Jervey and Kathy Flores, was
selected for the All-World Team. The following year she represented the U.S.
Women’s Rugby Eagles at the inaugural 1991 Women’s Rugby World Cup where she
was a member of the historic 1991 Women’s Rugby World Cup Champion Eagles,
helping lead the team to a 19-6 win over England in the Final. She also
represented the United States at the 1994 and 1998 Women’s Rugby World Cups, where the Eagles finished second in both competitions. Orsini played with the first unofficial
U.S.A. 7s Women’s Team, “Atlantis,” at the 1996 Hong Kong 7s tournament.
continued her notable rugby career as a coach beginning in 1999, when she
became a position specialist coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team. She
later became an assistant coach for both the Berkeley All Blues and the Pacific
Coast Grizzlies. Orsini then went on to become Assistant Coach and Head
Backs Coach for the USA Rugby Women's National Team for the 2006 and 2010 Rugby
World Cup campaigns. Her coaching stints include: as assistant coach
with the Orlando men’s team, head coach of the women’s team at Eckerd College, assistant coach for the Sarasota Men's
Rugby Club and assistant coach for the Dartmouth
College women’s team.