Takunda Rusike

Age: 19


Hails From:

Baltimore, Maryland


Job That Pays the Bills:

Nursing Student, Howard University


Rugby Life:

  • West Carroll Maurauders High School Rugby (player)

  • Old Glory Academy Girls U19 (player)

  • Howard Women’s Rugby Team (player, captain)


Leading Like a Boss:

  • Founder, Howard University Women’s Rugby Club, the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) women’s rugby program


Why We Love Takunda:

  • Takunda spearheaded the effort to bring women’s rugby to Howard University; in the inaugural year the team boasts 23+ players

  • “She’s taken responsibility for the growth, development, and all of the little tedious and thankless things that are needed to make a program run on a day to day basis.”


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Photo Credit: Jonathan Newton