Barbarian alumni and Pewaukee native makes international debut against Canada.

The Milwaukee Barbarians Athletic Club today announced that Pewaukee native Ben Landry has made his first international appearance for the USA Eagles, America’s national rugby team.

Landry’s rugby career began in middle school and continued through college with stints at both the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. In 2013, he joined the collegiate All Americans.

After playing a season with the Milwaukee Barbarians, he moved to Washington to train with the National Team Assistant Coach Justin Fitzpatrick at the Seattle Saracens.

On Saturday, Landry was selected to play in an Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) fixture in the number five jersey against Canada at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. Earning the selection or Cap — as the honor is called in rugby circles — was the natural result following two years of being on the radar of the national team.

Landry was selected for the USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans’ 2014 New England Tour and was called up to join the USA Selects in the 2014 ARC campaign. Last February he was invited to the United States Olympic Committee Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California to try out for the 2015 Rugby World Cup team.

“I was very lucky to be able to get my first cap at home,” said Landry of the 30-22 victory over Canada. “The energy in the stadium was amazing and It was great to have my parents able to come to the game and share that experience.”

As a capped player, Landry’s next goal is to find an professional contract such as the in the upcoming PRO Rugby league, or with an overseas club. In 2014, Landry signed with Premier Rugby Management but he is currently without representation.

When asked about a possible return to the gridiron — a sport he also played in college — Landry confirmed that rugby was currently his main focus.

Vic Drover
Vic Drover

Vic has a long history in and around the sport of rugby both in Canada and the US. He has played for and started numerous clubs (Vandal's RFC, Strathcona Druids, Suffolk Bull Moose, West Side Harlequins, Milwaukee Barbarians, Hamilton Girls Rugby), and served many roles over the years at all administrative levels. Vic joined the Harlequins in 2007 and remained an active club member through the transition to the Barbarians. These days, he spends his rugby time playing tag rugby and touring with the Old Boys, keeping the club website updated, helping organize the Lakefront 7s, and fundraising.

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