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USA Rugby presents "Eagles Chicago" at the Drake Hotel on Thursday, November 1 to Kickoff Your Rugby Weekend
USA Rugby is proud to present Eagles Chicago at the iconic Drake Hotel on November 1, 2018 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Join the USA Rugby Eagles Men and Women, global guests and rugby leaders for an evening cocktail reception. Eagles Chicago will be co-hosted by past Eagles Dallen Stanfordand Phaidra Knight. See you in Chicago!
Just Over a Week Until the Lost Afternoon Luncheon Presented by Penn Mutual
Autumn in the U.S. brings us three annual fun-filled events: Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Lost Afternoon Luncheon presented by The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. Although this year's Lost Afternoon Luncheon is just two weeks away, there is still time to reserve your seat, or table, at this unique rugby gathering.
Join us Friday, November 2, 2018 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for an afternoon of rugby fun at what has become a must-attend event on the test calendar.
Past Ireland, and British and Irish Lions great Donncha O'Callaghan has signed on as this year's keynote speaker. Donncha is a much sought after dinner speaker in the U.K. and works with a number of different charities, including UNICEF.
In addition, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Gary Gold, who has the Eagles on a current 8-0 run, will answer a few questions ahead of his team's game with the New Zealand Maori All Blacks. He'll be accompanied by U.S. Men's Team General Manager, former Eagles captain and U.S. Rugby Hall of Famer, Dave Hodges. Hopefully, Dave will have some of his Eagle players in tow.
Also speaking, ahead of his team's match with the world's number one ranked New Zealand Black Ferns, will be new U.S. Women's National Team head coach, Rob Cain. Accompanying him to the Lost Afternoon will be the General Manager of Women's High Performance and past Eagle, Emilie Bydwell.
They join an ever growing list of past United States Eagles players who have already confirmed their attendance, including Ray Green, Denis Shanagher, Alec Montgomery, Butch Horwath, Brad Andrews, Dan Lyle, Tony Ridnell, Greg Schneeweis, Todd Clever, Steve Finkel, Chip Howard, Bill Fraumann, Mark Sawicki, David Fee, Brian Vizard and Pat Johnson. Past U.S. Eagles head coaches Ray Cornbill and George Betzler will also be attending.
Fraumann, Vizard, Hodges, Lyle, Finkel, Cornbill, Betzler and Andrews will be joined by fellow U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame members Jay Waldron, Don Haider and Bob Watkins.
The U.S. Rugby Foundation is also pleased to announce that the National Sports Heritage Collection will be offering a "Pop-Up Museum" of extremely rare artifacts and stories from America's earliest rugby history (1869-1924) at this year's Luncheon. The rugby topics will include women, Native Americans, youth, adults, international tours (All Americans, All Blacks, and Wallabies), 1919 Inter-Allied Games, and the Olympic Games (1900 - 1924).
A raffle, which will include autographed sports memorabilia, including several rugby jerseys autographed by past and present United States, New Zealand and Ireland players, will take place following the official program.
Typically the 90-minute program turns into a full day extravaganza so please plan your schedule accordingly. We don't call it a lost afternoon for nothing.
The best part of it all is that all proceeds from the Lost Afternoon Luncheon will be directed towards youth rugby.
So join us for a day of rekindling old friendships, making new ones and supporting youth rugby.
Attire for the Lost Afternoon Luncheon in business casual.
We do expect a sell-out so don't wait to purchase your tickets. You can purchase a table of 10 for $1,000. Single seats can also be purchased for $125. Remember, all proceeds benefit youth rugby. Registration deadline is noon EST on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
See you on November 2.
Close Out Your Friday Night with the Eagles XVS Club
The Eagles XVs Club (focused philanthropy for our Men’s and Women’s USA Eagle National Rugby teams) is hosting ‘The Rugby Party at The Rugby Weekend’ at The Scout on Friday, Nov 2 from 8:30 til close.