Spring rugby is really starting to roll, even if Mother Nature still thinks it's winter. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...

RECENT SCORES

Matches are starting back up in Wisconsin. A reminder that you can see scores from matches played here in our state online at the WRFU website.

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online.

3/27/2015

  • Grafton Pulaski HSB (S) Chad Nyes 5:30

3/28/2015

  • UW Milwaukee Men Illinois Blaze D2CM Brad Casetta Gun Club
  • Valley Crusaders Bay Area NEWHSB (S) Bryan Stephy 1:00
  • Marquette Whitefish Bay, Muskego BHSB (S) Ted Sibilsky, Mitch Uitenbroek 12:00 Hart Park Wauwatosa
  • MSOE Michigan Tech D2CM Matt Bittner 10:30
  • WRFC Oconomowoc D3M Marcus Dufrane: Ars Emily Grambsch, Sabina Wilsey Verona
  • WRFC Milwaukee Barbarians D1M Trevor Williams Ars: Justin Jaeger, Marcus Durfrane Verona
  • Fond du Lac Milwaukee RFC D3M Steve Midthun 1:00
  • Marquette Loyola D3CM Steve Marvin 1:00
  • Whitnall scrimmage 5 teams Jefff Kempen, Dan Channen, Alex Prochnaik

3/29/2015

  • U24 Select side women Jake Winkler, Phil Winkler Cottage Grove

3/30/2015

  • Valley Crusaders DePere NEWHSB (S) Mike Good Neenah 5:30

HS GIRLS UPDATE

Thank you to Rugby Dad Darryl Bird for sharing this update from the Atlanta Women's 7s Invitational:

"Megan Bird from Oak Creek Club and Reina Anderson from Brookfield Bruisers Club both played for Atlantis in Atlanta. Megan on the Atlantis blue team with Tom Feury as coach and Reina on the Atlantis black team with Karl Barth as coach. Both of the teams played really well and went undefeated until the final championship game in which the Atlanta black team won."

You can see video of the championship final between the two Atlantis teams here online.

SUBMIT YOUR COLLEGIATE ACADEMIC ALL-STARS

Applications are now being accepted for the USA Rugby National College Academic Honor Roll. Each year, USA Rugby recognizes outstanding student-athletes who demonstrate excellence in the classroom. Since 2011, more than 1,200 college rugby players have been publicly acknowledged for their accomplishments as scholars and athletes.

To be nominated, a college rugby student-athlete must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale at his/her current institution; and
  • be at least a sophomore (second academic year) in class standing; and
  • be a registered member of USA Rugby; and
  • have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution; and
  • be an A-side player, starter, or reserve.

Read more ...

anderson bird atlantis atlanta 2015

Thank you to Rugby Dad Darryl Bird for sharing this update from the Atlanta Women's 7s Invitational:


"Megan Bird from Oak Creek Club and Reina Anderson from Brookfield Bruisers Club both played for Atlantis 7s in Atlanta. Megan on the Atlantis blue team with Tom Feury as coach and Reina on the Atlantis black team with Karl Barth as coach. Both of the teams played really well and went undefeated until the final championship game in which the Atlanta black team won."

You can see video of the championship final between the two Atlantis teams here online.

It seems like our cold and frosty Wisconsin winter may be nearly gone. And teams are ready to roll into spring play and tournaments. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Woodside Rugby Classic 7's: Cody Kuxman, Alex Prochniak, Matt Bittner, Brad Casetta, Marcus Dufrane (Saturday). Wisconsin Dells.

Marquette vs. Exiles, Grafton (BHSB (S)): Trevor Williams, Jeff Kempen, Bryan Stephey. 12:00 Hart Park, Wauwatosa.

[Posted to WRFU email and contacts list on Monday by Brad Casetta.]

MIDWEST 7s QUALIFIER BIDS DUE MARCH 20

If you are interested in hosting one of the Midwest Sevens Series Qualifiers, be sure to visit the Midwest RFU website and fill out this form online by next Friday, March 20.

Thanks to UW-Milwaukee Alum Brittany B. for sending it our way.

PLAYER APPLICATION OPEN FOR 2015 MACCABI GAMES

Via ThisIsAmericanRugby.com - Maccabi USA Rugby coaches Aaron Davis and Dallen Stanford are seeking talented Jewish Rugby players to represent Team USA at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games. The Games will be held from December 26, 2015 – January 5, 2016 in Santiago, Chile.

"We're excited about gathering a young squad that will not only compete, but hopefully take home the gold medal. While part of the intention of the tour is to prepare for the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2017, our primary focus is certainly on Chile," said Davis, winner of the silver medal at the Maccabiah Games in 2001 and 2005 and two National Championships with the Santa Monica Dolphins.

The Rugby competition at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games will feature both 7s and XVs. Argentina, Australia, Chile, South Africa and USA have confirmed their participation in the one day 7s tournament. Countries that have confirmed their participation in XVs include Argentina, Chile, South Africa and USA. Read more ...

OSHKOSH NEWSLETTER

A nice example of team outreach from WRFU member team Oshkosh Rugby. Check out their first quarterly newsletter here online. Are you following the WRFU (@wisconsinrfu) and Oshkosh Rugby (@Oshkoshrugby) on twitter? Great way to find updates just like this.

WINTER TRAINING MOTIVATION

This week, we're checking out a motivational training video from The Stormers, the South African professional team. Check out "Super Rugby: This Is What It Takes." Have a training resource to share? Let us know.

Teams are traveling to spring tournaments and matches have started. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...

CHECK YOUR EMAIL – WRFU INVOICES

WRFU Treasurer Brian Heim has sent 2015 invoices to each team's primary contact via email.

