Friday, April 18, 2014

Start a Tag Rugby Team!

The Wisconsin Tag Rugby group is looking to grow the future of rugby in the state.

Coed youth in grades 3-8 can participate in low or no cost tournaments this summer as a platform to grow and energize the development of your future rosters.
Tournament schedule;
6/28 @ Milwaukee Lakefront 7's
7/12 @ Fond du Lac
7/26 @ Menomonee Falls
8/2 @ Appleton

If you have played touch rugby then you have the basics down. Just add flags, size 4 balls, a few cones, team shirts/ scrimmage vests, and any practice field will do.

Grades 3-5 play 5v5, grades 6-8 play 7v7. With unlimited subs and a minimum of 3 games at each tournament, players will get plenty of opportunities to showcase their new skills. Bring one team or multiple, play in one tournament or all 4. There is now commitment too large or small. We just ask that your team brings an adult to ref to help out with the games.

Help is available to get your team off the ground, I am happy to assist with any and all questions and even to volunteer my time to run your clinic or first practice. If your interested or know someone who might be, please contact me at 414-550-4052 or via email

WGR Announces 1st Ever State Championship

Wisconsin Girls High School Rugby is proud to announce the first-ever State 7's Championship.  Held May 31st, with both a JV and a Varsity division, each team in the state will have an opportunity to compete for the inaugural State Cup. 

Along with the Crusader Cup on May 3rd and a defacto regional championship at the Lakefront 7's the last Saturday in June, a nice 7's circuit has suddenly cropped up for area teams looking to compete in the Olympic version of rugby to be played at the next summer games in Rio. 

Having two divisions, both varsity and JV, is especially exciting as it helps all players gain experience in this different version of rugby.  It should be an easy transition to 7's for most veteran players, as the majority of the laws of the game remain the same; it's only the style of play that may perhaps change for competing teams.

The major differences in rules include kickoffs and free kicks.  When a team scores, in order to allow the other team the opportunity to play offense in such a short match (7-minute halves) the scoring team kicks. 

The other change is designed to speed up play.  On some minor infranctions a free kick is awarded instead of a scrum.  For instance, if a kickoff does not travel the required ten meters, the receiving team gets a free kick at the center of the 50 meter line

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Last Call 2014 Midwest Championships!

looks like there will be 3 Divisions of 8 teams in competition at this years midwest regional high school girls rugby championships held in Elkhart the end of the month. To all teams playing in the Midwest Girls Tournament: The tournament is less than 2 weeks away and I need everyone receiving this to confirm that they are coming, and how many sides they wish to enter. I want to have the brackets and game times finished by the end of the week. If you have not booked your hotel rooms see below: Teams should contact our event hotel director to book rooms. Cindy Highberg Total Event Services 3018 Heather Beach Lane Indianapolis, IN 46234 Phone: 317-899-9144 Fax: 317-899-9143 Toll Free: 888-EVENT-10 (888-383-6810) Cell: 317-716-8584 Information packets and registration information will be sent out later this week. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me. Bob Cronquist Midwest Youth Rugby

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Scores, Week 2

Oak Creek 0 DSHA 75

Saturday St Louis Ruggerfest (20 minute halves)
CMHS 36   Storm, Tn 0
CMHS 82   Broken Arrow 0
Sunday Finals
CMHS 30  Storm 5

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wisconsin Ladies Play for the USA

The USA Women's National team embarks on a short tour of Canada next week, as part of their preparation for upcoming Women's World Cup.

Coach Pete Steinberg, who also coaches the Penn St women, has selected three ladies with Wisconsin ties:

Sylvia Braaten, (Twin Cities Amazons WRC) Waterford, Wisc.
Katy Augustyn, (Berkeley All Blues WRC) Antigo, Wisc.
Kristen Zdanczewicz, (Minnesota Valkyries RC) Milwaukee, Wisc.

Sylvia played at Marquette University for her entire collegiate career as a center and flyhalf.  She made an immediate impact on the successful teams they had in those years.  For a short time she formed a dangerous pairing with DSHA flyhalf Natalie Mills as well.  Sylvia never had the opportunity to play high school rugby.

Zdanczewicz played briefly at UW-Whitewater, but she was so talented that she quickly moved on to playing with higher level programs.  She's had a long and successful rugby career.  A devastating tackler and ballcarrier who played a lot at #7, her selection for the team must be very meaningful to her, as she has returned from an ACL reconstruction to play again at the highest level.

