Carmen Farmer was scaling Mount Kilimanjaro with a group of friends from law school during a seven-day adventure in Tanzania in early 2012 when the discussion turned to staying in shape.
Farmer, who had played college softball about a decade earlier at Virginia Tech, missed competing in team sports. She had tried triathlons, pickup basketball and cycling, but they hadn't filled the void.
Her friend Robyn, who had spent time in Australia, mentioned rugby. Farmer's knowledge of the sport was limited, so she looked into it when she got back to the United States and discovered Severn River, a women's rugby team in Annapolis.
Less than four years later, Farmer, 34, is...
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