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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
OCTOBER 13, 2021
In Today's Edition:
🦁 Women's Lions Feasibility Study Group
🏉 Latest College Rugby Rankings
👏 Sam Windsor Ends Run with Houston
🤝 Free Jacks Sign Wayne Van Der Bank
👋 Doug Fraser Returns to Old Glory DC


Leggings: World Rugby approved the use of leggings at all levels of the game. Let us know your thoughts in the 'Quick Question' section. 

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

Measure Up: A graphic of the top 100 rugby clubs by Twitter follows. A few fans in the thread pointed out some errors, but the Seattle Seawolves (No.74) are the most followed MLR club (with 11.7K), though the West Des Moines Wombats Rugby Club had the best response to not making this list. 

50:22 Kicking Trial: How teams are creatively using the 50:22 kicking law in rugby. 

📰 HEADLINES

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS


Women's Lions Feasibility Study Group Announced
  • Quote: "I believe a Women’s Lions team is a huge opportunity, but there are a number of challenges to consider when looking to create a successful women’s set-up," said British & Irish Lions managing director Ben Calveley. "Financial viability, suitable opposition, and appropriate scheduling in the women’s rugby calendar will all need rigorous analysis, research, and careful consideration."

COLLEGE RUGBY


Goff Rugby Report: DIAA-Level Men College Rankings Week 7
  • Top Five:
    1. Dartmouth
    2. Bowling Green
    3. Mary Washington
    4. Tennessee
    5. Kentucky

Goff Rugby Report: D2 College Rankings Week 6
  • Top Five:
    1. Furman
    2. Adrian
    3. Marian
    4. Norwich
    5. Marquette

Playoffs: Men's Playoff Locations for DI-AA and Division II
  • 📆 November 19 -21
    • West Region
      • Rugby Missouri, Forest Park
      • St. Louis, MO
    • Midwest Region
      • Tennessee Rugby Park
      • Knoxville, TN
    • Northeast Region
      • South Jersey RFC
      • Cherry Hill, NJ
    • South Region
      • The Citadel
      • Charleston, SC

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Houston SaberCats: Sam Windsor Ends Run with Houston SaberCats
  • Takeaway: Flyhalf Sam Windsor announced on Instagram that his "time with the Houston SaberCats has come to an end."

New England Free Jacks: Young South African Talent, Wayne Van Der Bank Signs Five-Year Deal with Free Jacks
  • Quote: "We’re really excited to bring a young talented player like Wayne to the Free Jacks,” said Free Jacks Performance Manager Tom Kindley. “He has shown that potential in Super Rugby Unlocked, and has delivered some stellar performances against the best of the SA franchises earning himself the backline player of the year award for the Pumas in that campaign.” 

Old Glory DC: Doug Fraser Returns in 2022
  • Quote: "Doug’s one of the first players I signed into the professional arm of Old Glory,” said Head Coach Andrew Douglas. "His versatility and experience are invaluable for Old Glory. More importantly, he’s one of life’s good men. He cares about the club, the fans, and his fellow teammates. From a personal coaching note, it’s great to have players like him back on the squad.”

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🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

Men's Eagles: RWC 2023 Americas Qualifiers Best Of
  • Eagles on the Americas XV:
    • Loosehead prop David Ainu'u
    • Scrumhalf Ruben de Haas

Men's Eagles Sevens: Find Out Their "Why": Evolution of the Dawgs
  •  Quote: "I am excited for the evolution of the pack and the challenge we have of building on the essence of what has gone before in the collective Dawgs mission," said USA Men's Eagles Sevens head coach Mike Friday. "But I realize, it’s a long road of persistence and consistency for all and with no guarantees."

U.S. Rugby Foundation: With You! Rugby Podcast - Ed Todd
  • 🎧 LISTEN: U.S. Rugby Foundation president Brian Vizard interviewed Barry Todd, the wife of late Ed Todd, who will be inducted into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame. 

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13
  • Rugby Africa Women's Cup
    • Senegal vs. Cote d'Ivoire 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 5
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Round 4

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 5
  • RAN 7s
    • Rugby Americas North
  • Rugby Europe
    • Bulgaria vs. Serbia 
  • Rugby Rally
    • Arrows XV vs. Atlantic Selects
  • Top 14
    • Week 7
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Round 4

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 5
  • RAN 7s
    • Rugby Americas North
  • Rugby Africa Women's Cup
    • Tunisia vs. Cote d'Ivoire

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS

THE RUGBY RANT
🎧 Episode: Run, Pass or Kick with Joey Backe
📆 October 12


SCRUM OF THE EARTH
🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📆 October 10
QUICK QUESTION

Where do you stand on tights for rugby players? 

YEA    NAY 
TUESDAY'S ANSWER 

58% of respondents think the Houston SaberCats are having a better offseason than the Dallas Jackals.
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