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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
SEPTEMBER 27, 2021
(H/T: USA Rugby)
In Today's Edition:
7️⃣ HSBC Edmonton Sevens Recap
🏉 Premiership Week 2 Recap
🏉 URC Week 1 Recap
🇳🇿 All Blacks Secure Rugby Championship

🏆 RWC 2021 Europe Qualifier Recap
🦅 Eagles Overseas in Action  

📆 This Week in Rugby 

Congrats: Official Sara Cox became the first woman to referee a Premiership match. 

Injury Update:
Men's Eagle flyhalf AJ MacGinty failed an HIA assessment and exited in the first half of Sale's game yesterday, but early reports suggest that MacGinty should be ok for Saturday's USA vs. Uruguay match. 

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

Must-See Highlight: USA Women's Sevens player Salote Tausinga goes 'Beast Mode' on this try-scoring run. 

Rugby Jobs: USA Women's Sevens Head Coach & Seasonal Membership Services Coordinator, USA Rugby

📰 HEADLINES

HSBC WORLD RUGBY SEVENS 


Recap: South Africa Spark in Edmonton Sunshine to Win HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 

Men's Top 6:
  1. South Africa
  2. Great Britain 
  3. Kenya
  4. Canada 
  5. Germany
  6. USA
Dream Team: Vote for the Top Seven Players of the Tournament 
  • 🇺🇸 USA Men's Sevens players Joe Schroeder and Kevon Williams are on the ballot. 

Women's Results:
  1. Great Britain
  2. USA
  3. Canada
  4. Mexico

MEN'S EAGLES SEVENS 
  • Day Two Results:
    • USA 19 - 24 Germany
    • USA 19 - 0 Ireland
    • USA 19 - 21 Great Britain  
  • Day One Results:
    • USA 19 - 14 Kenya
    • USA 33 - 5 Chile 
    • USA 29 - 17 Spain  

WOMEN'S EAGLES SEVENS 
  • Day Two Results:
    • USA 5 - 22 Great Britain
    • USA 22 - 12 Canada
  • Day One Results:
    • USA 19 - 29 Great Britain
    • USA 37 - 0 Mexico 
    • USA 26 - 26 Canada

PREMIERSHIP RUGBY 


London Irish Fight Back to Draw with Sale
  • Takeaway: Sale had a 31-14 lead at the half, led by 16 points from USA flyhalf AJ MacGinty, but were unable to hold the lead. 

Crossdale Double Helps Wasps Beat Bristol 
  • Takeaway: Debutant Ali Crossdale, who played for Saracens last season, scored two tries for Wasps. 

Exeter Beaten Again as Saints Pinch Win
  • Takeaway: Exeter has started the season 0-2 after George Furbank slotted in a late penalty to seal the win for Northampton. 

UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP 


Michael Collins Grabs Two Tries as Ospreys Slay Dragons
  • Takeaway: Center Michael Collins scored two tries and flyhalf Gareth Anscombe, who returned from a serious knee injury that kept him out for two years, contributed 12 points. 

Simon Zeebo Bags Try Double as Munster too Strong for Cell C Sharks 
  • Takeaway: Wing Simon Zeebo, who rejoined Munster after leaving Racing 92 this past summer, scored two tries. 

Cardiff Launch Season with Bonus-Point Win over Connacht 
  • Takeaway: Wales international Owen Lane scored two tries. 

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP 


🏉 New Zealand 19 - 17 South Africa
📰 New Zealand Reaction
📰 South Africa Reaction
❌ Rugby Morning Pick: New Zealand (-12) to cover the spread. 


All Blacks v Springboks Rivalry Endures Even as History Fades to Mythology
  • Quote: "These two teams now represent opposing theories on how the game should be played. New Zealand won this latest bout after an arm wrestle and took back control at the top of the world rankings last week. The rivalry endures. History fades to mythology. The narrative continues."

Current Standings:
  1. New Zealand - 24 points
  2. Australia - 13 points
  3. South Africa - 11 points
  4. Argentina - 0 points

🏉 Australia 27 - 8 Argentina
📰 Australia Reaction
📰 Argentina Reaction 
✅ Rugby Morning Pick: Australia (-10) to cover the spread. 

RWC 2021 EUROPE QUALIFIER 


Italy Qualify for Rugby World Cup 2021 as Scotland Keep Their Own Dream Alive
  • Takeaway: Italy secured the Europe 1 spot and will join Canada, the U.S., and Asia 1 in Pool B.
  • Last Chance: Scotland will join Columbia, Samoa, and the Asia 1 runner-up in the Final Qualification Tournament. 
  • Pool B:
    • Canada
    • USA
    • Italy
    • Asia 1

🏉 COLLEGE RUGBY

MEN'S RUGBY

Penn State Edges Kutztown in a Wild One

Notable Scores:
  • Wheeling 16 - 18 Notre Dame College
  • Colorado State 52 - 31 Air Force
  • Maryland 3 - 36 Mount St. Mary's
  • Mary Washington 52 - 15 Southern VA
  • Army 29 - 0 St. Bonaventure
  • Penn State 33 - 30 Kutztown
  • Illinois 0 - 56 Indiana
  • Ohio State 50 - 5 Michigan
  • Western Michigan 24 - 39 Bowling Green  

WOMEN'S RUGBY

Army Shuts Out Quinnipiac in NIRA DI Action

Notable Scores:
  • Quinnipiac 0 - 39 Army
  • Harvard 53 - 0 Sacred Heart 
  • Mount Saint Mary's 45 - 15 LIU
  • Navy 30 - 31 West Chester
  • Notre Dame 52 - 5 Michigan
  • Iowa 26 - 24 Michigan State
  • Penn State 78 - 8 Virginia

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🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

EAGLES IN ACTION THIS PAST WEEKEND
  • AJ MacGinty scored a try and kicked a penalty and four conversions but exited in the 38th minute of Sale's 38-38 draw with the London Irish. 
  • Greg Peterson started at lock and played 71 minutes in Newcastle's 20-13 win over Bath. 
  • Mikey Sosene-Feagai entered in the 58th minute of Toulon's 12-9 loss to Perpignan. 
  • Joe Taufete'e (Lyon) entered in the 64th minute of Lyon's 24-20 loss to Racing 92. 

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 3
  • RFU Championship
    • Week 3
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Week 2

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
  • Asia Rugby Women's Championship
    • Kazakhstan vs. Japan
  • Rugby Championship  
    • Argentina vs. Australia
  • Rugby Championship
    • South Africa vs. New Zealand 
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 3
  • Premier 15s
    • Week 4
  • RFU Championship
    • Week 3
  • RWC 2023 Qualifier
    • USA vs. Uruguay 
  • RWC 2023 Qualifier
    • Canada vs. Chile 
  • Top 14
    • Week 5
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Week 2

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 3
  • RFU Championship
    • Week 3
  • Top 14
    • Week 5
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Week 2

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS

SCRUM OF THE EARTH
🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📆 September 26
QUICK QUESTION

Do you think AJ MacGinty will be available for the upcoming Uruguay series? 

YES    NO 

 
FRIDAY'S ANSWER 

45% of respondents voted that the Men's Eagles would not improve upon their 5th Place finish at last weekend's Vancouver Sevens. 
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