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Looks like MediaZone, which will soon be RugbyZone is upgrading their site. While they are making the changes to their website they are offering free High Definition rugby videos for viewing! Last night I watched Wales vs Australia, and it was awesome!

The quality was great, shiny and lovely! Not sure how long it will last, but make sure to check it out.

Since RugbyZone is being so generous this Holiday Season, maybe you can take a few minutes to be genrous as well? Xerox is hosting a free campaign called Let's Say Thanks where you choose a postcard, write a quick message and Xerox will print and send it to an anonymous soldier serving overseas.

Thanks for the support and enjoy the free rugby videos!

For a list of the best bookmakers to bet on rugby visit this page ukbookmakers.info/rugby-betting-sites/

Thanks to Sally for sending this video in. It is great short film that is very creative, shot well and cute to watch! It was direct by Austin Blanton, and submitted to Youtube by ImAus10.




View the video here if you are using a RSS reader...

Other Rugby Video Mondays:
12/8/2008: Rugby in the Mud!
12/1/2008: Various Drills and Workouts
11/24/2008: Rugby on the Mind
11/17/2008: I am Colorado's Female Rugby Player
11/10/2008: Oklahoma Roses Rugby
11/3/2008: Football's for Girls

Please keep sending me your favorite videos: yourscrumhalfconnection@gmail.com! Want even more videos? Make sure to check out my Vimeo profile or my Youtube channel...

NOTE: all new videos will be on Vimeo only as they are recorded in High Definition.

Hot off the Google Alert presses and into my inbox:
Credit: PRNewswire via COMTEX

Glendale, Colorado's Infinity Park will play host to rugby matches between the United States and the Canadian Women's National Rugby Teams in June 2009.

The Women's Development Squad will compete on June 23, 2009 and the National Teams will go head to head on June 27, 2009.

WHO: USA vs. Canada - Women's National Rugby Tournament
WHAT: International Competition
WHERE: Infinity Park
4599 Tennessee Avenue
Glendale, Colorado 80246
WHEN: June 23 and 27, 2009 @ 6 pm (MDT)

Coming Soon -- Ticket, hotel and event information will be posted on http://www.glendalerugby.com.

from my inbox:

There are two Texas Rugby Youth Camps this weekend (Dec 13, 2008) in Keller, TX and Houston, TX:

Keller Camp

Saturday December 13, 2008 Jesuit College Prep along with Alliance RFC will be hosting a Youth Rugby Clinic. This will be a camp for full Varsity, JV, Freshman, U14, U12, U10 or non-contact team or players. They have a spot for everyone. This camp will be for both MEN and WOMEN. So, if you open on Saturday. Then please bring out your youth for a solid, controlled day of rugby.

Date: Saturday Dec. 13th, 2008
Schedule: Academy skills session 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Team based scrimmages 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Camp will end at 5:00 PM

Location: Keller Sports Park - 265 Golden Triangle Boulevard, Keller, TX 76248

For more information contact:

Doug "Neuby" Neubauer
Alliance Rugby Club (ARC) - Head Coach
(c) 817-360-5368

OR

Anthony “Matta” Mattacchione
Jesuit College Prep RFC – Head Coach
(c) 214-725-6108

Houston Camp

This Saturday from 9-3 St. Pius X High School will be hosting a High School Women’s Clinic. The Clinic will be coached by the ladies of HARC Women’s team and assisted by the out-of-shape St Pius X coaching staff. There is a $5 fee that will cover water, Gatorade, and lunch. The tentative schedule is as follows:

9-9:30Stretching/Warm-up Drills
9:30-10Ball handling drills
10-11Introduction of Tackling, Rucking, and Mauling
11-12Split for Forwards and Backs instruction
12-12:30Lunch
12:30-1Group Chalk Talk (Classroom)
1-1:30Positional Chalk Talk (Classroom )
1:30-3Return to field and implement Classroom Instruction

Hope to see you there.

