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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 20, 2022
In Today's Edition:
🏉 MLR Conference Finals Recap
📰 Brakeley Reaches 50 MLR Caps 
💯 Weekend Results
🦅 Eagles Overseas in Action 
📅 This Week in Rugby 


Washington DC Youth Rugby: The Washington Warriors U6, U8, U10, U12, and U16 summer teams got off to a great start this weekend [I help coach the U6 squad]. 

This Week: Currie Cup, MLR, and Top 14 Finals, WPL Championship, USA Rugby U23 Women's All Star Tournament, and some Men's Internationals. 

🏉 MLR CONFERENCE FINALS

RESULTS

🏉 Houston 27 - 46 Seattle  
📰 Match Report
💯 Scorigami 
❌ Rugby Morning Pick: Houston by 5.  

🏉 New England 16 - 24 New York   
📰 Match Report
💯 Scorigami 
❌ Rugby Morning Pick: NE by 4

Conference Finals Picks:  0 ✅  2 ❌
Playoffs Total:  1 ✅  3 ❌

📰 HEADLINES

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Eastern Conference Final: Rugby New York to Host MLR Championship Final Thanks to Comeback Win Over the New England Free Jacks in Eastern Conference Final (Major League Rugby)
  • Takeaway: Rugby New York advanced to their first MLR Championship Final. Venue TBD. 

Western Conference Final: Seattle Seawolves Make Third MLR Championship Final After 27-46 Victory Over the Houston SaberCats (Major League Rugby)
  • Takeaway: The Seattle Seawolves improved to 6-0 in the playoffs, and will travel to New York (or somewhere in the Tri-State area) for the MLR Championship Final on Saturday. 

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Rugby New York: Nate Brakeley Reaches 50 Caps (Major League Rugby)
  • Takeaway: Rugby New York lock Nate Brakeley became the 25th player in MLR history to reach 50 caps. 

🏉 WEEKEND RESULTS

CHALLENGE CUP OF THE AMERICAS

🏉 American Raptors 10 - 26
Peñarol 
📰 Match Report

MEN'S INTERNATIONALS

🏉 England 21 - 52 Barbarians
📰 Match Report


PREMIERSHIP

🏆 Final
🏉 Leicester 15 - 12 Saracens

📰 Match Report


SUPER RUGBY

🏆 Final

🏉 Blues 7 - 21 Crusaders
📰 Match Report


TOP 14


🏆 Semifnal
🏉 Castres 24 - 18 Toulouse  
📰 Match Report

🏆 Semifinal

🏉 Montpellier 19 - 10 Bordeaux Bègles
📰 Match Report

URC

🏆 Final
🏉 Stormers 18 - 13 Bulls
📰 Match Report

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

EAGLES OVERSEAS IN ACTION

2️⃣ Men's Eagles

David Ainu'u: The loosehead prop entered in the 65th minute of Toulouse's 24-18 loss to Castres in the Top 14 semifinals. 

Titi Lamositele: The loosehead prop started and exited in the 67th minute of Montpellier's 19-10 win over Bordeaux Bègles in the Top 14 semifinals. 
MEN'S EAGLES

Kevon Williams Blog: What Does Juneteenth Mean to Me? (Team USA)
  • Quote: "When thinking about what Juneteenth means to me the first thing that comes to mind is the freedom of the people, my people. It also shows the strength to withstand rough times. This is another great opportunity for communities to learn about history and their heritage," wrote USA Rugby 7s star Kevon Williams

WOMEN'S EAGLES

Official Match Recap: New Zealand Dominant in Pacific Four Series Finale Over USA; Women's Eagles Pull Positives and Look Ahead to the Rugby World Cup (USA Rugby)
  • Next Up: The Women's Eagles will reconvene in August in the runup to the World Cup in New Zealand in October. 

📆 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
  • USA Rugby
    • U23 Women's All Star Tournament 
  • WPL Championship
    • Finals Tournament 
SUNDAY, JUNE 26 
  • Men's Internationals
    • England vs. Barbarians
  • USA Rugby
    • U23 Women's All Star Tournament
  • WPL Championship
    • Finals Tournament 
QUICK QUESTION

Who do you like in the MLR Final?

SEATTLE    NEW YORK 
SATURDAY'S ANSWER 

92% of respondents voted that Uruguay did not stand a good chance of beating Japan. Yeah, I forgot to update this question before it got sent out Saturday morning 🤷‍♂️
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