uwmadison7s 2016

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's spring 7s team won the Big Ten, but are now ready for Fall 15s.

The state's lone Division 1 men's collegiate club - the University of Wisconsin-Madison - opened up conference play this past weekend.

Playing in USA Rugby's national D1A competition, the Badgers hosted Purdue University in a Big Ten Rugby league season-opener. Editor's note: We'll share the score against Purdue once it's confirmed.

Wisconsin fields three sides this fall: White competes in the D1A Big Ten "A-side" matches, while the Reds field a competitive side in the Division 3 collegiate men's WISCARFU conference. The Badgers' third side, the Blacks, play developmental or "B-side" matches against other Big Ten development sides on the same schedule as the Whites.

The D1A website shared a preview of the Big Ten teams in two parts this past week - Part 1 and Part 2 (featuring UW). Wisconsin Head Coach Nic Tyson, himself a UW men's rugby alumnus, has big goals for this season, according to the preview:

After winning the 2014 Big Ten Conference Championship, Wisconsin’s one-loss season a year ago wasn’t quite good enough to get the Badgers back into the title game. Ten months later, with a ton of talent back in the fold and a chip on its shoulder, Wisconsin’s goal for the season is simple.

“Our plan is to be back in the Big Ten Championship game,” Head Coach Nic Tyson said.

Here's the Badgers' Big Ten schedule for the remainder of this fall:

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Wisconsin vs Scylla lineout fall 2015

Photo by Sabrina Bukvich (Facebook), Milwaukee Scylla. Lineout battle between Milwaukee Scylla and Wisconsin Women, Fall 2015.

Senior club matches in Wisconsin are in full swing for our state's women's teams. And this fall, we'll now see our two senior teams - Milwaukee Scylla and Wisconsin Women - competing in two separate Midwest divisions for the first time in several years.

Check out the following schedules to see what matches are happening near you soon.

Division 1

Madison's senior team, the Wisconsin Women, has climbed back up to Division 1 after a number of years of success at Division 2 with back-to-back national final appearances. Wisconsin kicked off its fall season with new players, a new head coach, and new (but familiar) Division opponents. Wisconsin opened league play last weekend with a 24-10 loss to Detroit, but a promising rally in the second half hints at good things to come from this rebuilding team.

Midwest Division 1 Women's Schedule

Wisconsin travels north to Minnesota this Saturday to play the Valkyries, a D1 side they beat last spring in a friendly. Both sides are 0-1 currently after the Valks opened their season with a 77-0 loss to Chicago North Shore.

Division 2

Always a powerhouse in Midwest Division 2, we'll look for a strong performance from the Milwaukee Scylla this competitive year and a likely Midwest appearance again next spring. With only four teams now in the Scylla's section of league, the first league match will be October 1 on the road against the Twin Cities Amazons D2 side (club has a WPL side as well).

Midwest Division 2 Women's Schedule

The Scylla kick off friendly play this Saturday at home vs. St. Louis. Match starts at 11 a.m.

9/15/2016
Fond du Lac Oak Creek HSG Brad Casetta 5:00
9/16/2016
Kettle Moraine Appleton HSG Brandon Golembiewski 6:00
9/17/2016
DSHA Brookfield HSG Chris Zeigler 8:45
DSHA "B" Vernon/Muskego HSG Chris Zeigler 10:00
UW-Whitewater UIC CW Dan Channen 5:00
Marquette Loyola CW Chris Kenth 1:00
UW-Plattville UW-Stevens Point CW Grant Thomas 11:00
UW-Plattville Marquette CM Grant Thomas 1:00
UW-Eau Claire UW-La Crosse CW Alec Prochniak 10:00
UW-Eau Claire UW-Whitewater B CM Alec Prochniak 1:00
N. Michigan UW-Stout CW Matt Bittner 9:00
Michigan Tech UW-Madison Black CM Matt Bittner 2:00
MSOE Lewis CM Trevor Williams 1:00
UW-La Crosse N. Michigan CM Ted Sibilski 1:00
Oshkosh Fox Cities D4M Brad Casetta 10:00
Green Bay Sheboygan D4M Mike Good 1:00
Fond du Lac Milwaukee Barbarians D3M Brad Casetta 2:00
Milwaukee Black and Blues Milwaukee RFC D3M Steve Marvin 1:00
Milwaukee Scylla St Louis Sabres D2W Trevor Williams 11:00
HS boys 7s Pulaski Craig Nehring 8:00
9/18/2016
UW-Whitewater UW-Milwaukee CM Jake Winkler 1:00

coachs whistleReferee assignments for Week 3 of Fall 2016 competitions were updated on Monday, September 12 by the Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society Match Assigner Brad Casetta ().

