Thursday, January 18, 2018

Midwest Opens Opportunities with Ohio Elite Teams

The Midwest Rugby Football Union is bringing elite-level rugby opportunities to the Buckeye State. A new competition set for the upcoming Spring will pit men and women from Ohio against representatives from other states and, potentially, put them on a course for higher-level competition.

There will be two squads coming out of Ohio for the slate of Spring matches, the Ohio Men's and Women's Elite teams. Rosters will be filled after four tryouts are held in March and April. Each tryout will take place on a Sunday and be held in different locations throughout the state. The two earlier dates will be on March 18 and 25, while the later sessions will be on April 8 and 15. While the dates have been established, locations are still being finalized.

Men's and women's teams will compete in two rounds of matches: Conference Rounds and Championship Rounds. The women will complete their conference play on April 14 and 15, while the men will play on April 21 and 22. On May 5 and 6 everyone will come together for the championship deciders. Venues for matches are still being sought out by MWRFU representatives. Players selected for the Ohio teams will face competition from the Allegheny, Chicago Area, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin unions. Details regarding format of play, participation guidelines and locations are being hammered out as well.

Those who participate on the Ohio teams will do more than just travel the beautiful Midwestern landscape and play a few weekends. Participants on these sides will be evaluated for slots on the Thunderbirds Select sides as well.

Stay tuned to the MWRFU Facebook page for details as they arise.

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