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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 [email protected].

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.)