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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 21, 2022
In Today's Edition:
🏉 French Barbarians Squad Update
📊 Latest World Rugby Women's Rankings
🎙️ Dallen Stanford Called 75th MLR Game  


MLR Final Venue: According to a Rugby New York tweet, we may know by 10AM ET today the venue for the MLR final. 

Perry Baker: Ten Things You Should Know About the USA Sevens Wing (Rugby World). 

Question: Was George Kruis Back-Heel Legal? (Rugby World). 

📰 HEADLINES

MEN'S EAGLES


Tune-Up Match: Big Names in French Barbarians to Face USA Eagles in Houston (Americas Rugby News)
  • Takeaway: The French Barbarians roster includes three players - Louis Picamoles, Jefferson Poirot, and François Trinh-Duc - who have appeared for France at previous Rugby World Cups. 

WORLD RUGBY


Women's Rankings: Pacific Four Series Winners New Zealand Remain Second as Zimbabwe Move Up World Rugby Women's Rankings (World Rugby)
  • Top 10: 
    1. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England
    2. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
    3. 🇫🇷 France
    4. 🇨🇦 Canada
    5. 🇺🇸 USA
    6. 🇮🇹 Italy
    7. 🇮🇪 Ireland
    8. 🇦🇺 Australia
    9. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales
    10. 🇪🇸 Spain
  • Changes:
    • Zimbabwe moved up from 49th to 45th.

🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

ICYMI: Dallen Stanford to Call 75th MLR Game From the Booth (Major League Rugby)
  • Takeaway: MLR and World Rugby Sevens commentator Dallen Stanford called his 75th MLR game this past Saturday when Houston hosted Seattle in the Western Conference Final. 
  • Quote: "Commentary is fun, you get to bring a game to an audience, you get to have a laugh along the way, you work with some brilliant people and get to travel the world," said Dallen Stanford, who is a capped Men's Eagles Sevens player. “It has been an absolute thrill, and there are so many great things to come.”

🏉 QUICK HITS

England: Eddie Jones Named England Squad for Australia Tour (England Rugby)

High School Rugby: Boys HS Club Rugby Rankings Final for 2022 (Goff Rugby Report)

Inclusion: Nick McCarthy - Coming Out Has Been Really Positive (Leinster Rugby)

Player Health & Safety: Campaigners Say Rugby's Concussions Stand-Down Extension 'Long Overdue' (The Guardian)

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

THE SCRUM OF THE EARTH
🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📅 June 20

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 24
  • Top 14 Rugby
    • Final
  • WPL Championship
    • Finals Tournament 
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
  • Currie Cup 
    • Final
  • Major League Rugby
    • Final
  • Men's Internationals
    • Chile vs. Scotland A
    • Japan vs. Uruguay 
  • USA Rugby
    • U23 Women's All Star Tournament 
  • WPL Championship
    • Finals Tournament 
SUNDAY, JUNE 26 
  • USA Rugby
    • U23 Women's All Star Tournament
  • WPL Championship
    • Finals Tournament 
QUICK QUESTION

Where do you think MLR will hold the Championship Final on Saturday?

RED BULL ARENA    JFK STADIUM 
MONDAY'S ANSWER 

52% of respondents voted that New York will beat Seattle in the MLR Final.
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