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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
SEPTEMBER 28, 2021
In Today's Edition:
🏉 Latest MLR Player Signings 
7️⃣ TSN Partners with PR7s in Canada
🤝 Chiefs Announce New Coaching Structure
📊 Latest World Rugby Rankings 


GoFundMe: Lindenwood University Women's Rugby Coach Billy Nichols has been hospitalized since August 31 after contracting pneumonia and COVID. Goff Rugby Report shared that Coach Nichols' condition is improving. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Nichols family pay for medical bills. 

Mailbag: Keep the questions coming. Send an email to john@rugbymorning.com and we'll answer them every Friday. And ask us anything.

USA vs. Uruguay: We missed this bit of news over the weekend, but Americas Rugby News shared that Uruguayan veteran scrumhalf Agustín Ormaechea will miss the Americas 1 qualifying series. 

📰 HEADLINES

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Seasoned MLR Player Jeremy Lenaerts Signs with the Jackals
  • Quote: "I’m excited to have the opportunity to be part of a new franchise within the MLR," said Jeremy Lenaerts, who played three seasons with the Seattle Seawolves and one with the Houston SaberCats. "The management has a clear strategy of what kind of game they expect us to play and I look forward to adding my personal value to the team."

Pete Malcolm to Return to the San Diego Legion for the 2022 Season 
  • Takeaway: Hooker Pete Malcolm, who appeared in 15 games for San Diego, re-signs with the Legion for the 2022 season. 

PREMIER RUGBY SEVENS


TSN Partners with Premier Rugby Sevens to Deliver Inaugural Games for Canadian Viewers
  • Quote: "Bringing our inaugural championship to a Canadian audience through TSN is huge for our league and rugby fans throughout Canada,” said Premier Rugby Sevens CEO Owen Scannell. “As a North American-based league, our intent is to bring PR7s events to Canada and attract more high-level Canadian athletes to our league as pandemic-related restrictions are lifted and we grow PR7s into the future.”

The Official Men's Roster for The Team
  • Takeaway: The roster includes a mix of current MLR players and young and veteran USA Men's Eagles sevens players. 

SUPER RUGBY 


New Coaching Structure Announced to Take Chiefs Rugby to the Next Level
  • Takeaway: The Chiefs appointed Warren Gatland, who returned from a third term coaching the British & Irish Lions, to the new position of Director of Rugby. 2021 acting head coach Clayton Miller was appointed head coach for the 2022 season. 

WORLD RUGBY RANKINGS


Men's Rankings: Scotland Get Double World Rugby Rankings Boost
  • Top 10:
    1. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
    2. 🇿🇦 South Africa
    3. 🇦🇺 Australia
    4. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England
    5. 🇮🇪 Ireland
    6. 🇫🇷 France
    7. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland
    8. 🇦🇷 Argentina
    9. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales
    10. 🇯🇵 Japan
  • ⬆⬇ Changes:
    • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland swapped places with Argentina. 

Women's Rankings: Scotland Get Double World Rugby Rankings Boost
  • Top 10:
    1. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England
    2. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
    3. 🇨🇦 Canada
    4. 🇫🇷 France
    5. 🇦🇺 Australia
    6. 🇺🇸 USA
    7. 🇮🇹 Italy
    8. 🇮🇪 Ireland
    9. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland
    10. 🇪🇸 Spain
  • ⬆⬇ Changes:
    • 🇮🇹 Italy swapped places with Ireland. 
    • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland moved into ninth place, their highest ranking. 

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🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

Men's Eagles: Uruguay in Glendale Readying for RWC Qualifier 

  • Quote: "It's worth mentioning that the last time these two nations met, which was way back in March of 2019, Uruguay won. They won because the Eagles didn't respect the Teros goalkicking, they expected to out-athlete a team that never, ever, ever gives up, and they didn't nail some key tackles."

US Rugby Foundation: Hall of Fame Weekend Still on Despite Test Match Cancellation
  • Quote: "In case you have not heard the news: the USA Men's Eagles v Ireland match has been canceled. However, the US Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place as scheduled." 

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 3
  • RFU Championship
    • Week 3
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Week 2

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
  • Asia Rugby Women's Championship
    • Kazakhstan vs. Japan
  • Rugby Championship  
    • Argentina vs. Australia
  • Rugby Championship
    • South Africa vs. New Zealand 
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 3
  • Premier 15s
    • Week 4
  • RFU Championship
    • Week 3
  • RWC 2023 Qualifier
    • USA vs. Uruguay 
  • RWC 2023 Qualifier
    • Canada vs. Chile 
  • Top 14
    • Week 5
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Week 2

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 3
  • RFU Championship
    • Week 3
  • Top 14
    • Week 5
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Week 2

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS

SCRUM OF THE EARTH
🎧 Episode: Interview with Scott Mathie
📆 September 28

🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📆 September 26


THE RUGBY RANT
🎧 Episode: Run, Pass or Kick with Danny Barrett
📆 September 27
QUICK QUESTION

Do you think we will see the return of Greg Peterson to the Eagles matchday squad this Saturday? 

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MONDAY'S ANSWER 

75% of respondents think AJ MacGinty will be available for the upcoming Uruguay series. We hope so! 
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