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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 1, 2022
In Today's Edition:
📰 Latest MLR Headlines
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Premier 15s to Focus on English Players
🏉 PR7s Coaches for the 2022 Season
🏆 2023 World Rugby Sevens Schedule 


Fantasy MLR: Congrats to The Fantasy Ruckers league member JJ for winning the first-ever MLR Fantasy Championship. Rugby Morning proudly finished in 4th place after coming up just short in the Consolation Final. 

ICYMI: USA Rugby and Castore released new men's and women's kits

Rugby Job: General Manager, The Sevens Stadium & Festival Director Dubai 7s

📰 HEADLINES

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Houston SaberCats: Montauban Recruit Nicolás Solveyra from Houston SaberCats
  • Takeaway: Loosehead prop Nicolás Solveyra will join Pro D2 side Montauban at the conclusion of the 2022 MLR season. 

PREMIER 15s 


Women's Eagles: Premier 15s to Focus on England-Qualified Players 
  • Takeaway: The Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced that the next Premier 15s cycle, which begins in 2023, will have a renewed focus on the number of England-qualified players. 
  • Current Rules: Each Premier 15s club must have an average of 16 England-qualified players on its matchday squad. 
  • USA Women's Eagles: Nine Women's Eagles will play in the Premier 15s final between Exeter and Saracens on Friday. 

PREMIER RUGBY SEVENS 


2022 Coaches: High-Profile Names Tapped as Coaches in Premier Rugby 7s

Experts Women:
  • Head Coach Irene Gardner
  • Assistant Coach Ros Chou
Experts Men:
  • Head Coach JK Anderson
  • Assistant Coach Emil Walton
Headliners Women:
  • Head Coach Andrew Locke
  • Assistant Coach Lauren Barber
Headliners Men:
  • Head Coach Tim Stanfill
  • Assistant Coach Peter Tiberio
Loggerheads Women: 
  • Head Coach Katie Dowty
  • Assistant Coach Andre Snyman
Loggerheads Men:
  • Head Coach Waisale Serevi
  • Assistant Coach Tiffany Fa'aee
Loonies Women:
  • Head Coach Kelly Griffin
  • Assistant Coach Robin MacDowell
Loonies Men:
  • Head Coach Sean White
  • Assistant Coach Nese Malifa

WORLD RUGBY SEVENS 


2023 Schedule: Olympic Qualification at Stake as Bumper HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2023 Schedule Announced
  • Takeaway: The 2023 season begins on November 4 in Hong Kong and includes 11 rounds for men and seven rounds for women. 
  • Olympics Qualification: The top four men's and women's teams will earn their spots at the Summer Olympics in Paris in 2024. 
  • USA Stage: The World Rugby Sevens Series will return to LA for a men's stop on February 25-26. 

🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

DNVR Rugby: Round 17 Grab Bag
  • Quote: "The 2022 Major League Rugby playoffs will feature three teams that have never been there before. The Austin Gilgronis, the Houston SaberCats, and the New England Free Jacks will all make their playoff debuts when the tournament gets started on June 12, while the three other teams bring with them invaluable playoff experience," wrote Colton Strickler

First XV: Week 17
  • Key Players:
    • Rugby New York wing Ed Fidow scored three tries, while teammate Waisake Naholo scored two tries.  
  • Snubbed?
    • New England Free Jacks wing Mitch Wilson, who scored three tries. 

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

Women's Eagles: "I Have Grown a Lot as a Player Being Over Here" - Exeter Chiefs' Jennine Detiveaux ahead of Allianz Premier 15s Final Clash with Saracens
  • Quote: "Comparatively to the States, it feels like an international match every single weekend. The overall rugby IQ of the players is much higher, and I think that is just because rugby is introduced at a much younger age," said Jennine Detiveaux, who is one of nine Women's Eagles competing in the Premier 15s final on Friday. "These girls have been playing for almost 10 years, and then the women I play with back in the States have only been playing for a handful of years, including myself. Just having that knowledge around the game makes it a much more competitive atmosphere."

🏉 QUICK HITS

Champions Cup: Best XV from This Year's Tournament (The Guardian). 

Japan Rugby League One: 'Not Interested': All Blacks Star Richie Mo'unga not Wanted by Top Japanese Club (RugbyPass). 

Pacific Four Series: Match Officials Confirmed for World Rugby Pacific Four Series 2022 (World Rugby)

U.S. Rugby Foundation: RugbyTown National Training Center Signs on as Title Sponsor of 2022 US Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (U.S. Rugby Foundation). 

 

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

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

Do you think the RFU decision to have the Premier 15s focus on England-qualified players will be a good development for the WPL in the U.S.?

YES    NO 
TUESDAY'S ANSWER 

68% of respondents voted that the USA Women's Eagles will beat Canada in the first match of the Pacific Four Series on Sunday. 
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