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!

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.

Hello Fellow Ruggers –

Welcome December! Time to wrap up 2014 and look ahead to the New Year. Here's what's happening in Wisconsin rugby this week ...

REMINDER! – UNION MEETING THIS SATURDAY

The Wisconsin Rugby Football Union annual December meeting will be held this Saturday, Dec. 6 in Stevens Point, Wis. The Agenda, reports and minutes [draft] from our last meeting have been posted online here for your review.

LOCATION:
Collins Classroom Center
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
1801 4th Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481

SCHEDULE:
11 AM – Breakout Meetings
Room 206 – Men's Collegiate Meeting (Chair: Brad Dufek)
Room 214 – Referee Feedback Session (Chair: Brad Cassetta)
Please note there will not be a women's collegiate breakout.
12 PM – General Meeting (Chair: Vic Drover), Room 213

You can RSVP to the WRFU Facebook event for the meeting here. All WRFU member teams must send at least one representative to the meeting.

WHITEWATER RETURNS TO NATIONALS

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Men will make their second-straight appearance in a Final 4 this Saturday at 11 a.m. central time (12 p.m. local time South Carolina) against Notre Dame College in the USA Rugby Division 2 Championships. See the bracket and schedule here. You'll also be able to watch the match online here - http://www.usarugbytv.com/.

The team is also hosting an online donation for their travel to South Carolina here if you would like to support the team.

OPPORTUNITY ABROAD FOR REFEREES

In Case You Missed It: There are still two weeks left to apply for the Shanager Morris Referee Fund that provides an opportunity for young referees to spend a season officiating in New Zealand or South Africa.

GOOD FOR CHICAGO, GOOD FOR WISCONSIN?

World Rugby (formerly the IRB) shared this story last week – "How the Windy City is Waking Up to Rugby". It features an interview with Jack Cushing, the Director of Rugby for Mount Carmel High School and a former coach with the University of Illinois-Chicago, on how hosting the recent USA versus All Blacks match in Chicago is helping grow the game in the area. It's also worth noting that Wisconsin has welcomed collegiate and senior players from Mount Carmel and UIC to our playing ranks.

WOMEN'S RUGBY SURVEY

USA Rugby has shared a survey for all women's rugby players, coaches and administrators to offer feedback to the national office. Please take the survey here. It's important to help improve the women's game.

WINTER TRAINING MOTIVATION

This week, we're sharing an example of an offseason training plan for club rugby players. Check out this link from EliteFTS by Ashley Jones, a Strength & Conditioning Coach who has worked with the All Blacks, Wallabies, and the Crusaders. Hope this provides you with some new ideas to keep your gym workouts fresh. Have a great fitness or training resource to share? Let us know.

Hello Fellow Ruggers –

Best wishes to our collegiate men's teams competing in the USA Rugby national playoffs this weekend. Here's an update on our still active teams and other rugby happenings across Wisconsin.

TWO TEAMS STILL ROARING IN D2 NATIONALS

Wisconsin's rugby community is proud to have two men's collegiate teams still competing in the USA Rugby Division 2 national playoffs.

Both the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the University of Wisconsin-Stout will be playing this Saturday, November 22 in the first round of the USA Rugby National Playoffs (aka "Sweet 16s"). For a full look at the brackets, check out this Goff Rugby Report article.

Whitewater, ranked second in the nation by Goff Rugby Report, will play 25th-ranked Bentley at 1 p.m. at the University of Rhode Island. Whitewater advanced to the national round of 16 by defeating UW-Stout to win the WIIL Conference Championship two weeks ago.

Stout, ranked 12th in the nation, will play 8th-ranked St. Louis University at 11 a.m. at Washington University in St. Louis. Stout advanced to the national round of 16 by defeating Northern Iowa this past Saturday in the national play-in match.

UW-Stout is fundraising for their trip via this link: http://www.gofundme.com/stoutrugby2014. No information is currently available regarding Whitewater, but we will share it if we receive it. Best wishes to both teams!

