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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 22, 2022
In Today's Edition:
🏆 MLR Championship Final
🏉 GM Vassie Out in Dallas
🇺🇸 Women's Eagles to Face England

Page 7 Column: Carlin Isles and Naya Tapper to Headline the Headliners (PR Sevens). 

Player Health & Safety: Concussion Rates in Elite Rugby Hit Highest Levels Since Records Began (The Guardian). 

Spain Appeal: Gavin van den Berg Knew About His Passport Forgery (AS.com). Essentially, Spain's appeal asks World Rugby to direct the punishment towards the player and not the program.

🏆 MLR FINAL

Championship Venue: MLR Championship Final Held at Red Bull Arena (Major League Rugby)

🏉 New York vs. Seattle
📅 Saturday, June 25
⏰ 12 PM ET
🏟️ Red Bull Arena
📺 Fox

📰 HEADLINES

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Dallas Jackals: Dallas Jackals Announce General Manager Elaine Vassie and Club Are Parting Ways (Dallas Jackals)
  • Takeaway: The Dallas Jackals announced yesterday evening that they have parted ways with General Manager Elaine Vassie
  • Turbulent Season: Vassie performed double duty when she stepped into the head coach's role following the announcement that Michael Hodge was unable to join the team because of strict travel restrictions in Australia at the time. 

USA RUGBY


Women's Eagles: USA Women's Eagles to Face England in UK for September International (USA Rugby)
  • Takeaway: The Women's Eagles will face England on Saturday, September 3 at 10 AM ET in a final tune-up before Rugby World Cup 2021 begins in October in New Zealand. 

🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

Player of the Week: AJ Alatimu (Major League Rugby)
  • Takeaway: Seattle Seawolves flyhalf AJ Alatimu scored 14 points against the Houston SaberCats in the Western Conference Final, perhaps adding his name to the league MVP conversation.

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

Women in Rugby Leadership: Jessica Dombrowski Inspired by Capgemini Women in Rugby Leadership Program Alumni (World Rugby
  • Quote: "It’s been really cool to actually start to have conversations with individuals and hear what they have done, which has spurred different tangents of thought of what I want to do," said Jessica Dombrowski, who is the president of the Colorado Grey Wolves.

🏉 QUICK HITS

ICYMI: With Only 3 Girls Rugby Teams at NYC High Schools, Organization Tries to Level the Playing Field (ABC 7

Player Health & Safety: New World Rugby Graduated Return to Play Protocols Set "Gold Standard" (World Rugby

South Africa: Alignment with Bok Structures Key as Wales Tests Approach (SA Rugby)

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

THE JACK'S RANGERS SHOW
🎧 Episode: The Offseason Part 1
📅 June 22


THE FANTASY RUGBY YANKS
🎧 Episode: Season 4 Finale
📅 June 21


THE SCRUM OF THE EARTH
🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📅 June 20

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 24
  • Top 14 Rugby
    • Final
  • WPL Championship
    • Finals Tournament 
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
  • Currie Cup 
    • Final
  • Major League Rugby
    • Final
  • Men's Internationals
    • Chile vs. Scotland A
    • Japan vs. Uruguay 
  • USA Rugby
    • U23 Women's All Star Tournament 
  • WPL Championship
    • Finals Tournament 
SUNDAY, JUNE 26 
  • USA Rugby
    • U23 Women's All Star Tournament
  • WPL Championship
    • Finals Tournament 
QUICK QUESTION

What do you think attendance will be at Red Bull Arena for the MLR Championship Final?

UNDER 5K    OVER 5K 
TUESDAY'S ANSWER 

87% of respondents voted that MLR will hold the Championship Final on Saturday at Red Bull Arena. But we didn't count any votes that came in after the announcement yesterday morning. 
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