Jason m. Kimball
Cell (985) 634-6552

Day Without a Gay, December 10, 2008

Gays, lesbians, and straight allies plan to call in “gay” to volunteer within their local LGBT communities on December 10, 2008 to protest passage of anti-gay constitutional amendments in Arizona, Florida, and California. Wherever possible, gay Americans and allies plan to volunteer for local gay and civil rights organizations across the country through a brand new national database at www.daywithoutagay.wetpaint.org.

Every day since Election Day, thousands have protested up and down streets in cities across California, including in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento. A national, grassroots coalition of LGBT activists have followed in their footsteps. Now gay citizens and their allies are teaming up to show America and the world the compassion, the love, and the posititve spirit of the gay community through service.

On December 10, 2008 the gay community will take a historic stance against hatred by donating their time to a variety of different causes in order to raise public awareness of the need for LGBT equality in marriage and in other civil rights.

December 10, 2008 is International Human Rights Day. CLICK HERE to join us, and search or add to the list of human rights organizations that need our help RIGHT NOW.

If you are a non-profit in search of volunteers on December 10, 2008, post your info here, or email us at info@daywithoutagay.org, and we'll add information about your group.

QUESTIONS?
Email Sean Hetherington: info@daywithoutagay.org

WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

STRIKE: call in gay, shut down your business, or just take the day off.

BOYCOTT: don't buy anything, spend money or support the economy.

PARTICIPATE: Volunteer and/or organize a protest in your area.


Sadly, I am at work today, but will be at City Hall in Austin tonight for the Rally in support of Day Without a Gay. I struggled with the decision to call in Gay and finally decided that I while I want so badly to support Day Without a Gay, I have to work as well. I commend all of you that did call in Gay...

from my inbox and it was added to the YSC Tournament Listing:

Season Greetings to all rugby players and supporters,

You are invited to the 2009 BUDWEISER 10's & womens 7s Rugby International Tournament. (True GRIT)

We are now firming up teams for this island social tournament and all levels are welcome.

This year the tournament will include men's 10s, womens 7s, “Classic” OVER 35 and club U14 division.

Join us for a weekend of tropical rugby in the pacific, February 29th and March 1st 2009.

Can't get a club together?…we welcome all homeless wanderers, vagabonds, ninjas and Xian warriors…just bring your boots.

For further information please go to www.guamrugby.com or email the Tournament Director for more details.

On behalf of all players, sponsors and supporters we would like to thank you for your involvement in supporting Guam development rugby program and look forward to your true GRIT support in 2009.

Wish you all Merry Xmas, Happy New Year and safe holidays!!!

Santa “Wallsy” Claus
Guam 10’s committee

from IRB.com:

The International Rugby Board has announced the appointment of its first ever Women’s Development Manager. The appointment of Susan Carty, the former President of the IRFU Women’s Rugby Committee, is another significant boost for the growth of the Women’s Game.

“One of the key recommendations from the historic 2007 Conference on the Women’s Game was the appointment of a dedicated Development Manager for Women’s Rugby to provide the impetus for the continued growth of the Women’s Game at all levels,” said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

“Susan will be working closely with our 116 Member Unions and six Regional Associations to ensure that the key goals of the IRB Women’s Strategic Plan are implemented and in particular to provide assistance to developing Unions in enabling them to grow the Women’s Game in their country.”

Women’s Rugby is a major growth sport. Played by over 200,000 registered players worldwide across six global regions, the Women’s Game has taken a significant step forward in the past five years. Tournaments such as Women’s Rugby World Cup, which in Canada in 2006 smashed all previous broadcast and attendance records, and the inaugural Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens, which will be hosted by Dubai next year, have highlighted the competitiveness of Women’s Rugby at International level.

“The appointment comes at a time when the Women’s Game is experiencing phenomenal global growth and interest, growth that is clearly highlighted by the 83 Unions who participated in the qualifying process for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 in Dubai,” added Lapasset.

“Competitiveness in the Women’s Game at international level is a strong feature in both fifteens and Sevens. Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 in London promises to be the most competitive yet and is eagerly awaited within the Rugby community.

“The qualifying process for Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 in Dubai was closely fought and illustrated how widespread the Women's Game is today with Brazil qualifying at the expense of Argentina, Thailand defeated hot favourites Kazakhstan in the Asia qualifiers.”