Find contact information for your referees here.

NOTE: If not already done, MSOE Men's team please contact Brad Casetta to arrange your start time a litte later to allow the referee to get there on time. Thank you!

9/15/2016

  • Fond du Lac Oak Creek HSG Brad Casetta 5:00

9/16/2016

  • Kettle Moraine Appleton HSG Brandon Golembiewski 6:00

9/17/2016

  • DSHA Brookfield HSG Chris Zeigler 8:45
  • DSHA "B" Vernon/Muskego HSG Chris Zeigler 10:00
  • UW-Whitewater UIC CW Dan Channen 5:00
  • Marquette Loyola CW Chris Kenth 1:00
  • UW-Plattville UW-Stevens Point CW Grant Thomas 11:00
  • UW-Plattville Marquette CM Grant Thomas 1:00
  • UW-Eau Claire UW-La Crosse CW Alec Prochniak 10:00
  • UW-Eau Claire UW-Whitewater B CM Alec Prochniak 1:00
  • N. Michigan UW-Stout CW Matt Bittner 9:00
  • Michigan Tech UW-Madison Black CM Matt Bittner 2:00
  • MSOE Lewis CM Trevor Williams 1:00
  • UW-La Crosse N. Michigan CM Ted Sibilski 1:00
  • Oshkosh Fox Cities D4M Brad Casetta 10:00
  • Green Bay Sheboygan D4M Mike Good 1:00
  • Fond du Lac Milwaukee Barbarians D3M Brad Casetta 2:00
  • Milwaukee Black and Blues Milwaukee RFC D3M Steve Marvin 1:00
  • Milwaukee Scylla St Louis Sabres D2W Trevor Williams 11:00
  • HS boys 7s Pulaski Craig Nehring 8:00

9/18/2016

  • UW-Whitewater UW-Milwaukee CM Jake Winkler 1:00

wrc vs greenbay fall2015

Photo via Green Bay Rugby Club Facebook. D2 League match between Green Bay and Wisconsin, Fall 2015.

Our state's senior men's clubs kicked off their fall competitions late last month, but all teams now enter the heavy action this weekend and moving forward.

Wisconsin is lucky to have teams competing in all four divisions of the Midwest. Check out the following schedules to see what matches are happening near you soon.

Division 1

Wisconsin's lone Division 1 club - the Milwaukee Barbarians - compete in the Midwest's highest division. The Barbarians opened the season with a loss to Metropolis, but will look to rally this Saturday against the Chicago Griffins.

Midwest Division 1 Men's Schedule

Also featuring a Division 3 side, the Barbarians shared their complete club schedule earlier this fall.

Division 2

Our state features two clubs competing in the always tough Midwest Division 2 leagues - Green Bay Celtics and Wisconsin Rugby Club. These two teams opened up their fall slates against each other August 27 with Wisconsin taking the match 26-12.

Midwest Division 2 Men's Schedule

Both teams also feaure second sides again this year, Green Bay in Division 4 and Wisconsin climbing up to Division 3.

Division 3

The Midwest's third division is notably its largest. Our WRFU community counts six teams competing in Division 3 - Fond du Lac, Milwaukee Barbarians, Milwaukee Black and Blue, Milwaukee Rugby Football Club, Oconomowoc Rugby, and Wisconsin Rugby Club. The first five teams compete in the Chicago-Wisconsin North league, while Wisconsin Rugby Club has been added to the Chicago-Wisconsin West league.

Midwest Division 3 Men's Schedule

League matches for Division 3 kick off this weekend.

Division 4

A schedule for Division 4 is not yet published online. The WRFU will share it soon!