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 ☛
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.
The Wisconsin Rugby Football Union is proud to announce that tickets are now available for a local Serevi Rugby Sevens camp for both players and coaches on May 24th and 25th, respectively.
The event consists of a 1-day players camp (May 24th) and a 1-day coaches camp (May 25th) and will be held at the WRC Rugby Facility in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.
With help in part from the Midwest Rugby Football, the WRFU is able to offer these camps to all WRFU members at very affordable rates: $25 per player and $50 per coach. Non-WRFU players and coaches are also welcome at a rate of $100 and $150, respectively.
Read more: Serevi Sevens Camp, May 24 - 25 ☛
Divine Savior Holy Angels won the Midwest HS Girls title this past weekend, defeating Catholic Memorial 36-5 in the final.
DSHA has been in recent years, pushed by the likes of Catholic, Lakewood, and others, but this year there was no arguing their power.
DSHA shut out Kettle Moraine 66-0 in the quarterfinals, and Lakewood 46-0 in the semis before dispatching Catholic Memorial in the championship game.
Carholic Memorial shut out their quarterfinal opponents also, beating Warsaw 54-0. Their semifinal was much tighter; Catholic beat St. Joseph 12-7.
St. Joseph went on to beat Lakewood 17-14 for 3rd.
Read more: DSHA wins midwest High School title ☛
In our continuing efforts to bring more of Wisconsin's rugby community under the Wisconsin Rugby Football Union umbrella and into compliance with USA Rugby, we are proud to announce that athletes may now register with CIPP as an At Large member of the WRFU.
This is an important step in rugby development in Wisconsin — which has a zero-tolerance policy for players without CIPP — and allows the sport to be even more inclusive, expecially for players who have left the game for some time or are otherwise unattached.
Players resistered with existing clubs/schools will need to go through the normal transfer process if they wish to switch to an At Large membership.
The WRFU extends their thanks to our secretary Brittnay Aprahamian for making this happen.
Read more: At Large CIPP registration opens in Wisconsin ☛
Congratulations to the Milwaukee Black & Blue for qualifying for the inaugural D4 Midwest RFU Men’s Championship semi-finals.
The Black & Blue are the second seed in the D4 Western Conference and will meet the Columbus Castaways — #1 seed in the Eastern Conference — at 10:00AM on May 3rd at LaFollette High School field in Madison, WI.
The winner of this semifinal will play the winner of #1 seed in the Western conference (Lincoln Park) and the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference (Black Swamp).