Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Play Rugby USA 2012 Calendar now on sale

PRE-SALE of Play Rugby USA's inaugural calendar for 2012 highlighting some inspirational images of youth engagement in the program and PRUSA's core values for each month. A great way to give back to the program while putting a smile on your face every morning! 

100% of net proceeds benefit Play Rugby USA's mission of "Developing Youth through Rugby". 

We will place all orders for this item on December 15th and notify you via email upon shipping. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

New York 7s kicks off tomorrow!

The 53rd annual New York 7s Tournament will take place tomorrow, a tradition New York Rugby Club has been honoring ever Saturday following Thanksgiving since 1959.  Taking place on Randalls Island and expect to see some top quality 7s from Mens, Womens, College, and Youth teams from across US.  

The first games start at 8:20am and respective division finals taking place between 2-4pm.  The full schedule can be found here.  

The Third half festivities will be held at Connolly's Pub (midtown Manhattan at 14 E.47th St. between Fifth & Madison Avenuesat 8pm.

Further details can be found on the Tournament Website at newyorkrugbysevens.com

Friday, November 18, 2011

Rugby Santa 2011: Try Time!

This time last year, Coach Burke of the Oakland Warthogs and I rucked over an idea to get OLD Rugby players to donate unused/retired gear to YOUNG Rugby players. The response last from last year's Rugby Santa forced my business partner to ask me to stop having stuff sent to the office. We literally couldn't get down our hall. Let's do that again, yes? 

After the Silly Season, "The Girl" at YourScrumHalfConnection.com came up with TRY Donation Program: Tomorrow's Rugby Youth. 

Madak.com designs gave us a logo, and BOOM, we were in business.  
 If you have old gear, please contact Kevin at RuckingInsurance.com for a mailing address. If you're a youth program in need of gear, again contact Kevin. And, be sure to visit the Rugby-Related Businesses that help us promote this last year: 
Ruckie The Moose 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

USA Rugby: 2012 Youth Development Conference Registration Now Open

Courtesy of USA Rugby

USA Rugby is extremely excited to announce that registration for the 2012 Youth Development Conference is now open! This conference welcomes coaches, referees, and administrators from all over the country to participate in professional development opportunities focused on growing youth and high school rugby.

Anyone interested in learning about current youth and high school best practices and new USA Rugby initiatives for 2012

Atlanta, Georgia

January 27th-29th

Early Bird (Now until January 8th): $100
General (January 8th-26th): $125
Walk In (January 27th): $175
*Includes breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Saturday, and dinner on Saturday

What to Expect
  • Cutting edge coaching techniques from the Men's, Women's, and Age-Grade National Team coaches
  • 2012 USA Rugby initiatives from Nigel Melville
  • USA Rugby youth and high school best practice sharing
  • 2012 Women's Coaching Conference
  • The 'Try Zone' exhibition hall featuring products and services
  • The 'Admission Hall' exhibition area featuring collegiate rugby programs from around the country
  • Networking with over 200 of the countries most involved youth and high school members
  • Representatives from all 28 State Based Rugby Organizations
To sponsor, exhibit, or advertise at the 2012 Youth Development Conference CLICK HERE!

Further Information:
Ian Jaray | Youth Development Administrator | USA Rugby | ijaray@usarugby.org

Proud Partners of USA Rugby

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fashion: Kia ora from the future

As part of a new feature on a rugby life,  I am proud to introduce an insight into rugby fashion brought to you by Bakline.

Kia ora from the future

With the culmination of the Rugby World Cup ending tomorrow, the 2011 year has proven to be a noteworthy one for rugby fashion. The battles waged on the pitch during the tournament began transcending across borders, court rooms and retail outlets before the event even started. While fans of the game watch replays on Rugby Dump to pass time at the office, our time at Bakline was busy watching the trends of the insight and controversy within the fashion world of rugby.

To kickstart the year, it was announced that a people's champion, Jim Carlberg of Rugby America, Ltd. in a David vs. Goliath scenario fought the Ralph Lauren Company in it's defense to keep the word "Rugby" out of Ralph Lauren's greedy portfolio of copyrights. Imagine, Ralph Lauren wanted to put a stop to all the brands out there from using "rugby" on their apparel. The chutzpah. Thankfully, a level-headed Judge in the USA thought RL's claim to be whack and gave the six year legal battle victory to Mr. Carlberg. Thank him if see him about.

