Adulting in Rugby

This month’s blogapalooza challenge is to write about the first time we felt like an adult. Personally, it was probably the first time I was left alone with a set of triplets and another child to watch solo when I was in high school, around sophomore year. Yeah, that happened.  It was absolutely terrifying. The... Read more »

Epstein for President?

This election has brought out the worst in people, both politicians and citizens. The number of hate groups has nearly tripled  in the last year. Jorge Ramos from Univison, was interviewed by Chelsea Handler, and he posed the question, “Where are the young politicians?” I am not truly advocating Theo Epstine for president, but he brought... Read more »

Sam Cane's advice to young ruggers

Sunday, before the All Blacks left Chicago, there was one final chance to ask some questions about how they felt after their game, their time in Chicago, and if they would want to come back again. One player that was available was Same Cane, who had his test debut against Ireland in 2012. The twenty-four... Read more »
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The Rugby Weekend an amazing event

This match was historic in so many ways. The sell out crowd in Soldier Field brought a sea of green to support the Irish Rugby club. 62,300 people cheered on this match. The Chicago Cubs beat a 108 year dry spell, and the Irish were in high hopes to break a 111 year of no... Read more »

The Rugby Weekend Kicks Off

The Cubs’ giant win and early city celebrations aided to the excitement of The Rugby Weekend, that AIG brought to Chicago.  Local Boy Scouts lined the tunnel to welcome players onto the field. After the National Anthems of both countries the crowd became excited, for the Maori to do the Haka. In the first minute... Read more »

Conor Murray and Andy Farrell talk Chicago

The World Series is over, and I am sorry Cubs fans, congratulations, but The Rugby Weekend, by AGI, is now here. That’s right, the city of the World Series Champions will host the worlds best rugby players. Conor Murray and Andy Farrel took some time this week to talk about their expectations for this weekend’s... Read more »
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Eagles announce roster

From USA Rugby LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Men’s Eagles Head Coach John Mitchell has assembled a travel squad of 38 players for the three-match November Tour kicking off Friday, Nov. 4, at “The Rugby Weekend Presented by AIG” in Chicago. Todd Clever, current U.S. caps leader at international test level, and Blaine Scully will continue to... Read more »

All Blacks, All Over Chicago

  The New Zealand All Black arrived in Chicago Friday, and have hit the ground running. The have toured downtown, been to a Chicago Bulls game, and took time to meet Chicago area youth players on Saturday. Rugby Illinois hosted a clinic for the Illinois Tornadoes, high school state rugby select side team, along with the... Read more »

Blogapalooza, Songs with Meaning

Yes. That is right. Marilyn Manson, Beautiful People. This is the song that has meaning to me. I LOVED Marilyn Manson, from the Portrait of an American Family album, to Holy Wood. This song I listed to before most rugby games I played.  I listen to this song after bad break ups, family fights, and... Read more »
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All Blacks Squad Named for Nov 5.

New Zealand Rugby Media Release The New Zealand Heartland XV 2016 squad has been selected ahead of a three-match campaign starting in November, including two games in Fiji. The matches, to be played between 5–11 November, will see the team play New Zealand Marist for the annual Ian McCrae Cup before travelling to Fiji to... Read more »