Hello Fellow Ruggers –

Best wishes to our collegiate men's teams competing in the USA Rugby national playoffs this weekend. Here's an update on our still active teams and other rugby happenings across Wisconsin.

TWO TEAMS STILL ROARING IN D2 NATIONALS

Wisconsin's rugby community is proud to have two men's collegiate teams still competing in the USA Rugby Division 2 national playoffs.

Both the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the University of Wisconsin-Stout will be playing this Saturday, November 22 in the first round of the USA Rugby National Playoffs (aka "Sweet 16s"). For a full look at the brackets, check out this Goff Rugby Report article.

Whitewater, ranked second in the nation by Goff Rugby Report, will play 25th-ranked Bentley at 1 p.m. at the University of Rhode Island. Whitewater advanced to the national round of 16 by defeating UW-Stout to win the WIIL Conference Championship two weeks ago.

Stout, ranked 12th in the nation, will play 8th-ranked St. Louis University at 11 a.m. at Washington University in St. Louis. Stout advanced to the national round of 16 by defeating Northern Iowa this past Saturday in the national play-in match.

UW-Stout is fundraising for their trip via this link: http://www.gofundme.com/stoutrugby2014. No information is currently available regarding Whitewater, but we will share it if we receive it. Best wishes to both teams!

BADGERS CLIMB RANKINGS

Fresh off winning the Big Ten University Rugby conference championship this past Saturday, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Men jumped three spots into the national top 10 of the latest ACRC Coaches Poll via Goff Rugby Report. Wisconsin, previously ranked 12th overall, climbed up to No. 9. The Badgers are currently done competing for the fall season and are determining plans for spring 2015.

CMH'S JACOBSON FEATURED

In Case You Missed It - Catholic Memorial's Lizzie Jacobson was featured this week in a national article series by Goff reporter Jackie Finlan. Learn more about this young Wisconsin talent here.

IRB IS NOW WORLD RUGBY

The International Rugby Board rebranded itself this week to World Rugby. Learn more about the rebranding here. What do you think? Do you like the new brand?

World Rugby shared this video "Building Character Since 1823" along with the rebranding launch.

REMINDER! – UNION MEETING DEC. 6

The Wisconsin Rugby Football Union annual December meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Stevens Point, Wis. The tentative schedule starts at 12 p.m., however confirmed schedule and location are still being confirmed. We'll share more details as we lock them down or you can join the WRFU Facebook event for the meeting here.

All WRFU member teams must send at least one representative to the meeting. Plan accordingly and find your representative now for that Saturday's meeting.

WINTER TRAINING MOTIVATION

This week, we're sharing a motivational video from the New Zealand All Blacks. Check out this video "Gym Time with the All Blacks – The Ladder". What can you do with some masking tape on the ground and some hard work? Quite a lot.

Have a great fitness or training resource to share? Let us know.

Hello Fellow Ruggers –

Some of our Wisconsin rugby pitches may be covered in snow, but we've still got a few rugby events happening across the region. Let's see what's happening ...

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Just two matches happening in Wisconsin this week. The referee assignments for this Saturday, Nov. 15 are posted here.

COLLEGE NATIONAL PLAYOFFS

Three of our state's collegiate men's programs are still alive in the national playoff picture, while the rest of our teams settle down for some well-earned recovery time heading into winter.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will have two sides competing in this weekend's Big Ten Universities Conference Championship held in nearby Rockford, Ill. Wisconsin's first side will be playing for the conference title against Ohio State at 3 p.m., while Wisconsin's second side will be playing in the conference's B division third-place match earlier that morning at 11 a.m.

More details via Goff Rugby Report:
"The Rockford Region will host the 2014 BTU Rugby Big Ten Universities Conference Championship at Sportscore Two, in Loves Park, IL. The championship will take place on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There are 9 teams represented from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, Ohio State and Wisconsin. This is the third year for the BTU Rugby Conference overall and the first year a B team championship has participated. The public is encouraged to attend; general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Games will be streamed on coachesaid.com, a pay per view site. This tournament is expected to draw more than 1,000 players, coaches and fans to the Rockford Region."

