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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 2, 2022
(H/T: USA Rugby)
In Today's Edition:
💯 SLAR vs. American Raptors
⚖️ MLR Disciplinary Ruling
🏉 MLR Combines 
💻 Pacific Four Series Streaming Info 


Business of Rugby: New Zealand Rugby's $200m Deal with Silver Lake Approved (NZ Herald). New Zealand's rugby unions overwhelmingly approved the deal, with only one dissenting vote. 

Business of Rugby: Wasserman Launches First Rugby Division with Esportif Acquisition (SportBusiness). 


RWC Sevens 2022: 100 Days to Go (World Rugby Sevens)...now 99 days!

📰 HEADLINES

AMERICAN RAPTORS 


North vs South America: Challenge Cup of the Americas - International XVs Rugby Competition 
  • Takeaway: Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado will host a round-robin tournament featuring the American Raptors and University of British Columbia Old Boys and Jaguares XV and Peñarol of Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR). 
  • Match Dates: Two matches will be played on June 11 and June 18. 
  • Quote: "This initiative is part of the Superliga Americana de Rugby’s strategic expansion plan, which seeks to include other territories within the Americas and continue promoting our tournament, the Unions that comprise it, and fundamentally the players; these goals will continue to be our priority,” said Sudamérica Rugby President Sebastián Piñeyrúa

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Disciplinary Ruling: Player Suspension 6/1/22
  • Takeaway: MLR suspended Utah Warriors scrumhalf Niall Saunders six weeks for the red card he received for comments he made to the referee at the end of the match against the LA Giltinis. 
  • Return Date: "To be confirmed from follow-on competition."

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Draft-Eligible Players: MLR Combines

Takeaway: Major League Rugby will provide draft-eligible players with three opportunities to impress teams and scouts before the MLR Collegiate Draft on Thursday, August 18. 

Houston: Event Details
  • 📅 June 4
  • 🏟️ AVEVA Stadium
  • 🔗 Register
San Clemente: Event Details
  • 📅 June 25 - 26
  • 🏟️ San Clemente
  • 🔗 Register
Madison United & Wisconsin Rugby Complex: Event Details
  • 📅 July 30
  • 🏟️ Madison United & Wisconsin Rugby Complex
  • 🔗 Register

WOMEN'S EAGLES 


Pacific Four Series: Streaming Details 

Takeaway: The Pacific Four Series will be streamed on world.rugby

Match Details
  • USA vs. Canada
    • 📅 Sunday, June 5
    • ⏰ 8:15 PM ET
  • USA vs. Australia
    • 📅 Saturday, June 11
    • ⏰ 8:15 PM ET
  • USA vs. New Zealand
    • 📅 Saturday, June 18
    • ⏰ 12:00 AM ET

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

Women's Eagles: US Star Gabby Cantorna Reveals How COVID-19 Led Her to England
  • Quote: "At the time, I said yes, because I had nothing else to do. I wasn’t really sure anything would come from it. But obviously, in the end, it did," said Gabby Cantorna, who will be one of nine Women's Eagles competing in the Premier 15s final on Friday. “So again, it’s just one of those things that I didn’t actually think was going to ever happen to me. And I’m very grateful that it has because I do love being over here and I love the team and the area and all the people that I’ve met so far.”

🏉 QUICK HITS

College Rugby: Kutztown University Men's Rugby Team Welcomed Home after Winning National Title (Reading Eagle).  

Japan Rugby League One: Sale Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk to Join Canon Eagles (BBC News). 

Top 14: Mathieu Bastareaud Posts His Lyon Exit Message on Social Media (RugbyPass). 

Uruguay: Uruguay Roster Named for Japan Tour (Americas Rugby News). 

U20 Six Nations: Six Nations Rugby Set to Stage Under-20 Summer Series in Italy (Six Nations Rugby). 

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

W NATION
📽️ Episode: Season Finale
📅 June 1


THE FANTASY RUCKERS SHOW
📽️ Episode: Fantasy Championship
📅 June 1


THE SCRUM OF THE EARTH 
🎧 Episode: Bonus Episode
📅 June 1

🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📅 May 30


THE JACK'S RANGERS SHOW
🎧 Episode: The King
📅 May 31


THE SCRUM OF THE EARTH 
🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📅 May 30


LATE TO THE BREAKDOWN
🎧 Episode: Avery Watts
📅 May 30

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 3
  • Major League Rugby
    • Round 18
  • Premier 15s
    • Finals
  • Super Rugby
    • Quarterfinals
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Quarterfinals
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
  • Major League Rugby
    • Round 18 
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Week 26
  • Super Rugby
    • Quarterfinals
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Quarterfinals
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
  • Major League Rugby
    • Round 18 
  • Pacific Four Series
    • Canada vs. USA
  • Top 14 Rugby
    • Week 26
QUICK QUESTION

Now that two SLAR teams will play the American Raptors in a round-robin tournament, do you think MLR and SLAR should organize some kind of annual competition?

YES    NO 
WEDNESDAY'S ANSWER 

53% of respondents voted that the RFU decision to focus on England-qualified players is not a good development for the WPL in the U.S. 
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