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.


About the Author Vincent Johnson

Father, Husband, photojournalist as well as rugby coach & player. Living in the great city of Chicago.

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