The Howlers truly appreciate the generosity of their official supplier, X-treme
Tom Woods of the Canadian Classics (http://www.canadianrugbyclassics.com/) and Eddy Evans of X-treme Rugby Wear (www.x-tremerugbywear.com) have partnered to provide jerseys, shorts and socks for the Dog River Howlers Junior side competing in the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens tournament.
The Howlers truly appreciate the generosity of their official supplier, X-treme
By Insights Contributor on December 9, 2010
Baron C. Hanson, is the principal and lead consultant of RedBaron Consulting, based in Charleston, S.C. Follow the firm on Twitter at @redbaronUSA.
The Wall Street Journal recently featured the magnanimous headline “Rugby Star Gets General Motors Out of a Scrum.” This must-read article explains how CFO Christopher Liddell prepared a $23 billion offering spanning three continents, 35 underwriting banks and 90 promotional meetings to satisfy GM’s largest shareholder — the U.S. government.
I am not surprised. Liddell is a lifelong rugby player.
Liddell left the CFO desk at Microsoft in January of 2010 to turnaround the ailing Detroit automaker. A distinctive quote from the WSJ article invites the thesis: “One of the disciplines [Liddell] learned as a rugby player was the level of preparation you need to accomplish something great,” explains James Lee, vice chairman of underwriter J.P. Morgan Chase.
Hailing from New Zealand, Liddell holds a degree in engineering from the University of Auckland and a master of philosophy from Oxford. Liddell also completed the Ironman and practices yoga.
In our experience turning around small and middle-market companies, CEOs and HR recruiters are placing more emphasis on proven experience and durable character when hiring or partnering top talent –– beyond degrees and resumes alone. Workforce cultures today require staff at all levels to “man-up” and face the future with less trepidation and more acceleration. The athletic culture and character of rugby offers a fascinating lens to consider.
A QUICK RUGBY PRIMER:
Adapted entrepreneurially from soccer in England in 1823, the sport’s popularity and gladiator-like training benefits spread like wildfire via military, diplomatic and elite private school colonialism. Rugby did not begin gaining critical mass in America until the 1970s around the time “the try heard round the world” was televised stateside. Today most U.S. cities and universities have rugby teams.
Nearly the same field design as gridiron football, rugby is a non-stop battle for possession of a live ball, which can never be passed or fumbled forward. The only way to advance the rugby ball is to run or kick forward, passing laterally. Once tackled to the ground, players must release the ball so others on their feet can legally play on. The live ball designates a moving line of scrimmage parallel to each goal line, which helps govern the match for players and spectators.
Not unlike Lance Armstrong, Sully Sullenberger, Annika Sörenstam and Nelson Mandela, rugby is becoming a brand for endurance, courage under pressure, dedication –– and forgiving animosity. Here’s how the culture of rugby parlays into business, workplace and hiring character:
RUGBY IS DIVERSE: The sport welcomes international men and women of all ages, backgrounds and races –– especially at top MBA, law and military school teams. Contrary to popular belief, there is a position for every body style on a rugby team. Similar to the way corporate cultures must diversify globally, rugby brings ex-patriots and natives together to break down workplace barriers and speak a new athletic language.
RUGBY IS EXTREMELY CHALLENGING: In today’s macro and micro workplaces, sheepishness and indecision financially set economies back millions by the minute. Beyond the obvious physical strength and stamina required, the mental intensity of rugby trains players to fearlessly focus under extreme pressure and welcome challenge.
RUGBY REQUIRES SELF-CONTROL: The rules of rugby are somewhat complex by design. Lack of composure and discipline in the trenches can result in possession or points awarded to your opponent. The mental and physical control required is considerable. At work, fatigue late in the game can be expensive.
RUGBY REQUIRES THE WEARING OF MANY HATS: Rugby has no time-outs, coaches calling in plays or rested teams coming off/on/off the field. Offense, defense and everything in between are 100% delegated. The fifteen players (plus 3-4 injury reserves) that take the field must perform, communicate and think for themselves as a unit for eighty raucous minutes.
RUGBY PLAYERS ARE UNAFRAID OF TACKLING ANY OPPORTUNITY: When Chris Liddell considered leaving Microsoft for the GM position, 50% of the people he consulted first thought he was crazy. Liddell states: “Obviously a risky career move, taking the ailing automaker from going through bankruptcy towards one of the most interesting turnarounds of all time? You can’t ask for a better opportunity than that” (WSJ).
