Elizabeth Cairns

  • 31Age
  • 5' 7"Height
  • 160 lbWeight
Date Of BirthOctober 23, 1992
Place of BirthDowningtown, PA
SchoolPenn State University
ClubLife West Gladiatrix
Debutv. England, Jun 2015 (XVs)
Rugby World CupsNew Zealand 2021 (XVs)

Elizabeth "Bitsy" Cairns picked up rugby when she was 17 after two of her sisters played in high school and she checked out a clinic towards the end of her own high school career. In high school, Cairns played soccer through her freshman year, ran track through her sophomore year and played basketball through her junior year, never having as much fun as she hoped through any of the other sports. Her love for sport evolved when she found rugby.

From 2012-13 Cairns was named to the USA Under-20s where she competed in the 2013 Nations Cup and was also a Collegiate All-American all four years at Penn State. Through her collegiate career, Cairns has won five USA Rugby National Championships in 15s, a USA Rugby National Championship in sevens and a Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) title.

In June of 2015, she earned her first cap with the U.S. Women's National Team against England. Two years later she earned a selection for Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 where the United States finished fourth.

Cairns has a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and is pursuing a Doctor of Chiropractic at Life West.

USA Women's Comp: International Season: 2022
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