In Men's Collegiate Division 2, the UW-Stout Men – who finished second overall in the WIIL Conference - will host Northern Iowa Saturday at 1 p.m. for a USA Rugby national play-in match in Menomonie, Wis. Due to snowy conditions on the Stout campus, the match will be held at Williams Stadium. The winner of this match will face St. Louis University in the Mid-West Regional held in St. Louis, Mo.

WIIL Conference Champion UW-Whitewater awaits the winner of Rugby Northeast, who will be determined this weekend as Bentley plays UMass-Lowell for that title. More info on the D2 Men's Bracket is being pieced together here via Goff.

SAVE THE DATE! – UNION MEETING DEC. 6

The Wisconsin Rugby Football Union annual December meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Stevens Point, Wis. The tentative schedule starts at 12 p.m., however confirmed schedule and location are still being confirmed. We'll share more details as we lock them down or you can join the WRFU Facebook event for the meeting here.

All WRFU member teams must send at least one representative to the meeting. Plan accordingly and find your representative now for that Saturday's meeting.

FIRST AID IN RUGBY COURSE

If your team already has its team rep for the AGM all set and you're free to travel south on Saturday, Dec. 6, you might want to consider signing up for the USA Rugby IRB First Aid in Rugby Course being held in Oak Brook, Ill. Sign up here through the USA Rugby portal.

This IRB certification course is for coaches, referees, administrators, parents and others who are involved with rugby. The aim of the course is to develop the ability to respond to situations that may occur during a Rugby match or tournament. Thanks to our local USA Rugby coach instructor and referee Shannon Bustillos for sharing this clinic.

BADGERLAND HIGH SCHOOL BOYS MEETING DEC. 2

Update from Terry Fargen via the Badgerland Google Group:
Coaches & Badgerland HS Rugby Supporters,
The annual conference scheduling meeting for the 2015 season will be held at Revere's Wells St. Pub in Delafield on Tuesday December 2nd, 6:00 -10:00 pm. Revere's has been the site for these meetings for several years and is conveniently located for everyone. They do not charge us for the meeting room, so it is appreciated that we all eat, drink & tip.

Revere's Wells St. Tavern
505 Wells St, Delafield, WI 53018
(262) 646-4070

All clubs should confirm their attendance by replying so that we know your club will be represented. If you have items for the agenda, please use the google group [] to communicate those topics.

If there are new coaches to your programs have them send Terry Fargen an email at and we will add them to the group.

WINTER TRAINING MOTIVATION

This week, we're sharing a motivational video from Universal Sports. Check out this USA Rugby Rising video "Men's Sevens Weight Training Game Simulation". Check out how even rugby's fastest man Carlin Isles gets taken down a notch in the gym.

Have a great fitness or training resource to share? Let us know.

RECENT SCORES

Scores from matches officiated in Wisconsin are posted to our website here.

11/8/2014

  • WRFC East Side Banshies D2M Erik Goetz ARs: Cody Kuxman, Justin Jaeger 2:00
  • UW-Stevens Point ST. Johns D3CM NSCRO Qualifier Trevor Williams ARs: James Highfield, Matt Bittner 2:00 Eau Claire
  • UW-Whitewater UW-Lacross D2CM WILL Semi 1 Marcus Dufrane ARS: Justin Jaeger, Terry Godfrey 10:00
  • UW-Stout Illinois St. D2CM WILL Semi 2 Cody Kuxman ARs: Justin Jaeger, Terry Godfrey 12:00
  • UW-Stevens Point Mankato State D2CW Playoff John Blakeman ARS: Sabrina Wilsey, Chris Robinson 11:00
  • 11/9/2014
  • WIll Semi winner 1 WILL Semi 2 D2CM Will Final Marcus Dufrane, ARS: Greg Faber, Jake Winkler 12:00
  • Erik Goetz - ref coach

