• Stanford and Eagle back Olivia Anglade’s on the cover. Isn’t that the 2nd year in a row?
• A recap of Brown University’s tour to Uganda by Kerrissa “Keri” Heffernan, Brown’s coach, and a former Eagle.
Our first impression was the tropical heat.
We stood on the tarmac of the Enteppe airport and began peeling off our Brown Women’s Rugby jackets. We had arrived in Uganda after 18 hours of travel for a 13-day rugby immersion.
The Brown contingent, the first western team invited in to east Africa, included 32 undergraduates, five alums, two coaches and a team doctor. The trip came about through an academic initiative – our captain, Jennifer Hustwitt, had been in Uganda the summer before doing research and had stumbled upon the Thunderbirds, the Uganda women’s team associated with the Kyandondo Rugby Club.
Jenn returned to Brown with an invitation to play in Uganda and the drive to get her teammates there. The players had spent five months fund raising and addressing the challenges that travel of this magnitude presented.
After months of preparation, we were finally in Uganda and it was blistering hot.
• Rugby Magazine Editor Ed Hagerty’s take on Sponsorship & Performance. And since Hagerty’s talking about Kurt Oeler being USA Rugby’s former CEO Doug Arnot’s “most vocal critic”, here’s Oeler’s latest post, High performance grant converted to Eagle funding.
Also, the magazine listed its Table of Contents online this month for some reason, showing that the print edition has an article entitled “Women’s Rugby: Post College Attrition”. I’ll have to take a gander at that one.
And sorry, I started this post this morning and am just now getting back to it nearly six hours later. Busy, busy, busy day and week. Thankfully tomorrow is Saturday … and Saturday’s A Rugby Day.