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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
AUGUST 17, 2021
(H/T: USA Rugby | 📷: Neil Kennedy)
In Today's Edition:
🏆 Men's Eagles Roster vs. Canada
7️⃣ Guide to the RugbyTown 7s
🇺🇸 Men's U-23 Roster Set ☝
🇺🇸 Women's XV Announce Fall Tour 

📈 World Rugby Rankings 

It's Going to Get Ugly: A recent report by Rapport claims that England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Australia want World Rugby to make an example of Rassie Erasmus with a potential punishment that strips South Africa of its series win over the Lions. There will be lawyers!

2021 MLR Collegiate Draft: We are just two days away from the second annual MLR Collegiate Draft. We'll be sharing some mock drafts tomorrow. Though we need to know: Who will be the MLR's version of Mel Kiper

📰 HEADLINES

MEN'S EAGLES


Men's XVs National Team Names Full Squad for Opening Stage of Rugby World Cup Qualifiers Against Canada
  • Takeaways:
    • The Squad: The roster includes 31 players, returning 24 players from the Eagles' Summer Tests.
    • Captain America: Flyhalf AJ MacGinty returns as captain following successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
    • Familiar Faces: 
      • Nate Augspurger
      • Dylan Fawsitt
      • Ryan Matyas
      • Chance Wenglewski
    • Notable Omissions:
      • Malon Al-Jiboori
      • Riekert Hattingh (suspension-related)
      • Tony Lamborn
      • Titi Lamositele
      • Mikey Te'o
      • Psalm Wooching

RUGBYTOWN 7s 


Your Guide to the 2021 RugbyTown Sevens
  • Takeaways:
    • The Field: 20 teams
    • Prize: $10,000
    • 727: The number of days that have passed since the last tournament (2019)
    • Live Stream: RugbyTown7s.com 

USA Men's U23 Name Roster for RugbyTown 7s
  • Takeaway: Head Coach Colton Cariaga will lead the USA Men's U23 squad in Pool B against the SoCal Griffins, SaberCats, DBlock Santa Rosa, and Oregon Sharks. The roster includes two members of the Colorado XOs program: former Monmouth University TE Shawn Clark and former Saginaw State LB & DE David Still. 

WOMEN'S EAGLES


USA Women's XVx National Team to Play England on November 21 as Part of Fall Europe Tour
  • Takeaway: The Fall Tour - the three remaining opponents will be announced later this month - marks the Women's Eagles' first Test matches since November 2019. 
    • Rugby World Cup 2021: The tournament will kick off on October 8, 2022.  

WORLD RUGBY RANKINGS


Men's Rankings
  • Top 10:
    1. 🇿🇦 South Africa
    2. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
    3. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England
    4. 🇮🇪 Ireland
    5. 🇫🇷 France
    6. 🇦🇷 Argentina
    7. 🇦🇺 Australia
    8. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland
    9. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales
    10. 🇯🇵 Japan
  • 🇺🇸 Eagles: The U.S. remains 16th in the world. 
  • ⬆⬇ Changes:
    • 🇦🇷 Argentina moved up one spot from 7 to 6. 
    • 🇦🇺 Australia moved down one spot from 6 to 7. 
Women's Rankings
  • Top 10:
    1. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England
    2. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
    3. 🇨🇦 Canada
    4. 🇫🇷 France
    5. 🇦🇺 Australia
    6. 🇺🇸 USA
    7. 🇮🇹 Italy
    8. 🇮🇪 Ireland
    9. 🇪🇸 Spain
    10. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales
  • ⬆⬇ Changes:
    • No recent changes. 

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🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Coming Back: Eagles Lock Ben Landry Signs New Deal with Seawolves
  • Takeaway: Lock Ben Landry re-signs with the Seawolves through the 2023 season. Landry, who played three matches at the 2019 RWC, could return to contention for the Men's Eagles ahead of the 2023 RWC. 

Season Recap: Stephen Hoiles on the 'Sheer Joy' in LA's Inaugural Season Success
  • Quote: "You can’t just train harder for the sake of it, you have got to evolve and train a bit smarter and do things a little differently. MLR will get tougher each year, every side will start to recruit more and more top players, there will be deeper squads and deeper staff on every team.”

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY


Looking Back: Soccer, Basketball Acumen Helped Glen Allen's Cheta Emba Take Rugby to the Olympics 
  • Quote: "The team experience was pretty special, regardless of the outcome,” said Cheta Emba, who climbed 12,388-foot Mount Fuji after the Olympics. “There were the highs and lows and challenges, and victory. And it was pretty sweet to be able to do it under the U.S. flag."

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY


FRIDAY, AUGUST 20
  • 2021 RugbyTown Sevens

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21
  • Argentina vs. South Africa 
    • The Rugby Championship
  • 2021 RugbyTown Sevens
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22
  • 2021 RugbyTown Sevens

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS


THE DRINK-UP
🎧 Episode: Interview with Chris Mattina
📆 August 14
QUICK QUESTION

Were you surprised by some of the players not named to the first 2023 RWC qualifying match against Canada? 

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MONDAY'S ANSWER
 
57% of respondents voted that World Rugby should not change the law that substitutions are only made for injuries. 
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