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More shake-ups for Wisconsin’s 2019 summer rugby calendar

Black & Blue, Lumberjack 10s, summer rugby calendar

Following our earlier report that the Titletown 10s rugby tournament in Green Bay had been cancelled for 2019, we now report that another popular tournament in the state is also making changes to their summer rugby calendar.

The Milwaukee Black & Blue (pictured above) has informed lakefront7s.com that it is moving both the date and location of its annual event the Lumberjack 10s. Held at the end of July in Minocqua since 1999, the 2019 installment will now be played on August 3rd in Waukesha at Minooka Park.

“In order to help us gain momentum going into 2020 for our clubs 40th anniversary, we moved the venue and date to draw more old boys to help,” said Tom Zientek, president of the Milwaukee Black & Blue RFC. (more…)

Event shakeups suggest changing interests in ten-a-side rugby in Wisconsin

2019 legends 10s

In Wisconsin, July is the season for 10-a-side rugby with tournaments like Pigfest 10s, Lumberjack 10s, and Stu Daily 10s (now the WRC Memorial Tens) having a well-known reputation around the state.

Played primarily by Men’s teams, tens rugby does not appear to be growing in the state and recent developments suggest the appetite for the variation is changing, and in fact may be waning.

The first indication of changing interested in rugby came not from tens but from sevens rugby as the Leinie’s 7s tournament announced it would switch to the 15-a-side code for 2019. A crowded field of sevens events in the summer is likely a contributing factor for this decision. It appears that the popularity of sevens rugby may also affect team availability for tens rugby. (more…)

Leinie’s 7s moves to Spring, changes format

A staple of the Wisconsin summer rugby scene has decided to make some big changes for 2019.

Leinie’s 7s — hosted by the Fox Cities Gargoyles in Greenville — is typically held the first Saturday in June. This year however will see both the date and format change.

According to posts on social media and email confirmation, the 2019 Leinie’s 7s will be held on May 11th. The format will switch from 7s to 15s. (more…)

Hippos and Super-Social brackets gain initial interest at rugby sevens tournament

fat bois 2018

We are excited to announce that 16 teams have already registered for the 2019 Lakefront 7s. This includes 5 teams in our new Super-social and Hippos brackets, and 4 high school teams.

Of course we are thrilled that teams are registering earlier than ever this year. But early interest in the new brackets is encouraging. In the most recent annual Lakefront 7s survey we noticed an up-tick in participants who felt that the skill level in their bracket was too diverse. Practically speaking, that resulted too many lop-sided scores. (more…)

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