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Lost Afternoon Luncheon - Benfitting Houston Youth Rugby

 

Another great British tradition makes its way across the pond this summer with the inaugural Lost Afternoon Luncheon to benefit youth rugby in the greater Houston area.

Whether you are a former player, fan or just interested in providing our youth with positive athletic alternatives, you will want to be at this fun and lively gathering. The featured speaker will be the CEO of USA Rugby, Nigel Melville, former England captain and British Lions scrum-half. Other surprise guests of international note will also speak.

Why is it called the “Lost Afternoon,” you are probably wondering? While the purpose is serious and the effort to support the exploding youth game in the area is a worthy cause, this will be a chance for old and new friends to gather in a convivial atmosphere. After the speeches are done and dessert digested, we know the vast majority of attendees will want to stay for the extended TGIF social hour(s) after the luncheon.

But there are two serious goals we hope to achieve with your support. First, funds will go to a grant program to benefit existing and emerging youth rugby programs and facilities in the region. Second, while Houston hosted the most successful USA Rugby Test Match ever ( USA vs. South Africa in 2001 at Robertson Stadium), we have yet to receive another USA event; a strong showing at the luncheon will convince the leaders present that Houston is ready to host major matches on a regular basis.

Because Houston is known as an international city, we are particularly encouraging ex-pats from every rugby-playing country to attend, be recognized and cheer at every mention of your team. Individual tickets are already selling at a brisk pace. A single seat is only $65, with tables of 10 available for $650. VIP tables are available for $1,000 and ensure the best seating and appropriate recognition as an inaugural supporter of the event.

To purchase tickets, visit www.regonline.com/lostafternoon. All monies will be placed with the Houston Area Rugby Foundation (a 501(c)3 organization). For more information, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact: Malcolm Douglas, 832-317-8636, or by e-mail at souterdoug@sbcglobal.net.

Please forward this invitation to individuals and groups whom you think would enjoy a rollicking good Friday for a great cause, and stay tuned for more details about the surprise international guests who will be announced soon. Tickets to this inaugural event are limited. Don’t miss the opportunity to say you were there for the first ever “Lost Afternoon.”

 

Speaker Nigel Melville
CEO USA Rugby Nigel David Melville (born 6 January 1961) is a former rugby union player, one of the few players to captain the England national rugby union team on his debut appearance. Many believe, had his career not been troubled with terrible injuries (including a serious neck injury, shoulder ...

CEO
USA Rugby

Nigel David Melville (born 6 January 1961) is a former href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union" title="Rugby union">rugby union player, one of the few players to captain the href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England_national_rugby_union_team" title="England national rugby union team">England national rugby union team on his debut appearance. Many believe, had his career not been troubled with terrible injuries (including a serious neck injury, shoulder damage, five knee operations and a chipped ankle, plus more), he could have become England's greatest href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union_positions#9._Scrum-half" title="Rugby union positions">scrum-half. After a good club career with href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otley_R.U.F.C." title="Otley R.U.F.C.">Otley R.U.F.C., href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakefield_RFC" title="Wakefield RFC">Wakefield RFC and href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasps_FC" title="Wasps FC">Wasps FC, Nigel retired to coach in 1988.

 

As Director of Rugby at href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Wasps" title="London Wasps">Wasps R.F.C., Nigel coached the team to their first professional Premiership title in 1996, followed by three National Cup Final appearances, winning two. In 2002 he moved to href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloucester_Rugby" title="Gloucester Rugby">Gloucester Rugby, winning the Zurich Championship Final, href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EDF_Energy_Cup" title="EDF Energy Cup">Powergen Cup and topped the href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zurich_Premiership" title="Zurich Premiership">Zurich Premiership table by a record 15 clear points. He left in 2005href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Melville#cite_note-0" title="">[1]

 

During his playing career, Nigel was the Head of UK Promotions for href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nike,_Inc." title="Nike, Inc.">Nike working alongside elite athletes from a wide range of sports.  He now works with businesses and sporting organizations helping them to enhance their full ability.

 

Nigel was appointed the new CEO and President of Rugby Operations for href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_Rugby" title="USA Rugby">USA Rugby on 11 October 2006.

 

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Organizer Malcolm Douglas

When?

Fri, July 24, 2009
6 a.m. - 10 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Where?

Hilton Westchase
9999 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77042
USA