My Weekend with the Austin Huns Rugby Club/Community & some MLR News! 2

Support MLR and its national growth over the next few years.  The possibility of a world scale sports company taking on this league is real, and we should support these 9 brave ‘owner‘s’ who are putting it on the line to create the next phase of club rugby (i.e. professional) in the USA More…

USAR Board of Directors: No Plan for 10 years, No Accountability.  Time to go!  1

I wrote this piece about the USAR Board of Directors in October, 2016.

Today, coincidentally, there is a timely and well written piece from Rugby Wrap Up concerning the negligence, and lack of ‘duty of care’ of the USA Board of Directors regarding the PRO Sanctioning agreement.

It supports what many of us have known for a long time. It is an American Rugby tragedy, and it must be rectified.
Jeremiah Johnson (The USAR Congress rep to the Board of Directors) is caught in the proverbial ‘rock and a hard place’. He must support the organization, yet must see the egregious negligence that is present.
For simplicity sake, here is the request of the American Rugby community.
Ask each Board member, “Did you read this agreement”. If the answer is no, your congress should demand their immediate resignation. If the answer is yes, and the Board member approved/signed off on this agreement, you should demand their immediate resignation.
Are there any questions?

Tony Ridnell

This article will address perhaps the most boring rugby topic imaginable, that of the Board of Directors of USA Rugby, and the responsibility of the USAR Congress to hold this Board to account.  It’s boring, but it’s important, and it affects the game in our country immeasurably.  For example, if you are reading this as the parent of a prospective ‘premiership’ level rugby player, the issues I discuss will be the legacy as we look forward 10 years and greatly affect your child’s future in the sport and/or his/her career.

Author’s Note: This article contains my opinion about the USA Rugby Board of Directors performance as it relates to our successes/failures as a Union both on and off the field.  I was nominated for a Board Seat during the last cycle and was not selected.  A few (and I limit it to only a few) people have mentioned on social…

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A Letter to all USA Rugby Congress Members. From Tony Ridnell 4

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…