11/15/2014

  • UW-Stout N.Iowa D2CM Playoff match Brad Casetta ARs: Matt Bittner, James Highfield 1:00
  • UW-Whitewater Minatours D2M Phil Winkler Cottege Grove 1:00

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Abramczyk, Kristen           414.526.7355                                      Milwaukee
Anderson, Amanda            608.239.3684                                        Stevens Point
Atkinson, William               920.691.2513                           Whitewater
Bittner, Matt                      920.293.4462                                   Neshkoro
Blakeman, John                 715.346.4111                               Stevens Point
Borowitz, Ed                                                                               Green Bay
Bron, Bieneke                                                                              Madison
Bushbaum, Ron                 218.380.0352                                Shorewood
Bustillos, Shannon                                                       Milwaukee
Casetta, Brad                    920.923.6759                                            Fond du Lac
Chanen, Dan                     414.391.4537                                    Milwaukee
Cullen, Sean                                                                                   Madison
Delmedico, Rocco                                                                          Madison
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DuFrane, Marcus               920.979.4988                                 Fond du Lac
Edwards, Rhys                  906.370.2725                         Chassell
Faber, Gregory                 216.280.7944                                   Madison
Gerasimo, Xanthi              715.308.1095                               Menomonie
Geurts, Ben                                                                     Stevens Point
Godfrey, Terry                 608.212.8055                               Madison / /
Goetz, Erik                       608.957.2119                                         Monona / 608.630.9066
Good, Mike                       920.573.7488                                Oshkosh
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Hames, Josh                                                                                x
Harings, Jim                     414.759.9033                                      Mequon 414.524.2176 (work)
Heaton, John                    920.285.4848                                                                        Oconomowoc
Heberer, Bill                     414.322.6567                                        Milwaukee
Hibbard, Ian                                                                                      Oshkosh
Hickey, John                    414.801.1405                                    Milwaukee
Hieptas-Wilson, Craig        816.809.6223                                            Westfield
Highfield, James               715-383-2256                                Stevens Point
Hughes, Timothy                                                                       x
Jaeger, Justin                   218.340.0964                                 Oconomowoc
Kempen, Jeff                                                                               Kenosha
Kenth, Chris                     262.308.5368                                         West Allis
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Kloiber, Joseph                 414.248.2073                                        Oshkosh
Kotschi, Katherine            414.702.1379                                           Muskego
Krueger, Austin                                                                      Hartford
Kuxman, Cody                 920.655.2761                                         Green Bay
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Malaney, Kyle                   920.378.5520                                     Madison
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Midthun, Steve                  414.803.4025                                          Bay View
Milligan, Luke                    608.347.1589                                   Madison
Mootz, Patrick                                                                          Madison
Napravnik, Josh                                                                     x
Nehls, Renee                                                                              Milwaukee
Noe, Jeff                           608.547.9964                                 Lake Mills
Nys, Chad                         920.227.7226                                        Green Bay /
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Prochniak, Todd                                                                       Appleton
Robinson, Chris                 920.904.2717                                             Green Lake /
Roehr, Samantha                                                            Milwaukee
Rozman, Taylor                 262.565.8394                                              Waukesha
Sadler, Chris                     414.491.4750                                             Oconomowoc
Schmitt, Tom                                                                                    Milwaukee
Sivyer, Steve                    262.366.1882                                   Waukesha
Starch, Nate                                                                                x
Streeter, Todd                   262.880.7602                                    Florida
Swank, Mike                      414.339.5119                                            Milwaukee /
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Uitenbroek, Mitch                                                                 Milwaukee
Waliszewski, John               262.501.2780                    Milwaukee
Walt, John                          920.475.9780                                       Appleton
Watters, Dan                      414.617.4163                                       Milwaukee
Wieland, Madison                414.690.5006                                     Oshkosh
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Wilsey, Sabina                                                                              x
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Winkler, Phil                                                                                  Madison
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Zukowski, Max                                                                                 Madison
Zimmermann, Joel                                                             x