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REFEREE SOCIETY UPDATE

Make a note to watch for more information on the upcoming Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society annual meeting in February 2015. The WRRS will be holding elections for the Society's President, Treasurer and Appointments Officers (2 year positions) and At-Large Members (1 year positions).

If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, or wish to nominate someone else (after confirming their interest), please contact Eric Goetz at . Thanks to current WRRS President Brad Casetta for this update.

GIRLS HS STATE TOURNAMENT

The schedule for this Sunday's Girls High School State Tournament is set. The tournament will be held at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex on Sunday, October 26.

  • 1st Place: 7:00 pm Catholic Memorial vs. DSHA
  • 3rd Place: 5:30 pm Brookfield vs. DSHA JV
  • 5th Place: 4:00 pm Fond Du Lac vs. Vernon
  • 7th Place: 2:30 pm Kettle Moraine vs. Oak Creek
  • 9th Place: 1:30 pm Muskego vs. Appleton

More information and great features on the Girls HS League can be found here. Thanks to Wisconsin Girls Rugby President Dan Chanen for his hard work on this website.

SEASON COMING TO AN END?

Is your team's season nearly done? Now's the time to plan your winter offseason training. Have a great fitness or training resource to share? Let us know.

Here's a short video series from the IRB's Total Rugby YouTube channel on preseason training called Flab 2 Fit. The first season covered a male rugby athlete and the second season highlights a female athlete. Links to season one are below and provide some great motivation for the winter. We'll share season two in the next newsletter.

IRB Total Rugby Flab 2 Fit Season 1 – Part 1, Parts 2 & 3, Parts 4 & 5, Parts 6 & 7

MATCHES TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND

We're going to highlight matches to keep an eye on. Have a big match coming up? Please let us know and tell us why it's so important.

Men's Rugby – A lot of great men's games coming up this weekend, but we're taking a look at the Men's Collegiate Division 3 WISCARFU Semifinals held at Smith Field in Chicago, Ill. UW-Eau Claire Men kick off versus UW-Parkside at 10 a.m., followed by UW-Stevens Point versus Eastern Illinois at 11:45 a.m. The league's results and current standings are online here.

Women's Rugby – On the women's pitch, the Wisconsin Women (Sr. D2) end their season at home against the Palmer Women Saturday at 10 a.m. Wisconsin needs to beat Palmer to ensure a second-place finish in the Midwest West 2 League this fall behind in-state rivals, the Milwaukee Scylla.

October is proving very active at all levels of rugby in our state. Here's the latest ...

A NEW EAGLE FOR WISCONSIN?

Congratulations to Wisconsin's own Ben Landry, currently playing lock for the Milwaukee Barbarians, who was just called up to the player pool for the USA Selects to compete in the Americas Rugby Cup in Canada. You can read more about Ben and this honor on the Barbarians website in a recent media release. Ben joins teammate Aaron Young as the second Barbarian who has been noticed by national selectors this year.

GETTING CLOSER

Fun fact: We're all just 17 days away from seeing the USA Eagles play the New Zealand All Blacks at Soldier Field. Break out your patriotic clothing and get ready for that haka.

REMINDER - TAG RUGBY MEETING TONIGHT

From Dan Zeroth, Wisconsin Tag Rugby:

If there are any high school clubs looking to expand and develop a feeder level program, Wisconsin Tag Rugby will be hosting our annual meeting on Wednesday, October 15th at Menomonee Falls High School from 6-9pm. General meeting from 6-7:30 pm, then a hands on coach/ref training from 7:30pm on.

The WTR provides coed flag rugby for youth in grades 1-8th through individual club programs that compete in several free or low cost tournaments each summer. If you have interest in starting a program or assisting with a current one please contact Dan at 414-550-4052.

PLAY. LEARN. TRY! - http://tagrugbywi.wix.com/wisconsin-tag-rugby

MATCHES TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND

We're going to highlight matches to keep an eye on. Have a big match coming up? Please let us know and tell us why it's so important.

Men's Rugby – In Senior Men's Division 3, Green Bay has first place currently locked up in their league with a 4-0 record. According to their team website, Green Bay heads south this Saturday to play Northwest Indiana.

