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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 3, 2022
In Today's Edition:
📺 How to Watch Rugby Today
🦅 Eagles Overseas in Action Today
📰 MLR Player Movement  
🏆 5 SA Teams to Join EPCR Next Season
💯 Women's Eagles Claim Exeter Awards 
✅ MLR Round 18 Picks 


Commentary: Women's Rugby is Making the Same Mistakes as the Men's Game, It's Time for a Radical Rethink (iNews). 

Page 7 Column: PR7s Coaches Take Bigger Role in 2022 - Prepare for Draft (PR Sevens). The remote draft will take place on June 7. More details to come soon. 

Rugby Job: Grad Assistant Coach, Wheeling Rugby. 

📺 HOW TO WATCH RUGBY

CURRIE CUP

🏉 Western Province vs. Griquas
⏰ 10 AM ET
💻 FloRugby

🏉 Cheetahs vs. Pumas
⏰ 12 PM ET
💻 FloRugby


MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

🏉 Atlanta vs. New Orleans
⏰ 7 PM ET
💻 The Rugby Network

🏉 New England vs. New York
⏰ 7 PM ET
💻 The Rugby Network

🏉 Houston vs. Austin
⏰ 9 PM ET
📺 FS2


PREMIER 15s

🏉 Saracens vs. Exeter
⏰ 10 AM ET
💻 Premier15s.com


SUPER RUGBY

🏉 Crusaders vs. Reds
⏰ 3:05 AM ET
💻 FloRugby


UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

🏉 Ulster vs. Munster
⏰ 2:35 PM ET
💻 URC TV

🦅 EAGLES OVERSEAS

🏉 Saracens vs. Exeter 
⏰ 10 AM ET
💻 Premier15s.com 
🇺🇸 Eagles: Lotte Clapp and Alev Kelter (Saracens).
🇺🇸 Eagles: Gabby Cantorna, Jennine Detiveaux, Megan Foster, Rachel Johnson, Hope Rogers, and Kate Zackary (Exeter). 

📰 HEADLINES

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


NOLA Gold: NOLA Gold Re-Sign Harley Wheeler Through 2024 Season
  • Takeaway: NOLA Gold re-signed wing/center Harley Wheeler through the 2024 season. 

Utah Warriors: Chad Gough Hangs Up the Boots After a Successful Rugby Career
  • Takeaway: Utah Warriors hooker Chad Gough, who was named Man of the Match in Utah's final home game of the season last weekend, announced his retirement yesterday. 

UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP 


Expansion: Five SA Teams to Join Elite Competitions in Europe
  • Takeaway: The DHL Stormers, Cell C Sharks, and the Vodacom Bulls will play in the Champions Cup, while the Emirates Lions and the Toyota Cheetahs will play in the Challenge Cup next season. 
  • In Related News: Premiership CEO Simon Massie-Taylor said the Premiership will expand to 14 teams and promotion and relegation will return to the league in 2024. 

WOMEN'S EAGLES 


Award Season: Kate Zackary Named Exeter Women's Player of the Year
  • Takeaway: USA international Kate Zackary won the Exeter Women's Player of the Year award.
  • Other Winners: USA international Jennine Detiveaux won the Individual Try of the Season award.
  • Still in the Running: Three Americans - Hope RogersJennine Detiveaux, and Kate Zackary - are in contention for the Women's Top Try Scorer. Today's game may decide the winner.  

✅ MLR ROUND 18 PICKS

Pick'Em Help: MLR Week 18 Picks - The Rugby Odds (Rugby Wrap Up)

🏉 Atlanta vs. New Orleans 
📆 Friday
⏰ 7 PM ET
🏟 Silverbacks Park 
📺 The Rugby Network
👉 Rugby Morning Pick: Atlanta by 17.  

🏉 New England vs. New York  
📆 Friday
⏰ 7 PM ET
🏟 Veterans Memorial Stadium 
📺 The Rugby Network
👉 Rugby Morning Pick: NE by 5

🏉 Houston vs. Austin 
📆 Friday
⏰ 9 PM ET
🏟 AVEVA Stadium 
📺 FS2
👉 Rugby Morning Pick: Austin by 8

🏉 Dallas vs. Utah
📆 Saturday
⏰ 8 PM ET 
🏟 Choctaw Stadium   
📺 The Rugby Network
👉 Rugby Morning Pick: Utah by 25

🏉 Toronto vs. DC
📆 Sunday
⏰ 12 PM ET
🏟 York Lions Stadium
📺 The Rugby Network 
👉 Rugby Morning Pick: DC by 3

🏉 LA vs. Seattle 
📆 Sunday
⏰ 6 PM ET
🏟 LA Memorial Stadium
📺 The Rugby Network
👉 Rugby Morning Pick: LA by 10.

Bye Week: San Diego Legion 

Week 17 Picks:  5 ✅   1 ❌
Season Total:  63 ✅  35 ❌

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

USA Rugby Pathways: USA Men's Junior National Teams to Compete in Corendon Summer Tour in Netherlands
  • Takeaway: USA Men's U18s, U20s, and U23s will compete against the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, and the Czech Republic at the Corendon Sumer Tour in the Netherlands on July 9, 13, and 16. 

🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

Houston SaberCats: Zach Pangelinan - Original SaberCat
  • Quote: "Robbie had ice in his veins when that moment came,” said Zach Pangelinan, who is the only remaining player from Houston's inaugural season in 2018. “I knew Robbie had it in the bag. I wasn’t nervous at all. I was just waiting to pick my head up and to celebrate by myself, because it is history for us, and I am a part of it. The feeling is unreal.”

🏉 QUICK HITS

College Rugby: GRR's 2021-22 Men's D1 College 7s Rankings (Goff Rugby Report).  

England: Tuilagi and Slade Miss Australia Tour to Give England Major Selection Headaches (The Guardian). 

Premiership Rugby: Premiership is Sport's 'Sleeping Giant - Massie-Taylor (BBC News).  

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

DNVR RUGBY
🎧 Episode: Christian Miles
📅 June 3


RUGBY WRAP UP
📽️ Episode: MLR Weekly
📽️ Episode: The Rugby Odds

📅 June 2

MLR KICKOFF
📽️ Episode: Episode 21
📅 June 2


THE FANTASY RUGBY YANKS
📽️ Episode: Weekend Preview
📅 June 2


THE SCRUM OF THE EARTH 
🎧 Episode: Playoff Preview
📅 June 2

🎧 Episode: Bonus Episode
📅 June 1

🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📅 May 30


W NATION
📽️ Episode: Season Finale
📅 June 1


THE FANTASY RUCKERS SHOW
📽️ Episode: Fantasy Championship
📅 June 1


THE JACK'S RANGERS SHOW
🎧 Episode: The King
📅 May 31


LATE TO THE BREAKDOWN
🎧 Episode: Avery Watts
📅 May 30

📆 WEEKEND IN RUGBY

New Format: We have highlighted a few competitions and provided a more complete list of matches here
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
  • High School Rugby
    • Ohio HS Championships
    • Wisconsin HS Championships
  • Major League Rugby
    • Round 18 
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Week 26
  • Super Rugby
    • Quarterfinals
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Quarterfinals
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
  • Major League Rugby
    • Round 18 
  • Pacific Four Series
    • Canada vs. USA
  • Top 14 Rugby
    • Week 26
QUICK QUESTION

Will the LA Giltinis wrap up the top spot in the Western Conference this weekend?

YES    NO 
THURSDAY'S ANSWER 

91% of respondents voted that MLR and SLAR should organize some kind of annual competition. 
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