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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 6, 2022
(H/T: USA Rugby)
In Today's Edition:
🏉 MLR Round 18 Recap
📰 2 More Players Reach 50 MLR Caps
🇺🇸 USA vs. Canada Recap
🦅 Eagles Overseas in Action 
🏉 WPL Round 9 Results
📅 This Week in Rugby 


Austin Gilgronis: As we wait an official update from MLR on the Austin Gilgronis, here's one of the more thought-provoking takes we read over the weekend. 

This Week: The eliminator games in MLR's Eastern & Western Conference; playoffs in the Premiership, Super Rugby, and United Rugby Championship; American Raptors vs. Jaguares XV in the Challenge Cup of Americas; and USA vs. Australia in the second round of the Pacific Four Series. 

MLR Power Rankings: A wee bit of news may shake up the final regular season release of the MLR Power Rankings tomorrow. 

🏉 MLR ROUND 18 RECAP

ROUND 18 HEADLINES

Eastern Conference: As Bryan Ray and others pointed out on social yesterday, Seattle's win means the 2022 MLR Final will be played on the East Coast. 

Western Conference: The Seattle Seawolves beat the LA Giltinis to secure the third and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They'll travel to Houston to play the SaberCats on Sunday night. 


ROUND 18 RESULTS

🏉 Atlanta 45 - 19 New Orleans 
📰 Match Report
💯 Scorigami 
✅ Rugby Morning Pick: Atlanta by 17.  

🏉 New England 14 - 21 New York 
📰 Match Report
❌ Rugby Morning Pick: NE by 5

🏉 Houston 14 - 29 Austin 
📰 Match Report
✅ Rugby Morning Pick: Austin by 8

🏉 Dallas 5 - 33 Utah
📰 Match Report
💯 Scorigami
✅ Rugby Morning Pick: Utah by 25

🏉 Toronto 35 - 50 DC
📰 Match Report
💯 Scorigami
✅ Rugby Morning Pick: DC by 3

🏉 LA 27 - 35 Seattle 
📰 Match Report
💯 Scorigami 
❌ Rugby Morning Pick: LA by 10.

Week 18 Picks:  4 ✅   2 ❌
Season Total:  67 ✅  37 ❌

📰 HEADLINES

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


NOLA Gold: Devin Short Reaches 50 Caps
  • Takeaway: NOLA Gold flanker Devin Short became the 21st player in MLR history to make 50 appearances. 
  • The Buildup: Short played for the San Diego Legion from 2018-2020, then joined NOLA Gold via trade before the start of the 2021 season. 

Toronto Arrows: Paul Ciulini Reaches 50 Caps
  • Takeaway: Toronto Arrows lock Paul Ciulini became the 22nd player in MLR history to make 50 appearances. 
  • The Buildup: Ciulini, who has made eight appearance for Canada, began playing for Toronto in the 2018 season. 

WOMEN'S EAGLES 


Pacific Four Series: Canada Overpower USA in Statement Win to Open Pacific Four
  • Takeaway: Canada beat the U.S. 36-5 in wet conditions in the opening match of the Pacific Four Series. 
  • Missing Key Players: The U.S. were missing nine players because of the short turnaround from the Premier 15s final on Friday. 
  • Next Match: Saturday, June 11, 8:15 PM ET kickoff against Australia. 

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

EAGLES OVERSEAS IN ACTION


MEN'S EAGLES 

David Ainu'u: 
The loosehead prop entered in the 40th minute of Toulouse's 80-7 win over Biarritz. 

Ruben de Haas: The scrumhalf entered in the 60th minute of Saracens' 54-7 loss to Gloucester. 

Titi Lamositele: The loosehead prop started and played 62 minutes in Montpellier's 20-15 loss to ASM Clermont. 

Greg Peterson: The lock played the full match in Newcastle's 65-26 loss to Northampton Saints. 

Kapeli Pifeleti: The hooker started and played 58 minutes in Saracens' 54-7 loss to Gloucester. 

Mikey Sosene-Feagai: The hooker entered in the 54th minute of Toulon's 21-16 loss to Racing 92. 



WOMEN'S EAGLES

Gabby Cantorna: The insider center played 66 minutes and kicked two conversions in Exeter's 43-21 loss to Saracens in the Premier 15s final on Friday. 

Lotte Clapp: The wing played the full match in Saracens' 43-21 win over Exeter in the Premier 15s final on Friday. 

Jennine Detiveaux: The wing played the full match and scored a try in Exeter's 43-21 loss to Saracens in the Premier 15s final on Friday. 

Megan Foster: The flyhalf entered in the 60th minute and kicked a conversion in Exeter's 43-21 loss to Saracens in the Premier 15s final on Friday. 

Rachel Johnson: The flanker played 65 minutes in Exeter's 43-21 loss to Saracens in the Premier 15s final on Friday. 

Alev Kelter: The inside center played the full match and contributed 13 points off the tee in Saracens' 43-21 win over Exeter in the Premier 15s final on Friday. 

Hope Rogers: The loosehead prop played the full match in Exeter's 43-21 loss to Saracens in the Premier 15s final on Friday. 

Kate Zackary: The No.8 played the full match in Exeter's 43-21 loss to Saracens in the Premier 15s final on Friday. 

🏉 WPL

ROUND 9 

🏉 San Diego 7 - 47 Colorado

🏉 All Blues 19 - 24 Beantown

🏉 Oregon 34 - 17 Amazons

🏉 Atlanta 67 - 12 North Shore

📊 Current Standings

🏉 QUICK HITS

Opinion: Free Agent Wade Says Rugby's Lost Its 'Buzz' (The Rugby Paper) 

RWC 2023:
South Korea Advance to Face Hong Kong in Decisive RWC 2023 Qualifier (Americas Rugby News)

 

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

JACK'S RANGERS SHOW 
🎧 Episode: Chowda Cup Champs
📅 June 5

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

New Format: We have highlighted a few competitions and provided a more complete list of matches here

FRIDAY, JUNE 10
  • Super Rugby
    • Semifinal #1
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Semifinal #1
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
  • Challenge Cup of the Americas
    • American Raptors vs. Jaguares XV
  • Major League Rugby
    • Eastern Conference Eliminator 
  • Pacific Four Series
    • USA vs. Australia 
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Semifinals
  • Super Rugby
    • Semifinal #2
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Semifinal #2
SUNDAY, JUNE 12 
  • Major League Rugby
    • Western Conference Eliminator
QUICK QUESTION

Do you think the Austin Gilgronis situation will go away quietly or get ugly?

GO AWAY QUIETLY    GET UGLY 
SATURDAY'S ANSWER 

45% of respondents voted that the Seattle Seawolves would secure the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Good call! 
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