UQ Rugby Benefit Dinner

The University of Queensland in America, Inc., in partnership with the UQ Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL), proudly presents the fourth annual UQ Rugby Benefit Dinner in support of the UQ rugby scholar athlete and the UQ Rugby Club.

Celebrate with your fellow UQ alumni and friends in central New York City as one of the University's most prestigious sports medals, the Mark Loane Medal, is presented to one of America's most outstanding high school rugby players.

The 2017 panel will be announced shortly.

Tickets to this exclusive event are strictly limited. Register your interest by contacting the BEL Faculty Alumni Relations team at alumni@bel.uq.edu.au.

Event details

Date
Thursday, 2 November 2017    

Time
6.00pm - 10.00pm

Venue
The Manhattan Club
201 West 52nd Street, Cnr W. 52nd and 7th Ave
New York NY 10019

Dress
Business / Cocktail

How your support helps

To date, over AU$170,000 has been raised by alumni and friends of the BEL Faculty and the UQ Rugby Club through the Rugby Benefit Dinner.

This fundraising has contributed to:

  • the establishment of the Mark Loane Medal award
  • assisting the recipients of the UQ Sports Achievement Scholarship with tuition fees and college accommodation costs
  • covering the cost of implementing a concussion management program through HeadSmart, which will monitor the concussion history of all of our playing members and deal with immediate on-field incidents
  • ongoing growth of the UQ Rugby Sevens Program for men and women
  • support ongoing operations of the UQ Rugby Football Club and ensure a best practice environment for players, coaches and staff
  • support for Play Rugby USA, a non-profit organization developing youth through rugby.

Become a sponsor

We invite you to become a sponsor of the 2017 UQ Rugby Benefit Dinner.

Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Promotion on the 2017 UQ Rugby Benefit Dinner website
  • Company logo on event emails and other promotional material
  • Company logo and description in the event program
  • Special mention during event proceedings
  • Alignment of your brand with The University of Queensland, the UQ Rugby Club and the prestigious Mark Loane Medal and scholarship

For further information about sponsorship or donating, please contact us or view the below brochure.

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2016 UQ Rugby Benefit Dinner

The third annual UQ Rugby Benefit Dinner in New York was held on Thursday 3 November at the Manhattan Club. More than 170 UQ alumni, rugby fans, friends and supporters joined the dinner, hosted by the BEL Faculty.
 
The 2016 panel included Dr Steve Cutler, Con Foley, Michael Lynagh AM, Andy McIntyre, James Horwill, Dr Mark Loane AM, the late Dan Vickerman, and Nathan Sharpe as MC.

UQ alumni Dr Mark Loane AM, Michael Lynagh AM and Andy McIntyre shared stories of their time at UQ as junior rugby players – noting that the UQ Rugby Club helped shape their professional careers.

A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Mark Loane Medal, which recognises and rewards the outstanding potential of America's best high school rugby player, and is based on the player's skills, ability and aptitude, both on and off the rugby field. The 2016 Mark Loane Medal recipient, Bronson Teles, will travel to Brisbane in May 2017 to play for the renowned UQ Rugby Club and participate in the UQ Rugby Academy.

A total of US$46,540 was raised through ticket sales, raffle tickets and a live auction on the night. Funds raised will go to the UQ Rugby Club and Play Rugby USA.

 

2015 UQ Rugby Benefit Dinner

The second annual UQ Rugby Benefit Dinner in New York was held on Thursday 5 November at the Manhattan Club. 200 UQ alumni, rugby fans, friends and supporters joined the dinner, hosted by the BEL Faculty.

The stellar speaker line-up, moderated by Tim Usasz, included Mark Loane, Michael Lynagh, Mike Harris, Mike Tolkin and Mike Petri, with discussion dominated by an analysis of the recent Rugby World Cup. 

A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the inaugural Mark Loane Medal. The Medal recognises and rewards the outstanding potential of America's best high school rugby player, and is based on the player's skills, ability and aptitude, both on and off the rugby field.  

University of Arizona (Tucson) freshman physics student Steve Branham was awarded the medal in recognition of his exceptional high school rugby achievements, which include being a four-time All-American playing with the U17 All-Americans squad in 2013, and the USA Rugby Boys U19 High School All-American squad in 2014 for the Rugby Four Nations Cup. The award includes a rugby scholarship allowing Steven to travel to UQ during his summer vacation to play with UQ Rugby and attend the UQ Rugby Academy. 

