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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
AUGUST 20, 2021
In Today's Edition:
7️⃣ 2021 RugbyTown 7s Begins Today
🇺🇸 USA Rugby Eyes Future in the Pacific Rim
🛑 All Blacks Cancel Upcoming Home Tests 
🏆 Pumas Make Six Changes for Boks 
⛔ URC Pumps the Brakes on Season Start
⭐ 2021 MLR Collegiate Draft Results 


Clubhouse: A big thank you to Eagles Overseas' Bill Baker for hosting and Rugby Wrap Up's Matt McCarthy for joining us last night to recap the MLR Collegiate Draft. 

Rugby Job: Head Coach, Sacramento State Women's Rugby

2021 RugbyTown Sevens
📆 Today - Sunday
⏰ 1:00 PM ET
💻 Live Stream: RugbyTown7s.com 
🎙 Dallen Stanford & Matt McCarthy 

📰 HEADLINES

MEN'S EAGLES
 

'We Need More Games': USA Rugby Eyes Future in the Pacific Rim, and Wants NZ Rugby's Help
  • Takeaway: USA Rugby chief executive Ross Young shared his thoughts about USA Rugby's struggle to play in regular competitions. 
    • Quote: "We as a union struggle getting connectivity with the American psyche, because we are not playing in a meaningful league competition. What can we win as the US Eagles? Sevens has achieved a bit of that because we’ve been successful, and we're part of a regular competition. We’re getting there with the women playing alongside New Zealand, Australia and Canada in that Pack Four competition - it almost becomes the women's version of the Rugby Championship."
  • Takeaway: USA Rugby chief executive Ross Young shared that USA Rugby is talking with World Rugby about redesignating as a southern hemisphere nation. 
    • Quote: "The lack of regular games for the likes of Fiji and Japan, Samoa, Canada etc, that sort of Pacific Rim type championship is the thing to me that makes the most logical sense for our involvement.”

THE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP 


All Blacks and Black Ferns Home Tests Cancelled; NZR Pauses All Blacks Perth Travel
  • Takeaway: The All Blacks will not travel to Perth, Australia, for the third Bledisloe Cup Test next weekend...and Australia head coach Davie Rennie was not happy about how they found out. 
  • Canceled: 
    • All Blacks vs. Springboks
      • 📆 September 25
    • All Blacks vs. Springboks 
      • 📆 October 2
    • Black Ferns vs. Wallaroos
      • 📆 September 26
    • Black Ferns vs. Wallaroos
      • 📆 October 2
  • Update: South Africa announced it was prepared to host the remaining Rugby Championship matches. 

Six Changes in Los Pumas for the Rematch Against the Springboks 
  • Takeaway: Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma has made six changes to the starting XV after last weekend's 32-12 loss to the Springboks. 

UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
 

Status Update on 2021/22 Fixtures
  • Takeaway: The United Rugby Championship (the re-branded PRO14) released a statement on Twitter yesterday that the schedule for its inaugural season has not been finalized. The season was due to kick off the weekend of September 25. 

📋 MLR COLLEGIATE DRAFT RESULTS


ABOUT THAT MOCK DRAFT
  • Thank you to the Dallas Jackals for selecting Calvin Gentry with the 27th overall pick in the draft. We got one right!
    • Final Tally: 1-38. 
    • New Favorite Player: Calvin Gentry
  • 🎥 RE-WATCH: The MLR Draft 2021

ROUND 1 RESULTS
  1. Dallas – Eric Napoksi, Fullback, UCLA 
  2. Houston - Emmanuel Albert, Flanker, Lindenwood
  3. Seattle - Tavite Lopeti, Center, St. Mary’s
  4. Toronto – Logan Martin-Feek, Flyhalf, Victoria
  5. San Diego -  Jonah Dietenberger, Lock, Lindenwood 
  6. New York – Chase Schor Haskin, No.8, Life
  7. Austin - Caleb Strum, Wing, Alabama 
  8. New England - Cael Hodgson, Wing, Lindenwood
  9. Utah - Joseph Backe, No.8, Western Michigan
  10. Dallas – DeCor Davis, No.8, Queens U. of Charlotte
  11. NOLA - George Sharpe, Hooker, Arkansas State
  12. Atlanta – Isaac Bales, Hooker, Jefferson Tech
  13. LA - Sam Klimkowsi, Prop, Notre Dame College
ROUND 2 RESULTS

