MEDIA ALERT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ALERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 5, 2015

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TEAM MEDIA CONTACTS:
Women’s Team – Jessica Burda
608-712-1481 / jesrupe@yahoo.com
Men’s Team – Adam Thimming
315-751-9588 / rugbymastera@gmail.com

Historic Season Sends Two Madison Rugby Teams To National Championships

Local Men’s and Women’s Programs in USA Finals June 14

MADISON, WI – Success for Madison’s rugby teams has become a strong tradition in the past few years. But the 2015 season is proving to be one for the record books. Two of Madison’s local competitive adult rugby teams – the Wisconsin Rugby Club and Wisconsin Women’s Rugby – have advanced to the USA Rugby Division 2 National Championship Finals on Sunday, June 14 in Glendale, Colo.

The Women will play the Sacramento Amazons (Calif.) for the national title at 1:15 p.m. MT at Infinity Park Stadium. The Men will battle the Life West Gladiators (Hayward, Calif.) for the men’s D2 gold medal at 3:15 p.m. MT. The matches represent a possible third national title for the men following championships in 1998 and 2013, while the women look for their first.

After completing successful spring seasons in their local Midwest competitive leagues, both teams advanced to sweep the Midwest Rugby Union’s Championships May 16-17 in Lemont, Ill. Last weekend saw both teams travel to Charlotte, N.C. to compete in the USA Rugby National Quarterfinals (Round of 8) and Semifinals (Round of 4). The women defeated Burlington (Vt.) 26-15 and Augusta (Ga.) 41-12 to advance to the national final. The men knocked out New York 19-10 and Atlanta Old White (Ga.) 24-15 to earn another shot at the title.

The teams will complete team practices and preparations at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex in Cottage Grove, Wis., for the next week before traveling west next Friday, June 12. Practices are open to the media for photos, video, and interviews. Please contact Jessica (608-712-1481) or Adam (315-751-9588) prior to attending practices.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE – Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex, 4064 Vilas Rd., Cottage Grove, Wis.
Saturday, June 6 – Women, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Men, 10:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Monday, June 8 and Wednesday, June 10 – Women, 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Tuesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 11 – Men, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Fans of the teams can follow social media for live match updates and news.
Women – www.facebook.com/wwrfc and www.twitter.com/WIWomensRugby
Men – www.facebook.com/wisconsinrugbyclub and www.twitter.com/WRC_Rugby

USA Rugby will also be live-streaming both matches via http://usarugbytv.com/. More information on the Championships from USA Rugby can be found here –http://usarugby.org/club-news/item/club-rugby-15s-national-championship-matchups-now-set.

WRC Scheduled games for 5/13/2015

The D2 squad with continue their march to returning to the National Championship by playing the Detroit Tradesman this weekend in Chicago at the Blaze’s facility in Lemont.

The match is scheduled for 3:00 PM, check the WRC’s Facebook page for updates.

This is their address.

13011 W Smith Rd., Lemont, IL.

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The D4 squad with playing playing a home match against the Rockford Ravens at 1:00 PM at the Sports Complex in Cottage Grove

D4 vs Fond a Lac

WRC D4 faces off against Fond a Lac at 1 PM Central at the Sports Complex. Also, in a madison club feature, the Vomits face off against the Minotaurs at 11:00 AM.

5/2 – WRC Matches

D2 will be hosting Lincoln Park RFC for the Midwest “West” Division Championship. The game will be be played that the Wisconsin Sports Complex at 1:00 PM.

The D4 Squad travels to take on the Rockfor Ravens at 11 AM in Rockford.

Good luck to both Squads!

Fall Season Completed

The WRC D2 squad finished their fall season with a 29-5 victory over the Eastside Banshees. With the win, the WRC men take their record to 9-0 for the Fall. Stay tuned in the spring for the continuation of our season.

WRC in the local news

Watch Club President Max Zukowski and Coach Adam Thimmig talk rugby on CW57 – Talk of the Town.

Fall 2014 Training Starts August 7th!

We will begin training on Thursday August 7 for both division II and division IV. Training will be from 6pm-8pm at the Sports Complex grounds. Training will be on every Tuesday/Thursday until mid November. Times will fluctuate as light becomes sparse. We will play our first league match against the Chicago Riot on August 23. You have five weeks to fine tune your physical fitness. Tuesday/Thursday training will contain a large amount of fitness to springboard us into the the fall season. We need everyone who is interested in playing ball to be ready to ball by August 7.

New to Rugby? Fall season is the perfect time to start. All levels are welcome regardless of skill level.

Madtown 7s – Come join us!

Join us this Saturday, June 14th for the 2nd Annual Madtown 7’s held at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex. We will be hosting the first leg of the Midwest Rugby Club 7s competition.

The schedule for the day has been released and is located here.

Also, join us at the Cottage Grove Fireman’s Fest Info and Pro Rodeo, held right next to the playing fields.

madtown7s

WRC vs Rocky Gorge

The WRC came out on the short end of muddy filled affair. The final was 14-7 to Rocky Gorge. We will be back next year. Thank you to all you supported the team over the last year!

WRC defeats the Detroit Tradesmen

Final score on Saturday was 26-15 WRC. The boys from Madison advance to the quarterfinals in Pittsburgh, PA. The will play Rocky Gorge on 5/17/2014.