A total of US$45,000 was raised through ticket sales, raffle tickets and a live auction on the night, conducted by TUQiA board member and Chair of the UQ Rugby Benefit Dinner Committee, Brian Macnish. Funds raised will go to the UQ Rugby Club and Play Rugby USA.

2015 Speakers

Mike Harris, Australian Wallabies and Melbourne Rebels
Dr Mark Loane AM, former Australian Wallabies Rugby Captain
Michael Lynagh AM, former Australian Wallabies Rugby Captain
Mike Petri, USA Eagles and NYAC RFC
Mike Tolkin, Head Coach, USA Eagles
Timothy Usasz, former USA Eagles Rugby Captain

Event photo gallery

Photo gallery

2014 UQ Rugby Benefit Dinner

2014 Speakers

Stephen Moore, Australian Wallabies Rugby Captain
John Eales, former Australian Wallabies Rugby Captain
Nathan Sharpe, former Australian Wallabies Rugby Captain

Event video & photo gallery

Photo gallery

Mark Loane AM, former Australian Wallabies rugby captain and University of Queensland alumnus, is regarded as one of the finest rugby players ever to emerge from Queensland.

To commemorate the achievements of one of our greatest sports legends, The University of Queensland has commissioned a medal to be awarded annually to America’s most outstanding high school rugby athlete.

The award of the Mark Loane Medal, which takes place at the annual BEL UQ Rugby Dinner in New York City, recognizes and rewards the outstanding potential of America's best high school rugby player. The award is based on the player's skills, ability and aptitude, both on and off the rugby field.  

The medal recipient will be given the opportunity to participate in the UQ Rugby Academy and play for the famous University of Queensland Rugby Club. His travel expenses and on campus accommodation are included as part of the award.

Recipients

Bronson Teles
University of Arizona Rugby

Bronson Teles fell in love with rugby at a young age, playing for the Katy Barbarians Rugby Club in Texas for the past nine years, three of them as captain. He was awarded MVP by Katy, and was twice the recipient of the Forward of the Year Award presented by Rugby Texas.
 
In March 2016, Bronson was voted ‘Player of the Month’ and ‘MVP of the month’ by fans in the Goff Rugby Reports.

He has played for the Texas All Star for four years and was varsity captain in 2016. He was chosen to be on the All Star Tournament Team at the Rocky Mountain Regional Cup Tournament in June 2016.

Bronson represented the High School All Americans, USA Rugby u18-19 in 2016 playing both 7s and 15s. He was also selected for the USA u20s (Men’s Junior All Americans) and played in the 2016 Junior World Trophy in Zimbabwe.

Bronson is currently a freshman at the University of Arizona studying business, and playing rugby for the Wildcats.

 

Steven BranhamSteven Branham
University of Arizona Rugby

Named as the 2014-2015 High School MVP in the Goff Rugby Report, Steven Branham enjoyed a successful high school rugby career at Fallbrook High School (CA) where he served as team captain.

Following the conclusion of the 2012 under-18 club season, Branham was invited to try out for the Griffins and was the only Fallbrook player selected to the under-18 Griffins squad.

In early 2013, Branham was invited to be part of the All-Americans squad and spent spring break of his sophomore year in England playing international matches with the U17 All-Americans.

Branham’s participation in various camps and all-star tournaments led to his berth on the USA Rugby Boys High School All-American squad for the Rugby 4 Nations Cup in 2014. He was also one of three Americans to be named to the all-tournament team.

Now a freshman studying a physics major, Branham plays for University of Arizona Rugby.

Australia

Anthea Barry 
Director of Advancement (Acting)
BEL Faculty, The University of Queensland
a.barry4@uq.edu.au

Claire Shuter
Alumni Relations Officer
BEL Faculty, The University of Queensland
c.shuter@uq.edu.au

United States

Gina Wheatcroft
Strategic Engagement Advisor (North America & Europe) 
UQ Advancement - The University of Queensland
northamerica@uq.edu.au

Brian Macnish
Director, The University of Queensland in America Foundation
LLB Class of '77
bmacnish@cravencapital.com

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