Olivia Benzan-Daniel aka OBD went to College of the Holy Cross where she played rugby from 2011 to 2014. During her college career, she played prop, second row, and inside center before finding a solid home at eightman. She filled numerous positions on their executive board including Captain and President her senior year, and was selected as the eightman for the Rugby Northeast Women’s All Conference 2nd team two years in a row.
Olivia played a few sports throughout high school, but found true passion in rugby. The camaraderie she found in rugby was and remains unparalleled. “You don’t just step onto the pitch with your teammates, you step on there on with your friends. You go out there and play this sport together that you literally throw your whole body into, and that’s something special I haven’t found in anything else that I’ve played.”
Olivia now lives in Worcester, MA where she works and coaches rugby at her alma mater, College of the Holy Cross. She is also currently an eightman for the D1 Beantown RFC who just came back from Denver after playing in the 2015 National Championships. After an extended lightning delay, Beantown came home with a 24-31 loss to the Seattle Saracens. She is looking forward to coordinating the Men’s Division and being further involved in all the facets rugby has to offer.