Wapiti Rugby Training Moved Back to Feb 15

Superbowl Sunday? Pass. Snow? No Thanks!

This brings us to Sunday, Feb 15th to initiate training at Altgeld Park.  All players, Middle School, High School Boys, and High School Girls will gather at Altgeld Park at 2:00 for a training run. Length of training will be determined by the weather. If it is below 32 degrees, training will be for one hour; 32-45 degrees, an hour and a half; over 45 degrees, two hours.

Please contact info@chicagowapitirfc.com or call 773-270-1314 with any questions.

Registration open for Spring Season

 Tackle Rugby Training Begins January 25th

The tackle rugby program is for girls and boys in 5th grade and older.  Training sessions will begin on Sunday, January 25th and will be three days per week.

Register Now for Spring 2015 Rugby

Rookie Rugby Opening Day April 12th
The Rookie Rugby program is USA Rugby’s non-contact version of the game. It is the first step in USA Rugby’s player pathway, introducing the newest Olympic sport in a fun, safe way for girls and boys of all ages.

Wapiti Cheer On USA Eagles At Practice

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The Chicago Wapiti Rugby Football Club was given special access to the USA Eagles’ practice in the week leading up to their big match against the All Blacks.

Wapiti players and coaches showed up for the last half hour of the teams practice on Tuesday Oct. 28th, and got to be up close and personal as the team came off the practice pitch and headed to the gym for some post-practice conditioning. The Wapiti cheered on the Eagles as they boarded the team bus back to the hotel. Some got an autograph or two, while others settled for a high-five, or a photo with a player.

The Wapiti and their supporters will be cheering on the Eagles again when they take on the All Blacks Saturday, November 1st at Soldier Field.

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Find more photos from this event on our Facebook page and don’t forget to like us.

Rugby at Smith Park – 2526 West Grand

Schedule This Fall

Nov 1st – All Blacks vs Eagles (Soldier Field @ 2:30)
Wapiti Familes meeting at the FanFest
Nov 9th  – Wapiti Clinic (Smith Park @ 1:00) 
November 27th – Ruck N’ Gobble @ the Lakefront

Register your child now for Nov 9th Clinic and/or Spring Season using this link
2015 Registration

Rugby at Smith Park – 2526 West Grand
Nov 9th   1:00 – 2:30
Smith Park is located at 2526 West Grand Ave (1 block west of Western Ave)
Save Money by registering for Spring 2015 at 2014 rates

Thanks again to The Foundation to be Named Later  – Fall Clinics will be free to all!  

All girls and boys ages 7 and over are eligible for our fall clinics.

The U of I Men’s Rugby Alumni are hosting a charity Auction to meet Richie McCaw!

The University of Illinois Men’s Rugby Alumni have lined up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for three (3) people (and their daughters/sons) to meet the Captain of the All Blacks Richie McCaw!

Meet Richie McCaw Auction
All proceeds are to be donated equally to:
For Everyone Foundation & Chicago Wapiti RFC



The meet and greet will occur on Sunday morning, Nov 2nd in downtown Chicago (the day after the big match).  Due to Richie’s demanding schedule, the meeting will be limited to a total of 10 minutes.  While a short meeting, it is a unique private event with photo opportunities, autographs and a few questions.  We sincerely appreciate Richie taking time out of his busy schedule this weekend to raise money for charity.

Additionally, The U of I Alumni have secured an autographed All Blacks Jersey signed by Richie McCaw Dan Carter (hold title for most points scored in test matches) and Sir Graham “Ted” Henry(ABs coach that led them to their World Cup win in 2011).  This great jersey will also be included in the auction.

In order to bid on this fantastic opportunity, please click:  Meet Richie McCaw Auction
to register for the auction.  After you register you can bid and follow the auction via your mobile phone throughout the week.

Bidding will close at 8:00 PM on Saturday night, so make sure you plan accordingly.  The winners will be notified on Saturday night and will be provided with the details at that point.

The For Everyone Foundation was founded by Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Ali Williams in 2009 to help others at the grass roots, community level by providing the resources necessary to get the job done.  The trio frequently travelled around NZ with their odd-shaped ball and saw that many communities were struggling to raise funds for relatively small projects – like fixing a playground or changing shed, resurfacing a school pool or BMX track or simply adding hoops to the basketball court – which would make a huge difference to its members, encourage active participation and raise community spirit.  They fund small projects between $500 and $5000 that are often difficult to find funding for but often mean the most to the people who benefit from them. Their priority is to fund projects that can be completed in full with a grant of under $5,000.

Good luck to all the bidders and let’s raise some money for two great organizations!
The link (Meet Richie McCaw Auction) also allows for charitable donations to both organizations!
For more details – contact either:
Ron Miller:  rojomijr@yahoo.com or Rob Crisp:  rob_crisp1466@yahoo.com

All Blacks Make Wapiti & IYRA Rugby Clinic in Chicago

All Blacks and Wapiti Ruugby

All Blacks players Ben Smith, Ben Franks, Charles Piutau & Jeremy Thrush, with the Chicago Wapiti Rugby Football Club, World Sport Chicago’s Becoming a Man (BAM) program, Chicago Park District, and other Illinois Youth Rugby Association clubs at Smith Park in Chicago.

Over 100 kids turned out at Smith Park on Monday, Oct. 27 to welcome All Blacks players Ben Smith, Ben Franks, Jeremy Thrush, and Charles Piutau to Chicago. The All Blacks players graciously ran drills with the kids, posed for photographs, and signed autographs. Many thanks to the Chicago Park District for hosting the event and to World Sport Chicago for partnering with Chicago Wapiti in our joint bid to bring this experience to our players.

Involved in the effort were over a dozen Wapiti coaches, about the same number BAM coaches, the Chicago Riot RFC, Illinois Youth Rugby Association, and coaches from several suburban clubs, as well. Thanks to you all for your efforts.


All Blacks Game Nov. 1st

It’s almost here! Wapiti have a number of events scheduled for the week leading up to the big game. If you are a member of the club and have not received the schedule, email to info@chicagowapitirfc.com to get the latest information. Wear Wapiti kit!


A number of people have inquired as to whether Wapiti will be tailgating. Sort of. USA Rugby has set up a Fan Fest at Stadium Green, just southeast of the stadium. There will be inflatables for the kids, speed passing and precision kicking stations, Smith and Forge Hard Cider, music, food, and beer. Festival begins at 11:00. We hope to run into all of our Wapiti family there. Details