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Donncha O'Callaghan to be
Featured Speaker at the
Chicago Lost Afternoon Luncheon 

 Past Ireland, and British and Irish Lions Great!

San Diego, CA (September 26, 2018) - Make your Chicago Rugby Weekend complete by attending the 2018 Lost Afternoon Luncheon. Join us Friday, November 2, 2018 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, past Ireland, and British and Irish Lions great Donncha O'Callaghan has signed on as this year's keynote speaker. Donncha is a much sought after dinner speaker in the U.K. and works with a number of different charities, including UNICEF.

In addition, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Gary Gold, who has the Eagles on a current 8-0 run, will answer a few questions ahead of his team's game with the New Zealand Maori All Blacks. He'll be accompanied by U.S. Men's Team General Manager, former Eagles captain and U.S. Rugby Hall of Famer, Dave Hodges. Hopefully, Dave will have some of his Eagle players in tow.

Also speaking, ahead of his team's match with the world's number one ranked New Zealand Black Ferns, will be new U.S. Women's National Team head coach, Rob Cain. Accompanying him to the Lost Afternoon will be the General Manager of Women's High Performance and past Eagle, Emilie Bydwell. 

They join an ever growing list of past United States Eagles players who have already confirmed their attendance, including Ray Green, Denis Shanagher, Butch Horwath, Ed Burlingham, Brad Andrews, Dan Lyle, Tony Ridnell, Todd Clever, Steve Finkel, Chip Howard, Bill Fraumann, Mark Sawicki, David Fee, Brian Vizard and Pat Johnson.

Fraumann, Vizard, Hodges, Lyle, Finkel, Andrews and Burlingham will be joined by fellow U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame members Jay Waldron, Don Haider and Bob Watkins.

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 is noon EST on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

See you on November 2.

Looking for a Hotel Room for the Rugby Weekend?

They Chicago Hyatt Regency will once again be Party Central for the Rugby Weekend and the U.S. Rugby Foundation does still have a few rooms available in their hotel room block at the Hyatt. If you are interested, please contact Brian Vizard at 619-233-0765 or email him at bvizard@usrugbyfoundation.com.