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 The Texas Women's Rugby team listen to their coach's plan for that practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas. This season the team hired a new coach to lead them.

The Texas Women's Rugby team listen to their coach's plan for that practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas. This season the team hired a new coach to lead them.

 Kris Karsten laces up her ankle braces before cleating up for the upcoming practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.   

Kris Karsten laces up her ankle braces before cleating up for the upcoming practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

 

 Hannah Wisemen shows off the bruise she got at the previous practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

Hannah Wisemen shows off the bruise she got at the previous practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

 Like Kris, Angelica Cruz also wears an ankle brace after having surgery last fall season due to an in-game injury she sustained in a game against Texas A&M.

Like Kris, Angelica Cruz also wears an ankle brace after having surgery last fall season due to an in-game injury she sustained in a game against Texas A&M.

 Wendy Sun runs the ball to score during a drill at practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

Wendy Sun runs the ball to score during a drill at practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

 Casey Reynolds chases Jacklyn Acosta with the intention to tackle her in a drill during practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

Casey Reynolds chases Jacklyn Acosta with the intention to tackle her in a drill during practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

 Since a Rugby game consist of a lot of running, working on fitness during practices are crucial to a team's success during the season.

Since a Rugby game consist of a lot of running, working on fitness during practices are crucial to a team's success during the season.

 Casey Reynolds and Hanae Islam try to out defend each other as Kris Karsten runs the ball during a group drill at a practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

Casey Reynolds and Hanae Islam try to out defend each other as Kris Karsten runs the ball during a group drill at a practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

 Shagam, the new coach, pumps up Karsten during a rucking drill at a practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

Shagam, the new coach, pumps up Karsten during a rucking drill at a practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

 Hanae Islam attempts to stop Jessic Popoola from advancing with the ball during a passing drill at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

Hanae Islam attempts to stop Jessic Popoola from advancing with the ball during a passing drill at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

 Shagam discusses what the team needs to focus and improve on that week at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

Shagam discusses what the team needs to focus and improve on that week at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

 Kris Karsten looks on as her teammates scrimmage amongst each other in the final minutes of practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

Kris Karsten looks on as her teammates scrimmage amongst each other in the final minutes of practice at the Intramural Fields in Austin, Texas.

 Wendy Sun looks at her teammates as they prepare to start a passing drill before their scrimmage against the Austin Valkyries at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

Wendy Sun looks at her teammates as they prepare to start a passing drill before their scrimmage against the Austin Valkyries at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

 Erika Sauceda changes out of  her practice shirt and into a game jersey a half hour before their scrimmage with the Austin Valkyries begin at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

Erika Sauceda changes out of  her practice shirt and into a game jersey a half hour before their scrimmage with the Austin Valkyries begin at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

 Shagam shouts direction during a practice scrum before their scrimmage with the Austin Valkyries at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

Shagam shouts direction during a practice scrum before their scrimmage with the Austin Valkyries at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

 Before the start of their scrimmage with the Austin Valkyries, the Texas Women's Rugby team practices line-outs as their coach looks on, at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

Before the start of their scrimmage with the Austin Valkyries, the Texas Women's Rugby team practices line-outs as their coach looks on, at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

 During this line-out in the scrimmage, neither jumper caught the ball at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

During this line-out in the scrimmage, neither jumper caught the ball at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

 Angelic Cruz and Kris Karsten wait for the ball to be out during a scrum with the Austin Valkyries during a scrimmage at Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

Angelic Cruz and Kris Karsten wait for the ball to be out during a scrum with the Austin Valkyries during a scrimmage at Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

 The Texas Women's Rugby team scrums against the Austin Valkyries towards the end of their scrimmage at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

The Texas Women's Rugby team scrums against the Austin Valkyries towards the end of their scrimmage at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

 The team rallies together for final words after completing a scrimmage against the Austin Valkyries at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.

The team rallies together for final words after completing a scrimmage against the Austin Valkyries at the Hun's Field in Austin, Texas.