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Austin Huns Hire Springbok Pedrie Wannenburg 
as the Defense and Forwards Coach


Austin, TX (March 10, 2017). The Austin Huns are thrilled to announce the hiring of Springbok Pedrie Wannenburg as the Austin Huns Elite Defense and Forwards Coach.

“I have known Pedrie since he was a schoolboy playing top level rugby in South Africa. I have always enjoyed watching his enthusiasm and the way he approached the game” said Austin Huns Elite Head Coach Eugene Eloff.  “Pedrie has had a successful career as a Springbok, played in Ireland, France, and PRO Rugby in the USA. I saw Pedrie as an excellent candidate to become a good coach, and so I approached him to coach with me in Austin, TX. I am proud to have him on my management team, and I know Pedrie will be a tremendous asset as the Forwards and Defense coach.”

Pedrie has nearly two decades of provincial rugby experience as a player. He is South African rugby union player who has over 320 caps for teams such South Africa Springbok, the Bulls, Ulster, Castres, and Oyonnax.  Pedrie moved to the United States last year to play for Denver Stampede in the recently formed PRO League, where he served as the captain as well. Pedrie Wannenburg has won three Super Rugby Titles and five Currie Cups.


We welcome Pedrie to the club and look forward to a successful season ahead.

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AUSTIN HUNS ELITE UNABLE TO FIND THEIR STRIDE IN GLENDALE
NEXT MATCH SET FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017, AGAINST NOLA IN NEW ORLEANS, LA

 

Austin, TX (February 27, 2017)- Austin Huns Elite traveled to Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado, for their first match of the Major League Rugby (MLR) friendly competition series against the Glendale Raptors. After a tight first half, Glendale Raptors erupted scoring 31 unanswered points before the Austin Huns could secure a try in the final seconds. The Raptors won 41-10.

“No one likes losing, but a loss at the right time is valuable, and we learn more from losing than winning. We [Austin Huns] are returning home with a lot of knowledge and small things we have to work on,” said Austin Huns Head Coach Eugene Eloff.

Both clubs meet after coming off dominant wins the week prior: Austin Huns defeating Austin Blacks, and Glendale routing New Orleans. The first half showcased the Austin Huns’ defense that has been seen in their previous matches, bending but not breaking. The Glendale Raptors displayed dominance on offense; multiple line breaks, great ball movement, and controlling possession gave Glendale the 10-3 lead going into the half. 

The Austin Huns ended the first half and started the second half a man down after 8-man Deon Minnaar received a yellow card for a high tackle. The Raptors capitalized on the Huns 14-man squad and score to extend their lead. The Austin Huns looked to have momentum 15 minutes into the half as they pushed the Raptors back to their own goal line, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity. The Raptors counter-attacked and scored two tries within minutes, widening their lead and ultimately going on to win 41-10. Joedee Reyes scored the Austin Huns’ lone try.

“It was a great experience for the Austin Huns to go play against one of the strongest sides in the USA on their home turf. The result itself does not portray what happened on the field. With a close score at the half, we still had a chance to compete. It was a great occasion with lots of lessons learned from the match. It is also a benchmark for the club. If you want to be the best you have to beat the best. We will be up for the next match against Glendale,” said Eloff.

The Austin Huns Elite’s next match takes place in New Orleans on Saturday, March 11, 2017, versus NOLA.

Austin Huns D2 and D3
While Austin Huns Elite battled Glendale on the road, the Austin Huns Rugby Club went on the road to compete against Houston Athletic Rugby Club (HARC) in Red River Conference cup matches. Due to the Elite/D1 team being on the road, the club's Division 2 and Division 3 teams both competed up a division. The Austin Huns D3 battled HARC D2, and fought down to the last seconds of the game, which ultimately ended in a draw with a score of 28-28. In the Austin Huns D2 versus HARC D1 match, the Huns displayed flashes of brilliance, keeping the game tight in the first half, but ultimately could not find their footing in the back half of the second, after HARC scored three tries within the first 20 minutes of the second half. HARC D1 won 46-21.

