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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 13, 2022
In Today's Edition:
🏉 MLR Eliminator Round Recap
📰 Latest MLR Headlines 
🇺🇸 USA vs. Australia Recap
💯 Weekend Results
🦅 Eagles Overseas in Action 
🏉 WPL Round 10 Results
📅 This Week in Rugby 


In Memoriam: Welsh flyhalf Phil Bennett (The Guardian). 

Life After Rugby: From Pro Rugby Player to TV Host to Hollywood "Manny": Meet Naveed Mardi (Press Pass LA). 

Rugby Job: Women's Small College Commissioner, National Collegiate Rugby. 

This Week: Finals in Super Rugby and URC, Conference Finals in the Eastern and Western Conference in MLR, American Raptors versus Peñarol, Women's Eagles vs. New Zealand, and two men's internationals. 

🏉 ELIMINATOR RECAP

RESULTS

🏉 Atlanta 19 - 26 New York 
📰 Match Report
❌ Rugby Morning Pick: Atlanta by 5.  

🏉 Seattle 43 - 19 San Diego  
📰 Match Report
💯 Scorigami 
✅ Rugby Morning Pick: Seattle by 3

Eliminator Picks:  1 ✅   1 ❌
Playoffs Total:  1 ✅  1 ❌

📰 HEADLINES

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Rugby ATL: Connor Cook Reaches 50 Caps
  • Takeaway: Rugby ATL flanker Connor Cook became the 23rd player in MLR history to make 50 appearances. 
  • The Buildup: Cook made his MLR debut with the Colorado Raptors in 2018. 

Rugby ATL: Ross Deacon Reaches 50 Caps 
  • Takeaway: Rugby ATL No.8 Ross Deacon became the 24th player in MLR history to make 50 appearances. 
  • The Buildup: Deacon made his MLR debut with New York in 2019 and joined Atlanta ahead of the shortened 2020 season. 

WOMEN'S EAGLES 


Pacific Four Series: USA Women's Eagles Defeat Australia for First Pacific Four Series Win
  • Takeaway: The 7th-ranked USA Women's Eagles hung on to beat 6th-ranked Australia 16-14 in their second match of the Pacific Four Series. 
  • Player of the Match: Loosehead prop Hope Rogers scored a try and was named Player of the Match
  • End of Losing Streak: The first win for the Women's Eagles since a 20-18 win over Canada in 2019. 
  • Next Match: Saturday, June 18, 12 AM ET kickoff against New Zealand. 

🏉 WEEKEND RESULTS

CHALLENGE CUP OF THE AMERICAS

🏉 American Raptors 0 - 69 Jaguares XV
📰 Match Report


PREMIERSHIP

🏉 Leicester 27 - 14 Northampton
📰 Match Report

🏉 Saracens 34 - 17 Harlequins 

📰 Match Report


SUPER RUGBY

🏉 Crusaders 20 - 7 Chiefs
📰 Match Report

🏉 Blues 20 - 19 Brumbies 

📰 Match Report


TOP 14


🏉 Toulouse 33 - 28 La Rochelle 
📰 Match Report

🏉 Bordeaux Begles 36 - 16 Racing 92 

📰 Match Report


URC

🏉 Leinster 26 - 27 Bulls  
📰 Match Report

🏉 Stormers 17 - 15 Ulster

📰 Match Report

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

EAGLES OVERSEAS IN ACTION

2️⃣ Men's Eagles

MEN'S EAGLES 

David Ainu'u: 
The prop entered in the 54th minute of Toulouse's 33-28 win over La Rochelle in the Top 14 Quarterfinals. 

Kapeli Pifeleti: The hooker was named a reserve but did not enter the match in Saracens 34-17 win over Harlequins in the Premiership Semifinals. 

🏉 WPL

ROUND 10 

🏉 Amazons 0 - 47 San Diego 

🏉 All Blues 75 - 10 Atlanta 

🏉 Colorado 58 - 17 New York

🏉 North Shore 53 - 8 Beantown

📊 Current Standings

🏉 QUICK HITS

England: Danny Care Poised for First England Appearance in Four Years After Recall (The Guardian)

New Zealand: Six New Caps in All Blacks Squad for 2022 Steinlager Series (All Blacks)

Pacific Four Series: New Zealand Shut Out Canada in Auckland (Americas Rugby News)

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 17
  • Top 14 Rugby
    • Semifinal #1
SATURDAY, JUNE 18
  • Challenge Cup of the Americas
    • American Raptors vs. Peñarol
    Major League Rugby
    • Western Conference Final
  • Men's Internationals
    • Japan vs. Uruguay
  • Pacific Four Series
    • USA vs. New Zealand
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Final
  • Super Rugby
    • Final
  • Top 14 Rugby
    • Semifinal #2
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Final
SUNDAY, JUNE 19 
    Major League Rugby
    • Eastern Conference Final
  • Men's Internationals
    • England vs. Barbarians
QUICK QUESTION

Do you think Rugby New York will beat the New England Free Jacks in the Eastern Conference Final?

YES    NO 
SATURDAY'S ANSWER 

35% of respondents voted that the Women's Eagles would beat Australia on Saturday night. Good call!
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