Elizabeth Cairns

Elizabeth Cairns
USA Rugby Eagle Profile
Eagle No.231
BornOctober 23, 1992
HometownDowningtown, PA
PositionFlanker
High School Downingtown East High
Height5' 7''
Weight160
Club Life West Gladiators
Caps XV: 8
College Penn State University
Twitter  @bitsycairns
Instagram  @bitsycairns

• USA Under-20s (2012-13)
• Collegiate All-American (2013-16)

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.


Match List

DateVenueOpponentTeamCompetitionResult
27 Jun, 6:00 pmCalgary Rugby ParkEnglandWomen's Eagles
Super Series
13 - 39
01 Jul, 8:30 pmRed DeerCanadaWomen's Eagles
Super Series
36 - 28
05 Jul, 12:00 pmEllerslie Rugby ParkNew ZealandWomen's Eagles
Super Series
14 - 47
DateVenueOpponentTeamCompetitionResult