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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 17, 2022
(H/T: USA Rugby)
In Today's Edition:
💻 How to Watch Rugby Today
🦅 Eagles Overseas in Action Today
🔥 Top 14 Semis to Play in Record Heat
🇺🇸 Women's Eagles Squad vs. New Zealand
✅ MLR Conference Finals Picks 


Don't Miss This: Tune in this morning at 7:40 AM ET as former USA Rugby 7s star Jessica Watkins chats live from SPACE. Here's the link to watch live
 
Maccabiah Games: Maccabi USA Rugby Announces Men's Rugby Team for World Games (Goff Rugby Report). 

Spain Appeal: The World Rugby Appeal Committee Decides to Postpone Its Verdict for a Few Days (FERugby). 

Twitter Spaces: Thank you to Eagles Overseas' Bill Baker for hosting and Men's Eagles head coach Gary Gold and New England Free Jacks' wing Mitch Wilson for joining us last night on "USA Rugby Happy Hour LIVE."

💻 HOW TO WATCH RUGBY

BLOODFEST 7s

🏉 High School Matches
⏰ 6 PM ET
💻 FloRugby


CURRIE CUP

🏉 Blue Bulls vs. Griquas
🏆 Semfinal #1
⏰ 12:50 PM ET
💻 FloRugby

🦅 EAGLES OVERSEAS

TOP 14 RUGBY

🏉 Castres vs. Toulouse  
⏰ 3:05 PM ET
🇺🇸 Eagles: Prop David Ainu'u (Toulouse). 

📰 HEADLINES

TOP 14 RUGBY 


Hot Hot Heat: Top 14 Preview: Final Four Escape Red Heat Zone for Semi-Final Standoffs (JamesHarringtonRugby.com)
  • Takeaway: The semifinals taking place in the Top 14 today and tomorrow will be played in record-breaking heat as temperatures hit day-time highs of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Today: USA international David Ainu'u selected as a reserve for Toulouse. 

USA RUGBY 


Women's Eagles: USA Women's Eagles Starting Roster Announced for Pacific Four Series Finale Against Host New Zealand (USA Rugby)
  • Takeaway: Head Coach Rob Cain has made a few changes to the starting XV, as the fifth-ranked Women's Eagles play the second-ranked Black Ferns in the final round of the Pacific Four Series. 
  • Starting XV Changes:
    • Kristine Sommer at #5.
    • Carly Waters at #9.
    • Megan Foster at #10.
    • Lotte Clapp moves to #11.
    • Tess Feury at #14.

✅ MLR CONFERENCE FINALS

Weekend Preview: Conference Finals Preview (Major League Rugby)

🏉 Seattle vs. Houston 
📆 Saturday
⏰ 7 PM ET 
🏟 AVEVA Stadium    
📺 FS 2
🎙️Mike Petri, Dallen Stanford, Mike Tolkin
🗳️ 57% of newsletter readers picked Seattle to win. 

👉 Rugby Morning Pick: Houston by 5

🏉 New England vs. New York  

📆 Sunday
⏰ 3 PM ET 
🏟 Veterans Memorial Stadium    
📺 FS 1
🎙️Mike Petri, Dallen Stanford, Mike Tolkin

🗳️ 79% of newsletter readers picked NEFJ to win. 
👉 Rugby Morning Pick: New England by 4. 

🏉 QUICK HITS

Premiership: Ellie Genge Aims to Leave Leicester on Top after "Biggest Game' of His Career (The Guardian)

Super Rugby Pacific: Darren Coleman Excited for 2023 with Waratahs Having Regained 'Support of Our People' (ESPN Scrum)

Trial Amendments: Quicker, Accurate Decision-Making at the Heart of TMO Protocol Amendment (World Rugby)

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

DNVR RUGBY
🎧 Episode: Dallen Stanford 
📅 June 17


RUGBY WRAP UP
📽️ Episode: Rugby Odds
📽️ Episode: MLR Weekly

📅 June 16

THE SCRUM OF THE EARTH

🎧 Episode: 100th Episode
📅 June 16
🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📅 June 13


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 

📆 WEEKEND IN RUGBY

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

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

Do you think there is a heavy drinking problem within rugby?

YES    NO 
THURSDAY'S ANSWER 

78% of respondents voted that the Crusaders will beat the Blues to win the Super Rugby Pacific Final. 
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