The Lost Afternoon Rugby Luncheon
The Lost Afternoon is pleased to announce that we are celebrating our eighth year on October 29, 2016 and registration is now open. Through your support the lunch continues to grow in popularity and this year we are pleased to open registration. Sponsored tables of ten are again $1000 while individual seats are $80.00. There will be an exceptional array of silent and live auction items to bid on, as well items that will be raffled off. Finally, expect quite a few laughs as well as the usual great time that this day always brings.
Dan Payne, CEO of USA Rugby has graciously agreed to attend the lunch and share with us his vision for USA Rugby. As a player, Dan was an Eagle who played in the 2007 Rugby World Cup for the US. In addition to playing for Old Blue of New York he led Old Mission Beach Athletic Club to a Super League Championship. Dan was an assistant coach for the US and head coach of both Life University and San Diego State.
Our keynote speaker is our first member from the Rugby World Hall of Fame to speak at the lunch. John Slattery, more commonly known to rugby fans as Fergus Slattery, will be joining us from Dublin. Fergus played for Ireland from 1970-1984 and captained Ireland eighteen times. When he retired, he was the most capped flanker in the history of the game with 61 caps. A two time tourist with the British Lions, including the storied 1974 tour where they beat the Springboks in all three matches, Fergus was also part of the Barbarians side in that memorable game in 1973 versus the New Zealand All Blacks.
The Lost Afternoon Rugby Luncheon benefits the charitable activities of The Houston Youth Rugby Association a 501 (c)3 not for profit organization
John Fergus Slattery (born 12 February 1949 in href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%BAn_Laoghaire">Dún Laoghaire, href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland">Ireland>) is a former href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union">rugby union player who represented href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland_national_rugby_union_team">Ireland>. He played schools rugby for href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackrock_College">Blackrock College and then moved on to play senior rugby for href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_College_Dublin_R.F.C.">UCD>, before earning a call up to thehref="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland_national_rugby_union_team">Ireland> team in 1970. He subsequently left UCD to join href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackrock_College_R.F.C.">Blackrock College R.F.C. During his career Slattery earned 61 caps, 18 as captain, and scored 3 tries. In 1971, he was a member of the href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_and_Irish_Lions">British and Irish Lions squad that href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_British_Lions_tour_to_New_Zealand">toured New Zealand, missing out on a start in the third Test due to illness. He played for the Barbarians in the href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbarians_F.C.#That_game.2C_that_try">famous 1973 game against the href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_national_rugby_union_team">All Blacks in href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff">Cardiff>. Slattery toured with the Lions again in href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1974_British_Lions_tour_to_South_Africa">1974>, playing in all four Tests and captaining the side for two provincial matches. He was captain of the most successful Irish touring side ever in href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_Ireland_rugby_union_tour_of_Australia">1979> which won 7 of the 8 matches in href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_rugby_union_team">Australia> including the two Tests in href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brisbane">Brisbane> andhref="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney">Sydney>. In addition to the above honours, he was a member of the Irish href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Crown_(rugby_union)">Triple Crown-winning team in href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_Five_Nations_Championship">1982.>
Slattery was inducted into the href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Rugby_Hall_of_Fame">International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007.
Dan Payne (born September 12, 1972) is an href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States">American> former href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union">rugby union player, coach, and college athletic director. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for USA Rugby.
Payne was born in href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_(town),_New_York">Victor, New York. He attended college at the University of Pittsburgh where he was an All-America wrestler.Payne did not play rugby in his youth, but discovered rugby in 2001 while living in New York. Payne then moved to San Diego where he played for the href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Mission_Beach_Athletic_Club_RFC">Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC). Payne's position was href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union_positions#8._Number_Eight">number eight. He played for the href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_national_rugby_union_team">United States national rugby union team, and played for the U.S. at the href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Rugby_World_Cup">2007 Rugby World Cup.
Payne coached for several years at San Diego State University. Payne has been the head coach since 2009 of href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_University">Life University, which has been one of the strongest teams in href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_rugby">college rugby since Life's undergraduate rugby program was created in 2009. Payne was promoted in 2014 to Assistant Athletics Director while still retaining his role as Director of Rugby. Payne has also served as an assistant coach for the href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_national_rugby_union_team">U.S. national rugby team.
Payne was hired as href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Executive_Officer">Chief Executive Officer for href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_Rugby">USA Rugby with his tenure beginning August 1, 2016.