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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
In Today's Edition:
🏉 Latest MLR Player Movement  
🦅 Men's Eagles Announce Roster vs. Uruguay
7️⃣ The Official Roster for the Locals 
🏆 Argentina Players Breached Protocols 

🌎 World Rugby Confirms Pacific Four Series 


Clubhouse: Join us tonight to talk Premier Rugby 7s with Eagles OverseasBill Baker and PR7s Founder and CEO Owen Scannell
📆 Tonight
⏰ 8:00 PM ET
📱 Clubhouse

DC Youth Rugby: DC Youth Rugby is selling tickets for a chance to win a suite for up to 20 people at FedEx Field for the USA vs. New Zealand match on October 23. Proceeds from the raffle ticket sale help keep the program free for kids. Full disclosure: The author is a volunteer coach for the U-7s team. 

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

📰 HEADLINES

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Part-Time Beast, Full-Time Nice Guy Eric Duechle Taking a Rugby Break
  • Quote: "Since first donning the effervescent blue and green Seawolves colors at the start of the original season, Duechle is the epitome of what Major League Rugby has been all about: passionate, successful, in-your-face yet impressively marketable and unapologetically American."

Classy Pieter Jansen Solidifies the Front Row of the Tel Aviv Heat
  • Quote: "I am both excited and honored to be a part of this exciting team," said Pieter Jansen, who joins the Tel Aviv Heat, after appearing in 16 games for the New England Free Jacks. "I am looking forward to the value that I can add to the group of players that has been assembled from all over the world. This is truly a unique challenge and opportunity."

Jamason Fa'anana-Schultz Re-Signs with Old Glory DC
  • Takeaway: No.8 Jamason Fa'anana-Schultz returns to D.C. for the 2022 MLR season. 

Former Gloucester Rugby Henry Trinder Comes to Dallas
  • Quote: "I think it’s an exciting time to be joining the Jackals as they embark on their first season in the MLR. It’s an opportunity to help grow the club and franchise as well as rugby in general in the local area. On the field, it will be a great experience to play different teams in different stadiums and experience rugby union in the US.”

MEN'S EAGLES


Men's Eagles Announce Match-Day Roster to Face Uruguay This Saturday in Rugby World Cup Qualifier 
  • Takeaway: Head Coach Gary Gold made six roster changes to the squad that faced Canada, including confirming that AJ MacGinty will miss Saturday's match and naming Bryce Campbell as the captain. 
  • Changes:
    • Will Magie in at flyhalf
      • No confirmation that AJ MacGinty will miss or be available for the second match.
    • Andrew Guerra to start at flanker
    • Mika Kruse and Luke Carty return as reserves
    • Greg Peterson and Matt Harmon also return as reserves
    • Moni Tonga'uiha could earn his first cap off the bench
    • Will Hooley could make his first appearance since RWC 2019 

PREMIER RUGBY SEVENS


The Official Men's Roster for the Locals
  • Takeaway: The roster includes captain Carlin Isles and assistant coach Salty Thompson

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP


Six Argentina Players Expelled From Tournament After Trip to Byron Bay
  • Quote: "Sanzaar has informed Argentina Rugby that all members of this group are now ineligible to participate further in The Rugby Championship as they have breached tournament rules." 
    • Author's Note: I've visited Byron Bay - it's a lovely place!

All Blacks Shuffle Backline for Second Bok Test
  • Takeaway: New Zealand Head Coach Ian Foster has made three changes to the backline that will take on the Springboks for the final Test of the Rugby Championship. Flyhalf Richie Mo'unga also makes his return to the squad and joins the reserves. 

WOMEN'S EAGLES


World Rugby Confirms Pacific Four Series Schedule, the New Cross-Regional Women's Women's 15s Tournament 
  • Quote: "The Pacific Four Series will provide quality playing opportunities and further support teams [Australia, Canada, New Zealand and USA] as they prepare to compete at Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand next year," said World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont. "We look forward to watching teams compete again at the highest level for what will undoubtedly be a thrilling showcase of women’s elite rugby from some of the best teams in the world.”
  • 2021 Pacific Four Match Schedule:
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Canada
      • 📆 November 1
      • 🏟 Infinity Park
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Canada
      • 📆 November 5
      • 🏟 Infinity Park

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🏉 QUICK HITS

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

Women's Eagles: "I Feel Like I'm Grieving": Viral Olympian Ilona Maher on Losing Motivation After the Games
  • Quote: "But I will continue to train and get better because I know storms pass and I will be so thankful of my past self for being so strong," said Ilona Maher, who has over 817,000 followers on TikTok.

Women's Eagles Sevens: USA Rugby Opens Search for Head Coach of USA Women's 7s National Team 
  • Takeaway: The head coach will be selected by a five-member committee:
    • Irene Gardner
    • Jillian Potter
    • Huw Bevan
    • Dan Payne
    • USOPC member 

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 3
  • RFU Championship
    • Week 3
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Week 2

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
  • Asia Rugby Women's Championship
    • Kazakhstan vs. Japan
  • Rugby Championship  
    • Argentina vs. Australia
  • Rugby Championship
    • South Africa vs. New Zealand 
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 3
  • Premier 15s
    • Week 4
  • RFU Championship
    • Week 3
  • RWC 2023 Qualifier
    • USA vs. Uruguay 
  • RWC 2023 Qualifier
    • Canada vs. Chile 
  • Top 14
    • Week 5
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Week 2

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 3
  • RFU Championship
    • Week 3
  • Top 14
    • Week 5
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Week 2

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS

RUGBY WRAP UP
🎥 Episode: Interview with Gary Gold
📆 September 29


GREAUX RUGBY
🎥 Episode: Developing Rugby Pt. 2
📆 September 29


SCRUM OF THE EARTH
🎧 Episode: Interview with Scott Mathie
📆 September 28

🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📆 September 26


THE RUGBY RANT
🎧 Episode: Run, Pass or Kick with Danny Barrett
📆 September 27
QUICK QUESTION

If it was up to you, would you rather have the Men's Eagles play the first match against Uruguay at home or on the road? 

AT HOME    ON THE ROAD 
WEDNESDAY'S ANSWER 

56% of respondents like the Men's Eagles chances even with AJ MacGinty missing the Uruguay series. In the words of John "Bluto" Blutarsky, "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"
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