Hello Fellow Ruggers –

It’s darker and colder outside now with the first week of November, but the Wisconsin Rugby community is still active outside for a few more weeks yet. Let’s see what’s happening …

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS – WEEK 12

Thanks to Brad Casetta for sharing this:

All it’s been a great season and here are the final assignments for the fall. As you can see they are all great matches. Good luck to all the Wisconsin teams!

11/8/2014

  • WRFC - East Side Banshees - 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-La Crosse - 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 - referee coach    

USA VS. ALL BLACKS

The final score was a bit ugly, but the atmosphere and fan spirit was outstanding. We’re looking for great photos of Wisconsin ruggers to share on our social media channels, so please share your best shots and memories with the community too.

Max Rugby, an action photographer out of Minnesota, has a great album on his Facebook page here. See if you can spot any Wisconsin faces!

WI GIRLS RUGBY ANNUAL MEETING

Thanks to Dan Chanen for this update:

The Wisconsin Girls Rugby league-wide meeting takes place Monday, November 17 at 7 p.m. Coaches, the Board of Directors, and volunteer members are all expected to attend the twice-annual meeting. Anyone interested in starting up a program or volunteering with WGR should contact league administrators:  .

Agenda items are certain to include Spring scheduling, the 7's State Championship, and conference development.

More information and great features on the Girls HS League can be found here.

WINTER TRAINING MOTIVATION

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.

This week, we’re sharing a motivational video from the Guinness YouTube channel. Check out “Mind Over Matter” highlighting Welsh rugby star Shane Williams. Don’t forget to add some heart to your offseason training mix!

BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

The offseason is also a great time to earn a certification in coaching, refereeing, or other rugby educational offerings. While there currently are no events scheduled in Wisconsin, you can check out the USA Rugby Coaching Clinic Calendar and Refereeing Clinic Calendar. And we’ll be sure to share any local updates as they are confirmed.

RECENT SCORES

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

Hello Fellow Ruggers –

It’s the last week of October and Wisconsin’s rugby community has a lot to share this week …

WISCONSIN’S WINNING TEAMS

Wisconsin’s nationally known as a strong rugby state and this year is no different. Several local Union member teams are keeping our state at the top of the Midwest and league standings with their successful fall seasons. Here’s a brief rundown based on available and updated standings for teams in the Union:

Sr. Men’s Division 1 – The Milwaukee Barbarians are second overall in the Midwest Division 1 standings after defeating top-ranked Metropolis Saturday, 25-24. Updated standings available here.

Sr. Men’s Division 2 – Madison’s Wisconsin Rugby Club has racked up another undefeated Fall with a current 8-0 league record to stay on top of the Men’s D2 Midwest standings. The WRC has two more league games in November before the league’s winter break. (Current standings are unavailable at this time online.)

Sr. Women’s Division 2 – The Midwest women’s Division 2 league has wrapped its fall season and both Wisconsin teams are topping the West league standings, arguably the nation’s most competitive D2 women’s conference. The Milwaukee Scylla turned in a perfect 6-0 season to take first, while Madison’s Wisconsin Women rallied to finish second overall with a 4-2 record. Both teams will complete their league seasons in April to earn qualification to the playoffs. Updated Midwest standings are here.

Sr. Men’s Division 3 – In the Wisconsin/Chicago Area Midwest Men’s Division 3 league, Wisconsin teams have taken all three top spots. Green Bay and the Milwaukee Barbarians both earned 6-0 undefeated records, with Green Bay just edging Milwaukee, 30-28, in overall points for first place. Additionally, the Oconomowoc Men are sitting in third place with a 4-2 record. Updated standings here.

Sr. Men’s Division 4 – The Milwaukee RFC has claimed top honors in the state’s Division 4 league with an undefeated 4-0 record, while the Fox Cities Gargoyles finished second with a 3-1 record. Current standings are here (scroll down to bottom).

Collegiate Men’s Division 1 – The University of Wisconsin Men’s top side is currently second overall in the Big Ten Universities Rugby Conference. The Badgers have a 4-1 overall record, sitting just two points shy of first-place Indiana University. Standings are available here. In the Big Ten’s Developmental League, the Badgers second side has placed third overall with a 4-1 record as well. D-League standings are here.

Collegiate Women’s Division 1 – The state’s two Division 1 women’s teams – the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, have completed Midwest league play and finished fourth and fifth place overall, respectively. The two teams met in September in Madison, with the Badgers claiming a 41-12 win against the Panthers. No website standings are available for this league.

Collegiate Men’s Division 2 – The UW-Whitewater Men continue their winning tradition this fall and are currently first in the WIIL Rugby Conference North Division with a undefeated 6-0 record. With just one loss to Whitewater, the UW-Stout Men are in second place in the league with a 5-1 record. Current standings are available on the WRFU website.

NSCRO (Small College) Men’s Division 3 – The UW-Stevens Point won the WISCARFU Conference Championships this past weekend in Chicago, defeating UW-Parkside 60-10 to earn the title. The Point men will move on to the NSCRO Central Region Playoffs Nov. 8. More info and regular season standings here.

USA VS. ALL BLACKS IS HERE!

The much-anticipated international match between the USA Eagles and the New Zealand All Blacks at Chicago’s Soldier Field is finally here this Saturday. Thanks to the local event planning committee in Chicago, we’ve got more info on fun events happening this weekend for you to explore. Be sure to check out http://usavallblacks.com/events. See you at Soldier Field!

GIRLS STATE RESULTS

Perennial Wisconsin powerhouse Divine Savior (DSHA) won the 2014 Wisconsin Girls High School State Tournament this past Sunday. DSHA just edge Catholic Memorial 15-10 in the final to clinch top honors. The final Wisconsin Girls Rugby standings are:
1.  Divine Savior
2.  Catholic Memorial
3.  Brookfield
4.  Divine Savior Junior Varsity
5.  Vernon
6.  Fond Du Lac
7.  Kettle Moraine
8.  Oak Creek
9.  Muskego
10. Appleton

More information and great features on the Girls HS League can be found here.

WINTER TRAINING MOTIVATION

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.

Last week, we shared the short video series from the IRB’s Total Rugby YouTube channel on preseason training called Flab 2 Fit, featuring a male athlete. Those links are here - IRB Total Rugby Flab 2 Fit Season 1Part 1, Parts 2 & 3, Parts 4 & 5, Parts 6 & 7.

This week, check out Flab 2 Fit Season 2 featuring a female athlete – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.

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.

Here's the latest and greatest from around our dynamic rugby community ...

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.