Posts tagged "iYRA"

USA v ALL BLACKS, Game Day Details

USA Rugby has released game day details to make planning your Halloween weekend a bit easier. It’s only TWO WEEKS AWAY! Friday the Chicago Griffins will be playing Arkansas State at noon, The CARFU Masquerade Ball ends after midnight, but you will want to make sure you rest up for the big day! You can... Read more »

Just over a month until USA v All Blacks

Chicago is getting ready for one of the biggest events on this nations soil for rugby. If you haven’t heard about it yet, and I’m not sure how that would be possible, but the best team in the world, the New Zealand All Blacks, are coming to Soldier Field November 1st to play the USA... Read more »

Illinois' First Rugby Olympian, Malcolm May

Malcolm May who we profiled just over two years ago, has become Illinois’ FIRST named rugby Olympian. Malcolm, who is now at Penn State, has played on the national level several times, played with the Illinois Tornadoes and was a St. Ignatius player as well. CONGRATULATIONS MALCOLM MAY!   VIA USA Rugby-   The United... Read more »
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ISO Clubs after College: The Lions

The oldest rugby club in Chicago is the Lions. They are in the midst of celebrating their 50th anniversary. Patrick O’Reilly, the club’s president told me a lot about the club, it’s past, where it is, and where it hopes to go in the coming years. Like any club, they have their reputation, but part... Read more »

USA Eagles playing New Zealand All Blacks at Solider Field

The IRB Rugby World Cup Champion New Zealand All Blacks will play their third match in history on USA soil Saturday, Nov. 1, at Soldier Field in Chicago against the Men’s Eagles, USA Rugby and New Zealand Rugby. A press conference held this morning had many people from the rugby world and the city of... Read more »

Think PINK! TRY RUGBY!

October is breast cancer awareness month. One thing that empowered women do is tackle health issues.  Though tackling players and making sure you’re staying health aren’t exactly related, being a confident woman makes being able to address your health issues easier. Athletes take better care of their body, and pay attention when things don’t feel right... Read more »
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Brother Rice, Plainfield, Lake Forrest Harries and Blackhawks all have WINNING in common!

iYRA State Championship games included games on all three fields starting at 10 am and the day ended with Tier 1 State Championship at. Over 40 teams competed at the event, hoping for the championship or pride of taking in the third place trophy. The Illinois Tornados All State Team also had their annual Possible/Probable game
What a week it’s been for sports in Chicago. The Chicago White Soxs hosted the Chicago Cubs for the first set of the Crosstown Classics.  The Blackhawks had an intensely awesome game  winning in an extremely tight game minutes into over time. Hawks fans across the city have been on edge the past two games... Read more »

Memorial Day and IYRA State Championships

FROM iYRA RUGBY- The Illinois Youth Rugby Association is proud to announce our 14th annual State Championships this Memorial Day May 27th. We are proud to develop youth through rugby and this event is the culmination of a very competitive season. We will also hold the Middle School Championships on June 2nd, as the event... Read more »

Coaching and Ref Clinics coming up!

If you are interested in becoming a bigger part of the game, some coaching and reffing clinics are coming up in ajust a few short weeks. The last coaching clinic was completely sold out! This is one of many signs to the awesome growth and youth development that is happening. The Chicago Area Referees’ Society... Read more »
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iYRA fills Youth Rugby Development Officer

Illinois Youth Rugby Association have filled the position for announce their Youth Rugby Development Officer. They have made a definitely awesome choice with retaining the services of Anthony “T.R.” Sparenberg. I have been lucky enough to know T.R. when he played rugby at Western Illinois University and am sure he will do great in this... Read more »
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    Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. Got hooked on rugby in 2003, played college, CARFU and with Chicago North Shore Women's Club. Love the rugby community, traveling around and being able to find rugby friends where ever I roam.

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