Women's Rugby – In collegiate women's matches, the UW-Milwaukee women's rugby team will host Northern Iowa at home. Always a tough match, we'll cheer for the home Panthers to beat the visiting Panthers from Iowa.

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Many of our local rugby teams are seeing success on the pitch as we head into October. Many of the senior clubs are climbing the Midwest rankings for their divisions, while all levels of currently active teams – senior, collegiate, and high school girls – are being highlighted by national rugby media.

CURRENT STANDINGS FOR WISCONSIN TEAMS

You can check out how our senior men’s and women’s team stack up in the Midwest standings here. [Note – some of the leagues are less updated than others from the teams reporting in.]

For college men’s teams, standings are easy to find as well. You can see the University of Wisconsin’s current standings in the Big Ten and our numerous Division 2 clubs are featured right here on the WRFU website. Our Small College teams (NSCRO) standings are available here (scroll to bottom for WISCARFU). For Women, the Midwest Division 1 league standing are not available online at this time.

Our Wisconsin Girls High School Rugby League, considered one of the nation’s best girls regions, also has weekly updates featured online here.

Read more: Weekly rugby update, 1-Oct-2014 ☛

Hello Fellow Ruggers –

It’s hard to believe we’re playing rugby in October now and the weather is cooling off. Some teams even saw snow this past Saturday during their travels.

With all of our teams going full speed through their league seasons, injuries and safety become a crucial component of keeping a team healthy and winning. Please check out the important concussion information below.

RECOGNIZE AND REMOVE – CONCUSSION SAFETY

The International Rugby Board has an updated video and information shared via USA Rugby here. Both the IRB and USA Rugby are also using sharing the #RecognizeAndRemove message via social media channels to increase awareness. Well, the English spell it #RecogniseAndRemove, but the importance of the message is the same, even if the spelling changes across the pond. :)

You can also check out the IRB’s new website for Player Welfare: http://www.irbplayerwelfare.com. The new site has information on concussions, in addition to beneficial resources on first aid for rugby, playing surfaces, current research, etc.

TAG RUGBY UPDATE

From Dan Zeroth, Wisconsin Tag Rugby:

If there are any high school clubs looking to expand and develop a feeder level program, Wisconsin Tag Rugby will be hosting our annual meeting on Wednesday, October 15th at Menomonee Falls High School from 6-9pm. General meeting from 6-7:30 pm, then a hands on coach/ref training from 7:30pm on.

The WTR provides coed flag rugby for youth in grades 1-8th through individual club programs that compete in several free or low cost tournaments each summer. If you have interest in starting a program or assisting with a current one please contact Dan at 414-550-4052.

PLAY. LEARN. TRY! - http://tagrugbywi.wix.com/wisconsin-tag-rugby

HELP GROW THE GAME

Friendly Reminder - The Wisconsin Girls High School State Tournament will be held October 26. The Tournament is looking for sponsors and support from the community. Click here to learn more.

MATCHES TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND

We’re going to highlight matches to keep an eye on. Have a big match coming up? Please let us know and tell us why it’s so important.

Men’s Rugby – We’re looking at the Men’s Collegiate D2 North league this week. Both UW-Whitewater and UW-Stout are tied with 20 points and undefeated 4-0 records. These two teams will battle up north at Stoutthis Saturday. Kickoff is at 10 a.m. Learn more about the Men’s Collegiate D2 leagues here.

Women’s Rugby – The Milwaukee Scylla will host the Twin Cities Amazons this Saturday in Milwaukee. The Scylla are currently first in the Midwest D2 league, but the Zons always bring a physical game to any pitch. Midwest Women’s D2 Standings are here.

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

This week's referee assignments are available here on the WRFU web site.

RECENT SCORES

Scores from matches officiated in Wisconsin are posted to our website here. Community members have posted additional scores to our Facebook groupthis week here.

Read more: Weekly rugby update, 8-Oct-2014 ☛

It's official: the New Zealand All Blacks  are coming to Chicago's Soldier Field on November 1!

Tickets go on sale June 16 with a record crowd expected at the 61,500-seat stadium. The match will also be broadcast live on NBC at 2:30pm CDT.

You can follow the news on Twitter using #USAvAllBlacks and register for news updates and special pre-sale and preferred seating opportunities at usavallblacks.com.