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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
OCTOBER 11, 2021
(H/T: USA Rugby)
In Today's Edition:
🏉 Premiership & URC Recaps
👏 Premier Rugby Sevens Inagural Event
🏆 Americas RWC 2023 Qualifiers Recap
🦅 Eagles Overseas in Action  

📆 This Week in Rugby 

Collegiate Fall 7s: Cal Bears Win Title at Cal Poly 7s Tournament.

Debate: Are results more important than entertainment? 

Harlequins:
 Flyhalf Marcus Smith is a wizard

Interesting Perspective: Former World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper, who is now the NFL's head of Europe and the UK, shared his thoughts on private equity coming into the sport.
  • Quote: "I can understand why a CVC or a Silver Lake can help provide that extra impetus for the sport. But in some areas you just have to evaluate is it really necessary? I’m not now in a position to make that evaluation – there are others that are doing that. If you sell, you sell forever, and you’ve got make sure you use that money wisely – that’s what’s important.”
Mailbag: Keep the questions coming. Send an email to john@rugbymorning.com, and we'll answer them every Friday. Ask us anything.

📰 HEADLINES

PREMIERSHIP RUGBY 


Wasps End Northampton's Unbeaten Start
  • Takeaway: Northampton is now 3-1 and in third place in the standings, trailing Leicester Tigers by four points. 

George Ford's Late Impact Helps Leaders Leicester See Off Irish
  • Takeaway: Flyhalf George Ford kicked three penalties in the final 18 minutes to Leicester perfect on the young season. 

Sam Simmonds Stars as Exeter Thrash Worcester
  • Takeaway: No. 8 Sam Simmonds scored two tries in his first Premiership action of the season. Simmonds scored a Premiership record 21 tries last season. 

PREMIER RUGBY SEVENS 


The Loonies won the 2021 PR7s Women's Inaugural Champions
  • Takeaway: Led by captain Alev Kelter, the Loonies beat Naya Tapper and the Headliners 28-14. 

The Experts Won the 2021 PR7s Men's Inaugural Champions
  • Takeaway: The Experts beat the Loggerheads on a drop-goal kick-off in OT. 

UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP 


Munster Maul Scarlets to Top URC Table
  • Takeaway: Munster maintained a perfect start to the URC season and jumped ahead of Ulster to top the table after three weeks. 

Vodacom Bulls Claim First URC Win at Cardiff
  • Takeaway: No. 8 Elrigh Louw and wing Madosh Tambwe each scored two tries for the Bulls. 
    • Injury Update: Welsh international Josh Navidi is questionable for Wales' autumn Tests after leaving the Bulls game with a shoulder injury in the eighth minute. 

Dragons End Losing Run with Impressive Win at Connacht
  • Takeaway: The Welsh side ended a six-game losing streak dating back to last season. 

🏆 RWC 2023 QUALIFIERS

URUGUAY vs. USA

🏉 Uruguay 34 - 15 USA
📰 USA Rugby Reaction
📰 Uruguay Reaction
❌ Rugby Morning Pick: USA to win by 8...ouch



WHAT'S NEXT?

Americas 2 Playoff: USA
Details: Two leg, aggregate score series between USA & Chile
Schedule: July 2022 (maybe, maybe not a conflict with MLR season)
What's at Stake:
  • The winner gets placed into Pool D with England, Japan, Argentina, and Samoa. 
  • The loser gets one more shot in the Final Qualification Tournament. 

CHILE vs. CANADA

🏉 Chile 33 - 24 Canada
📰 Canada Reaction
📰 Chile Reaction
What's Next: Canada was eliminated from RWC 2023 qualification. 

🏉 COLLEGE RUGBY

MEN'S RUGBY

Big Win: Dartmouth Men Upset Army 21-10
  • Dartmouth's first win over Army in 20 years. 

Notable Scores:
  • Ohio State 24 - 7 Notre Dame
  • Notre Dame College 26 - 42 Kutztown
  • Iowa Central 31 - 55 Davenport
  • Bowling Green 22 - 12 Louisville 
  • AIC 17 - 48 Iona
  • UW-Platteville 5 - 42 Marquette 
  • Norwich 42 - 6 Vermont 

WOMEN'S RUGBY

Final Showdown: NIRA Latest: Collision Course

Notable Scores:
  • Harvard 60 - 8 Brown
  • Dartmouth 70 - 0 Mt. Saint Mary's
  • Norwich 31 - 5 Colby-Sawyer College 
  • Davenport 46 - 7 Michigan State 
  • UConn 0 - 36 Northeastern 

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🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

MEN'S EAGLES vs. ALL BLACKS

Predicting the All Blacks Team to Face the USA Eagles Next Week (Ignore the error in the headline)
  •  Takeaway: All Black regulars Sam Cane, Sam Whitelock, and Dan Coles could make the trip and play against the Men's Eagles on October 23. 

EAGLES IN ACTION THIS PAST WEEKEND

4️⃣ Men's Eagles (not including U20 Nafi Ma'afu)
9️⃣ Women's Eagles
  • Ealing Trailfinders: Flanker Malon Al-Jiboori entered in the 64th minute of Ealing's 78-19 win over Nottingham. 
  • Exeter Chiefs Women: Center Gabby Cantorna (four points), wing Jennine Duncan (exited in the 62nd minute), and No. 8 Kate Zackary (played 80 minutes) contributed to Exeter's 32-19 loss to Saracens.  
  • Loughborough Lightning: Tighthead prop Charli Jacoby started and exited in the 47th minute of Loughborough's 18-14 loss to Worcester. 
  • Montpellier: Tighthead prop Titi Lamositele started and exited in the 44th minute of Montpellier's 27-23 loss to Bordeaux. 
  • Perpignan: Flanker Nafi Ma'afu entered in the 48th minute of Perpignan's 17-14 loss to Racing 92. 
  • Sale Sharks Women: Loosehead prop Catie Benson scored two tries, flyhalf Katana Howard entered in the 49th minute, and tighthead prop Nick James started and exited in the 60th minute of Sale's 31-0 win over DMP Durham Sharks. 
  • Saracens Women: Scrumhalf Carly Waters entered in the 77th minute of Saracens' 32-19 win over Exeter. 
  • Southland Stags: Flanker Tony Lamborn started and scored a try but the Stags couldn't hold a 14-point lead and lost to Manawatu.  
  • Toulon: Hooker Mikey Sosene-Feagai entered in the 69th minute of Toulon's 13-9 win over Brive. 
  • Worcester Warriors Women: Lock Alycia Washington started and scored a try (WATCH) over Loughborough.  

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13
  • Rugby Africa Women's Cup
    • Senegal vs. Cote d'Ivoire 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 5
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Round 4

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 5
  • RAN 7s
    • Rugby Americas North
  • Rugby Europe
    • Bulgaria vs. Serbia 
  • Rugby Rally
    • Arrows XV vs. Atlantic Selects
  • Top 14
    • Week 7
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Round 4

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 5
  • RAN 7s
    • Rugby Americas North
  • Rugby Africa Women's Cup
    • Tunisia vs. Cote d'Ivoire

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS

SCRUM OF THE EARTH
🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📆 October 10
QUICK QUESTION

Do you think Rugby Americas North and Sudamérica Rugby should bring back the Americas Rugby Championship? 

YES    NO 
FRIDAY'S ANSWER 

88% of respondents voted that Canada would beat Chile this past Saturday. Still in shock. 
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