Schedule Changes

The schedule has changed for a couple of the upcoming games.

The match with the University of Puget Sound (UPS) had been moved to the UPS campus at 1500 North Warner St, Tacoma, 98416.

The best way to get there is to tank Highway 16 like you’re heading to Gig Harbor.  A couple of miles before you get to the Narrows Bridge, take the Pt. Defiance/ 6th Avenue exit and get in the far right lane.  Take a right on 6th Avenue, heading into Tacoma.  Take a left on N. Union Avenue and head north.  You should run into the south end of the UPS campus after several blocks.  You’ll notice the baseball field on your right and some other athletic fields.  Not sure which field the game will be played on.

The 15′s U-20 match against the UBC Old Boys Ravens has been moved from Saturday, October 18th, to Tuesday evening, October 14th.  The kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm and the match will take pace on Harrington Field.

Keep and eye on the WWU Men’s Rugby Fan Page for any last minute changes.  We will publish those changes here as well.

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Who Wants Seahawks vs Broncos Tickets?

Last May the Western Rugby Alumni & Friends held their annual Dinner/Auction in support of WWU Men’s Rugby Club.  One of the items donated for auction were four (4) tickets to the Super Bowl rematch game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos which will be played this Sunday, September 21, 2014.

The person who bought those tickets is now unable to attend the game and has offered these tickets back to Western Rugby Alumni to do with as we wish, so we are going to auction these tickets off again.

The seats are on the 40-yard line, lower level, eastside of the stadium.

The tickets DO NOT come with a parking pass.

If you would like to bid on these tickets go to the “Western Rugby Alumni” Facebook page, find the entry announcing the ticket sale and enter your bid.

Bidding will end by 6:00 pm Saturday evening and the tickets will be delivered to you almost anywhere in Western Washington once you have been notified and we have worked out payment arrangements.

Western Rugby Alumni are a 501(c)(3)charitable organization so any amount you bid over the face value of the tickets is deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS.  Check with your tax preparer for more detailed information.

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New Zealand All Blacks Profiled On CBS’s “60 Minutes”

As we’re about a year away from the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England it was interesting to see CBS and “60 Minutes – Sports” profile the New Zealand All Blacks.

The story gives us some insight into the mindset of the people of New Zealand and their unbridled support of their national team, The all Blacks.

Click on this link to see CBS’s “60 Minutes” report:  “The New Zealand All Blacks”


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Golf Tourney Only A Month Away…

For those of you who are thinking about playing in the Western Rugby Alumni & Friends Golf Tourney, Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the North Bellingham Golf Course…  Time’s a wastin’…

Last year’s event was a hoot and it was good to see all the friends and alumni from days gone by.  Don’t miss this years’ version, get on the phone and round up a team and enter the dang thing.

Go to the “Events” tab on the website and you’ll see a “Golf Tournament” tab describing the tournament and another tab that will allow you to sign up and pay for individually or you can sign up your team.

The “Golf Tourney Sign-Up” tab will also let you contribute even if you have a conflict that weekend and can’t make it.

Remember, your contribution, less what it costs for the meal, the round of golf, and anything else we provide, is deductible on your taxes since we are a genuine 501 c 3 organization.

Thanks, and get in there and “get ‘er done!”.  Sign-up today…and thanks for your contributions and participation.


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Blue and White Dinner/Auction A Huge Success

It has been a month since the Western Rugby Alumni “Blue and White Dinner Auction” took place on the campus of Bellingham Technical College at Settlemyer Hall, May 17, 2014.  This year’s event featured an Italian themed buffet dinner, a wine bar, and beer which was provided by Boundary Bay, and of course, a huge array of items in the Live and Silent Auctions.

It was an incredible evening that was better attended than last year and with the Auction Committee’s dedicated work, especially that of event Chairman Jeff Lombard and the Silent Auction team of Kay Kennedy and her dedicated minion, husband Ned Kennedy, the event was a huge financial success for the Western Rugby Alumni as they were able to add close to $35,000 to their bank account. Continue reading

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Blue & White Dinner Auction Two Weeks Away

The 2nd Annual Blue & White Dinner Auction is only two weeks away.

