Hooker to judge Beard Nationals

Phil-Thiel
Phil-Thiel

Phil Thiel, who plays hooker for the Eagles, the USA's national rugby union team, will join the panel of distinguished judges at this year's National Beard and Moustache Championships in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on October 8. Thiel and the other Eagles have just returned from the rugby world cup in New Zealand. A native of Traverse City, Michigan, his debut for the USA Eagles was in November 2009 against Uruguay. He was selected to tour with the USA Eagles squad for the Autumn 2010 tour of Europe. Phil plays rugby for his American Super League Club, Life University.

He also plays "prop," whatever that means.

BTUSA had previously announced that there would be a Philadelphia Eagle on the panel. Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Eagles have plans in Buffalo for championships weekend, but we are excited to welcome a USA Eagle.

The panel now includes Miss Pennsylvania, a German, a Steeler, an Eagle, and a hooker. Stay tuned for additional announcements.