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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 15, 2022
In Today's Edition:
👏 MLR Community Impact Award
🇨🇦 Roster for Summer Fixtures
💯 Initial MLR Draft Prospects List


Aspirational: Major League Soccer Strikes Landmark 10-Year, $2.5B Apple TV+ Global Rights Deal (SportBusiness). 

Got Away: As Bryan Ray pointed out yesterday, Ireland named two USA-born players - Munster prop Jeremy Loughman and Leinster lock Joe McCarthy - to the traveling squad for its New Zealand tour. 

Local Market TV Numbers: New England Free Jacks Co-Founder and CEO Alex Magleby shared TV numbers for the Free Jacks this season. Words we liked reading in the post: "up,' "grown," and "tripled."

Twitter Spaces: Join us tomorrow night at 9PM ET for "USA Rugby Happy Hour LIVE." Co-hosted by Eagles Overseas' Bill Baker, we'll talk USA Rugby roster news with men's head coach Gary Gold and MLR Conference Finals with New England Free Jacks' Mitch Wilson

📰 HEADLINES

CANADA 


Summer Fixtures: Canada's Senior Men's 15s Squad Confirmed for Home Summer Fixtures Against Belgium and Spain
  • Takeaway: While 22 of the 30 players represent MLR clubs, the squad is missing a large number of players who are injured or unavailable. 

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY 


Giving Back: S. Marcus Calloway Community Impact Award
  • Takeaway: "Named for the late S. Marcus Calloway, former chairman and majority owner of Rugby ATL, will be awarded to the player who shows passion, excellence and integrity on and off the field, inspires others to action, shows strength in character, aids those less fortunate, and embraces the core values of rugby, while displaying solidarity, discipline and respect."
  • Award Nominees:
    • Austin Gilgronis: Marcel Brache
    • Dallas Jackals: Carlo de Nysschen
    • Houston SaberCats: Robert Povey
    • LA Giltinis: DTH van der Merwe
    • New England Free Jacks: Harry Barlow
    • NOLA Gold: Dino Waldren
    • Old Glory DC: Josh Brown
    • Rugby ATL: Ryan Nell
    • Rugby New York: Dylan Fawsitt
    • San Diego Legion: Ryan Matyas
    • Seattle Seawolves: Martin Iosefo
    • Toronto Arrows: Andrew Quattrin
    • Utah Warriors: Paul Mullen
  • Winner Announcement: The winner will be announced during the MLR Championship Final. 

🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

Mock Draft Prep: MLR Draft Prospects
  • Takeaway: MLR released a list of the first 36 draft-eligible players for the 2022 MLR Collegiate Draft. 

Utah Warriors: Utah Warriors 2022 Fan Awards
  • 🗳️ VOTE: Fans can cast their vote for the 2022 Utah Warriors End of Season Awards.  

🏉 QUICK HITS

College Rugby: Top Men D1 College Players of the Spring: The Forwards (Goff Rugby Report)

Grow the Game: Grassroots to Global Empowering Female Community Leaders to Create Change (World Rugby)

Premiership Rugby: Wayne Barnes Announced as Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final Referee (Premiership Rugby)

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

THE FANTASY RUCKERS SHOW
🎧 Episode: TRF Playoff Challenge 
📅 June 14


LATE TO THE BREAKDOWN
🎧 Episode: Bonus Content 
📅 June 14


THE JACK'S RANGERS SHOW
🎧 Episode: The Playoffs
📅 June 14 


THE SCRUM OF THE EARTH

🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📅 June 13

📆 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
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Final
SUNDAY, JUNE 19 
    Major League Rugby
    • Eastern Conference Final
  • Men's Internationals
    • England vs. Barbarians
QUICK QUESTION

Who do you think will win the Premiership Rugby Final?

SARACENS    LEICESTER TIGERS 
TUEDAY'S ANSWER 

57% of respondents voted that the Seattle Seawolves will beat the Houston SaberCats in the Western Conference Final. 
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