Should we say 'Goodbye' to the Haka?

“Rugby is a game, rooted in traditions” – These were the first words written into my rookie manual when I began playing rugby. The traditions of the game is on thing that helps keep the rugby culture alive, vibrant, unique, and respectful. I remember learning our pre-game chant. We started every match with it, and... Read more »

USA Rugby hires first full time coach for women

USA RUGBY SELECTS SARACENS WOMEN’S ROB CAIN AS HEAD COACH OF THE WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM  Cain has agreed to serve as the first full-time Head Coach in the history of the women’s program __________________________________________________________________________________ LAFAYETTE, CO. – Following an extensive search process, Saracens Women’s Head Coach and Director of Rugby Rob Cain has accepted an offer for... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »