Wednesday, June 30, 2010

USA Rugby Forms Committee to Develop Future Look of Women’s Premier League

Courtesy of USA Rugby
  
BOULDER, Colo. - USA Rugby has recently started working with the Women’s Premier League (WPL) to form a committee that will make recommendations for policies and procedures regarding the movement of teams in and out of the WPL starting in 2011.

To ensure stability and to continue to refine its governing principles, the league will retain the eight original teams for the 2010 WPL season. The charge to the committee is to make recommendations on the WPL structure for 2011 and beyond.  The future look of the WPL will be determined by late July, enabling all changes for 2011 to be communicated to all women’s club teams by the start of the fall 2010 season. 

Fox Soccer Plus announces Tri-Nations and Currie Cup coverage

Courtesy of Chelsea Hettrick, mPRm Public Relations

Los Angeles (June 30, 2010) – The Tri-Nations rugby union tournament, contested annually between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, begins Saturday, July 10 at 3:30 a.m. ET on Fox Soccer Plus with live coverage of the anticipated first match pitting the top-ranked All-Blacks against the defending Tri-Nations champion Springboks.

The opening match, taking place in Auckland, NZ, marks the first of nine to be played in the series.  Fox Soccer Plus is the exclusive U.S. home for all Tri-Nations’ matches through the end of the competition in September.

In addition to the Tri-Nations, Fox Soccer Plus also features extensive coverage of the Currie Cup – South Africa’s premier domestic rugby competition – beginning Friday, July 9 live at 1:05 p.m. ET, with defending champion Blue Bulls’ vs. Pumas from the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.  Eight teams battle it out to for a chance to claim the Premier division title.  Fox Soccer Plus will air tournament matches through the Currie Cup Final in October.            

In conjunction with its live rugby programming, Fox Soccer Plus also features Rugby World, a weekly magazine show premiering each Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET. Expert analysts Dave Sitton, Brian Vizard, Ray Viers and Matt Brown host the series of eight half-hour programs exclusive to Fox Soccer Plus, providing context and perspective on all matters rugby. 

WHAT:           
Tri-Nations and Currie Cup on Fox Soccer Plus

WHEN: 
Friday, July 9 - Currie Cup: Blue Bulls vs. Pumas at 1:05 p.m. ET (live)
Saturday, July 10 -  Tri Nations: New Zealand vs. South Africa at 3:30 a.m. ET (live)

For a complete telecast schedule, visit msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/tvschedule.
For more information about Fox Soccer Plus, visit msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/plus

HOW:               
Fox Soccer Plus is available to video providers across the country in high-definition and offered to viewers on DIRECTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS as a premium service.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

USA Rugby Annual Coaches Conference, August 14th - 15th

The 2010 USA Rugby coaches conference has just been announced and you'll find details below.  New this year, USAR will be accepting a limited number of presentations from coaches around the USA. If coaches are interested, please submit paper on rugby topic of choice to Coach Development Department. If your paper is accepted, you will receive free accommodation at the host hotel for the conference, and have a timeslot to present your topic.

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WHEN: August 14-15, 2010 (Sat. 9am-4pm and Sun. 8am-1pm)
Meet & Greet Social on Fri. Aug. 13 at the USA Rugby National Office 6-9pm

WHERE: Millennium Harvest House Hotel 1345 28th Street Boulder, CO 80302

WHAT: The weekend will consist of elite Guest Speakers, Peter Wright (professional coach and ex-British Lion), Steve Martin (NPC and Super 14 Coach) and Pat Lam (Head Coach of Auckland Blues). Also, there will be presentations from a variety of departments from USAR

COST: $150 fee for both days which includes coaching gifts on top of a wealth of knowledge. Also, you will receive 10 Continuing Education Units for attending this conference

HOW TO REGISTER: Please visit  membership.usarugby.org to register and Click on Sign up for
Coach Course

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.usarugby.org/goto/cdp Or contact Coach Development Manager Mollie McCarthy mmccarthy@usarugby.org or 303.539.0300 ext 129

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bingham Cup 2010: Results and Standings

Finals 
(winners in blue)
Cup:


Plate:

Gotham A 18 - 15 Sydney A
Los Angeles 17 - 0 Manchester







Bowl:


Shield:

Sydney B 10 - 7 Washington B
San Francisco B 0 - 14 Emerald Warriors







Crest:


Spoon:

Gotham B 10 - 12 Phoenix
Seattle B beat Ottawa (forfeit)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bingham Cup 2010 Report: Day 1

By Roberto Santiago

It was a gorgeous day at the Bingham Cup on Friday.  The weather was hot but never reached the humidity that was forecast.  The theme of the day was "blow out."  There were only a few games that weren't completely lop sided and only a few more that didn't have a score ending in "to 0."  

