Old Illtydians RFC: Rugby tour to Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison

Mark Gardner

Rugby Sports Tour to Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison

Sports Tour Overview

Having previously toured with us to Texas and USA’s the Deep South, Cardiff’s Old Illtydians opted to continue their American theme with a 12-day pilgrimage around the Midwest.

Saving the famed Chicago until the closing leg allowed both Milwaukee and Madison to be explored in depth.  The wonderfully engaging rugby folk in Milwaukee hosted the tourists admirably in what proved a very close encounter.  In true rugby style, the fun didn’t stop on the pitch as many a celebration followed in the local bars and onwards to the following day’s Milwaukee Brewers live baseball match.  The Welshmen reflected positively on their first ‘tailgating’ encounter!

Heading north-west to Madison opened up the second fixture on America’s Memorial Day.  The travels and late nights played their part in the locals’ subsequent victory, which many of the Welsh lads attributing also to the traditional hot weather that’s a guarantee in these parts.

Chicago lay in wait after enjoying the fruits of this beautiful college town.  Four nights allowed the players to see the very best of this iconic city that’s nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan.  With the games out of the way it left adequate time to see the Willis Tower, Navy Pier, Wrigleyville and everything offered on the city’s Magnificent Mile.

Sports Tour Highlights

Here is a selection of activities that Old Illtydians did on their sports tour to Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison:

Our top picks ✅

  • Watching Milwaukee Brewers in live MLB action✅
  • Tailgating at a live ‘ball game✅
  • Competitive matches against traditional hosting teams
  • Experiencing Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier✅
  • Visiting Willis Tower, Chicago
  • Relaxing in a typical US college-town – Madison


Sports Tour Benefits

  • Experiencing the very best of America’s Midwest✅
  • Establishing a group identity ✅
  • New places and expanded horizons✅
  • Appreciation of alternative cultures✅
  • Testing your game plan against international opposition ✅

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