One piece of feedback the Wolves have often received from players is that they would like more International Gay Rugby Association and Board (IGRAB) tournaments. This year, the Wolves have a goal of attending 2 tournaments: a spring tournament and a fall tournament.
In the US, many spring tournaments start before our season does, as their season is divided into spring and fall seasons. These tournaments are always looking for rugby whores—players who will come down on their own and play rugby for the team that needs them. Bleeding together with your fellow ruggers is a great way to make instant friendships that last long after your rugby career has ended, and whoring yourself out can be a very fulfilling experience. And a tournament in March or April could be just the thing to get you ready for the rugby season!
Even if you have no interest in whoring yourself out, please take a moment to look at these websites, as the team would still value your input on which tournaments you are interested in, for this and for future years:
The 2nd annual Spring Fever is a 1-day tournament held in St. Louis, Missouri. Early registration is $30 a person until the 20th of February, and then it goes up to $35. Events planned are a Friday evening meet & greet at Just John's Nightclub, a third half at JJ's Clubhose, and a survivor's brunch at Lemp Mansion. The host hotel is the Crowne Plaza Downtown, and rooms will cost you $80 a night.
The inaugural Music City Cup is a 1-day tournament in Nashville, Tennessee. Registration is $30 ($40 after March 1), and the host hotel is $109 a night and is located right in the heart of downtown. Events planned so far are a Music City Meet & Greet at Tribe Music Video Bar, the Music City Cup After Party at Play Dance Bar, a Recovery Bloody Mary & Mimosa Brunch at Millennium Maxwell House Hotel (the host hotel), and a Showtunes Sunday at Tribe Music Video Bar/
Magnitude is a 2-day tournament held in Seattle, Washington. One of the oldest gay rugby tournaments around (and the largest in North America), Magnitude 15 got its start in 2003. Though details have yet to be revealed, you can see some videos of previous Magnitude 15s here.
Combustion will be a 2-day tournament held in the Windy City. Combustion takes place at the same time as International Mr. Leather and Chicago Bear Pride Weekend, so it's an exciting time to be in Chicago! Chicago has told us that registration will be $35 per person, and that the official hotel will be right of Michigan Ave., in the heart of everything, for $149 a night. Though there are not that many details forthcoming yet, you can see the website for the 2011 Midwest Invitational (as it was then called) here.
6 years ago, At The Beaver Bowl, the Ottawa Wolves played their inaugural game. Every year except one, we've gone down to Toronto and played the Muddy York, Canada's other IGRAB team, as well as other teams such as the Madison Minotaurs and the Nashville Grizzlies. This year, the Ottawa Wolves will be the defending champions after last year's triumph.