Hello Fellow Ruggers –
With snow on the ground and the winter holidays rapidly approaching, it's quiet here in our Wisconsin rugby community. Here's what's happening in rugby this week ...
WHITEWATER SECOND IN NATION
In their second-straight appearance at the national championships, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Men finished second overall in the USA Rugby Division 2 Championships. Whitewater battled to the end against fellow Midwest team, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, but fell 24-14 in the national final. USA Rugby has the recap here online. You can also watch the match here - http://www.usarugbytv.com/.
Congratulations on an outstanding season Whitewater! Wisconsin is proud of you.
Thank you to all of our members who attended the WRFU Annual Meeting in Stevens Point this past Saturday. It was a short afternoon of updates from around the state and great discussion on how we can continue to improve Wisconsin's excellent rugby efforts.
Congrats to our newly-elected WRFU officers as well. Todd Streeter returns for another stint as our Vice President of Competitions, while the Union welcomes Megan Aprahamian (a UW-Madison player and officer) as the new WRFU Secretary. She replaces her older sister Brittany in the position. Thank you to Brittany for your hard work on behalf of the community.
Please save the date for our next meeting – Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Madison. We'll be sharing more details closer to the date and possibly a breakfast meet-up to watch some Six Nations matches before the meetings.
RUGBY, 7s IN NEW YORK TIMES
In Case You Missed It: This week's New York Times featured a front-page article on rugby, the sevens game, and the sport's growing global reach. Check it out here.
GIRLS HS ALL-DECADE TEAM NAMED
The Wisconsin Girls High School League named an All-Decade Team of Forwards and Backs from 2000-2010. Be sure to check out the lists and see who you recognize from this outstanding group of players. Many are still active in the community and across the nation.
The WGR also named its 2014 All-State Team recently. We'll share that with you next week.
WINTER TRAINING MOTIVATION
This week, we're sharing a video on rugby playing technique and tips. Check out this link from rugbydump.com featuring Sam Warburton on "3 Ways to Retain Possession at the Breakdown." Have a great fitness or training resource to share? Let us know.