BADGERS CLIMB RANKINGS

Fresh off winning the Big Ten University Rugby conference championship this past Saturday, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Men jumped three spots into the national top 10 of the latest ACRC Coaches Poll via Goff Rugby Report. Wisconsin, previously ranked 12th overall, climbed up to No. 9. The Badgers are currently done competing for the fall season and are determining plans for spring 2015.

CMH'S JACOBSON FEATURED

In Case You Missed It - Catholic Memorial's Lizzie Jacobson was featured this week in a national article series by Goff reporter Jackie Finlan. Learn more about this young Wisconsin talent here.

IRB IS NOW WORLD RUGBY

The International Rugby Board rebranded itself this week to World Rugby. Learn more about the rebranding here. What do you think? Do you like the new brand?

World Rugby shared this video "Building Character Since 1823" along with the rebranding launch.

REMINDER! – UNION MEETING DEC. 6

The Wisconsin Rugby Football Union annual December meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Stevens Point, Wis. The tentative schedule starts at 12 p.m., however confirmed schedule and location are still being confirmed. We'll share more details as we lock them down or you can join the WRFU Facebook event for the meeting here.

All WRFU member teams must send at least one representative to the meeting. Plan accordingly and find your representative now for that Saturday's meeting.

WINTER TRAINING MOTIVATION

This week, we're sharing a motivational video from the New Zealand All Blacks. Check out this video "Gym Time with the All Blacks – The Ladder". What can you do with some masking tape on the ground and some hard work? Quite a lot.

Have a great fitness or training resource to share? Let us know.

Hello Fellow Ruggers –

Happy Thanksgiving to all WRFU members. We're thankful to have such a thriving and talented rugby community here in our state. Here's what's happening in Wisconsin rugby this week ...

REMINDER! – UNION MEETING DEC. 6

The Wisconsin Rugby Football Union annual December meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Stevens Point, Wis. The general meeting will start at 12 p.m. in Room 213 of the Collins Classroom Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1801 4th Ave., Stevens Point, WI 54481). Breakout meetings (Men's College teams, possibly others TBA) will be held at 11 a.m. prior to the general meeting in rooms 206, 207 and 214). We'll share more details as we lock them down or you can RSVP to the WRFU Facebook event for the meeting here.

All WRFU member teams must send at least one representative to the meeting. Plan accordingly and find your representative now for that Saturday's meeting.

CONGRATS WHITEWATER!

Congratulations to the University of Whitewater Men who will play in the USA Rugby Division 2 Men's Collegiate Championships next weekend Greenville, South Carolina. This is the second-straight appearance in a Final 4 for Whitewater.

The team is hosting an online donation for their travel to South Carolina here if you would like to support the team.

Whitewater defeated Vermont to advance to the national semifinal next weekend. Fellow D2 Wisconsin program, UW-Stout, capped their season in the Elite 8 last weekend with a loss to Duluth. Here are the full Round of 8 scores.

WISCONSIN TIES TO USA 7s WOMEN

Did you know that two of the USA Women's 7s team players have ties to Wisconsin? And will be traveling to the upcoming Dubai 7s?

A Minnesota-native and long-time Eagle in both 15s and 7s, Katie Johnson played one year for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Women. Katie is a well-known fixture in the Midwest women's community.

New to rugby, but not Wisconsin athletics, Alev Kelter is one of the new crossover athletes competing for the national team. She played varsity women's hockey for the University of Wisconsin Badgers before ditching the skates for her rugby boots.

Both Katie and Alev also played for the Serevi Selects team (an Eagle squad supported by Serevi) at the recent Coral Coast 7s in Fiji. Best wishes to Katie, Alev and all of the Eagles in Dubai!

WOMEN'S RUGBY SURVEY

USA Rugby has shared a survey for all women's rugby players, coaches and administrators to offer feedback to the national office. Please take the survey here. It's important to help improve the women's game.

WISCONSIN RUGBY CLUB FEATURED ON MADISON'S CW

In Case You Missed It, check out this interview with Madison's Wisconsin Rugby Club on local television program "Talk of the Town". Madison's CW may start featuring rugby on a regular basis in a monthly sports highlight show. Great to hear!

WINTER TRAINING MOTIVATION

This week, we're sharing a motivational video from England Rugby 7s. Check out this video "Rugby Sevens Training Drills from the England Team". Hope this provides you with some new ideas to keep your gym workouts fresh. Have a great fitness or training resource to share? Let us know.

