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This year's Golden Oldies Rugby Festival held in Cardiff, Wales set a new record for the world's largest scrum. And Wisconsin played a small part in this gigantic set piece totaling 1,297 people.

Wisconsin Rugby Club alum Marc Kennedy, well known across our WRFU community and lead organizers for the WRC Old Boys team, traveled to the Golden Oldies this past week with the Chicago Condors' old boys, the Frogs. The Festival is one of the world's largest for players aged 35 and over.

[Editor's note: Did any other Wisconsin old boys or girls play at Golden Oldies? Let us know!]

The Guiness World Records-setting scrum was officially certified by officials and World Rugby official Nigel Owens blew the whistle to start the scrum. The previous record was 1,198 participants recorded during the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

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The Frogs also participated in the Golden Oldies Parade of Participating Teams from Cardiff Castle to Principality Stadium. The Parade was featured on the BBC website here. A screenshot (below) from the BBC video shows the Frogs dressed up as The Blue Brothers. Kennedy can be seen in the front in the splits, one of his signature moves.

You can also LIKE the Golden Oldies Festival on Facebook here.

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After several years without a high school girls rugby team, the Madison, Wis., area is celebrating the launch of the new MadTown Furies.

Growing out of the Middleton Boys club, but open to all interested players in the area, the Furies are kicking off practices.

Please see the flier below for more information. Questions? Contact Coach Johnson at (608)-833-3358.

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Our region's Collegiate Men's Division 2 league, the WIIL Conference, kicks off competition Saturday, September 10 with matches between UW-Milwaukee and UW-Platteville, in addition to the University of Illinois-Chicago vs. Illinois Wesleyan and Northern Iowa vs. Loyola. 

Nationally respected as one of the country's toughest D2 collegiate men's leagues, WIIL has sent several teams to the national playoffs for the last several years, including frequent national finalist, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Full schedule below. You can LIKE the WIIL Rugby Conference on Facebook for more updates.

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14063747 1367792883250631 1364544683043661705 nUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison's Jenny Glaser spent the last week in Colorado pushing her rugby skills to an elite level.

Glaser, one of the UW team captains this fall, accepted an invitation to attend the 2016 USA Rugby Academy Women's Performing Resident Camp Powered by Atavus in Glendale, Colorado.

She was one of 60 players attending the Academy which was coached by Richie Walker (pictured with Glaser), fresh off a plane from the 2016 Summer Olympic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Walker is also the head coach of the USA Women's 7s Rugby team that finished fifth overall in the Olympic standings in the sport's first competition at the global event.

Players at the Academy also participated in this past weekend's first annual Atavus Elite Women's Sevens Tournament with the USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans, and the recently-crowned 2016 USA Rugby Club Sevens National Champions Scion Rugby Academy.

This is Glaser's second opportunity to attend a national event in the past year.

She and UW teammate Lizzie Bellis also attended the USA Rugby National All-Star Competition (NASC) camp in Florida in January.

Glaser and Bellis both competed in the NASC Junior All-American camp.