It will all happen beginning Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 5:30 pm, the Settlemyer Center on the campus of Bellingham Technical College, 3208 Lindberg Ave., Bellingham, WA  98225

This year’s auction has been underwritten by Preston Worth to the tune of $5,000 and Preston says that his donation is…”in memory of the passing of one of our own, Al Needler”.

Preston will be there, how about you?  You need to be there, too, you need to sign up now…Click here to sign-up:  I WILL BE THERE

The evening promises to be a great one, Auction Committee Chair, Jeff Lombard, and his crew have done an amazing job again this year in organizing everything.

Auctioneer/MC Paul Horne will keep things lively and moving, there will be lots of items to bid on in the Silent Auction, and the Live Auction will have some special items as well.

The boys from the WWU Men’s Rugby Club will be there to assist where needed so you’ll get a chance to meet the team and hear about next year’s dreams, plans, and goals.

You can still donate items for the auctions… Click here to do that:  Donate

It is all for a great cause…support the WWU Men’s Rugby program through the Western Rugby Alumni!


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They’re Laying Down The Turf!

Yee haw….They started laying down the turf on the new ‘all-purpose’ field last week.  Click on this link to a Bellingham Herald video of the project.

The field is looking pretty cool and they are making good progress.  Here are a couple of pics.  Note:  The lines for rugby are blue and the soccer lines are white.  And yes, there are holes in place for goal posts.

South end of the new field

South end of the new field

Note the blue end line for the "in goal" area  You can also see the "goal line", the "cap" for the goal post, and the dashed "5 meter line" parallel to the goal line.

Note the blue end line for the “in goal” area You can also see the “goal line”, the “cap” for the goal post, and the dashed “5 meter line” parallel to the goal line.

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The Player’s Year End Banquet

The Western Rugby Alumni are proud to host “The Player’s Year End Banquet” to honor all of those student athletes from WWU and Whatcom Community College that participated in the 2013/2014 WWU Men’s Rugby Club program.

The gathering will be held at:  Wednesday, April 9th at Jalapenos in Barkley Village, 2945 Newmarket Pl Bellingham, WA 9822, from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm

We will be saying goodbye to our seniors, handing out awards, and welcoming the 2014/2015 Club Officers.  Some of the awards are voted on by the players and the coaches will give out individual awards as well.


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Parent’s Day This Saturday And Sunday…

Click on the “EVENTS” for more details..

The Rugby Alumni are proud to invite you to our Second Spring Parent’s Day Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Bellingham.

The WWU Men’s Rugby Club will be playing two matches against the Washington State Cougars that day on the turf field which is just north of the Wade King Rec Center.

The kick-off for the first XV’s match will be a little earlier than normal and will happen at 11:30 am.  The second XV will kick-off immediately following the first match, at around 1:00 pm.

There will be a no host reception/social at NY Pizza, which is just down the hill from the campus at 902 State Street, Bellingham.  The reception should begin around 4:00 pm.

Parking:  There is free parking in Lot “C” all Day Saturday and Sunday so there will be no worries there.  Lot “C’ is located directly south and across the street from the Wade King Rec Center.

As an extra added bonus, if you spend the night and are going to be around Sunday, the Vikings have a make-up of a match that was originally postponed by weather, against the University of Oregon Ducks.

Again, that match will be held on the turf field just north of the Wade King Rec Center.

There will only be one match against the Ducks and that match will kick-off at 12:00 noon.

We hope to see you there…


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NCRC Website Up And Running

The Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCRC) has gotten their website up and running and it is pretty cool.  Matt Hudson, President of the NCRC has done a great job in putting this all together.  It really is cool…

We have a link to the site here:  NCRC Website

And we have a link on the NCRC tab on our website.

In addition to having a profile of each team, they have a schedule of the weekend’s matches complete with weather at the home team’s location, a complete breakdown of scoring stats by anyone who has scored this season, and, of course, team standings.

You can also go to each team’s page and see what is going on just by clicking on the team’s mascot icon at the top of the page.


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