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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 7, 2022
In Today's Edition:
📊 Latest MLR Power Rankings 
⚖️ MLR Disciplinary Ruling
🏆 Chile's Roster for USA Match


Commentary: The Gilgronis Disqualification is Inherently Political (RugbyFootballTalk). 

Men's Eagles: We are keeping our fingers crossed today for an announcement from USA Rugby on the Men's Eagles training roster for the Chile match. 


Overseas Opinion: USA Hosts Rugby World Cup in 2031 (Men) and (Women) (Rugby Asia). 

📊 MLR POWER RANKINGS

The Breakdown: Here's how the rankings stand after the final week of the regular season. Even though the Austin Gilgronis have been disqualified for postseason play, we had to acknowledge their contributions this season. 
  1. New England Free Jacks 
  2. Austin Gilgronis (DQ)
  3. LA Giltinis 
  4. Rugby ATL 
  5. Rugby New York 
  6. Houston SaberCats 
  7. Seattle Seawolves 
  8. Toronto Arrows 
  9. San Diego Legion 
  10. Utah Warriors 
  11. Old Glory DC 
  12. NOLA Gold
  13. Dallas Jackals 

📰 HEADLINES

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Disciplinary Ruling: Player Suspension 6/6/22
  • Takeaway: MLR suspended Houston SaberCats lock Maikeli Naromaitoga one week for the red card he received for taking out an Austin Gilgronis player after the whistle. 
  • Return Date: Naromaitoga will be eligible to return as soon as next week if Houston makes the Western Conference final. 

MEN'S EAGLES 


Chile: Chile Assemble Strong Roster to Face Scotland and USA
  • Takeaway: Chile announced a roster of 32 players that will assemble for the late June match against Scotland and the home-and-away 2023 RWC Americas 2 Qualifying series against the U.S. in July. 
  • SLAR: The vast majority of the 32 players named to the Chilean roster play for the SLAR side Selknam. 
  • MLR: Hooker Augusto Böhme played for the Seattle Seawolves and Dallas Jackals in the 2022 MLR season. 

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

Profile: Jaz Gray Embraces the Life Rugby Has Given Her
  • Quote: "Be ready to go harder than anybody. No matter how good you are or what people tell you, always do more. Do more. Just keep doing more,” said Jaz Gray, who earned her first cap with the Women's Eagles Sevens program in 2021. “Take more risks, and don’t be afraid to step out on faith to do something you’ve never done before.”

Women's Eagles: USA Women's Eagles Fall to Canada in Rain Heavy Pacific Four Series Opener
  • Quote: "What an experience for them [Eagles debutants] to come out here in World Cup year and get their first cap, I think it’s really big for them, all the experience they bring to the team and everything they’re going to bring back to the States," said USA captain Kristine Sommer
  • First Caps:
    • Scrumhalf Shelby Lin
    • Flyhalf Sam Sullivan
    • Flanker Georgie Perris-Redding
    • Scrumhalf Bridget Kahele
    • Lock Evi Ashenbrucker

🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

Old Glory DC: 2023 Player Signings Tracker
  • Returning Player: Scrumhalf and captain Danny Tusitala

Try of the Week: Week 18
  • 📽️ WATCH: Old Glory DC fullback Renata Roberts-Tenana with a highlight-reel score. 

🏉 QUICK HITS

College Rugby: Rugby is Ground Combat: How D1A Win Resonates at West Point (Goff Rugby Report). 

England Rugby: Kyle Sinckler to Miss England Tour of Australia Due to Back Injury (The Guardian)

Leicester Tigers: Women's Team to Begin Life in Championship North One (The Rugby Paper) 

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

THE SCRUM OF THE EARTH
🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📅 June 6


JACK'S RANGERS SHOW 
🎧 Episode: Chowda Cup Champs
📅 June 5

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 10
  • Super Rugby
    • Semifinal #1
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Semifinal #1
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
  • Challenge Cup of the Americas
    • American Raptors vs. Jaguares XV
  • Major League Rugby
    • Eastern Conference Eliminator 
  • Pacific Four Series
    • USA vs. Australia 
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Semifinals
  • Super Rugby
    • Semifinal #2
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Semifinal #2
SUNDAY, JUNE 12 
  • Major League Rugby
    • Western Conference Eliminator
QUICK QUESTION

Who do you think will win the Eastern Conference Eliminator match?

RUGBY ATL    RUGBY NEW YORK 
MONDAY'S ANSWER 

15% of respondents voted that the Austin Gilgronis situation will go away quietly...what do you know, pray tell? 
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