Springboks RWC 2011 Jersey
The next battle waged, well several, was in South Africa. The beloved Springbok is the epitome of pride for many in South Africa. Although the icon was in existence long before the Apartheid went into existence, the current government wants to make all national teams consistent with the Protea and decided to move the Springbok emblem from the left chest. The jersey maker, Canterbury has their logo front and center - but the most important icon to rugby fans was cast to the sleeve during the tournament. To add further insult to the furor was a legislative member of the ANC government called on his peers and country men to boycott wearing the jersey for its made in China and not locally by the fabric mills within SA. Tough battle we say.

A similar story of politics and rugby fashion happened in New Zealand when MP Clare Curran wore a Highlanders jersey in session and was asked to leave for breaching dress code conduct. Her reason was highlighting the protest of the change in kit colors from blue and yellow to lime green. The passion!

England 7s National Team
Speaking of colors, who can forget England's "tiger" sevens kit or the debacle surrounding the English alternate "all black" kit. This, we think, is one of the biggest fashion stories of 2011. When England and Nike announced the all black kit, fans across the world on both sides criticized the marketing move as both offensive and flattering to the New Zealand All Blacks. Should we remind our readers that New Zealand's alternate kit is completely all white and Wales got in on the fun too with a near complete, all black away kit as well. It was probably just a fashion conspiracy to get the English to look like All Blacks supporters!

Which leads us to the tournament hosts. Adidas and retailers in New Zealand put the much anticipated All Black jersey up for sale at rather astronomical prices. In the home nation, the jersey asking price hovered around $220 NZ dollars (about $180 US) and online with World Rugby Shop for $89 US. This created huge uproar from fans as this price fluctuation showed the cracks in the marketing from Adidas. Obviously, New Zealand has a captured audience on an island and when you mix the pinnacle of rugby competitions in the land of the best team, you have a goldmine to suck dry. Some retailers bent on their profits to appeal to the fans but nevertheless - the support behind the All Blacks is immense and reports show the jersey is selling better than expected.

Oh, and thought that fancy new All Blacks jersey was indestructible? This one is for you ladies.

About the author: Bakline, Inc. is an American based sportswear and lifestyle company. Bakline Rugby is a Bakline, Inc. company brand with sales both domestic and international.

You can learn more about Bakline from President and Co-Founder Rob Schnabel who we interviewed in Podcast Episode 10.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Podcast Episode 17: Stuart Krohn & Dennis Lovelace (Scrum - Rugby in the Inner City)

Following the theme of youth rugby in California with our last podcast, in this episode I talk to Los Angeles based former International player Stuart Krohn and Filmmaker Dennis Lovelace. Stuart is the Director of the Inner City Education Foundation Public Schools (ICEF) Rugby Program that serves schools in the South LA area. The rugby program caught the eye of Dennis, who in collaboration with Stuart and ICEF, is currently filming a documentary about the program called “SCRUM - Rugby in the Inner City"

We talk about how the program and film respectively got started, and the impact Stuart and Dennis's partnership has had on the lives of the kids involved.

You can listen to the podcast on the player below or head on over to iTunes, our Facebook page, or our RSS Feed.  To learn more about ICEF visit http://icefla.org.  For more on “SCRUM - Rugby in the Inner City" visit http://scrummovie.com/

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New rugby apparel brand, American Sin Bin, launches in the US

Press Release courtesy of Kelly Crigger of Ranger Up.

Ranger Up Launches New Apparel Brand, American Sin Bin 

American Sin Bin seeks to elevate the game of rugby in America and deliver a World Cup Championship to the United States.

Durham, NC (PRWEB) October 05, 2011 
Ranger Up military and patriotic apparel today announced the launch of their newest brand, American Sin Bin rugby apparel with one express purpose in mind: bring a world championship back to the United States. “That might sound like a lofty goal, but we know we can do it,” says Ranger Up CEO Nick Palmisciano.”
Ask the average American about rugby and you’ll get a stone-faced look, but the USA actually has a rich history in the sport. The United States rugby team dominated the sport in the 1920’s, winning Olympic gold medals in both the 1920 and 1924 games. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Podcast Episode 16: Ryan Burke (Oakland Warthogs)

In the latest podcast episode, I talk to Ryan Burke, President and co-founder of the Oakland Warthogsa Californian based youth rugby program.

