Chicago Blaze Rugby Club Fossil of the week (FOTW) is Alumni Director Norm Smyth, who had one of the greatest weeks an American Rugby player/fan could have.
Not only was Norm on the field for the Haka, he had the honor in meeting both USA... Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks players and coaches as he conducted interviews, Coached at the All Blacks adidas Rugby activation at Chicago Union Station - The Great Hall, went to trainings, press conferences, emceed the CARFU Masquerade Ball and launched Beach Rugby America at Reggies Rock Club
Norm's Vitals: Short and Stocky
SIU Mens Rugby Club: 88-92 IRFU and Midwest Selectside
Chicago Blaze RFC: 93-98 CARFU AND Midwest Selectside
Santa Monica Rugby Club: 99-00
Los Angeles Rugby Club: 01-07
Chicago Blaze RFC: 08-present Alumni Director
Norm is taking Rugby to the Beach this summer, has ran the Illinois Youth Rugby Association State Championships from 10-13, is helping start our Blaze youth program with Nolan Day this spring, set up our Thirsty Thursday's, started a blog to document Blaze History, hosted Blaze Bus trips to watch the All Blacks at Reggies and Soldier Field and hasn't missed a home game all season. You might say he Bleeds Blaze Rugby!
Here are some links documenting Norm's week as he promoted the great sport and this great Club of Ours!
Rugby is a Blaze in Lemont Blog: Growing Rugby, Going Rugby and the Haka
Was interviewed by Chicago Magazine
Link to photos
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