All Blacks Legend and AIG Ambassador
A brilliant leader both on and off the pitch, Richie McCaw successfully lifted the Web Ellis Cup at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and again at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England with the New Zealand All Blacks. Consequentially, McCaw became the youngest member of New Zealand’s highest honor, the Order of New Zealand, in the 2016 New Year Honors. With 148 caps including 110 as captain, McCaw is sure to provide sharp insight into the outlook of rugby across the globe during a one-on-one question-and-answer session led by legendary kiwi broadcaster Scotty “Sumo” Stevenson.
Scotty "Sumo" Stevenson
Broadcaster, Speaker and Author
Scotty Stevenson is known to most fans of the game simply as Sumo. The kiwi broadcaster has been presenting and announcing rugby matches since 2007, and has covered many tests as well as Super Rugby, New Zealand provincial rugby, Rugby World Cup and the HSBC Sevens World Series. He has also worked on both the Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games. Away from the television, Scotty is the bestselling author of Cory Jane: Winging It and The Kiwi Pair, which charts the lives of the most dominant rowing crew in history. A sought-after MC and Speaker, Scotty lives in Auckland, New Zealand but saves his loudest cheers for his adopted Stateside rugby club, New York Old Blue.
Eagles Head Coach
A former All Blacks Head Coach, John Mitchell began his coaching career with the Eagles at the beginning of 2016. Mitchell's first match as Eagles Head Coach came against fifth ranked Argentina in the inaugural Americas Rugby Championship February 6 in Houston, Texas, and he has been working diligently with the players, coaches and staff toward a bright future.
USA Wheelchair Rugby Head Coach
James Gumbert brings 18 years of experience as a coach and a player to the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Team. Serving as the U.S. assistant coach from 2001 to 2004, Gumbert was selected to run the team in 2004. The Texan recently coached the USA Wheelchair Rugby Team to a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
In 2009, Aoki was first named to the USA Wheelchair Rugby Team, and was a member of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team, winning a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. In July 2016 Aoki was named to his second Paralympic team which captured the silver in Rio. Chuck has received numerous most valuable player and best in class awards. He was also named Athlete of the Year in 2011 by the United States Quad Rugby Association.