Annie Collier,MD,Virginia Rugby Union Hall of Fame charter member


Annie's first Eagle cap v England,Churchill Cup,Vancouver,Canada 2003
Dr.Annie Collier's international rugby career as an Eagle is superlative earning 10 caps in the '02-'06 World Cup cycle Annie drove her rugby career into high gear after spending the spring of 2003 participating in New Zealand's NPC,National Provencial Championship,while playing for Wellington. Annie Collier's first tour was the Churchill cup in 2003, earning caps v England & Canada. She played in the Churchill Cup 2004 v Canada & New Zealand. In the British tour 2005, Annie played against Ireland & Scotland. In the Rugby World Cup 2006,Annie battled Australia, England, Ireland & Scotland
Annie Collier,MD, started her rugby life as a student at the College of William and Mary in 1992. Annie began with the crew team but was recruited away from the sculls by a rugby teammate, "Hey,you look like a rugby player!" Annie's best recollection, "love at first tackle." Annie Collier was recognized early as an exceptional player and was named to the Virginia Rugby Union Select Side,normally reserved for adult players past their collegiate days. After graduation,Annie Collier played with Tidewater Storm later known as Norfolk Storm and is recognized as a founder of this club and served as Captain.


Annie with the ball,William and Mary v Mary Washington 1995
Annie Collier moved to New York City and rose to Captain the New York Rugby Club and lead her club to their first Division I National Championship in 2006. Select side honors include Mid Atlantic Rugby Union,Northeast Rugby Union,and Captain of New York Rugby Football Union.

Some of Annie Collier's favorite teammates include Cathy Gleason and Mercedes Pour-Previti at the College of William and Mary.Kam Kelly,Julie Comer,and Dana Kuchta at Norfolk Storm. The entire New York RC family and most of all,Lisa Lake,Annie's wife,were all supporters to Annie's remarkable success in the rugby world.

Annie Collier is best known as a very mobile loosehead prop who could play flanker in a pinch. Her rugby career spans 20 years of outstanding performance. Some of her favorite coaches and mentors include Lance Connolly for all his wisdom in the front row. Craig Levine is Annie's best for overall forward play. Greg Robinette was Annie's favorite 7s Coach. Mike Luke was skillful as a rugby philosopher, using the Socratic method to tease tactical solutions from the minds of the players. Drew Fautley was all about team building and reminding us all of the spiritual bond required to win at the highest level. Kathy Flores was an insightful stategic planner.


New York RFC after finals victory for National Championship 2006
Annie Collier's fondest rugby moment is New York RC (Rugby Club) National Championship v Berkely RFC,who had won the last 10 consecutive National Championships.


Annie on the run with New York RFC v Boston 2002
Annie Collier rugby story is not just about her outstanding record as a player. Annie was a natural coach and leader. Annie co-founded the NYRC U19/high school program in 2006, and coached the boys' team for 5 years, sending 4 of them to the Sharks Academy in Durban, South Africa.

Annie Collier coached the NYRC women in 2009 in their lead up to their first Premiership Championship. She coached the Northeast Rugby Union forwards in 2009, and was technical scrum advisor to the championship winning NRU 7's team.

Administratively, Annie Collier held multiple offices for both all of her clubs, and served as an International Athlete Representative to the USA Rugby Congress, and currently still sits on the Audit and Finance committee. Dr.Annie Collier was given the Honorary Lifetime VP award at New York Rugby Club in 2010, and inducted into the George C Marshall High School (Falls Church, VA) athletic Hall of Fame the same year.

Lastly, this all occurred simultaneous to medical school and Emergency Medicine residency. Annie's next passion will be teaching the game to her 3 daughters, Maeve, Amelia and Evelyn.

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USA v Scotland,World Rugby Plate Finals,2006

Annie with Norfolk Storm v Philly 1996


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