Ryan talks about how the program came about, the difficulties that they deal with, and how the local community has been helping rally behind their cause.  Ryan also gives an insight into the daily struggles many of the kids face and shares the success stories, such as Jose Pena (see video below) that is driving them to change their lives for the better. 

You can catch the interview on the player below or head on over to iTunes, our Facebook page, or our RSS Feed.  To learn more about the Oakland Warthogs check out their website at www.oaklandwarthogsrfc.com

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Celebrate the Rugby World Cup with Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc in New York City

New York City's popular Kiwi hang out, Nelson Blue, invites you to celebrate two of the country’s most iconic exports on Saturday, October 1st; Sauvignon Blanc and rugby. Marking the release of their 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, The Infamous Goose welcomes the triumphant return of their home team the All Blacks to the Rugby World Cup with a pre-game reception at New York City’s Nelson Blue Bar & Grill co-hosted by the Kiwi Club of New York.

Guests will be invited to complimentary samples of The Infamous Goose 2010 Sauvignon Blanc and learn “The Haka” – a traditional dance of New Zealand’s native Māori made famous worldwide by their rugby team. Originally performed before battle to proclaim strength and prowess - the Haka is now an integral part of formal ceremonies. Prizes awarded to the best Haka performers.

Cheer New Zealand’s All Blacks, as they take on the Canadian Canucks and toast to New Zealand rugby icons Captain Richie McCaw, Fly-half Dan Carter and wunderkind Sonny Bill Williams as they ruck and maul their way to glory in the North Island city of Wellington at 10:30pm EST.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time:9 – 10:30pm (Kickoff at 10:30pm)                    
Location: Nelson Blue New Zealand Bar & Grill
233-235 Front Street @ Peck Slip, South Street Seaport, NYC 10038

Phone:  (212) 346-9090
Price:  Complimentary to members of the public 21 years and over
Website: www.nelsonblue.com
RSVP: theinfamousgoose.eventbrite.com

I will be at the event, so please come over and say hi!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

11th hour RWC preview: Ireland vs USA

Ireland vs USa in Santa Clara.
Credit: Tony Avelar / Associated Press

The countdown to the Ireland v USA's match at the 2011 Rugby World Cup is almost over, as both teams get ready to kick of at 6pm NZST (2am EST) in New Plymouth.

This match is highly anticipated here, and even with the odds stacked against the Eagles, many are wondering if we could see an upset for the Irish.

For the Eagles, with the match taking place on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and former Irish head coach Eddie O'Sullivan now at the helm, this game is going to be an emotional one.   Captain Todd Clever and O'Sullivan have already acknowledge this in interviews and to their credit, have sounded very calm and collected.  Channeling this emotion into motivation is key to their success.  O'Sullivan knows the lay of the Irish land to a certain extent and exploiting that can only benefit the US.  Other key factors is for the Eagles to settle down into the game early, while maintaining the physically pressure for the full 80 minutes (US should take some inspiration from the Romanians and Japanese). 

A tribute to a fallen teammate

Yesterday I learned of the sad news of the passing of my former teammate and friend Oscar Hernandez.  Oscar played hooker for the Washington Renegades in DC and his untimely death has resonated not only throughout his club, but also fellow players in the PRU and IGRAB unions.
Washington Renegades Bs with Alice Hoagland
at the 2006 Bingham Cup.  Oscar is left of Alice.

I had the pleasure of both coaching and playing with Oscar.  At the 2006 Bingham Cup in New York City, I led one of two teams the Renegades had in the tournament.  The B's were in the Plate side competition and faced some tough opposition from around the globe.  Oscar was a key component of our success in finishing 3rd overall.  On the eve of 9/11, as I look back on the tournament, I find myself thinking about happy times rather than two separate tragic events.

Today, in honor of him, the Renegades dedicated their 1st matrix match of the season against Rappahannock.  They won the game with an impressive score of 62-0, and posthumously named Oscar man of the match.  It was a fitting tribute to a man who will be missed by all.

