Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Virtual Induction Ceremony – Presented by Penn Mutual

With just about a week to go before the 2020 U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame virtual Induction Ceremony presented by Penn Mutual, the following points will, hopefully, answers all your questions.

Who are the 2020 honorees? It is another star-studded class of inductees and special award recipients. 

The U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Class is:
Rick Bailey
Tam Breckenridge
Jamie Burke
Bill Campbell
Chris Lippert
Gerry Seymour

The Craig Sweeney Award recipient is:
Dan Lyle

The Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are:
Mike Dunafon
Bob Erwin
Matt Godek

The recipient of the Chairman’s Award is:
The U.S. Men’s National Team that faced Australia in 1976

Read the bios of all 11 of this year’s honorees.

When is it?

The Hall of Fame virtual Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

How do I watch?

Easy, just click on this U.S. Rugby Foundation GiveSmart link to view this year’s Induction Ceremony: 2020 U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame virtual Induction Ceremony Presented by Penn Mutual.

Who will be there?

In addition to brief words from the 2020 honorees, you’ll hear congratulatory comments from many rugby dignitaries from around the world, including: Brad Andrews, Jack Clark, Mike Saunders, Tom Billups, John Eales, Tara Flanagan, Don Reordan, Francois Pienaar, Shawn Lipman, Dan Carter, John Mitchell, Gary Gold, Kevin Swords, Will Carling, Jonathan Davies, Kittery Ruiz, Gavin Hastings, Jeff Lombard, Nick Farr-Jones, Mike Friday, Rob Bordley, Scott Hastings, Will Greenwood, Eric Rush, Keith Wood, Steve Gray, Sean Fitzpatrick, Brian O’Driscoll, Al Charron, David Kirk, Terry Fleener, John Smit, Chris Brown, Greg Cornelsen, Mickey Ording, and many others.

Is there a cost to watch?

Anyone can watch for free! The U.S. Rugby Foundation is waiving the admission fee for this year’s Induction Ceremony. That said, the Give Smart page will allow you to make a donation to the Foundation and help us with our Mission of supporting grassroots rugby in America! All donations, big or small, are welcomed – and very much appreciated.

THERE’S MORE:

Giveaway Prizes:
Anyone who tunes in to this year’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is eligible for the following giveaway prizes:

A custom made rugby jersey signed by every winning Rugby World Cup captain: South Africa’s Siya Kolisi, Francois Pienaar and John Smit; New Zealand’s Richie McCaw and David Kirk; Australia’s John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones; and England’s Martin Johnson

Three sets of four rugby posters (each poster is 18″ x 24″)

Three sets of 30 U.S. Rugby Foundation A Ball 4 All balls for a youth or high school team of your choosing

The drawing for these giveaways will take place shortly after the virtual Induction Ceremony and winners will be notified by email and announced in an upcoming Foundation newsletter.

Silent Auction Items: On the U.S. Rugby Foundation GiveSmart page, viewers can also bid on a number of unique autographed rugby jerseys, sets of rugby posters and a Rad Power Bike. The complete list of auction items is below. The bidding is open now and will end on Saturday, November 14 at 9:00 Eastern time.

A custom made rugby jersey signed by every winning Rugby World Cup captain: South Africa’s Siya Kolisi, Francois Pienaar and John Smit; New Zealand’s Richie McCaw and David Kirk; Australia’s John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones; and England’s Martin Johnson

A South Africa Springbok jersey we had signed by winning Rugby World Cup captains  Siya Kolisi, Francois Pienaar and John Smit

A New Zealand All Blacks jersey we had signed by Richie McCaw

An Australia jersey we had signed by John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones

An England jersey we had signed by Martin Johnson

A U.S. jersey we had signed by Perry Baker

A U.S. jersey we had signed by Todd Clever

A U.S. jersey we had signed by Joe Taufete’e

A U.S. jersey we had signed by Mike Te’o

A South Africa jersey we had signed by Francois Pienaar

A New Zealand jersey we had signed by Kieran Read

A Rad Power Bike (with a value of $1,099-$1,699 depending on the model you select)

Two sets of four rugby posters (each poster is 18″ x 24″)

Any Questions? Please contact U.S. Rugby Foundation president Brian Vizard at 619-743-6343 or at bvizard@usrugbyfoundation.com.

The United States Rugby Foundation thanks The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company for being the presenting sponsor of this year’s virtual U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Penn Mutual – a long time supporter of rugby in the United States – will also be the presenting sponsor of the 2021 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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