In the morning Washington DC B beat San Diego 46-5, Gotham B crushed the French, Madison beat Phoenix, Sydney B beat Seattle B, SF B mashed Ottowa, Ireland killed North Sea, a team made up of Brits, Danes, and Dutch.  Later on Washington B beat Seattle B 62-0, Washington A beat Atlanta 38-0, then crush Chicago.  Manchester tied Dallas for the lone draw of the day.

Despite the strong play by many teams two squads stood out above the rest.  The defending champion Sydney A won both their matches including an 80-0 demolition of Atlanta.  They were slightly outdone by the Gotham A side who's two wins included an 83-0 dismantling of Nashville.  

The wheat will be further separated from the chaffe today.  Washington A and B play Sydney A and B which will determine the seeding for that pool.  The last pool games will be today from 9:00-1:00 with quarter final matches starting at 2:00pm.

Bingham Cup 2010

Yesterday saw the the kick off the 2010 Bingham Cup in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  For those not familiar with it, the Bingham Cup is a biannual international, non-professional, gay rugby union tournament, first held in 2002. The tournament was named after Mark Bingham, a former University of California – Berkeley rugby star who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on board United Airlines Flight 93. 

This year the tournament will feature 22 teams from all over the globe including my old team from DC, the Washington Renegades.  Current Cup holders, Sydney Convicts, will be the team to beat as defend their title and aim to make it 3 Cup wins in a row.

For further information on the event, head over to the Bingham Cup website and for the latest results, follow along on twitter @binghamcup2010And stayed tuned to us as we'll be bringing you special reports from Minneapolis courtesy of our Bingham Cup correspondent, Roberto Santiago.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Churchill Cup Finale hits the East Coast

The Churchill Cup rolls into Harrison, New Jersey this Saturday June 19th for the finals of the plate, bowl, and cup.  Taking place at the recently opened and stunning Red Bull Arena, the competition promises fans a gloriously full day of international rugby.

Kicking off at noon, Russia will take on Uruguay for the Bowl.  The main event at 2:45pm will see the England Saxons  attempting their fifth Cup victory, while Canada makes its debut.  Last but not least, the Plate final has USA taking on France at 5:30pm.

Tickets are still available, so if you're in the New York metro area and fancy working on your tan while catching some top level rugby, head on over to the Red Bull website to pick them up! 

If you can't make it out, don't fret: NBC/Universal Sports has got you covered!  They'll be broadcasting all three games live. Get full details at their website or check your local listings for details.

I'll be at the event so come over and say hello or feel free to tweet me @arugbylife with you thoughts on the games.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fox Soccer Plus to show live coverage of International Rugby Tests

Hot off the wire from the folks at Fox Soccer News...

Los Angeles (June 16, 2010) – Fox Soccer Plus, a new premium network designed to complement Fox Soccer Channel, continues its coverage of international rugby tests throughout June with six more live matches featuring the top rugby-playing nations. 

This Saturday, June 19, the first of three live rugby tests begins with New Zealand – the top-ranked nation in rugby union featuring superstar Dan Carter – facing off against Wales live from Carisbrook Stadium in Dunedin, NZ at 3:30 a.m. ET.  The second test match features Australia and England in battle at 6 a.m. ET from ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Live match coverage concludes with a competition between South Africa and Italy from the Puma Stadium in Witbank, SA at 9 a.m. ET.     




Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Play Rugby USA Auction Items Announced for Cocktail Celebration this Thursday in NYC



 
You've gotta be in it to win it! 
See you at Thursday's Cocktail Celebration and you could win some of these great auction items...

Auction & Raffle Items Include:
  
Raffle Premium Prize: Clint Eastwood signed Play Rugby USA Rugby Ball
& multiple other raffle prizes including designer jewelery & PRUSA merchandise
Silent Auction Items: 
  • 2 round trip tickets to South Africa from NYC, courtesy of South African Airlines
  • Long Weekend for 2 in Bermuda as VIP guest of Team America Classic Rugby Team at the World Rugby Classics (Nov 2010). Includes 5 star hotel, flights, player tent access & more.
  • VIP Yankees Tickets including dinner, in game food and non alcoholic drink & Legends Seating
  • 4 Mets Tickets plus 2 kids entry to pre-match kids' Mets on-field Clinic
  • Weekend in Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas
  • Signed Mark Sanchez NY Jets Home Jersey - Framed
  • Signed & boxed NY Jets Football with multiple player signatures
  • Premium box of Cigars, courtesy of Nat Sherman, NY
  • 4 VIP tickets for the David letterman show Monday June 28th 6pm taping
  • Yoga package kindly donated by Peter Seccia
  • Vintage Designer Bag
  • Designer Jewelry Items courtesy or Koru Designz
  • Soho House Spa Treatment & Dinner for 2
  • Premium Wine Collection courtesy of Wine Australia
  • Signed & boxed PRUSA ball, signed by by 7 International Rugby Legends including Jason Leonard (Eng), Michael Lynagh (Aus), Justin Marshall (NZ), Mike Catt (Eng), Scott Gibbs (Wales), Jeremy Guscott (Eng), Scott Hastings (Scot)
  • Premium designer bag package, courtesy of Jimeale
  • Premium golf foursome at course of your choice
  • 1 week in London Knightsbridge corporate apartment courtesy of Dr. Jock Percy
  • Play Rugby USA Merchandise Pack
See you Thursday!
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fox "Rugby World" strikes back!

