Women’s Rugby’s Ka Ling Wu '14 Selected to Train with the Swiss National Team

Women’s Rugby’s Ka Ling Wu '14 Selected to Train with the Swiss National Team

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown women's rugby alum Ka Ling Wu '14 was recently selected to try out for Switzerland's 15s team after training with the nation's 7s team.

A Civil Engineering concentrator as an undergraduate, Wu joined the Brown rugby team as a freshman in the fall of 2010 and played throughout her four years.

After graduating from Brown with a master's degree in Fluid and Thermal Sciences, Wu moved to Lausanne, Switzerland to continue her education at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL), where she is pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Wu is conducting research about the interaction between turbulent wind farm flows and the atmosphere in her studies.

In addition to her PhD work, Wu continued to play rugby, and helped form the first female team, the Alba Ladies, in Lausanne. The team recently joined an official league in Switzerland.

The head coach of Switzerland's 7s team noticed Wu at a tournament in November and selected her as one of the players to try out for the team. Wu has been training with the team ever since.

Currently, Wu is not eligible to play officially in a match for the 7s team, as she is not Swiss and has not fulfilled the three-year residency requirements. Wu hopes to represent Switzerland starting in August of 2018 in various international competitions.

In 15s, Wu was nominated by her Alba Ladies coach to try out for the national team in September.