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Lost Luncheon Set for Houston

Friday Jul 17, 2009 in Off the Field General

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Houston – USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville will be the keynote speaker at the Houston rugby community’s first annual Lost Afternoon Luncheon on July 24. 

Also speaking will be Eagles head coach Eddie O’Sullivan and USA Rugby Vice Chair Bob Latham.

Proceeds from the luncheon will be dedicated to youth rugby projects in the area, but luncheon organizers also hope to demonstrate to rugby’s national leadership that the nation’s fourth largest city is deserving of more national events.

Houston hosted the most successful one-off event in the history of USA Rugby in 2001 when 16,000 fans attended the test match against South Africa at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus. Tickets for the luncheon have already been purchased by the local Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Harris County Sports Authority, the MLS Houston Dynamo, and the event management arm of the Houston Texans.

Luncheon founder Malcolm Douglas, as a Scot a representative of Houston’s large and diverse international community, said, “the Lost Afternoon concept has worked very well overseas, and I know it will be a great new tradition in Houston, one that will  hopefully be copied around the country. It’s great to come together and hear what is going on in the rugby community, then spend the balance of the day renewing old acquaintances and telling stories.”

While Melville will be discussing the state of the domestic game in general, O’Sullivan – who will be conducting youth and coaching clinics in Houston the week of the luncheon – will talk about the Eagles program. Latham will discuss the efforts to restore rugby to the Olympics, an effort he has been a leader of for over a decade.

Various rugby groups will be staffing information tables at the event, which will also feature numerous rugby videos being shown on two large screens.

The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Westchase. Tickets (available only on-line and only for a few more days) are $65 and can be reserved at www.regonline.com/lostafternoon.

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