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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
OCTOBER 12, 2021
In Today's Edition:
😻 SaberCats Sign Barrett & Leuta
👏 Ross Neal Joins Saracens
🐺 Jackals Sign Ned Hodson

📊 Latest World Rugby Rankings
🌎 World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 Schedule

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

Monday Night Football: There was a lot of debate on Twitter last night if the Colts threw a clean lateral or an illegal forward pass.

Plan Ahead: Free Jacks Live returns today at 2:00 PM ET on Facebook. Dallen Stanford will interview head coach Scott Mathie, performance director Tom Kindley, loose forward Justin Johnson, prop Quentin Newcomer, utility back Mitch Wilson, and reveal the newest Free Jack. 

Rugby World Cup 2027: World Rugby is considering engaging in "targeted dialogue" with Australia about hosting Rugby World Cup 2027.

📰 HEADLINES

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Danny Barrett & Matai Leuta Sign with the Houston SaberCats
  • Takeaway: 
    • Back row Danny Barrett returns to XVs for the first time since Rugby World Cup 2015. 
    • Wing Matai Leuta earned his first cap as an Eagle in XVs against Romania in 2016. 
  • Rugby Morning Take: We'll have to re-do our preseason MLR Power Rankings now!

Ross Neal Joins Saracens on Short-Term Deal
  • Quote: "Ross has Premiership experience and we are pleased that he has joined us on a short-term basis,” said Saracens' director of rugby Mark McCall. “He increases our midfield options and we are looking forward to seeing him in a Saracens shirt.”

Irish Native Ned Hodson Joins the Pack
  • Quote: "Ned [who is U.S. qualified] has a really nicely rounded skill set that aligns with his desire to be a multi-faceted attacking threat," said Dallas Jackals GM Elaine Vassie. "I’m excited to see him able to express himself in the center for us next season!”

WORLD RUGBY RANKINGS


Men's Rankings: Uruguay and Chile Move Up World Rugby Men's Rankings
  • Top 10:
    1. 🇿🇦 South Africa
    2. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
    3. 🇦🇺 Australia
    4. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England
    5. 🇮🇪 Ireland
    6. 🇫🇷 France
    7. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland
    8. 🇦🇷 Argentina
    9. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales
    10. 🇯🇵 Japan
  • ⬆⬇ Changes:
    • No changes to the Top 10.
    • Uruguay and USA swap places (17 ➡16).
    • Chile moves up two spots to 28. 

Women's Rankings
  • Top 10:
    1. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England
    2. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
    3. 🇨🇦 Canada
    4. 🇫🇷 France
    5. 🇦🇺 Australia
    6. 🇺🇸 USA
    7. 🇮🇹 Italy
    8. 🇮🇪 Ireland
    9. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland
    10. 🇪🇸 Spain
  • ⬆⬇ Changes:
    • No changes to the Top 10.
    • Poland swapped places with Columbia (33 ➡ 32).

WORLD RUGBY SEVENS


HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 Schedule Unveiled
  • 2021/22 Schedule Highlights: 
    • The Series kicks off Nov 26-27 in Dubai with a combined men's and women's competition, then makes nine other stops, before concluding in London on May 28-29, 2022. 
  • 🏉 HSBC Los Angeles
    • 📆 March 5-6
    • Men's competition 

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🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

Men's Eagles: From Cold, Soggy Galway to LA - How Luke Carty Saved His International Dream
  •  Quote: "I suppose, when I first went over I wasn’t really thinking about that [getting capped by the U.S.]. I was thinking this will either go unbelievably well and I might get a cap out of it and, down the road, maybe a World Cup. Or, it mightn’t go too well but at least I’ll get a few months living abroad and I’ll get to experience something else," said Luke Carty.

📆 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

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

Who is having a better offseason: the Dallas Jackals or Houston SaberCats? 

DALLAS JACKALS    HOUSTON SABERCATS 
MONDAY'S ANSWER 

86% of respondents want the Americas Rugby Championship to come back. 
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