Many teams are gearing up for their winter training and starting to prepare for a busy spring season. This week, we're looking at the upcoming Las Vegas 7s ...


In the past few weeks, we've learned that a number of our state's rugby athletes will be repping Wisconsin at the upcoming Las Vegas Invitational. Be sure to check out these two updates on our Union website to learn more.

Anderson, Drziewicki, Hovde Rep State at LVI 7s

Bird, Thomas Join Vegas All-Star Rosters

Best wishes and big runs to all of the Wisconsin players traveling to Vegas next week. Know of another player or team heading west? Let us know!


Now just four weeks out, make sure your team has representatives set to attend the WRFU Spring meeting on Sunday, March 1 in Madison. You can RSVP to that here on Facebook. For Six Nations fans, please note that we're also organizing an opportunity to watch that morning's games in downtown Madison near the UW campus prior to the meeting starting.

That same weekend, alert your team's referee contacts that the Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society has fitness testing and a meeting in Fond du Lac on Saturday. You can RSVP to that here on Facebook.


This week, we're checking out a video from USA Rugby on how scrumhalf Mike Petri trains in the gym during his busy workday as a high school teacher. Check out "USA Rugby Rising – Webisode #2: Working Out w/ Mike Petri."

Have a training resource to share? Let us know.



Two more women's players will be representing Wisconsin proudly on all-star rosters at the Las Vegas Invitational sevens tournament next week.

Megan Bird Action Photo

A speedy sophomore for the Oak Creek Girls team, Megan Bird has been selected to play for the internationally-noted Atlantis U-16 team in Las Vegas. Now in her second year playing rugby for Oak Creek, Megan is a fullback and wing, with some time at outside center.

She also played for the 2014 Wisconsin High School Selects team and was named to the Wisconsin High School Girls All-State Team this past fall. Megan was recommended to the Atlantis team by her coach Chris Kurth and Catholic Memorial's coach John Waliszewski. Additionally, Megan will also play for Atlantis in March in Atlanta, Ga. Megan joins fellow Wisconsin high school player Reina Anderson playing for Atlantis.

Phaidra Knight and Sarah Thomas

In the women's club circuit, Wisconsin Women's player Sarah Thomas will be playing for the up and coming Stars 7s team in Las Vegas. A product of the Fond du Lac Sirens High School team and the UW-Stevens Point Women, this will mark Thomas' second stint playing for the Stars after playing for the invitational side at the Tobago 7s in December.

Thomas joined fellow Wisconsin Women's alum Phaidra Knight (pictured with Thomas, currently playing for the USA Women's 7s team) on the Stars teams that won the women's Elite division and made the plate final with their developmental side. She also earned scholarship opportunities in 2014 to attend two Serevi camps in Minnesota and California, after returning to the United States after working and playing rugby in New Zealand. Thomas, a utility forward, also helped the Wisconsin Women qualify for spring playoffs in Midwest Division 2 15s.

This week we've got two learning opportunities to share from around our rugby community ...


Have you considered attending a Serevi High Performance camp? Or do you know a player who should? For players who require financial assistance, there are scholarship opportunities available now. These scholarships apply to High School, College, and Senior players. 

Close home, there will be a Serevi camp in Minneapolis, Minn., May 9-10. Scholarship applications for this camp are due on April 10.


There are several upcoming opportunities nearby for referee education. Of note, registration is now open on the USA Rugby website for a Level 2 Officiating Course, March 7-8, in Stevens Point, Wis. If you still need your Level 1 and are looking for something to do this Saturday, a class is still open in Minneapolis, Minn.

USA Rugby also offers online courses for Touch Judging and Assistant Refereeing.


This week, check out this video of "Top Five Training Exercises" from one of the trainers of England Rugby. Great ideas for building core and explosive strength. Try this workout soon to fire up your winter fitness. Have a great fitness or training resource to share? Let us know.



lvi wi allstars

Wisconsin will be well-represented at the upcoming Las Vegas Invitations Sevens Tournament with three All-Stars playing on competitive rosters.

Wisconsin High School All-Star and Brookfield Bruisers' Captain Reina Anderson is garnering national attention with her speed and footwork. She's been named to the elite Atlantis high school 7s side for the LVI, a internationally-renowned sevens program that's expanding its age divisions. Anderson also recently signed her Letter of Intent to play varsity rugby next fall at Lindenwood University in Saint Louis, Mo.

UW-Whitewater's Matt Drziewicki has been named to The Selects rugby touring program for the February event, part of the country's largest rugby weekend with USA Sevens Rugby. Drziewicki helped his collegiate team finish second in the nation this past fall in the Men's Collegiate Division 2 Championships.

Formerly a USA Under-20 Eagle and a Collegiate All-American at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Grace Hovde has been named to the Midwest Thunderbirds 7s team for the LVI. The Midwest side won their division at the 2014 LVI and are bringing another strong roster to defend that title in 2015. Hovde is a No. 8 and Lock for the Wisconsin Women (Madison's Senior Club) currently and will also look to help her team advance to the Midwest Championships for a fourth-straight appearance again this spring.

Congratulations to Reina, Matt and Grace! If you know of any other Wisconsin players or teams who will be competing at the LVI, please share it with the WRFU community.

Thanks to Goff Rugby Report for all of the fantastic coverage of these teams.

After a few weeks of quiet, things in the rugby world picked back up this week. Here's what is happening around our rugby community ...


USA Rugby's news updates shone brightly on two Wisconsin rugby community members today.

The national office named Wisconsin referee Cody Kuxmann as one its USA Rugby Shanagher Morrison Scholarship winners. Kuxmann will travel to South Africa to train further as a referee. Read the whole update here on the WRFU website. Congratulations Cody!

On the playing front, former Whitewater and Milwaukee Barbarian standout Ben Landry will be heading to the Olympic Training Center for the upcoming USA Rugby Eagles Forwards Camp next week. Read more here about this new honor for Landry. Congratulations Ben!


We'll continue to offer you friendly reminders in the coming weeks and updates on the details of each meeting, but be sure to mark down in your calendars for the Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society (WRRS) meeting on Saturday, February 28 in Fond du Lac and the Wisconsin Rugby Football Union (WRFU) Spring General Meeting in Madison on Sunday, March 1.

You can RSVP to the Ref meeting here via Facebook and RSVP here to the Union meeting here.

Related News: We have posted the WRFU Approved Meeting Minutes from March 2014 and the Draft Meeting Minutes from December 2014 online. Check them out here.


This week, we've got a video freshly posted from Ultimate Rugby Sevens for training ideas and motivation – "High Intensity Fitness Training with England Sevens." Try this workout soon to kick start your winter fitness. Have a great fitness or training resource to share? Let us know.


Help the WRFU keep all of our community members updated on what's happening in rugby here and across the country. Please be sure to share our newsletters and social media updates with all of your teammates and rugby network. Better yet, encourage others to sign up for our email newsletter and follow us on our social media channels. Thank you!