If you wish to leave a eulogy, feel free to comment below or post on his Facebook page.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My RWC 2011 predictions

Who'll be lifting the
 Webb Ellis Cup this year?
A few folks have been asking me what my Rugby World Cup predictions are for this year and thought it was about time to share them with you all!

I will talk more about game predictions in a future post or you can get a sneak peak of what I am thinking by joining the ARL Rugby World Cup prediction game on SuperBru (Pool name: a rugby life, Pool code: seartick).

So without further ado, here are my calls:

Friday, August 19, 2011

San Francisco Bay Area Rugby Business Network meetup tonight

Credit: Hear Comes The Guide
The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Rugby Business Network are holding their monthly meetup this evening in San Francisco.

Hosted by good mate Kevin Sullivan, the event takes place at the Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, 611 Howard Street (between 3rd and Hawthorne streets) from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

First $150 of beer is on Rucking Insurance Services

In Kevin's words (not mine!): "Attend, or you will be listed as an Australian Athletic Supporter!"

NYC's Randall's Island Sports Foundation fundraiser tonight

Rugby on Randall's Island (Credit: epsteinian)
Randall's Island is one New York City's popular destinations for rugby and regular hosts local club matches, youth rugby events, and tournaments around the year. 

The Randall's Island Sports Foundation, is a nonprofit organization that, in conjunction with the City,  works to grow and develop sports on the island.

As part of their fund raising efforts, two local stars of the NYC rugby scene, Renee Ovrut (President of MetNY RFU) and Andrew Gheraldi (Head Coach of Fordham Mens Rugby), will be guest bar tending tonight at O'Brien's Bar & Grill at 46th Street (between 6th and 7th) from 6pm onwards.  The $5 cover on the door gets you free food and drink specials. Attendees are in also in for a treat as Andrew is also an renowned mixologist on the local scene, and Renee is know to pull a our great pint!

You can find further details on the Facebook event page.

If you are unable to make the event put would still like to dontate to the cause, check out Renee's fundraising page at www.crowdrise.com/ReneeOvrut

I will be at the event to show my support, so don't be stranger...come over and say hi!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Village Lions Womens looking for Head Coach

The Village Lions Rugby Club Women's Team is looking for a Head Coach. The 11-year-old team is entering its second season as Division I team and competes in USA Rugby's Competitive Region 3 that spans from Atlanta to Boston.

The Women's team is comprised of people committed to attending practice, playing hard/winning, and having a good time. Their ideal coach should have the same commitment. The position is salaried with some flexibility depending on experience, availability, etc. for the fall and
spring seasons combined. Will sponsor for Visa and assist with Visa application/filing cost if necessary.

The Women practice Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. Practice is in the Bronx, off the 5 or 2 train at the 149th Street/Grand Concourse. Games are Saturdays in various locations, some involving overnight travel (travel cost will be covered by the team).

If you're interested in the position, please contact Sharon Berger (
sharondabe@gmail.com) or Jackie Finlan (jacqueline.finlan@gmail.com) as soon as possible, as the pre-season training begins August 16.

On a personal note, as one of the former assistant coaches for the ladies, I cannot speak highly enough about them.  If anyone would like to learn more, let me know, as I am happy to chat with you and share my experience.
Village Lions Womens at the Nationals in Florida in 2009

ARL launches RWC page for folks in the US

I am pleased to announce today the launch of the ARL RWC in the USA page!  Here you will find information, TV coverage, schedules, and local events where you can catch all the action in New Zealand.

Its a work in progress and I plan to regularly update it with more information as we get closer to the first kick off in Auckland on September 9th.

If you have any info. you would love to share with us, drop us a line!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rugby Professionals Network NYC Meetup, Wednesday August 10th, 7pm

This Wednesday the monthly gathering of the NYC based Rugby Professionals Network will be meeting from 7pm onwards at Dorian Gray in the East Village (205 East 4th Street).

With a common love of rugby, this informal event is your opportunity to network with like minded business professionals.  One of the hot topics this month will be the Rugby World Cup, so come on by to learn more and here about some of the exciting opportunities going on.

If you do plan to attend, please feel free to drop me a line and I'll look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Coverage of the RWC warmup match between USA and Canada tomorrow

With the Tri-Nations and International Test matches played out tomorrow morning, cap your day off with a little bit more rugby as the USA Eagles take on Canada at 2pm.

