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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
(H/T: USA Rugby)
In Today's Edition:
📺 How to Watch Rugby This Weekend
🦅 Eagles Overseas in Action This Weekend 
🔁 Recap the Headlines
🎙 Interview with Shalom Suniula 
🎧 This Week in Rugby Podcasts


Eagles Overseas in Action Yesterday: 
🏉 Saracens Storm 71 - 21 Ealing
🇺🇸 Eagles: Kapeli Pifeleti (Saracens) started at hooker and contributed a try-assist before exiting in the 30th minute. Ruben de Haas (Saracens) entered in the 50th minute. 

Eagles Overseas in Action Yesterday:
🏉 Provence 21 - 22 Rouen Normandie 
🇺🇸 Eagles: Psalm Wooching (Rouen Normandie) made his Pro D2 debut. Wooching scored a try in the 16th minute. 

Future Men's Eagle: Toulouse has signed U18 international scrumhalf Damian Morley. 

Rugby Championship:

🏉 New Zealand 19 - 17 South Africa
📰 Match Recap
Odds: New Zealand -12
❌ Rugby Morning Pick: New Zealand (-12) to cover the spread. 

📺 HOW TO WATCH RUGBY THIS WEEKEND

COLLEGE RUGBY

🏉 Army vs. St. Bonaventure
📆 Saturday
⏰ 1:00 PM ET
📺 ESPN+



HSBC WORLD RUGBY SEVENS

🏉 Day 1

📆 Saturday
⏰ 10:50 AM ET - 9:00 PM ET
🎙 Dallen Stanford on the call. 
📺 Peacock TV


🏉 Day 2
📆 Sunday
⏰ 11:00 AM ET - 8:00 PM ET
🎙 Dallen Stanford on the call. 

📺 Peacock TV


PREMIERSHIP RUGBY

🏉 Bath vs. Newcastle
📆 Saturday
📰 Week 2
⏰ 10:00 AM ET
📺 Peacock TV

🏉 Exeter vs. Northampton
📆 Saturday
📰 Week 2
⏰ 10:00 AM ET
📺 Peacock TV

🏉 Harlequins vs. Worcester 
📆 Saturday
📰 Week 2
⏰ 10:00 AM ET
📺 Peacock TV

🏉 Wasps vs. Bristol 
📆 Saturday
📰 Week 2
⏰ 10:00 AM ET
📺 Peacock TV

🏉 London Irish vs. Sale Sharks 
📆 Sunday
📰 Week 2
⏰ 10:00 AM ET
📺 Peacock TV



RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

🏉 Australia vs Argentina
📆 Saturday
⏰ 6:05 AM ET
📺 FloRugby
🎲 Odds: Australia -10
👉 Rugby Morning Pick: Australia (-10) to cover the spread.  



RWC 2021 EUROPE QUALIFIERS

🏉 Italy vs. Spain
📆 Saturday
⏰ 9:00 AM ET
💻 Live Stream

🏉 Ireland vs. Scotland
📆 Saturday
⏰ 12:00 PM ET
💻 Live Stream



UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

🏉 Benetton vs. Stormers
📆 Saturday
📰 Week 1
⏰ 8:00 AM ET
📺 URC TV

🏉 Leinster vs. Bulls
📆 Saturday
📰 Week 1
⏰ 12:15 PM ET
📺 URC TV

🏉 Edinburgh vs. Scarlets
📆 Saturday
📰 Week 1
⏰ 12:15 PM ET
📺 URC TV

🏉 Munster vs. Sharks 
📆 Saturday
📰 Week 1
⏰ 2:35 PM ET
📺 URC TV

🏉 Dragons vs. Ospreys
📆 Sunday
📰 Week 1
⏰ 9:00 AM ET
📺 URC TV

🦅 EAGLES OVERSEAS IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND

PREMIERSHIP RUGBY

🏉 Bath vs. Newcastle 
📆 Saturday
📰 Week 2
⏰ 10:00 AM ET
📺 Peacock TV

🇺🇸 Eagles: Greg Peterson (Newcastle) starts at lock. 

🏉 London Irish vs. Sale Sharks 
📆 Sunday
📰 Week 2
⏰ 10:00 AM ET
📺 Peacock TV

🇺🇸 Eagles: AJ MacGinty (Newcastle) starts at flyhalf. 


TOP 14

🏉 Racing 92 vs. Lyon 
📰 Week 4
📆 Saturday
⏰ 11:00 AM ET
🇺🇸 Eagles: Joe Taufete'e (Lyon) selected as a reserve. 

🏉 Perpignan vs. Toulon
📰 Week 4
📆 Saturday
⏰ 3:00 PM ET
🇺🇸 Eagles: Mikey Sosene-Feagai (Toulon) selected as a reserve. No selection for Nafi Ma'afu (Perpignan). 