Hello Fellow Ruggers –

Some of our Wisconsin rugby pitches may be covered in snow, but we've still got a few rugby events happening across the region. Let's see what's happening ...

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Just two matches happening in Wisconsin this week. The referee assignments for this Saturday, Nov. 15 are posted here.

COLLEGE NATIONAL PLAYOFFS

Three of our state's collegiate men's programs are still alive in the national playoff picture, while the rest of our teams settle down for some well-earned recovery time heading into winter.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will have two sides competing in this weekend's Big Ten Universities Conference Championship held in nearby Rockford, Ill. Wisconsin's first side will be playing for the conference title against Ohio State at 3 p.m., while Wisconsin's second side will be playing in the conference's B division third-place match earlier that morning at 11 a.m.

More details via Goff Rugby Report:
"The Rockford Region will host the 2014 BTU Rugby Big Ten Universities Conference Championship at Sportscore Two, in Loves Park, IL. The championship will take place on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There are 9 teams represented from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, Ohio State and Wisconsin. This is the third year for the BTU Rugby Conference overall and the first year a B team championship has participated. The public is encouraged to attend; general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Games will be streamed on coachesaid.com, a pay per view site. This tournament is expected to draw more than 1,000 players, coaches and fans to the Rockford Region."

In Men's Collegiate Division 2, the UW-Stout Men – who finished second overall in the WIIL Conference - will host Northern Iowa Saturday at 1 p.m. for a USA Rugby national play-in match in Menomonie, Wis. Due to snowy conditions on the Stout campus, the match will be held at Williams Stadium. The winner of this match will face St. Louis University in the Mid-West Regional held in St. Louis, Mo.

WIIL Conference Champion UW-Whitewater awaits the winner of Rugby Northeast, who will be determined this weekend as Bentley plays UMass-Lowell for that title. More info on the D2 Men's Bracket is being pieced together here via Goff.

SAVE THE DATE! – UNION MEETING DEC. 6

The Wisconsin Rugby Football Union annual December meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Stevens Point, Wis. The tentative schedule starts at 12 p.m., however confirmed schedule and location are still being confirmed. We'll share more details as we lock them down or you can join the WRFU Facebook event for the meeting here.

All WRFU member teams must send at least one representative to the meeting. Plan accordingly and find your representative now for that Saturday's meeting.

FIRST AID IN RUGBY COURSE

If your team already has its team rep for the AGM all set and you're free to travel south on Saturday, Dec. 6, you might want to consider signing up for the USA Rugby IRB First Aid in Rugby Course being held in Oak Brook, Ill. Sign up here through the USA Rugby portal.

This IRB certification course is for coaches, referees, administrators, parents and others who are involved with rugby. The aim of the course is to develop the ability to respond to situations that may occur during a Rugby match or tournament. Thanks to our local USA Rugby coach instructor and referee Shannon Bustillos for sharing this clinic.

BADGERLAND HIGH SCHOOL BOYS MEETING DEC. 2

Update from Terry Fargen via the Badgerland Google Group:
Coaches & Badgerland HS Rugby Supporters,
The annual conference scheduling meeting for the 2015 season will be held at Revere's Wells St. Pub in Delafield on Tuesday December 2nd, 6:00 -10:00 pm. Revere's has been the site for these meetings for several years and is conveniently located for everyone. They do not charge us for the meeting room, so it is appreciated that we all eat, drink & tip.

Revere's Wells St. Tavern
505 Wells St, Delafield, WI 53018
(262) 646-4070

All clubs should confirm their attendance by replying so that we know your club will be represented. If you have items for the agenda, please use the google group [] to communicate those topics.

If there are new coaches to your programs have them send Terry Fargen an email at and we will add them to the group.

WINTER TRAINING MOTIVATION

This week, we're sharing a motivational video from Universal Sports. Check out this USA Rugby Rising video "Men's Sevens Weight Training Game Simulation". Check out how even rugby's fastest man Carlin Isles gets taken down a notch in the gym.

Have a great fitness or training resource to share? Let us know.

RECENT SCORES

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