Playing their first of several Rugby World Cup warm up games, the Eagles will be away in Toronto against the Canadians.  They face off again next weekend but this time at home in Glendale, CO before heading overseas to play Japan in Toyko on August 21st.

You can catch all the action you're telly via NBC's Universal Sports channel (find your local channel number here) or online at the Universal Sports website.

International Test coverage tomorrow

Tomorrow will see England v Wales and Ireland v Scotland as all four teams take the field in International warm ups prior the World Cup.  TV coverage of these games is limited to PPV for home viewers but local watering holes will be showing the games provided via Premium Sports (check with the your local bar as their maybe a cover charge). They also are provided online streaming via uStream

If you are in New York City, the following bars will be showing the both of tomorrows games live:

Baker Street at 1152 1st Avenue (at the corner of 63rd Street) will be showing England vs Wales at 9:30am
McCormacks at 365 3rd Avenue (between 26th and 27th Street) will be showing Ireland vs Scotland at 9:15am, and England vs Wales at 9:30am
The Red Lion at 151 Bleecker Street (at the corner of Thompson Street) will be showing Ireland vs Scotland at 9:15am, and England vs Wales at 9:30am.

If you do know of other venues in NYC or would like to share other places around the US providing coverage, email us or post the details in the comments, on Facebook, or on twitter.

Tri-Nations TV coverage tomorrow

After big wins for both Australia and New Zealand in the Tri-Nations, the two face off in Eden Park tomorrow for the first of their two games in the tournament.

For folks in the US, coverage is available on Direct TV on channel 490 and online ( www.fromsportcom.com being one of many options out there).  

If you are in New York City, the following bars will be showing the games both live and delayed:

The Australian at 20 West 38th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) will show the live broadcast at 3:30am and repeat the broadcast at noon.
Nelson Blue at 233 Front Street (down at South Street Seaport) will be showing the game live (Note from the staff...there will be no admission after 4am, so please get there early).

Baker Street at 1152 1st Avenue (at the corner of 63rd Street) will be showing the game delayed at 1:30pm.
McCormacks at 365 3rd Avenue (between 26th and 27th Street) will be showing the game delayed at 11:30am.

If you do know of other venues in NYC or would like to share other places around the US providing coverage, email us or post the details in the comments, on Facebook, or on twitter.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Play Rugby USA needs your help in American Airlines video finals!

Play Rugby USA is shortlisted for the American Airlines competition Flights, Camera, Action where if they get the most votes, they have the opportunity to win 50 free flights and exposure of our Program to over 260,000 passengers!

Winning would help them get some great media exposure to their Program and allow them to use the flights to fly their West Coast teams to the East Coast for their 'Presidents Cup' National competition. Plus each voter goes into a draw to win 25,000 AA Advantage Miles.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Play Rugby USA looking for Executive Director in California

Play Rugby USA just announced they are seeking a Founding Executive Director for their California Chapter. 

The California Chapter was established in 2010 and has successfully piloted flag rugby youth development programs in 20 schools throughout LA. The Bay Area program is due to start later this year. The Executive Director will be responsible for developing funding, networks and programs partnerships across California to support both LA and Bay Area programs.

They will be hiring either one or two successful candidates as follows:
1) Full Time Executive Director, Play Rugby USA – California, or
2) Part Time Executive Director and Part Time Program Manager.

Proposed start date: September, 2011.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience and performance based. Please note, as this is a Founding Executive Director position, part of the salary will be based upon the individual's ability to raise the capital required to sustain the chapter.

Reports to: Chairman Play Rugby USA – California & CEO Play Rugby, Inc.

For additional details, please download both the request for proposal (RFP) and job descriptions.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Great article on USA Rugby Referee Dana Teagarden

Received this in our email box from USA Rugby today and was too good to not re-post.

Dana Teagarden: Enforcing the Boundaries  by  David Halvorson Jr.

Dana Teagarden was born and raised in rural Paola, Kansas and attended the United States Air Force Academy, where she began her rugby career.  In the second semester of her freshman year in 1988 she joined the rugby club and by her junior year of playing at the Air Force Academy, Dana was co-MVP of the 1991 Division I Women’s Collegiate National Championship team.  This accomplishment was quite impressive considering Dana was only in her third year of playing rugby.  She quickly acquired her high-level rugby skills largely due to her athletic and strength base from playing high school sports as well as from growing up on a farm.  But Dana also credits the rapid development of her playing skills partly to her experiences as a referee. 