RUGBY PLAYERS CANNOT DEPEND ON BLOCKERS: Unlike American football, blocking is illegal in rugby. There are no players ahead of you clearing opponents out of the way. Rugby players must go mano y mano against every opponent, looking and listening for teammates behind them. It’s every rugby player’s job to lead their team into new space, pass the ball effectively under fire, then recycle themselves back into the fray after being tackled –– again and again and again.
RUGBY PLAYERS MUST EARN THEIR POSITION EACH WEEK: Uncertainty is both uncomfortable and motivating. Rugby players know their selection to the first XV team each week depends on coach/captain assessments of their previous performance/stats. Salespeople and business owners understand this full well. They wake up everyday unemployed until face-to-face with customers.
RUGBY PLAYERS KNOW THEIR POSITION COULD CHANGE AT ANYTIME: Rugby players may be assigned to different positions at a moment’s notice, especially if a teammate is injured. As it should be inside any company, cross training is mandatory in rugby –– and prima donnas are cut from the squad. Start-ups, distressed turnarounds and managers looking to develop über-talented staff should remain on lookout for CVs that include rugby-playing experience.
RUGBY PLAYERS DO NOT HOLD GRUDGES: Every workplace, political campaign and boardroom has trials, tribulations and tensions. The culture of rugby offers an insightful solution to parlay: after every rugby match, opposing teams (often dressed in tie and blazer) have dinner and a few beers together. Why? All bad blood from the match is left on the field. In fact, opposing players often become great friends and career associates. Unheard of in soccer and American football cultures, this sportsmanlike ritual is a major reason the culture and character of rugby is emerging mainstream.
RUGBY PLAYERS ARE BOTH HUMBLE AND PATRIOTIC: Christopher Liddell likely cringed at the headline referring to him as a rugby star. ”Not for glory nor for riches but for honour alone” is a popular banner waved at rugby matches, because the culture and character of rugby closely resembles the spirit of amateur sport.
Being selected to play rugby for your country is the ultimate accomplishment. It is no wonder then, for all these reasons above, when international rugby teams line up shoulder-to-shoulder to belt out their national anthems together, the look in their eyes (and the tears down their faces) are indicative of the physical and mental preparation parlayed into their careers off the field.
The Dog River Howlers Rugby Club are pleased to announce that 3 prominent members Regina's business community ( Herb Wheaton, Tim Wicijowski and Craig Lothian) have joined forces with Howler club members Tim Young and Karl Fix in partnership with the Leader Post and the Hotel Saskatchewan to organize what we think will become Regina's premier gala black-tie social event. This Howlers fundraising event will raise some much needed funds for a very worthy cause - the Leader Posts' Cheer Fund which supports four Regina shelters that provide safety and support for women and children in domestic abuse situations (Sofia House, Transition House, the YMCA Regina Isabel Johnson Shelter and the Wichihik Iskwewak Safe House).
As you can see from the attached invite, the Bowties & Sweethearts Valentine's Day Gala on Saturday February 12th, 2011 promises to be a premium 5 star event featuring:
- one of Regina's premier venues ( Hotel Saskatchewan's Regency Ball Room)
- a world class menu presented by the hotel's new Chef Milton Rebello which includes :
Hors d'oeuvres (served - from 6:00 to 7:00 pm)
Strawberries with peppered cream cheese, gazpacho shooters, and garlic shrimp skewers
Dinner (7:00 to 8:30 pm)
Duck confit in a crispy phyllo pastry shell, baby greens andcherry tomatoes with balsamic drizzle cherry tomatoes with balsamic drizzle
Seared scallops, herb risotto, caviar and lemon beurre blanc
Pomegranate and champagne sorbet
AAA beef tenderloin, crusted with chanterelle and wild mushroom, herb mashed potatoes, maple glazed carrots, buttered asparagus, merlot jus and butter poached shrimp.
Passion Fruit and Berry Heart with dark chocolate sauce
- valet parking
- complimentary Valentine's sweetheart rose for the ladies
- complimentary photo of each couple
- white glove service and cocktail service at your table.
- premium wines and cocktails available, not all that are on the regular hotel menu.
- Regina's principal entertainer Rory Allen (http://www.roryallen.com/) along with special guests and rising stars Jodi Scott and Jasmine Paige providing a Las Vegas style show.
- the hotel will be providing special room rates for those who want to stay the night.
This event is by invitation only and will be sold on a complete table (8 or 10) basis only. Tables of 8 are $1,200 and 10 are $1,500. Those purchasing tables in 2011, will have the first right to acquire them in subsequent years as this will be the first of an annual event.
