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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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

Wapiti Looking for 200 Level Rugby Coach

Wapiti rugby football club cookout

Wapiti RFC are looking for a 200 level coach, primarily for our middle school tackle program. This position is accompanied by a stipend and incentives for the 2015 spring season. The ideal candidate will have experience working with youth rugby players and embody the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance, have the ability to put together and disseminate training plans from introductory principles to game strategies and positional play, be a positive role model for our young athletes, be able to interact with the board of directors to whom they would be reporting, and attend training at various locations within the city of Chicago.

Coaching CVs may be directed to info@chicagowapitirfc.com. Candidates will be expected to attend and contribute to one of the fall clinic dates scheduled this fall (see our calendar here). The primary function of our organization is to introduce kids from the ages of 4 to 14 to rugby – the ability to do so in an entertaining manner is paramount. There is a USA Rugby 200 level certification at Luther North High School on Aug 23. Wapiti will pay the registration fee of a desirable applicant who lacks the 200 level certification and all previously CIPP’ed Wapiti Rookie Rugby Coaches.

Women’s Eagle’s World Cup Squad Announced

The Women’s Eagles have been selected for the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014. In total, 26 players will have the chance to represent the U.S.A. in Paris for the prestigious tournament.

2012 Chicago Wapiti Coach Kate Daley is playing in the Women’s World Cup next month.  Kate coached our two tackle squads last year. We wish them all the best and look forward to success in Paris.


Fall rugby clinics, dates set

Dates have been set for fall rugby clinics.
They are the following Sundays (locations tbd):

Sept 14th
Sept 28th
Oct 19th
November 9th

Fall Clinics are included when registering for the Spring 2015 season.

Also, please mark your calender for rugby events on:  10/25 & 10/26 (Eagles vs All Blacks tie in); and


The fall clinics are a great way for your child to introduce the game to their friends.  These clinics provide a wonderful introduction for new players to the game of rugby, prepare 5th grade (and older) players for their first season of tackle, or simply continue enjoying playing Rookie Rugby prior to the Spring season.

Wapiti Take 2nd Place at Middle School State Championships

Wapiti Seniors Place 2nd at State Championship

Wapiti Seniors (7th & 8th grade side) placed second in the Illinois Youth Rugby Association’s Middle School State Championship in Rockford, on June 1st in Rockford. They fell to Chicago’s KIPP Ascend, a team they had beaten at the iYRA Middle School Fest on May 18th.


The Wapiti Senior side in action vs. KIPP Ascend at the iYRA Middle School Rugby Fest, May 18th, 2014.

The Wapiti Juniors (5th & 6th grade side) had a successful championship weekend as well, as they went undefeated in the tournament. While the junior side tournament includes some of the top teams in the state, no places are awarded at that level of play.


Photos from the High School & Middle School State Championships can be found here on the iYRA’s Facebook page.