Dana Teagarden in action (Credit: FSU Women's RFC)
Dana was still fairly new to rugby and its rules in 1989 and she couldn’t get consistent answers on questions she asked players, referees, and coaches.  As a result, she decided to pick up a lawbook and get to know the game more thoroughly.  Her past experience with rules as a referee in high school aided in her dissection of the laws of the game and it gave her an understanding of how to read and interpret the legal intricacies of the game.  The intent to gain further knowledge on rugby was paired with the intent to become a better player by gaining every possible advantage she could.  In this case, Dana felt that supreme knowledge of the laws of rugby and an understanding the game from a referee’s point of view could give her a big advantage as a player.  Her beliefs turned out to be true, as she was selected to the Women’s Eagles player pool in 1991, just three years after she picked up the sport.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hells Gate 7s tournament, Saturday 23rd July

Tomorrow will see the 3rd annual 7s event, Hells Gate, hosted by the Village Lions take part in New York City.  Four eight-team divisions will square off in the final Met NY Summer 7s Series tournament of the season.  The games take place on the Wards Meadow fields on Randall's Island.

The 32 teams will kick off at 9 a.m. and cap off the day at Van Diemen’s (3rd Ave between 27th and 28th streets) from 6-10 p.m., then Hairy Monk (3rd Ave and 25th Street) from 10 p.m. onward. 

For further details, visit the Village Lions website or email tournament director Bret Costain at bretcostain@hotmail.com.

Where to watch the Tri-Nations this weekend

The 2011 Tri-Nations kicks off this weekend with the Wallabies taking on the Springboks in Sydney.  Current Tri-Nation champs New Zealand start their campaign on July 30th against South Africa.  Full schedule details are below.

But where to watch the games?  For those of you with Direct TV, tune your boxes into channel 490 to catch all the live action.  For the rest, there is a few online coverage options available but your best bet is hit up your local bar.  In New York City, both Baker Stree and The Australian will have coverage.

Baker Street at 1152 1st Avenue (at the corner of 63rd Street) will be showing the game delayed at 11am Saturday, while The Australian  at 20 West 38th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) will show the live broadcast at 6:05am.  

If you know of other venues in the city or would like to share other places around the US providing coverage, email us or post the details in the comments, on Facebook, or on twitter.

2011 Tri-Nation schedule
7/23 Australia vs South Africa 6:05am EST
7/30 New Zealand vs South Africa 3:35am EST
8/6 New Zealand vs Australia 3:35am EST
8/13 South Africa vs Australia 11:00am EST
8/20 South Africa vs New Zealand 11:00am EST
8/27 Australia vs New Zealand 6:00am EST

Come and join Play Rugby USA in the Hamptons

All are invite to join Play Rugby USA for some awesome rugby events and summer fun in the Hamptons!

Montauk Mini Clinic and Rugby Day
The first event is the Montauk Mini Clinic and Rugby Day. Please join the Montauk Rugby club for their first annual Family Day and kids mini rugby camp Sat May 21st @ 10am.  Play Rugby USA and Montauk Rugby will conduct a fun and exciting flag rugby clinic at East Hampton High School Practice Field (Long Lane East Hampton). This FREE one day clinic will reaffirm or introduce children ages 6-14 to the skills acquired by playing this fun, exciting international sport. Stay around after the clinic and join Montauk Rugby for a family BBQ and to cheer on the senior men's team as they take on Connecticut Yankees. For more details and to register, please click the link: http://2011hamptonsclinic.eventbrite.com/

Hamptons 7s Rugby
Later this summer, the 1st annual Hamptons 7s Corporate Rugby Challenge will be held on Saturday Aug, 20th, 2011.  The event will be held at the Ross School on their "upper campus", located at 18 Goodfriend Drive in East Hampton and will feature both flag (non contact) and contact brackets of competition in an action packed 1 day event.  The flag version will enable companies to enter mixed teams of men and women while the contact version this year will be limited to men's only.  Team entry for the competition is $1000 for flag and $2000 for contact and will include player passes and playing shirts or jerseys.  As part of the tournament Hamptons 7s will also create a spectacular VIP area where competitors and sponsors alike can rub shoulders before during and after the day's activities. For more information on the tournament or for a copy of the event's sponsor or team packages please email rugby@hamptons7s.com or visit www.hamptons7s.com