Fours weeks have past since the debut of Fox Sports new rugby show, "Rugby World" and as many of you may have read from my previous post, I was far from impressed.   So what would the brief hiatus bring us? Improvements? Status quo? A feeling of despair?

I'll start with last weeks show, which I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with.  It seemed that I might have a fairy godfather (I'll call him Uncle Dave) that has magically been listening to my wishes.  Gone are the rugby jerseys, now replaced with blazers, shirts and ties.  They still seem to be stuck in the bar, but our hosts did appear to be saving the pints of Guinness until after they are off camera.  As for the coverage, well the International scene was well represented again with the Super 14, Magners League, Heineken Cup etc., but this time they promised a treat in show No. 3 (which aired last night) that would include coverage of the Churchill Cup and the USA Men's Club Championship .  So last nights show rolled around, and I have to say, they didn't disappoint.  They showed the USA Eagles win over Russia in the Cup, highlights from the Men's Championship games, and a bonus feature on the Welsh Warriors US tour game against the local Glendale lads.  The show had definitely got better.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Angry Ref - "Crime and Punishment"

I recently read this article discussing the length of a yellow card suspension in U19 rugby.  If you don’t want to follow the link and read the article it basically brings up the issue that some people, (who these people are isn’t really discussed but I guess they’re loud enough to be heard but not loud enough to be recognized) are questioning the application of a ten-minute suspension in a seventy minute match.  The argument is that if the game is shorter the suspension should be shorter.  The writer (there’s no byline) makes some good points on both sides of the issue.  Readers make some emotional points in the comments.  The Angry Ref will summarize the correct opinion: “Balderdash!”

Thursday, June 10, 2010

MARFU Mens All Star Sevens

Calling all MARFU Men! If you are interested in being considered for the All Star 7s Side, your in luck.

Chris Harvey, the Head Coach for the team, is tentatively scheduling a camp on August 7th in preparation for the All Star Tournament taking place August 28th-29th in New York City.  

The coaching staff will be attending most of the MARFU 7s tourney's this summer, so if you are playing, they want to see you.

For further information,  please email Chris (harveycw10@yahoo.com) with your name, email, phone number, summer 7s club info., and position you play.  

Good luck!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Brief History of The M.I.T. Rugby Football Club

Today, I got this gem of USA rugby history from one of my old clubs, MIT RFC, courtesy of rugby alum, Art Morales.   Its an article, written about 15 years ago, which recently got re-discovered, and I thought be great to share.  Enjoy!
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A Brief History of The M.I.T. Rugby Football Club

Rugby football was being played at M.I.T. as early as 1882 according to school records. It became increasingly popular during the early 1900's when gridiron football was temporarily banned at the school.  The club ceased to exist during the Second World War only to be resurrected in 1949, making it the oldest club in the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) and one of the oldest in the United States. In fact, M.I.T. RFC was the moving force in the establishment of NERFU itself. With the leadership of Prof. Joe Walsh and Dr. Bob Lawrence (M.I.T. Ph.D. '57), NERFU has become one of the strongest sub-unions in the United States.

Several clubs which are now regional or national powers are children or grandchildren of the M.I.T. RFC By the late 1950's, rugby at M.I.T. had become so popular and had retained so many alumni that the decision was made to restrict M.I.T. RFC membership to current M.I.T. students. Because of this action, a number of M.I.T. alumni started the Boston RFC in 1960, the first club team established in New England. Boston RFC in turn, became perennial NERFU champions and one of the premier teams in the country.

An M.I.T. RFC alumnus of the class of 1966, known throughout USA Rugby solely as The Troll (due to his ability and inclination to live at the bottom of scrums) has been a leader in the development of rugby in the Pacific North-West coast with the formation of the Portland (Ore.) Jesters and their rivals, the Portland Pigs.

With the help and support of the men's club, the M.I.T. Women's RFC was formed in 1976. The team included several players from the nearby Wellesley College. The Wellesley College players split off in 1988 to form their own club which was coached by M.I.T. RFC men's players until recently. According to some calculations, the M.I.T. RFC has helped develop over one thousand players since its reincarnation in 1949.

