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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
AUGUST 18, 2021
In Today's Edition:
🏉 MLR Collegiate Draft Details
🦌 Boks Make 11 Changes
🇺🇸 Women's XV vs. Canada in Nov.

💯 MLR Pre-Draft Analysis
🎥 MLR Rugby Showcase 2021


Bledisloe Cup: The third Bledisloe Cup test is in doubt after Australia and New Zealand introduced new travel restrictions. 

Tim Tebow: Some rugby fans on social media encouraged Tim Tebow to try rugby after he shared that he was cut from the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday. While Tebow has been (loosely) linked to rugby in the past, fans should drop the idea of pursuing him for Major League Rugby. Tebow has been an inspiration for many, but advocating for him to join MLR is too gimmicky for a league gaining acceptance by mainstream sports fans. Let's focus instead on increasing youth participation and building multiple pathways to MLR and USA Rugby. Thank you for coming to our Ted Talk. 

📰 HEADLINES

MLR COLLEGIATE DRAFT 


MLR Collegiate Draft Broadcast Details Released
  • Takeaways:
    • 📆 Thursday, August 19
    • ⏰ 6:30 PM ET
    • 📺 1st hour on FS2, remaining coverage on The Rugby Network
    • 🔢 A minimum of three rounds. 

MLR Collegiate Pre-Draft Analysis
  • Takeaway: Rugby Morning readers and rugby super-fans @USARugbyfan18 and @HoundRugby shared their thoughts on a few players ahead of tomorrow's draft. 
    • 📖 READ: Check out their pre-draft analysis and some players they've rated highly. 
  • Rugby Morning Mock Draft: We will release our full mock draft tomorrow. We will make picks for all three rounds. The over/under on the number of picks we get right is 10%.

THE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP


Big Week for Bok Locks in Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Takeaway: Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber is bringing back a few players - Handré Pollard at flyhalf, Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo Am in the center, Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe at the wings, and Willie le Roux at fullback - who featured in the win over the Lions two weekends ago.

Clash of Styles Expected When All Blacks Meet Springboks
  • Takeaway: It'll be the 100th Test match between the two sides when they meet on Saturday, September 25. 

WOMEN'S EAGLES
 

Rugby Canada Announces Dates for Canada's International Senior Women's 15s Important Fall Fixtures
  • Takeaway: The announcement includes dates that Canada's Women's XVs will play against the USA Women's Eagles.
    • 📆 November 1
    • 📆 November 5 

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🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


MLR Draft Preview: The 2021 MLR Draft Show(s)
  • 🎥 WATCH: Episode 1: The Forwards
  • 🎥 WATCH: Episode 2: The Forwards Continued
  • 🎥 WATCH: Episode 3: The Backs

Rugby Combine: The MLR Rugby Showcase 2021
  • 🎥 WATCH: Highlights from the first annual MLR Rugby Showcase.
  • 40-Meter Sprint Leader:
    • Caleb Strum, Alabama, Wing
  • Bench Press Leader:
    • Sam Klimkowski, Notre Dame College, Prop
  • Vertical Jump Leader:
    • Brandon Asbel, Davenport University, Flanker

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY


USA Touch Junior Nationals Accepting Expressions of Interest for U15 and U18 Club Programs
  • Takeaway: Junior Nationals will take place in Phoenix, AZ, October 8-9.

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY


FRIDAY, AUGUST 20
  • 2021 RugbyTown Sevens

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21
  • Argentina vs. South Africa 
    • The Rugby Championship
  • 2021 RugbyTown Sevens
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22
  • 2021 RugbyTown Sevens

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS


GREAUX RUGBY
🎧 Episode: Interview with Cody Melphy
📆 August 17


THE DRINK-UP
🎧 Episode: Interview with Chris Mattina
📆 August 14
QUICK QUESTION

Do you like the idea of MLR teams pursuing Tim Tebow? 

YES    NO
TUESDAY'S ANSWER
 
65% of respondents voted that they were not surprised by some of the players not named to the Men's Eagles squad against Canada. 
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