Year in Review

Hey rugby world! Thank you thank you for making our first year a memorable one. Thanks to ruggers everywhere we were able to donate over $4,000 to charitable causes!

We kicked off the year with Vegas 7s, then headed off to USA Rugby camp, Club 7s, Super Series, and countless tournaments with Rugby Athletic. 

Here's what we've been up to the last half of the year:

 We helped Scotland #8, Jade Konkel, donate some much needed supplies to Rugby Uganda.

We helped Scotland #8, Jade Konkel, donate some much needed supplies to Rugby Uganda.

 We stopped thru Chicago to see the USA Eagles v. Maori All Blacks and the historic Ireland win v. the All Blacks.

We stopped thru Chicago to see the USA Eagles v. Maori All Blacks and the historic Ireland win v. the All Blacks.

 Eeee! Look who we ran into at the All Blacks match! #swoon #rugbycrush

Eeee! Look who we ran into at the All Blacks match! #swoon #rugbycrush

 We sent some swag over to France with the USA Women's Eagles for their fall tour. Here's the French scrumhalf, lock, and wing reppin' some buttons.

We sent some swag over to France with the USA Women's Eagles for their fall tour. Here's the French scrumhalf, lock, and wing reppin' some buttons.

 USA Eagle flyhalf Kimber Rozier gave us an autographed mini poster of advertisements for their match. How awesome is it that her face was all over France?

USA Eagle flyhalf Kimber Rozier gave us an autographed mini poster of advertisements for their match. How awesome is it that her face was all over France?

We love you all, thank you again for a great year! Here's to more big things for rugby in 2017! 

 

History made!

Yesterday, the inaugural rugby 7s Olympic tournament ended with the Australian Women claiming the gold, New Zealand taking silver, and our North American neighbors, Canada, coming in with the bronze. 

Even though the USA didn't make the podium, our hearts are exploding with pride and love 'cause they played out of their minds tying World Champion and Olympic gold winners, Australia, and holding powerhouse New Zealand to only 5 points. 

What's even better is that all these awesome athletes have now inspired a brand new generation of ruggers. Thank you for playing with heart, grit, and class and for showing the world the game we love! Now time to cheer on our Men's Eagles! Go USA!

(Buttons in photos available, just email us projectrugbylove@gmail.com)

 Men's Eagle Andrew Durutalo walking beside Michael Phelps, USA flag bearer, during the Olympic opening ceremonies

Men's Eagle Andrew Durutalo walking beside Michael Phelps, USA flag bearer, during the Olympic opening ceremonies

 Our USA Women's 7s Eagles at Vegas 7s (Irene Gardner, Richelle Stephens, Carmen Farmer, Naya Tapper, Nicole Heavirland, Meya Bizer, Ryan Carlyle)

Our USA Women's 7s Eagles at Vegas 7s (Irene Gardner, Richelle Stephens, Carmen Farmer, Naya Tapper, Nicole Heavirland, Meya Bizer, Ryan Carlyle)

 Olympic Gold Medalists, Australia Women's 7s (Charlotte Caslick, Alicia Quirk, Emilee Cherry)

Olympic Gold Medalists, Australia Women's 7s (Charlotte Caslick, Alicia Quirk, Emilee Cherry)

 Silver Medalist and Black Fern, Portia Woodman

Silver Medalist and Black Fern, Portia Woodman

 Olympians from Team Colombia, former USA Eagle, Nath Marchino and Camila Lopera

Olympians from Team Colombia, former USA Eagle, Nath Marchino and Camila Lopera

 Love to the refs! (Jess Beard and Amy Perrett)

Love to the refs! (Jess Beard and Amy Perrett)

 Silver Medal-winning captain of New Zealand, Sarah Goss

Silver Medal-winning captain of New Zealand, Sarah Goss

 Olympian Danielle Waterman from Team GB

Olympian Danielle Waterman from Team GB

 Team Fiji!

Team Fiji!

 USA Men's Eagle, the hard-charging Danny Barrett

USA Men's Eagle, the hard-charging Danny Barrett

 Speedman, Perry Baker, from Team USA

Speedman, Perry Baker, from Team USA

 Japan came to the States for a visit and to test themselves at Vegas 7s in the Olympic build-up

Japan came to the States for a visit and to test themselves at Vegas 7s in the Olympic build-up

 The fastest man in rugby, Carlin Isles from Team USA

The fastest man in rugby, Carlin Isles from Team USA

 Team GB Olympian, Heather Fisher

Team GB Olympian, Heather Fisher

 Olympic ref for the men's and women's tournament, Rasta Rasivhenge

Olympic ref for the men's and women's tournament, Rasta Rasivhenge

 South Africa Olympian Cecil Afrika and teammate

South Africa Olympian Cecil Afrika and teammate

 The King of Sevens himself, Waisale Serevi from Fiji

The King of Sevens himself, Waisale Serevi from Fiji

Super Series 2016

We had an excellent time at the 2016 Women's Rugby Super Series. Thank you to First 15 Sports Performance for having us!

All four teams (England, Canada, France, USA) showed true class and an impressive level of competition. Although the USA didn't get the outcomes they wanted they showed moments of brilliance, athleticism, and grit. Plenty of promise and a solid foundation as they build toward the 2017 World Cup. 

 USA Women's Eagles (photo credit: Paul Rudman)

USA Women's Eagles (photo credit: Paul Rudman)

 New USA cap and power wing, Naya Tapper

New USA cap and power wing, Naya Tapper

 England captain and number 8, Sarah Hunter

England captain and number 8, Sarah Hunter

 Canadian flanker and Aptoella founder/owner, Barbara Mervin

Canadian flanker and Aptoella founder/owner, Barbara Mervin

 USA getting ready to take the field

USA getting ready to take the field

 8-man Jordan Gray rockin' some of our buttons

8-man Jordan Gray rockin' some of our buttons

More love, less hate

We believe that the best way to fight hate is with love. Full-on, unyielding, pure-of-heart love. 

So, that's why we're asking the rugby community to help us send some love into the universe through this campaign. For every "love" our fundraising post gets on Facebook, we'll donate a dollar to a worthy cause. Money will be split between an organization that supports LGBTQ youth (tbd) and Play Rugby USA, which fosters positive values, sportsmanship, and inclusion through rugby.

In addition, due to requests, we'll be turning this design into a t-shirt which will raise money for the two organizations mentioned above. 

For our on-the-ground effort, one of our PRL team members will be attending vigils in Orlando and giving out "more love, less hate" buttons to show our support for the LBGTQ and rugby communities. Please contact us at projectrugbylove@gmail.com if you'd like to get in touch with them. 

Thanks in advance to everyone who has supported this campaign and the Orlando community. 

Yours in rugby, PRL 

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Update (6.22.16): Photos from the Orlando vigil