Austin Huns next D3 Cup Match is Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Huns Field against the McAllen Knights.
Austin Huns Elite and D2, next Cup Match, is Saturday, March 18, 2017, against the Dallas Harlequins.

Upcoming Austin Huns Elite 2017 Season Games
Home Games
March 18: Austin Huns vs. Dallas Harlequins
April 1: Austin Huns vs. Rugby Utah
April 15: Austin Huns vs. Glendale Raptors
April 29: Austin Huns vs. NOLA Rugby
 
Away Games
March 11: Austin Huns vs. NOLA Rugby
April 8: Austin Huns vs. Dallas Reds
April 22: Austin Huns vs. Austin Blacks
May 13: Austin Huns vs. Rugby Utah
Purchase tickets to the full season or individual games at austinhunsrugby.com/tickets.

About Austin Huns Rugby
The Austin Huns Rugby Football Club was founded in 1972 as one of the first rugby clubs of its kind in central Texas. For more than 40 years, the Huns have developed an organization and a culture that have produced winning teams, first class coaches and players, and a training and competition facility that is unmatched by any other in the region. The club is dedicated to developing athletes for national and international rugby competition, who are also constructive and contributing members of the community. The Austin Huns take pride in their contributions to improving the City of Austin and the culture of athleticism in the United States. Visit www.austinhunsrugby.com for more information.

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Austin Huns vs Glendale Raptors | 2.25.17
Watch the Replay of the Austin Huns Elite match.

AUSTIN HUNS ELITE DOMINATE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UPS AUSTIN BLACKS, WINNING 45-14
 
NEXT MATCH SET FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 AGAINST GLENDALE RAPTORS AT INFINITY PARK IN DENVER

 
Austin, TX (February 20, 2017)Austin Huns Elite rugby squad stamped their names in the history books as they defeated the Austin Blacks 45-14 at Huns Field on Saturday, February 18—their first win, in Division I rugby, over the Austin Blacks in over 20 years. “It was a great occasion at Nixon Lane, and yes, we made history, but in my years of experience I also know history can change if you are not on top of your game,” said Austin Huns Head Coach Eugene Eloff.
 
The Austin Blacks’ record-breaking winning streak was halted, in front of a large crowd online and in person, by inside center and team captain Lomani Tongotongo’s final run into the try zone untouched for the Austin Huns seventh and decisive try over the two-time national runner-ups, Austin Blacks.  
 
The Austin Huns controlled the game early, forcing the Blacks to commit multiple penalties and driving them downfield with kicks to touch. Penalties and great ball movement lead to a try in the corner less than four minutes in by Austin native Brian Welborn. It was a defensive battle between the 22’s after the Austin Huns’ first try; it was not until the 19th minute that the Austin Huns scored another after an offload by vice-captain Hanco Germishuys to Sani Taylor. Austin Huns extended the lead to 12-0 after the conversion by Timothée Guillimin. Late in the first half, the Blacks put points on the board, scoring in the 36th minute off a series of pick n’go’s, bringing the score to 12-7 for the half. This 5-point margin was the closest the Blacks would come the remainder of the match.
 
The Austin Blacks came out on fire in the second half, making big hits and putting the Austin Huns on their back foot, but those flames were quickly extinguished 6 minutes into the half with a try by Fly-Half Timothée Guillimin, extending the Austin Huns lead to 19-7. The Austin Huns ran away with the game after this point, scoring four more tries. Hanco Germishuys, former Austin Blacks Pierce Reed, and Mason Pedersen all scoring a try before Lomani Tongotongo final try to close out the historic win, with a 45-14 rout of the national championship runner-ups, Austin Blacks.
 
Austin Huns will “take this win and bank it, and be humble about it because we know there is a long way to go and we still have many improvements to make,” said Eloff. “The Blacks came out hard, and it was a tough game, but we stuck to our guns, and I think we succeeded in being accurate and sticking to our game plan, chipping away at the wall, and that is why the result went our way.”
 
