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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 23, 2022
In Today's Edition:
🏆 MLR Final Ref & Broadcast Crew
🏉 Lonestar Women's Conference
🏅 2022 Prusmack Award Recipients 

Fantasy MLR: Regular season champ, jjtolts, took the lead in The Fantasy Ruckers Playoff Challenge. He's up 5.1 points with one game left. 

Final Price Tag: Tokyo Closes Books on Delayed Games; $13 Billion Price Tag (Yahoo News).  

Title IX:
Here's How the Sports World is Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Title IX (Yahoo Sports). 

🏆 MLR FINAL

Head Referee: Argentine Federico Anselmi, who officiated the Eastern Conference Final match between the New England Free Jacks and Rugby New York, is the head referee for the Final

Broadcast Crew: 
  • Play-by-play: Dallen Stanford
  • Analyst: Mike Petri
  • Sideline: Colin Hawley
  • Sideline: Matt Troville

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

📰 HEADLINES

COLLEGE RUGBY


National Collegiate Rugby: Lonestar Women's Collegiate Rugby Conference Joins National Collegiate Rugby (National Collegiate Rugby)
  • Takeaway: The Lonestar Women's Rugby Conference, which includes 13 programs in Oklahoma and Texas, is the latest conference to join NCR. 
  • Commissioner: Letourneau University Head Coach Chris Botto

USA RUGBY


2022 Prusmack Award Winers: US Rugby Foundation Announces 2022 Prusmack Award Recipients (U.S. Rugby Foundation)
  • Award Winners:  
    • Women's: Sativa Tarau-Peehikuru, Lindenwood
    • Men's: Darius Law, Life
  • The Award: The Prusmack Award celebrates the top men's and women's collegiate 7s players in the country.  

🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

Mock Draft Prep: More MLR Draft Prospects (Major League Rugby)
  • Takeaway: MLR added a few more draft-eligible players to the list of prospects for the 2022 MLR Collegiate Draft.  

Rugby New York: Ben Bonasso: 'We Are Feeling Very Confident' (The Rugby Network)
  • Quote: "The team for Saturday's final looks very strong. We are feeling very confident, we did a great job and I think the team is starting to play at its best," said Rugby New York captain Ben Bonasso, who was named to the USA Eagles' roster for the matches against the French Barbarians and Chile. "In these instances we are starting to get to know each other better on the pitch. We are doing very well and we have to keep working on the minor details."

Seattle Seawolves: From Nothing at All to the Prospect of a Third MLR Shield (The Rugby Network)
  • Quote: "‘On the hunt’ is the team’s cry coming into this weekend. New York will arguable be better prepared, closer to home and without a travel day, even if they did play last Sunday. Set to be an intense affair, a close-run thing in every sense of the word, it is exactly why players do it, to lift a great big Shield," wrote Joe Harvey.  

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

New Registration System: New Registration, Competition Management System for Upcoming Season (Goff Rugby Report
  • Takeaway: The USA Youth & High School National Council, USA Rugby Collegiate National Council, and Senior Club National Council will all switch this upcoming registration period to Rugby Xplorer, a rugby management system designed for rugby players in Australia.  

🏉 QUICK HITS

Global Trial: 'Disappointing': Rennie at a loss over 20-minute redcard ruling (The Sydney Morning Herald

New Zealand: New Zealand Rugby Consults on Transgender Policy (KFGO.com)

Opinion: Rugby's card-happy approach to concussion is just not working (The Guardian)

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

THE FANTASY RUCKERS SHOW
📽️ Episode: TRF Playoff Challenge Update
📅 June 22


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

Do you think Chile will beat Scotland A on Saturday?

YES    NO 
WEDNESDAY'S ANSWER 

63% of respondents voted that over 5K people will attend the MLR Championship Final. 
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