📰 HEADLINES

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Dallas Jackals: Scottish Born, Australian Raised Charlie McKill Comes to Dallas

New England Free Jacks: Top MLR Flanker Joe Johnston Looks to Dominate in his 2nd Year with the Free Jacks

Rugby ATL: 
Johan Momsen Signs Long-Term ATL Contract

San Diego Legion: NSW Waratahs Enter Partnership with San Diego Legion

MEN'S EAGLES


Las Vegas Rugby Cup Unable to Take Place in 2021; Organizers Hopeful for Reschedule in 2022
  • Quote: "We’re obviously extremely disappointed to hear this match is unable to take place as scheduled in 2021,” said USA Rugby CEO Ross Young. “Learning about the impact of ever-changing travel restrictions was devastating, but unfortunately an all-too-common consequence for international sport over the past year and a half."

Army vs Navy Collegiate Men's Rugby Match Added to Historic 1874 Cup
  • Takeaway: Army vs. Navy will kickoff at 1:00 PM ET, followed by the USA Eagles vs. New Zealand All Blacks at 3:00 PM ET.

Venues and Officials Set for Next Round of World Cup Qualifiers

Americas 1
🏉 USA vs. Uruguay
📆 Saturday, October 2
🏟 Infinity Park, Glendale
🎙 Dallen Stanford & Madison Hughes on the call.  
  • Officiating Crew:
    • Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
    • Assistants: Peter Martin (Ireland) & Scott Green (USA)
    • TMO: Derek Summers (USA)

WOMEN'S EAGLES


Kristine Sommer Signs with Gloucester-Hartpury
  • Takeaway: Women's Eagle #263 Kristine Sommer returns to the Premier 15s after signing with Gloucester-Hartpury. Sommer played with the Harlequins last season but left the club in January. 

Maya Learned Joins Gloucester-Hartpury
  • Takeaway: USA Women's Eagles prop Maya Learned played in the U.S. for the Colorado Gray Wolves. 

WORLD RUGBY SEVENS


Men's Sevens: USA Men's Sevens Confirm Roster Changes and Schedule for HSBC Canada Sevens in Edmonton
  • Men's Eagles Sevens: 
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Spain 
      • 📆 September 25
      • ⏰ 12:30 PM ET
      • 📺 Peacock TV
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Chile
      • 📆 September 25
      • ⏰ 3:42 PM ET
      • 📺 Peacock TV
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Kenya
      • 📆 September 25
      • ⏰ 7:35 PM ET
      • 📺 Peacock TV

Women's Sevens: USA Women's Sevens Confirm Roster Changes and Schedule for Edmonton Fast Four
    Women's Eagles Sevens:
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Canada 
      • 📆 September 25
      • ⏰ 11:00 AM ET
      • 📺 Peacock TV
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Mexico 
      • 📆 September 25
      • ⏰ 2:11 PM ET
      • 📺 Peacock TV
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Great Britain 
      • 📆 September 25
      • ⏰ 5:44 PM ET
      • 📺 Peacock TV

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🎙INTERVIEW WITH SHALOM SUNIULA



Eagles Overseas' Bill Baker caught up with Men's Eagles #421 Shalom Suniula a few weeks after announcing his retirement from the Seattle Seawolves. In the interview, Suniula reminisced about his first time putting on the USA jersey and what's next for him in rugby. 

On a moment in his career that still stands out in his mind:
  • Quote: "Straight away, facing New Zealand in Chicago. The Haka, right? Only those who were on the field at that time could feel how electrifying that was. Part of that was, a little more sentimental [for me], was the fact that I grew up in New Zealand. And as a kid, I didn't know at the time that I was born in America, but you grow up wanting to be [an All Black] because all your friends played rugby and you watched it on TV. So now if you can't play for them, play against them."
Check out the rest of the interview with Shalom Suniula via the links below.

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS

DNVR RUGBY PODCAST
🎧 Episode: Interview with Nolan Saraceni
📆 September 24


THE DRINK-UP PODCAST
🎧 Episode: Week 3 Breakdown & Week 4 Preview
📆 September 23


EAGLE-EYED RUGBY PODCAST
🎥 Episode: Interview with Shalom Suniula
📆 September 23


MLR KICKOFF
🎧 Episode: Interview with Gary Gold
📆 September 23


RUGBY WRAP UP
🎥 Episode: Interview with Chris Robshaw
📆 September 22


GREAUX RUGBY
🎥 Episode: Developing Rugby
📆 September 21


THE RUGBY RANT
🎧 Episode: Run, Pass, or Kick w/Peter Reyes
📆 September 21 


SCRUM OF THE EARTH
🎧 Episode: Return of the Prem
📆 September 20 

🎧 Episode: First Four
📆 September 19 
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