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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

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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/.

11694925 1579606488969836 946136557052861856 nThe fall regular-season competiton has wrapped up this weekend for the men's collegiate Division 2 league in our region - the WIIL Rugby Conference.

Via the WIIL Facebook page:

What an exciting final weekend of the regular season. UW-Whitewater and Illinois State clinched the tops seeds in their divisions, and UIC had a thrilling 41-39 victory over DePaul to clinch the 4th and final seed in the South. We now begin the conference playoffs with the Quarterfinal round on October 29th. Here are the scores from this past weekend and the schedule for the upcoming matches.

10/22/16
UW-Whitewater 56, Northern Michigan 24
UW-Stout 54, UW-Platteville 34
UIC 41, DePaul 39
Illinois State 49, Northern Iowa 5
Loyola 28, Illinois Wesleyan 0 (forfeit)

10/23/16
UW-Milwaukee 28, Marquette 0 (forfeit)

10/29/16
WIIL QUARTERFINALS
Illinois State (S1) vs. UW-Stout (N4)
Northern Iowa (S2) vs. Northern Michigan (N3)
UW-Whitewater (N1) vs. UIC (S4)
UW-Milwaukee (N2) vs. Loyola (S3)

For full standings and scores, please check out this page on the WRFU website.

Oconomowoc Men 2016Fall seasons are wrapping up for teams across our state. Here's a brief update on the standings of our the senior men's clubs across Wisconsin.

Men's Club Division I

The Milwaukee Barbarians are Wisconsin's lone club in the Midwest's top division, comprised of eight teams overall stretching across the Midwest. Full results can be seen here in the schedule.

D1 Standings

  1. Metropolis Rugby (36 pts)
  2. Columbus Rugby (32 pts)
  3. Chicago Lions (28 pts)
  4. Cincinnati Wolfhounds (27 pts)
  5. Chicago Griffins (26 pts)
  6. Kansas City Blues (18 pts)
  7. Palmer College Dragons (13 pts)
  8. Milwaukee Barbarians (2 pts)

Men's Club Division II

Our state is represented by two clubs in the Midwest's second division — Green Bay Celtics and Wisconsin Rugby Club. Both teams play in the D2 West league. Wisconsin is currently undefeated with six wins, while Green Bay is nipping at their heels in second place with a 5-2 record. We look forward to both of these teams making long runs into playoffs this spring. Full results can be seen here in the schedule.

D2 West Standings (scroll down the page)

  1. Wisconsin Rugby Club (30 pts)
  2. Green Bay Celtics (25 pts)
  3. Eastside Banshees (21 pts)
  4. Metropolis Rugby D2 (13 pts)
  5. St. Paul Jazz Pigs (3 pts)

Men's Club Division III

Wisconsin's largest mix of senior men's clubs is here in the Midwest's third division. Taking part in the "Chicago-Wisconsin" leagues, our local men's clubs play in the always-competitive North and West branches of the league. We anticipate seeing another Wisconsin side play its way into the Midwest playoffs come spring.

Chicago-Wisconsin North Standings

North is comprised of five Wisconsin teams — Fond du Lac, Milwaukee Barbarians D3, Milwaukee Black & Blue, Milwaukee RFC, and Oconomowoc Rugby (pictured). Full results can be seen here in the schedule.

Current standings are:

  1. Oconomowoc (25 pts)
  2. Milwaukee Barbarians D3 (21 pts)
  3. Milwaukee Black & Blue (13 pts)
  4. Fond du Lac Wolfpac (6 pts)
  5. Milwaukee Rugby (3 pts)

Chicago-Wisconsin West Standings

The Wisconsin Rugby Club's D3 team stands alone for our local clubs amongst a league of teams from northern Illinois and Chicago. The WRC is currently sitting in second place in the league overall. Full results can be seen here in the schedule.

Current standings are:

  1. NW Woodsmen (30 pts)
  2. Wisconsin Rugby Club D3 (21 pts)
  3. Rockford Ravens (18 pts)
  4. Chicago Westside Condors (8 pts)
  5. Chicago Griffins D3 (5 pts)

Men's Club Division IV

To be added once any standings are submitted.

coachs whistleReferee assignments for Week 8 of Fall 2016 competitions were updated on Sunday, October 16 by the Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society Match Assigner Brad Casetta (). 

Find contact information for your referees here.

Note from Assigner Brad Casetta this week: The girls HS championships won’t be out until Wednesday that are at Milwaukee Sports Complex in Franklin, Wis., on Sunday, October 23. The games start at noon and the final starts at 6 pm. We had 3 matches that did not contact their referee until Friday. PLEASE contact you referee by Wednesday!

10/22/2016

  • UW-Whitewater Northwestern CW Justin Jaeger 11:00
  • UW-Stout UW-La Crosse CW Xanthi Gerasimo 9:00
  • N.Michigan UW-Eau Claire CW Brad Casetta 11:00
  • N.Michigan UW-Whitewater CM Brad Casetta ARs: Mike Good, Rhys Edwards 1:00
  • UW-Stevens Point UW-Oshkosh CW Matt Bittner 11:00
  • UW-Plattville UW -Stout CM Alec Prochniak 1:00
  • Sheboygan Oshkosh D4M Forfiet 1:00
  • HS Boys 7s Cedar Grove 8:00
  • Milwaukee Barbarians Fond du Lac D3M Trevor Williams 1:00
  • Milwaukee RFC Milwaukee Black and Blues D3M Anthony Devito 1:00
  • Milwaukee Barbarians Metropolis D1M ARs: Trevor Williams, Dan Chanen 1:00
  • UW-Milwaukee UW-Madison CW Dan Chanen 9:00

10/23/2016

  • Marquette UW-Milwaukee CM Forfiet 1:00