A Letter to all USA Rugby Congress Members. From Tony Ridnell 3

As in any organization, the functionality of the Board is of vital importance.  It’s leadership/guidance relied upon in times of crisis. We’ve been in crisis for a long time.  The rugby community in America has tolerated mediocrity from this entity for far too long.  It is time for a change.  Everyone knows it. It is now the Congress responsibility and duty to make it happen.   More…

On USA Eagles 29 – Uruguay 23. Some thoughts from ‘Off the Field’. 3

We should not merely place blame for this problem on the players. They are hard-working lads who deserve our support. I am (again) directing attention to our Directors and Congress, who rob our players of opportunity with the failure to develop an adequate framework for escalating competitions; coherent, progressive development opportunity, and; financial resources to overcome our geographic distribution. More…

Tony Ridnell interview w/ “The Rugby Committee” discussing USA Rugby 4

I was able to speak with “The Rugby Committee” tonight on their radio show and discuss USA Rugby.  Thanks Dumont Walker, Jack Howe, Janet Young, Bill Gardner.

Discussing Strategic Plan, Comprehensive Club Audits, High Performance Audits, The Women’s game, Improving Competitions, Rugby International Marketing (RIM, LLC), The Rugby Channel, Rebranding the CANAM rivalry, RWC2027 Bid,  etc…

 

My USA Rugby NDS Experience. The good, bad, & ugly. 5

The Strategic Plan: It’s apparently coming, and apparently it is comprehensive.  We need it. And we need people to execute it.  We have Payne; I hope the Congress has the gumption to look at their duty to review the Board of Director’s performance, and assess that each and every member is qualified, capable and the best to assist Payne in taking this movement forward. More…

Analysis: Dan Payne @USARugby CEO Q&A. $1MM Revenue Shortfall?? 10

Payne discussed a $1MM revenue shortfall we will see in 2017 vs 2016 due to Brexit;  I assume it’s the cratering of the Pound Sterling vs. the US Dollar (i.e. from $1.50 t0 approx. $1.228 where it sits today), as well as a loss of a grant from World Rugby.
My comment to this is, “It’s business, and we better figure out a way to find that $1MM and more if we want to grow this game”.  What I heard is we have a budgetary shortfall from 2016 to 2017 of over $1MM and it will not be replaced. More…