Summer Rugby Camp
The last event this summer is another youth camp being run by our sister company, Elite Rugby America. Two week-long camps will be held at the end of August (8/22-8/26 and 8/29-9/2). For more information on the camps, please visit http://eliterugbyamerica.com/rugby-young.html

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Angry Ref - "Another Reason Why Football Needs a Slap in the Mouth"

OK, so I know this isn’t totally topical anymore, nor is it completely on topic, but trust me I’ll try to bring it around.  It wasn’t long ago that the Iranian Women’s football team was disqualified from an Olympic qualifying match  because the player wanted to wear their hijab.  Now there are many issues surrounding this story including FIFA’s general ban on political and religious displays and whether the Iranian team broke a previous compromise agreement with FIFA regarding some sort of cap to replace the hijab.

I don’t want to get into the religious freedom issue, in part because it’s so inflammatory and in part because I can see both sides.  The thing is, from what I’ve seen of the reporting on this issue from both the Islamic and Western press is that FIFA is standing by their contention that the hijab presents a choking hazard.  That’s right.  Instead of standing by their established rule about political and religious statements they are instead putting forth this perplexing nonsense about safety.  Poppycock!

As a referee I would not want to see a hijab in a scrum or a ruck.  I would worry about a player in a hijab on a break away with a defender chasing them down.  I can see safety issues there in terms of both choking and whiplash types of injuries.  But that’s because I referee rugby, a sport that has actual contact as an actual part of the game.  I ask you, when in football is there enough prolonged contact of a grasping or pulling nature as to present a choking hazard?  Mind you, this is “sport” where players fling themselves to the ground, roll around and cry if an opponent passes within a meter of them.  So when the hell is anyone going to have a chance to choke anyone else?  The whole assertion is preposterous.  It seems to me to be a thinly veiled attempt to punish the Muslim world simply for being Muslim.

Get with it FIFA, stop pretending your game has any danger and clean up the egregious flopping before trying to assert any claims about protecting player safety.  Ninnies.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Super 15 Final broadcast Live in NYC tomorrow morning

The Australia bar in NYC will be showing the Crusaders vs Reds Super 15 final "LIVE" Saturday morning at 5.30am.  Full details can be found on their website here  www.theaustraliannyc.com
For those who do not have Direct TV and are unable to get to a bar showing the game, it is available online at http://www.fromsportcom.com/ 
Click on the "Other" tab on the top of the screen and then scroll down to the Reds/Crusaders game. Hey presto you will be able to watch it live from 0530. Generally more than one listing for the match but just click on the first one listed. If that doesn't work for any reason just try the next listing.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Where Eagles Dare - SU Agen winger Kevin Swiryn flying the flag

Great article provided courtesy of www.internationalsportsconsulting.net

Exclusive Feature: Where Eagles Dare - SU Agen winger Kevin Swiryn flying the flag

By Colin Spiro, www.frenchrugbyclub.com

Agen's American winger Kevin Swiryn in action
Soaring Eagle: Agen's American
winger Kevin Swiryn in action

Photo: Eric Vincent / SU Agen

Seven years ago Kevin Swiryn was a talented American footballer pursuing his sporting dreams courtesy of a scholarship at St Mary’s College in California. As a wide receiver he had pace, nimble feet, good hands and a knowledge of the game – all valuable attributes - but then fate played its card. St Mary’s were boxing above their weight and couldn’t afford to continue funding their successful but over-stretched team. The football budget was terminated, the entire programme closed down and the dream appeared to be over.

As 19-year-old Kevin pondered his future, and considered switching universities, he took up an offer from two friends to join them for an afternoon of rugby – a sport he had never seen, let alone played. Within a week he was hooked, within a year he was touring with America’s combined universities side, and by the age of 24 he was a fully-fledged international after making his debut for the US against Ireland in Santa Clara.

Two years later and he has come to the end of his first season with SU Agen, the historic French side which has managed to retain its status in Top 14 at the first attempt after gaining promotion as ProD2 champions.

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