Head Coach Billy Nicholas has announced the women’s rugby team captains for the 2022-23 season.
Juniors Capoina Bailey from Kona, Hawaii and Taina Tukuafu from Kahuku, Hawaii join sophomore Amy Brice from Noosaville, Australia for the leadership roles. All three were part of the trifecta of 15’s and sevens national championships last spring.
Bailey has already been a part of multiple title winning teams in her previous two seasons at Lindenwood. In addition, she has experience with the Team USA U18 squad through USA Senior National team camps, has attended multiple USA Rugby camps in both 15’s and sevens, and she is a D1 Elite All-American.
“I’m excited to be able to get back on the pitch and play with such talented people,” Bailey said about the upcoming season. “We have many new faces with a lot of potential as well as teammates who have been working hard this summer, so this is going to be fun!”
Tukuafu has also been a part of multiple national title wins with the Lions and has been named a D1 Elite All-American. She also has camp experience in both 15’s and sevens and most recently represented USA Rugby at the U23 level as a starting halfback.
“I look forward to taking on a leadership role alongside two other teammates that I have a lot of respect for,” Tukuafu said. “I’ve played with some great players in my time at Lindenwood and hope to maintain the high standards that those players have set for us.”
Brice joined Lindenwood last year as an experienced rugby player from Australia and immediately made an impact in multiple positions in the 15’s and sevens backline. She was also named a D1 Elite All-American in her first year of collegiate play.
“I’m looking forward to building the foundation and culture for this season, adding to this dynasty, and carrying on the legacy built by all of the alumni and coaching staff at Lindenwood,” Brice said. “Working in a leadership position alongside two incredible players that I look up to is something that I’m also extremely grateful for. I know that this upcoming season of rugby is going to be an incredible showcase of pre-existing and fresh talent here and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for us!”
Coach Nicholas has a positive outlook on the upcoming season.
“I’m excited to see these three step into leadership positions this year,” he said. “We have been blessed to have some amazing captains throughout my time here at Lindenwood and I have no doubt that these three student athletes will be major contributors to our team culture, leading from the front.”
The trio of captains will see their first action of the season when women’s rugby travels to Colorado on September 24.