Thirty-one year old Carty is well qualified for the requirements of this dynamic job in one of the fastest growing sports in the world, having previously been responsible for development with particular emphasis on integration of the Women’s Game within the structures of the Irish Rugby Football Union.

“I started about six years ago, and my main interest has been development and the governance of the game,” explained Carty.

“Once we achieved integration at provincial level, then we moved to national level and with the national team being taken over by the IRFU our resources grew exponentially. If before, our numbers in the provinces at Under 13 and Under 18 levels were stagnant, after the integration, the numbers skyrocketed and the youth structures went from strength to strength.”

During the past five years the Women’s Game has taken a significant step forward, growth highlighted by the 83 Unions who participated in the qualifying process this year for the first ever Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens competition in Dubai next March.

Conference on Participation Rugby

One of the early assignments for Carty in her new role was to attend the IRB Conference on Participation Rugby held recently in Lensbury, with “the opportunity to meet and network with the main players in development from 35 Member Unions was too good to miss.”

“It was great to take part in these exchange of views and ideas with the leading development practitioners in the world. The debate was of the highest calibre and most issues identified are valid to a large extent for the Women’s Game as well.

“Mind you, the Women’s Game is virtually in its entirety an amateur game, so it is not confronted with some of the issues the between professional and amateur that beset the men’s Game.

“It is clear, however, that many issues we have debated, like the need for the Unions to develop strategies for the participation level in the Game, the health and safety, the facilities, teaching and coaching, the recruitment of volunteers are all the same in the global game, regardless of region, country, language or sex.”

Thanks to John Birch of Letchworth Girls Rugby for this weeks video. Rugby in the mud is usually a blast, but I am not sure about doing it in freezing weather! I have played rugby in the snow once and it was fun but frightening at the same time. When your face is pressed into the snow or standing water and you can't breathe...thats a little scary!

The video is not embeddable this week, to view it go here.

However, here is a short video of a team sliding in a HUGE mud puddle after their game. When I played at the University of Oklahoma the fields drained into the side ditches and we used to always slide in the puddles as well. Or if you were walking up to the field and happened to be wearing flip flops, you may have ended up on your back because it was so slippery!



Other Rugby Video Mondays:
12/1/2008: Various Drills and Workouts
11/24/2008: Rugby on the Mind
11/17/2008: I am Colorado's Female Rugby Player
11/10/2008: Oklahoma Roses Rugby
11/3/2008: Football's for Girls

Please keep sending me your favorite videos: yourscrumhalfconnection@gmail.com! Want even more videos? Make sure to check out my Vimeo profile or my Youtube channel...

NOTE: all new videos will be on Vimeo only as they are recorded in High Definition.

Dec 5, 2008

South Africa 7s Live!

Just got a note that you can watch the South Africa 7s Tournament LIVE happening right now at:

http://www.justin.tv/mordane2

Watch live video from mordane on Justin.tv


Check it out! The USA men just defeated Australia 28-26.

Dec 4, 2008

Rugby Tshirt Sale!

I am changing who hosts my tshirt shop, so I am having a one-day sale of all the tshirts at my Zazzle shop! Here are my favorite designs and the promo codes/discounts:

Promo Codes

2DAYZAZZLE53 - $5 OFF on orders of $30 or more
2DAYZAZZLE10 - $10 OFF on orders of $50 or more
2DAYZAZZLE30 - $30 OFF on orders of $100 or more
HOLIDAYSHIPS - Free Shipping on Order of $45+

Use one of the codes above once you select your item and are at the checkout screen.

Go here to visit the shop...and don't forget you can customize size/style of the shirt etc.



Promo Codes

2DAYZAZZLE53 - $5 OFF on orders of $30 or more
2DAYZAZZLE10 - $10 OFF on orders of $50 or more
2DAYZAZZLE30 - $30 OFF on orders of $100 or more
HOLIDAYSHIPS - Free Shipping on Order of $45+

Use one of the codes above once you select your item and are at the checkout screen.

Go here to visit the shop...and don't forget you can customize size/style of the shirt etc.