During the mid-1950's, M.I.T. RFC was considered to be the unofficial national champion; the club's spring tour of the Eastern seaboard was the yardstick by which the development of American Rugby was measured.  Since then, the club has toured many foreign lands, the first being Bermuda in 1951. As one alumnus wrote,

"We went to Bermuda as a team for the spring vacation rugby festival in 1951 and it was a ball. Wealthy families had taken their daughters to Bermuda for Easter vacation but not their sons, and the girls complained bitterly. The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce hit on the terrific idea of having a series of rugby matches during that week, thereby providing something to watch and men for the cocktail parties the young ladies loved to have. I believe they are providing us a place to stay and free breakfast and it was up to us to piece together lunch and dinner at the social events" [ed. note, Albert D. Wheelon, the writer, was a senior vice-president at Lockheed Missile and Space Company in 1992]

Our biannual touring tradition was reestablished with the 1984 tour of England. That tour was followed with tours of England and Wales (In 1986), France (1988), Japan (1990) and Scotland (1992). After skipping 1994 as a rebuilding year, we prepare ourselves to revisit England and Wales for our "Ten Year Reunion". To complement our touring ways, the club yearly hosts foreign tours. In the last couple of years, we have hosted Hatfield Polytechnic (England), University of Western Ontario (Canada) and Glasgow University (Scotland).

The club has won almost every piece of silverware available on the East Coast, including the college division of the country's largest sevens tournament (Rockaway, 1989). The M.I.T. RFC is the only college side ever to win the NERFU Championship (1974). M.I.T. RFC was the first winner of the prestigious New York Sevens Tournament in 1958 (The M.I.T. Women's RFC won their bracket in 1979). M.I.T. won the Tech School Tournament the three years it was run (1984-1986). In the Spring of 1993, M.I.T. came out with big wins against Columbia and the Uniformed Services Medical School to win the E.R.U. Graduate School Championships. Most recently, the M.I.T. RFC Summer Seven's Team won the boot division at the Beacon Hill's Sevens Tournament in 1995.

As a leader in American rugby, M.I.T. RFC understands the importance of the social aspects of the game (particularly when hosting or traveling on tour). Even in the years when the club's record on the pitch slips, the pride is maintained with a social tradition that asserts; "If we lose the match, make damn sure that we win the party!". Usually known as one of the most versed singing teams in the area, the club has received national press for their sound rugby traditions. As an article in Rugby Magazine commented:

"Due to many academic commitments and other obligations, M.I.T. showed up at 4 a.m. and slept on the pitch. They started slowly, but showed their true rugby spirit, finishing strong... Despite losing a close match to P.C.O.M. (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine), they proceeded to show their hosts their true partying technique."

M.I.T. RFC has always eagerly supported campus activities which introduce new players to the game of rugby. Presently, the team fields two fifteen-man sides, and sponsors a Physical Education class and a biannual intramural sevens tournament. By offering everyone interested a chance to play the greatest game in the world, the M.I.T. RFC has continued to replenish its strong base of enthusiastic players.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

3rd Annual Mayor's Cup Rugby Festival this Saturday in NYC

Play Rugby USA will be hosting their 3rd annual Mayors Cup this Saturday form 9am to 5pm on Randall's Island.  The event is the largest youth event of its kind in Manhattan and will have more than 650 kids playing from elementary schools, middle schools, and the debut of the first ever public high school sevens league

With its Olympic theme this year, to celebrate rugby being re-introduced to the games in 2016, each of the teams will represent a different country from around the world with specially designed shirts made for them by the folks at Rugby Ink

I had the great pleasure to do my very first podcast for a rugby life at last year's cup.  It's a really amazing event to attend and I strongly encourage if you in the city, make the effort to head over to the island to watch.   And if you want to get more involved, Play Rugby are happy to have more volunteers and all interested parties should email Bryan Vale (bryan.vale@playrugbyusa.com) for more details.   I will be one of the many volunteer team managers of this year, so if you at the event, come on over, say hi and cheer on the kids!

To get to Randalls, if you are travelling by car, follow directions to the Island, then park at Icahn stadium (http://randallsisland.org/maps-directions/getting-to-randalls-island/#car). There are signs posted on the island, so look for signs to fields 72-75.   
For travel by mass transit, take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 125th street. From 125th street, you can take the M35 bus from the Northwestern corner of the intersection. The bus drops you off a 10-15 minute walk from the fields.  Here is a link to the map of Randall's Island where the games will be played. 

And finally, for your viewing pleasure, here are some photos taken from last years cup. Enjoy!
 

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