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 Candi Orsini

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 States.

Orsini 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.

Candi 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.