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On Tap: International Club World Series? - Preliminary talks have started on a possible club championship where the winner of the European Rugby Championship would play the victor of the Super Rugby Completion (SANZAR) from the southern hemisphere. This would be a one match, winner take all.  Should this come to pass, the next step might be to add brackets with other national club championships.

Hall of Fame Dinner - Reminder that the United States Rugby Foundation dinner to induct the eight new USA Rugby Hall of Fame honorees will be held this June 4 (Saturday) in the Lowe's Hotel, Philadelphia in concurrence with the Penn Mutual College Rugby Championship. Single tickets are $200.00, and a table of ten costs $1,700. Monies are used for fund raising for the organization. To find out more about the dinner, or to book, contact Brian Vizard at (619) 233-0765 or email him at

The inductees from the Class of 2016 are Brad Andrews, Jay Berwanger, 
George Betzler, Kathy Flores, 
Steve Gray, Dan Lyle, 
Dave Sitton, and Brian Vizard.

New Canadian Men's XV Coach - Rugby Canada has named New Zealand’s Mark Anscombe as head coach of the Canadian men’s national team. The 59-year-old Kiwi is the former director of coaching of Ulster.  Prior, he coached the U-20 All Blacks to a 2011 championship.

Memorable Tries - You Tube features the best tries annually from 2007, beginning with the nifty USA Rugby World Cup beauty against South Africa. Link to:

New Harry Potter Book with Rugby: Author J.K.Rowland announced that the newest Harry Potter novel features the Muggles Women's Sevens where Hermione Granger dropkicks a 95-meter, three-pointer using the Engorgio Ruggerando spell. (And, happy April Fools' Day to all.)