Email from USA Rugby (Feb. 16, 2017):

Dear USA Rugby Membership,

The USA Rugby Congress has released a statement to the membership summarizing the Feb. 11 Congress Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Forty of the 46 members of Congress were in attendance Saturday. This followed a pre-meeting held Friday night that determined a list of critical items to be discussed with the Board.

"An engaged and vibrant USA Rugby Congress is the vital driving force behind the growth of rugby in this country," USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Dan Payne said. "I'd like to especially thank Jeremiah Johnson, Congress representative to the Board of Directors, for his diligent, hard work in ensuring the efforts of Congress are impassioned and organized.

"I would encourage individuals that are interested in learning how they can impact and serve the game to reach out to their local Congress members and attend their local union's AGMs. If interested, run for a Congress seat. Our greatest asset is our human capital. Congress is the vehicle for which membership can serve a greater role in the decision-making of our Union."

The Congress Statement to the Membership on the Feb. 11 Congress Meeting can be found in its entirety on the USA Rugby website, specifically the Congress page.

 

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A local collegiate men's rugby program was highlighted nationally by Penn Mutual insurance for a recent brain cancer fundraiser and rugby match.

Milwaukee School of Engineering hosted Northwestern University for a fall rugby match and organized a charitable event with all proceeds going to Harley Helping Hands, in honor of former teammate Curtis Thomas who died from brain cancer.

Read more: Rugby Team Engineers Way to Fight Cancer

Related WRFU news: MSOE Rugby Tackles Brain Cancer Oct. 7

 

 

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The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men's rugby club has advanced again to the USA Rugby Division 2 men's collegiate final four.

UWW will travel to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in two weeks to face Norwich University in the national semifinal. The other side of the bracket will see a very familiar opponent for the Warhawks, as the University of Minnesota-Duluth will face Furman.

UWW and Duluth have met in the last two USA Rugby national finals, with Duluth taking both crowns.

The WIIL Rugby Conference shared scores from this weekend's Sweet 16 tournament:

Saturday Round of 16
UW-Whitewater 55, Middlebury 8
Coast Guard 43, UNC-Charlotte 5
Rowan 18, Illinois State 17
Norwich 30, Bentley 17
UM-Duluth 31, Colorado School of Mines 14
North Dakota State 12, Western State 7
Furman 68, Sacred Heart 31
North Carolina State 61, Southern Connecticut 5

Sunday Round of 8
UW-Whitewater 39, Coast Guard 0
Norwich 38, Rowan 22
UM-Duluth 43, North Dakota State 21
Furman 40, North Carolina State 19

The Wisconsin Rugby Football Union is organizing a weekend full of educational opportunities for the state's rugby community, March 11-12, in Appleton.

Dubbed "March Madness", it's a can't miss opportunity for WRFU members interested in growing their rugby knowledge base.

Together at one location, the WRFU will host a USA Rugby referee certification course, a USA Rugby coaching certification course, a Coaching Skills course taught by local WRFU members, and an educational 5in15 seminar that provides attendees with additional continuing education credits.

Please note that attendees who wish to attend these events will need to register for each program seperately.

LOCATION:
Appleton West High School
610 N Badger Ave.
Appleton, WI 54914

SATURDAY, MARCH 11

USA RUGBY LEVEL 100 REFEREE COURSE
Instructor: Professor John Blakeman, Referee and World Rugby Referee Educator
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $75
Click here to register online via USA Rugby

 

WISCONSIN COACHES SEMINAR
Instructor: Nic Tyson, Head Coach, D1A University of Wisconsin-Madison Men's Team
Class is open to every coach and assistant coach in state. Approximately six-hour course and provides information about organizing and training your clubs. Advance registration preferred. Walk-ins welcome.
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $20
Register via email - . Checks payable to NEW Youth Rugby

 

5IN15 SEMINAR
Instructors: Katherine Wurst, Certified Sports Performance Consultant, USA Rugby & World Rugby Educator
The 5in15 seminar provides professional development learning opportunities featuring a panel of presenters covering valuable topics in 15 minute segments. Attendees also earn 3 USA Rugby professional development credits. Click here for Series Overview.
Presenters:
   • Jessica Burda, Director of Digital Content (Wisconsin Badgers), Ore.-Sto. HS boys Scrum Coach, former player
   • Bob Jafferis, Former rugby coach of senior USA Rugby national finalists (men and women), UW-Madison Women's asst. coach
   • Shannon Bustillos, World Rugby Coaching Educator, Head Coach, MSOE Men
Seminar Presentations:
   1. Winning Rugby Digitally: Recruiting, Promotion and Beyond - Jessica Burda
   2. Xs and Ox aren't Everything - Bob Jafferis
   3. Shannon Bustillos - Process the Process
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $10/person, $100/team (limit 25 per team)
Click here for complete information and to register

SUNDAY, MARCH 12

USA LEVEL 200 COACHING CLINIC
Instructors: Katherine Wurtz, Shannon Bustillos; Assisting: Jessica Burda
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $125
Click here to register with USA Rugby

 

 

 

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15078751 1277314442306688 2894787238692194103 nThe Brazilian national rugby team is currently touring in Europe and a Wisconsin forward was named to the tour for his home country.

Flavio Chuahy, a member of Madison's Wisconsin Rugby Club, was named to the three-match tour of Germany and Portugal for Brazil's select side.

Originally from Brazil, Chuahy is the only member of the roster currently living outside of the country. He has been a starting front row for the WRC's Division 2 side, including during recent USA Rugby national final appearances.

Americas Rugby News shared more information in a recent article:

Brazilian Head Coach Rodolfo Ambrósio has named a 26-man roster for the upcoming three test matches in Europe. Os Tupis will play two tests away to Germany and one to Portugal. Matches are to be played in Heidelberg, Leipzig and Coimbra on November 19, 26 and December 1.

Players have earned their places following the completion of the domestic club season. With six, the national runner-up, Desterro has the most players in the squad.

The tour is vital to Brazil’s preparation for the Americas Rugby Championship. Ambrosio has opted for experience with familiar names included. There is also room for Flavio Chuahy, the only player not based in Brazil. Read more ...

Brazil played its first match Saturday, dropping a close loss to Germany 16-6, although Chuahy was not named to this game's roster. He is believed to be the WRC's first active player named to an international touring side to earn a possible cap.

You can follow more updates via https://www.facebook.com/BrasilRugby/.