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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
OCTOBER 5, 2021
(H/T: USA Rugby)
In Today's Edition:
⭐ NCR Forms All Star Regions
🐺 Michael Hodge Joins Jackals 

🍁 Rugby Canada Announces Squad Update
📊 Latest World Rugby Rankings


Congrats: Three cheers to The Rugby Network for making the SportsPro Influencers shortlist for 'Best New Platform' of 2021. 

Mailbag: Keep the questions coming. Send an email to john@rugbymorning.com, and we'll answer them every Friday. Ask us anything.

November Schedule: World Rugby confirms men's November Test schedule

Premier Rugby Sevens: Americas Rugby News' Bryan Kelly says "let's give it a go."

WhatsApp: Men's Eagle Paul Mullen definitely having fun with yesterday's social media outage of Facebook, IG, and WhatsApp. 

📰 HEADLINES

COLLEGE RUGBY


National Collegiate Rugby Forms Men's All Star Regions
  • Takeaway: The Shield Challenge will feature the best NCR players from across the country. A Rising Stars game is a new wrinkle to this year's format. 

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Michael Hodge Joins Jackals as Head Coach
  • Quote: "With our aims to play an entertaining style of rugby and develop domestic talent, we set out to find a coach who was people first in his approach, passionate about facilitating an environment to learn, and has a desire to do this through modified game play," said Dallas Jackals GM Elaine Vassie. "Through a very extensive search, Michael stood out as someone who thinks of the whole person first and is excited by the prospect of this truly being a coaching role which promotes a journey where we invest in people, not a week to week process."

RUGBY CANADA


Rugby Canada Announces Squad Update for Americas 2 Qualifier 
  • Takeaway: Rugby Canada head coach Kingsley Jones confirmed that Castres backrower Tyler Ardron will travel with the squad to Chile, while Rugby ATL flanker Matt Heaton and Cooper Coats will stay home. 

WORLD RUGBY RANKINGS


Men's Rankings: Triumphant Springboks Back to Number One in World Rugby Men's Rankings
  • Top 10:
    1. 🇿🇦 South Africa
    2. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
    3. 🇦🇺 Australia
    4. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England
    5. 🇮🇪 Ireland
    6. 🇫🇷 France
    7. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland
    8. 🇦🇷 Argentina
    9. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales
    10. 🇯🇵 Japan
  • ⬆⬇ Changes:
    • 🇿🇦 South Africa swapped places with New Zealand atop the rankings. 

Women's Rankings
  • Top 10:
    1. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England
    2. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
    3. 🇨🇦 Canada
    4. 🇫🇷 France
    5. 🇦🇺 Australia
    6. 🇺🇸 USA
    7. 🇮🇹 Italy
    8. 🇮🇪 Ireland
    9. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland
    10. 🇪🇸 Spain
  • ⬆⬇ Changes:
    • No changes since last weekend.  

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🏉 QUICK HITS

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 4
  • RFU Championship
    • Week 4
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Round 3

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 4
  • Premier 15s
    • Week 5
  • Premier Rugby Sevens
    • Inaugural Championship 
  • RFU Championship
    • Week 4
  • Rugby Europe
    • Turkey vs. Andorra 
  • RWC 2023 Qualifier
    • Chile vs. Canada
  • RWC 2023 Qualifier
    • Uruguay vs. USA
  • Top 14
    • Week 6
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Round 3

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 4
  • Premier 15s
    • Week 5
  • Top 14
    • Week 6
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Round 3

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS

SCRUM OF THE EARTH
Episode: Weekend Recap Part II
📆 October 4


Episode: Weekend Recap Part 1
📆 October 3
QUICK QUESTION

Do you feel confident the USA vs. New Zealand match will take place on October 23? 

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MONDAY'S ANSWER 

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