Please check your inbox for the invoice and contact Brian at if you have not received an invoice. If team contact info needs to be updated, please also let Brian and the WRFU know. Thank you!

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online.

3/19/2015 – Elkhorn vs. Madison LaFollette BHSB (S), Justin Jaeger 5:30
3/20/2015 – Pulaski vs. Muskego NEWHSB (S), Brad Casetta 5:30; Oshkosh vs. Green Bay Mavericks NEWHSB (S), Steve Marvin 5:30
3/21/2015 – Marquette vs. Mt. Carmel (IL) BHSB (S), Erik Goetz. ARs: Ted Sibilsky, Dan Channen 12:00 at Hart Park, Wauwatosa.

ICYMI: USA RUGBY ANNOUNCES CLUB NATIONALS VENUES

USA Rugby recently announced the locations of where the 2015 Senior Club National events will be held. While it sadly won't be close to home again like last year in Madison, we hope to see Wisconsin teams proudly representing our state again out east in Charlotte for Regionals and in Denver for the national final.

HS GIRLS ALL-STARS UPDATE

High School Girls 15s All-Star Coach Jeff Noe is organizing team practices and tryouts for the upcoming late spring and summer tournaments. Please pass along this information.

Interested players should fill out this form online to participate.

Via the Wisconsin Girls HS League Facebook Page:
"Our next Select (All-Star) training session will be held this Sunday from 3-5 PM at the same location, Oakwood Park, W143 N6889 Dennis Droese Drive, Menomonee Falls. This will be a free session since there is no rental fee required. It's supposed to be dry the remainder of the week but it will be a bit chillier with temps around 40-42 degrees. The good news is that the forecast shows very little wind. Please forward to all interested parties and fill out the Google form so we have you in our database."

MIDWEST 7s QUALIFIER BIDS DUE MARCH 20

If you are interested in hosting one of the Midwest Sevens Series Qualifiers, be sure to visit the Midwest RFU website and fill out this form online by this Friday, March 20.

Thanks to UW-Milwaukee Alum Brittany B. for sending it our way.

SPRING TRAINING MOTIVATION

This week, we're checking out USA Rugby's YouTube Channel. It's full of the latest videos and interviews from the national teams and recent championship events. Have a training resource to share? Let us know.

WRFU Spring General MeetingHello Fellow Ruggers –

Thank you to all of our community members who attended this past weekend's Referee and Membership meetings. We've got a few updates from the meetings below and other news from around the pitch. Here's what is happening in our rugby community ...

REFEREE COURSE THIS WEEKEND

Don't miss out on this weekend's Level 2 Officiating Course in Stevens Point, Wis., on March 7-8. A opportunity within easy driving distance to earn a new certification level and continue to be an important part of our thriving Wisconsin rugby community.

Don't forget that you can also sign up for Assistant Referee and Touch Judge courses online too. Add these extra educational certifications without leaving home! See the full range of USA Rugby referee courses online here.

REFEREES NAME NEW OFFICERS, OFFER SURVEY

The Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society met Saturday in Fond du Lac, Wis., for annual fitness testing and a membership meeting. Visit our Union website to see the new WRRS executive board and our team of Referee Coaches here in Wisconsin. Thanks to all of our referees for their hard work and commitment to our sport.

Referee Survey
New WRRS President Steve Midthun shared this quick survey for everyone who is currently, or has been, a referee. Please complete and assist the WRRS.

STRONG STATE, STRONG RUGBY

This Sunday's spring general meeting for the Wisconsin Rugby Football Union (WRFU) welcomed members from all reaches of the state and provided a great outlet for community members to reconnect.

Several informational updates were provided to attendees and can be found online here via online google documents. This included the following:

  • Meeting Agenda
  • 2014 Winter General Meeting Draft Minutes
  • 2015 WRFU Events Listings (Tentative)
  • 2014 Financial Report - Final
  • Midwest AGM Report
  • USA Rugby National Development Summit Notes by Vic Drover
  • WRFU By-laws Update
  • 2015 Financial Report - Proposed Budget
  • 2015 State of the WRFU Presentation

Updated information determined at the Spring meeting will be added and shared with our membership via our website and social media channels.

WRFU MEMBERS UPDATES

A few quick updates from around the state to share.

NEW CUDAHY RUGBY PROGRAM SEEKS ASSISTANCE

Thanks to Pat Sharpe for passing this along:

Cudahy Recreation is looking for some rugby minded individuals to help with their new flag rugby program for kids in grades 3-8. If you or anyone you know might be interested in assisting, please contact Tina Kreitlow at (414) 294-7433 . Program starts April 18 leading up to summer tournament schedule.

CELEBRATE WOMEN'S RUGBY WITH USA RUGBY

USA Rugby is helping to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8 by sharing awesome photos of women's rugby teams across the country through their Facebook page. From USA Rugby:

"March 8 is International Women's Day! USA Rugby is celebrating by highlighting women coaches, players, administrators, referees and those who have contributed to the growth of women's rugby in America! You can submit photos for ‪#‎womensday‬ on USA Rugby's Facebook wall, Tweet us at @USARugby with #WomensDay, or email us photos at . Be sure to include your name and a description of your picture!"

Wisconsin has a strong tradition of success in women's rugby. Send in your photos and share your story!

WINTER TRAINING MOTIVATION

This week, in honor of International Women's Day, we're sharing this video featuring USA Eagle Meya Bizer. She's a workhorse fullback and an absolute monster on defense. Check out this video "Huge Hits by Women's Eagles Rugby Player Meya Bizer" which went viral online, including being picked up by ESPN. Have a great fitness or training resource to share? Let us know.

SHARE WRFU NEWS WITH YOUR TEAM

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!