14. Dallas - Aaron Gray, Wing, Kutztown
15. Houston - Tinashe Muchena, No.8, Lindenwood
16. Seattle – Darell Williams, Wing, Life
17. Toronto - Bryce Worden, Prop, British Columbia
18. San Diego - Tom Capriotti, Hooker, Penn State
19. DC - Palema Roberts, Center, Life
20. Austin - Asa Carter, Lock, Arkansas State
21. New England - Anthony Adamcheck, Prop, Penn State
22. NOLA - Christian Alvarez, Scrumhalf, Penn State
23. Dallas - Alejandro Torres, Flyhalf, Thomas More U.
24. Utah – Connor Burns, Fullback, Lindenwood
25. Atlanta - Coleson Warner, Flyhalf, Lindenwood
26. LA - James O'Neill, Flanker, Victoria
ROUND 3 RESULTS

27. Dallas – Calvin Gentry, Center, Memphis,
28. Houston - Dillon Stillwell, Hooker, Sam Houston St.
29. Seattle - Ethan Scott, Scrumhalf, Memphis
30. NOLA - Carmen Consolino, Flyhalf, AIC
31. San Diego - Dominick Iacovino, Fullback, Grand Canyon
32. DC - Labi Koi-Larbi, Center, Penn State
33. Austin - Brandon Asbel, Hooker, Davenport
34. New England - Zachary Bastres, Center, Northern Colorado
35. Toronto – Samuel Mace, Hooker, Ottawa 
36. New York - Peter Reyes, Prop, Kutztown

37. Utah - Emerson Prior, Prop, Trent University
38. Atlanta – Sean Akins, Center, Western Michigan 
39. LA - Gerald Lowe, Flanker, Kutztown

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🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


2020 Draft Class: How They Fared in 2021 
  • Takeaway: Twenty-four players were drafted last year and six more were selected via the Dallas Jackals supplemental draft. Twenty-five of the 30 total players stayed with MLR teams during the season. 

2021 Draft Recap: Naposki #1 of Five Dallas Picks
  • Quote: "I am extremely excited to be a part of the Dallas Jackals,” said Eric Naposki, who played for four years at UCLA. “Dallas is a great city, a big sports town, and I have always been a fan of starting from the ground-up in my career. I am excited that it is a new team coming into the league and we get the opportunity to make a splash like the LA Giltinis did this year, and it will be an exciting experience to hopefully get Dallas to do that as well.”

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY


RugbyTown 7s: USA Men's U-23 Roster
  • Squad:
    • Orrin Bizer
      • Sister, Meya Bizer, plays for the USA Women's 7s & XVs team
    • Shawn Clark
    • Nick Hardrict
    • Donovan Law
    • Lucas Lacamp
    • Mike Matarazzo
    • Eric Napoksi
      • Drafted No.1 overall by the Dallas Jackals
    • Ryan Santos
    • David Still
    • Peyton Wall
    • Sam Walsh
    • Coleson Warner
      • Drafted No.25 overall by Rugby ATL

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY


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

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS


DNVR RUGBY
🎧 Episode: Interview with Dallen Stanford
📆 August 20


THE DRINK-UP
🎧 Episode: MLR Draft Preview
📆 August 19

🎧 Episode: Interview with Chris Mattina
📆 August 14


MLR KICKOFF
🎧 Episode: Interview with Conner Mooneyham
📆 August 19


THE RUGBY RANT
🎧 Episode: Interview with George Killebrew
📆 August 19


GREAUX RUGBY
🎧 Episode: Interview with Cody Melphy
📆 August 17
QUICK QUESTION

Do you like the idea of USA Rugby playing in southern hemisphere versus northern hemisphere competitions? 

YES    NO
THURSDAY'S ANSWER
 
Premier Rugby Sevens Team Names:
18% of respondents voted "COOL"
46% of respondents voted "EH"
36% of respondents voted "NAH"
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