The Tuesday game on April 15th will take place at Shawnigan Lake School in Mill Bay at 3:30 PM PT (6:30 PM ET). For Saturday, Westhills Stadium in Langford will host the 3pm PT game.

USA Women's 15s Squad to Face canada
Sadie Anderson, (Penn State WRFC) Fort Collins, Colo.
Katy Augustyn, (Berkeley All Blues WRC) Antigo, Wisc.
Libby Berg, (Minnesota Valkryies) Albert Lea, Minn.
Meya Bizer, (Penn State WRFC) The Woodlands, Texas
Sharon Blaney, (Oregon Sports Union RC) Braintree, Mass.
Phoebe Boone, (Berkeley All Blues WRC) Oakland, Calif.
Stacy Bridges, (Twin Cities Amazons WRC) Robinson, Texas
Jamie Burke, (Glendale Raptors RFC) Chesapeake, Va.
Emilie Bydwell, (San Diego Surfers WRC) Montreal, Quebec
Erica Cavanaugh, (Northern Virginia WRFC) Ashland, Va.
Sarah Chobot, (Glendale Raptors WRC) Medon, Mich.
Kate Daley, (North Shore Chicago WRC) Mishawaka, Ind.
Amanda Kingzett, (Twin Cities Amazons WRC) Ellendale, N.D.
Molly Kinsella, (Toronto Saracens RFC) Hinsdale, Ill.
Tess Kohanski, (Beantown RFC) East Lyme, Conn.
Lynelle Kugler, (Twin Cities Amazons WRC) New Raymer, Colo.
Jennifer Lui, (North Shore Chicago WRC) Ridgway, Penn.
Erin Overcash, (Glendale Raptors RFC) Goshen, Ky.
Samantha Pankey, (James River RFC) Buckingham, Va.
Naima Reddick, El Cerrito, Calif.
Kimber Rozier, Raleigh, N.C.
Amanda Street, (Washington WRFC) Princeton, W. Va.
Shaina Turley, (Women's Eagles Sevens-WCAP/San Diego Surfers WRC) Fox Lke, Ill.
Jacie Vonada
Carrie White, (Seattle RFC) San Jose, Calif.
Sarah Wilson, (Glendale Raptors RFC) Westerville, Ohio
Kristen Zdanczewicz, (Minnesota Valkyries RC) Brew City, Wisc.

Non-Traveling Reserves
Sylvia Braaten, (Twin Cities Amazons WRC) Waterford, Wisc.
Lauren Daly, (San Diego Surfers WRC) Boulder, Colo.
Mel Denham, (Beantown RFC) Norwell, Mass.
Ashley Kmiecik, (Emerald City Mudhens) Seattle, Wash.
Anne Peterson (Washington State University WRC) Arusha, Tanzania
Hope Rogers, (Penn State WRFC) Chambersburg, Penn.
Kittery Wagner, (Glendale Raptors RFC) Fort Collins, Colo.
Sarah Walsh, (Berkeley All Blues WRC) Baltimore, Md.
April 15, 2014
Shawnigan Lake School, Mill Bay, BC
3:30 P.M. PT

April 19, 2014
Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC
3:30 P.M. PT

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Upcoming Matches Week 2

Thursday April 10th

DSHA v Oak Creek  445pm      @ Dretzka Park
DSHA jv v Oak Creek jv 6pm   @Dretzka Park

Saturday April 12th

Catholic Memorial @ St Louis Ruggerfest
    CMH v Storm, Tennessee   10am    @ Creve Couer Park
    CMH v Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
    CMH b v Storm b

Other Games of Interest

Saturday April 12th
    Collegiate Men's 7's @ Naga-Waukee Park (All Day)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lakefront 7's Sale

Registration for the Milwaukee Lakefront 7's tournament is now open.  There is a sale on registration.

Girls High School teams may register from now until APRIL 30TH, if spots remain, for only $200.

Go here to register:

Sevens is reshaping the rugby world, as more and more teams switch to a separate sevens spring season.  Although some states, like Tennessee play fall girls sevens and spring 15's, the concept of sport separation remains the same.

Many predict rugby will start to look like high school running sports where teams compete in Cross Country in the fall and track in the spring.  While similar, related sports, the separation of track and cross, and now rugby and rugby 7's, into clearly defined codes of the game is leading to greater school and parental support, particularly at the collegiate and high school level.  It may also be in the best interests of the players to more clearly separate seasons.  Most think this trend wil continue to grow the game.