I’m back from being out of town and am glad to say that no matter when I travel I can find people and friends who are part of the rugby community. During my recent trip to New York I was invited to come out the NYC v Long Island rugby game. It’s always exciting to go to a crosstown game in a new place. Both teams were more than happy to give information on how to get the pitch, make sure I was up to date on kick off, and invited to the social after the game. I also checked out Jersey City with a friend who I met at a rugby tournament when I was a rookie in college. Through the sport i have friends in Cali, Florida, Nashville, Memphis, the Twin Cities and many other places. It's always good to have an extra tour guide, or someone to call when you're lost
As the Rugby World Cup is coming closer to an end, we’ve seen the teams bonding off the pitch, picking each other up after a rough tackle and the rugby world really coming together and uniting. The country of New Zealand has hosted players and fans from all over the world and from what I’ve read and seen on people posts, there has been nothing but a good time at the tournament. The United States also came together this week with Rugby Night in American, where establishments aired the USA v Italy game and donated 10% of proceeds to the Balls for All Program. In Chicago, Black Rock Kitchen and Pub was one of many places across the nation sponsoring the event.
The United States is now out of RWC running, but the Eagles are comfortable with the way their games went. Eagles Wing, Colin Hawley told the New York Times
“We always play to win, and at any given day history can be made. We play each game like that could be the day.”
The team certainly turned heads beating Russia, keeping Ireland to a tight and well fought game and holding Italy which will surely help with the development of the sport as the re-entry of the sport in the Olympics is just over 4 years away. There's currently 350-thousand young ruggers in development. On the weekends, Chicago teams such as the Griffins, Lions and North Shore help develop future USA Eagles with the Wapiti Rugby Clinics, supporting not only the future but coming together as a city.
Also after your games this weekend if you haven't had enoough rugby bonding, you can watch the lovely ladies of North Shore Women's Rugby try to see how many chicken wings they can take down to help support the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club. Nothing like competitive eating to bring people together.
GAMES COMING UP THIS WEEKEND:
Northwest Woodsmen @ Chicago Riot
Chicago Dragons @ Rockford Ravens
Lake County @ Lincoln Park
Wisconson @ Southside Irish
Fox Valley @ Chicago Westside Condors
Milwaukee @ Lincoln Park
NIU Women @ DePaul
UIC Women @ U of Chicago
Northwestern Men @ NIU
Loyola Men @ UIC
DePaul Men @ U of Chicago
Chicago Griffins B @ Blaze B
Kellogg @ Lion’s Old Boys
Plainfield Women @ Northwestern
Sunday Funday- Northshore Women’s Wing Eating Competition Fundraiser @ Black Rock Kitchen and Pub, 11am