The Austin Huns Elite are set to face a strong Glendale Raptors team at Infinity Park in Denver, Colorado, Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. The game will be streamed live on Glendale’s YouTube Channel.
 
Austin Huns D2 and D3
Austin Huns D2 displayed flashes of brilliance, great defense, and skillful rugby, but failed to close out the game. With less than 10 minutes remaining, the Austin Blacks were able to score three tries.

Austin Huns D3 fell short against a strong Austin Blacks team, but many young players gained valuable experience against a well-prepped team.
 
Upcoming Austin Huns Elite 2017 Season Games
Home Games
March 18: Austin Huns vs. Dallas Harlequins
April 1: Austin Huns vs. Rugby Utah
April 15: Austin Huns vs. Glendale Raptors
April 29: Austin Huns vs. NOLA Rugby
 
Away Games
February 25: Austin Huns vs. Glendale Raptors
March 11: Austin Huns vs. NOLA Rugby
April 8: Austin Huns vs. Dallas Reds
April 22: Austin Huns vs. Austin Blacks
May 13: Austin Huns vs. Rugby Utah
 

Purchase tickets to the full season or individual games at austinhunsrugby.com/tickets.

 
About Austin Huns Rugby
The Austin Huns Rugby Football Club was founded in 1972 as one of the first rugby clubs of its kind in central Texas. For more than 40 years, the Huns have developed an organization and a culture that have produced winning teams, first class coaches and players, and a training and competition facility that is unmatched by any other in the region. The club is dedicated to developing athletes for national and international rugby competition, who are also constructive and contributing members of the community. The Austin Huns take pride in their contributions to improving the City of Austin and the culture of athleticism in the United States. Visit www.austinhunsrugby.com for more information.
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Photos provided by
Norma Salinas Photography.

Austin Huns reach a development agreement with University of Mary Washington Men’s Rugby

Austin, TX (February 15, 2017). – In the first deal of its kind in the U.S., the Austin Huns have reached an agreement with the University of Mary Washington Men’s Rugby that will give them a glimpse into a fast-improving varsity rugby team and establish their professional pipeline on the east coast, right outside the nation’s capital.  UMW will utilize the Austin Huns coaches for player development and give players and coaches the option to visit Austin for extended tryouts in their last 2 years of school. 

According to the Austin Huns General Manager Thierry Daupin, “We have high expectations of our incoming players, and in talking to coaches here and abroad, it is apparent that UMW is doing something different with their rugby program.  We feel like just giving their students a look into our program will allow their players to choose the Austin Huns as their destination when they graduate.  Looking at their program, they have players that are real prospects for our future professional side”.

In the deal, the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA) will give their juniors and seniors an opportunity to train and play over Christmas Break and during summer 7’s in Texas, with the Austin Huns, essentially an extended “job interview” for a professional role upon graduation. 

UMW Director of Rugby Tim Brown added, “I hear loud and clear from our players that they want to take their game as far as possible.  We fully support our students following the professional path and looking for employment in Austin, inside and outside of rugby.  We are going to continue to work with the Leicester Tigers for player and coach development and with professional opportunities in Ireland for grad school – the Austin Huns are just another way we are raising the ceiling for our students.  I am impressed with manager Thierry Daupin and Head Coach Eugene Eloff – I am excited for students that choose to follow this path.” 

The Austin Huns are a founding member of Major League Rugby – kicking off play in 2018.  The Austin Huns have successfully started along the road to professionalism this season by developing their own facilities in Austin, TX and fielding a team of elite players from home and abroad.  UMW Men’s Rugby is a founding member of the Chesapeake D1 Rugby Conference and had 3 players in the Collegiate All-American and u20 camps this year.  UMW features an IRB-approved complex about 40 miles outside of Washington, DC on one of the best liberal arts campuses nationwide. UMW went 8-3 this fall and won their Bowl Series game to cap off their first year of D1 Rugby.  

For further inquiries, please contact:  

Thierry Daupin, General Manager, Austin Huns Rugby
808-358-0784 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tim Brown, Director of Rugby, UMW Men’s Rugby
202-503-6415 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.