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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pinkelman To Speak At Chicago Lost Luncheon


Make your Chicago Rugby Weekend complete by attending the 2016 Lost Afternoon Luncheon. Join us Friday, November 4, 2016 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for an afternoon of rugby fun at what has become a must-attend event on the test calendar.

Although the full list of speakers for this year's Luncheon is still being finalized, former New Zealand All Black, former New Zealand Maori All Black and rugby sevens legend, Eric Rush, considered by many to be the best after dinner rugby speaker in the world, will act as emcee. In addition, past Ireland captain and British and Irish Lions great Keith Wood has signed on as this year's keynote speaker. It promises to be a wonderful afternoon with two of the best speakers on the rugby circuit reminiscing about their on and off the pitch rugby experiences.

If that's not enough for you, past All Blacks player and head coach and current U.S. Men's National Team head coach John Mitchell will answer a few questions ahead of his team's game with the Maori All Blacks, as will 2016 U.S. Olympian and past USRF Graham Downes Scholarship recipient,Ben Pinkelman. You will also hear from past U.S. Eagle and new CEO of USA Rugby, Dan Payne.

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They join an ever growing list of past United States Eagles players who have already confirmed their attendance, including Ed Burlingham, Brad Andrews, Dan Lyle, Kirk Miles, Mike Purcell, Blane Warhurst, Chris Lippert, Jeff Lombard, Steve Finkel, Chip Howard, Bill Fraumann, Fred Paoli, John Jelaco, Mark Williams, Jason Walker, Sean Allen, Brian Hightower, Brian Vizard, Dave Skidmore, Ray Green, Robbie Flynn, Pat Johnson, Mike Stanaway, Jay Hanson, Bob Freed, Chris Kron, Frank Kennedy and Tony Flay. In addition, former U.S. Eagles 15s and 7s coaches Ray Cornbill, Ron Mayes, and Emil Signes will be on hand.

Fraumann, Lombard, Vizard, Lyle, Purcell, Andrews, Burlingham, Hanson, Cornbill, Mayes and Signes will be joined by fellow U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame members Dick Smith, Jon Prusmack, Dick Poulson and Bob Watkins.

Also in attendance will be former Canadian international greats Al Charronand Gareth Rees. Past Ireland international and Chicago Lion Paul McNaughton will also be in attendance.

A raffle, which will include autographed sports memorabilia, including several rugby jerseys autographed by past and present United States, New Zealand and Ireland players, will take place following the official program.

Typically the 90-minute program turns into a full day extravaganza so please plan your schedule accordingly. We don't call it a lost afternoon for nothing.

The best part of it all is that all proceeds from the Lost Afternoon Luncheon will be directed towards youth rugby.

So join us for a day of rekindling old friendships, making new ones and supporting youth rugby.

Attire for the Lost Afternoon Luncheon in business casual.

We do expect a sell-out so don't wait to purchase your tickets. You can purchase a table of 10 for $1,000. Single seats can also be purchased for $125. Remember, all proceeds benefit youth rugby. Registration deadline isnoon EST on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

See you on November 4.

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