If this is of an interest to you or if you have any further questions please contact me as soon as possible. Tables are being sold and allocated on a “first come” basis.
Karl Fix - president Dog River Howlers Rugby Club where "it's more than a game, it's away of life"
The Dog River Howlers will be sending two teams to compete in the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens tournament, running from February 10 - 12, 2011. This will be the first time the Howlers will play in a US-based sevens event and the first U 18 team representation for the club. The Junior Howlers will be playing in the U 18 International Division, featuring two all star teams selected from the United States, two BC representative sides, and teams from Colorado, Utah and the Mid-Atlantic.
Junior Howlers Team:
Matthew Heaton - Quebec - Ormstown Saracens
Lucas Hammond - Ontario - The Toronto Nomads R.F.C
Jon la Placa - Ontario - Barrie RFC
Andrew Battagllia - Ontario - Aurora Barbarians RFC
Jordan Bowcott - BC - Cowichan RFC
Brian Murphy - BC - Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
Patrick Kay # - BC - Cowichan RFC
Cameron Lawson - BC - Vancouver Rowing Club
Robbie Anderson - Alberta - Calgary Hornets
Evan Johnson - Saskatchewan - Campbell Collegiate/Regina Condors
Matt Taylor - Nova Scotia - Dartmouth Pig Dogs
Kieran McAuley - BC - Vanier High School
Coach - Robin MacDowell
Ass't Coach - Nanyak Dala
Physio - Heather DesRoches
Manager - Kevin Blanchette
The Senior Howlers will be competing in the Men's Elite Division, featuring the national teams from Bermuda, Russia, Jamaica, Chile, Mexico and club teams France Select, Kamikaze International (from the UK) and Humless, (from Utah).
Senior Howlers Team:
Colin Brown *# - Ontario/BC
James Buchanan * # - Alberta
Derek Daypuck * - Ontario
Morgan Findlay # - Quebec
Peni Lutu # - Saskatchewan
Robin Mc Dowell *# - BC
David Poettcker # - BC
Mozac Samson # - Alberta
Chase Sereda # - BC
Ian Shoults * # - Alberta
Sam Val Zehan # - Alberta
Playing/Coach - Ryan Smith*# - Ontario/Alberta
Ass't Coach - Nanyak Dala
Physio - Colleen Penman
Manager - Leo Lane
* - Canadian cap
# - Howlers cap
Along with Karl Fix, Howler President, the team will be accompanied by Rodger Swany (frequent manager of the Rugby Canada NSMT programs) to assist with management duties. The Howlers are also fortunate to have the services of Lizette Greyling. Lizette is a very experienced therapist and will bring her skills to assist with training preparation and player management (injury, hydration, recuperation). Also making the trip will be the Howlers official photographer Jose Lagman and Judy Teasdale (also a photographer).
As always,there will a good contingent of Howler supporters and rugby enthusiasts making their way down to watch the Howlers and take in the iRB 7's.
This is an event you will not want to miss!!
Here is a made in Canada rugby success story. The Dog River Howlers were established in 2007 and have participated in rugby 7’s tournaments in Mexico, Havana and Canada and this year they have been invited to the
Elite Team Tournament preceeding the IRB’s Las Vegas Sevens International, February 12-13, 2011. In addition to the Senior Men’s Howlers there will be a U-18 Rep side Howlers entered. To celebrate this historic recognition we are asking you to join us at Buchanan’s Chop House & Whisky Bar for an entertaining night of single malt whisky and great food. Many of the Senior Howlers will be in attendance and there will be silent and noisy auction items. Our mission is to raise money for both traveling teams and help set up a legacy fund so more young men and women can experience the joys of the rugby lifestyle. Bring your wife or girlfriend (but not both) and your wallet.
Help us grow Canadian rugby and support amateur athletes. You can reserve your spot by credit card with Carol Buchanan at (403) 261-4646. A great night out with six whiskeys-five food courses at an all inclusive price of $125.- per ticket - Friday 6:30 pm 28 January 2011.
Finally you say!! Yes, we have been in existence since 2007 and we are finally getting around to our web page. The Howlers Happenings section is a blog-style reporting on Howler news and events. You want to find out about what events the Howlers are hosting.... check in with the Happenings section. How did the Howlers do in their last tournament.... check the Happenings section (I think you get the drift!).
Stay tuned as we will update frequently!
It is more than a game, it is a way of life!