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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
SEPTEMBER 24, 2021
In Today's Edition:
📺 Rugby on TV Today
🦅 Eagles Overseas in Action Today
7️⃣ Edmonton 7s Schedule Set
👏 Kristine Sommer Rejoins the Premier 15s
🏆 Army vs. Navy Join 1874 Cup Competition 

🎙 Interview with Shalom Suniula
📮 Mailbag - We Answer More Questions  

Clubhouse: A big thank you to Eagles OverseasBill Baker for hosting and Men's Eagle #507 Will Magie for joining us last night to preview USA vs. Uruguay.


Men's Eagles: It's been confirmed that Dallen Stanford and Madison Hughes will be back calling the USA vs. Uruguay match on October 2. 

Rule Explainer Video: International referee Wayne Barnes explains "latchers" and why pick-and-gos around the goal line will be different from now on. 

Set Your Alarm: Rugby Championship
🏉 New Zealand vs. South Africa 
📆 Tomorrow
⏰ 3:00 AM ET
📺 FloRugby
🎲 Odds: New Zealand -12
👉 Rugby Morning Pick: New Zealand (-12) to cover the spread. 

🏉 Australia vs Argentina 
📆 Tomorrow 
⏰ 6:05 AM ET
📺 FloRugby
🎲 Odds: Australia -10
👉 Rugby Morning Pick: Australia (-10) to cover the spread. 

📺 RUGBY ON TV TODAY

PREMIERSHIP RUGBY


🏉 Gloucester vs. Leicester
📰 Week 2
⏰ 2:45 PM ET
🎲 Odds: Leicester -2
💻 Peacock TV

 

UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP 


🏉 Zebre vs. Lions
📰 Week 1
⏰ 12:55 PM ET
💻 URC TV

🏉 Cardiff Blues vs. Connacht
📰 Week 1
⏰ 2:35 PM ET
💻 URC TV

🏉 Ulster vs. Glasgow Warriors
📰 Week 1
⏰ 2:35 PM ET
💻 URC TV

🦅 EAGLES OVERSEAS IN ACTION TODAY

FRIENDLY


🏉 Saracens Storm vs. Ealing Trailfinders
⏰ 2:00 PM ET
🇺🇸 Eagles: Kapeli Pifeleti and Ruben de Haas (Saracens) selected as reserves. No word if Malon Al-Jiboori (Ealing) will make the match-day roster. 

📰 HEADLINES

HSBC RUGBY SEVENS


Men's Sevens: USA Men's Sevens Confirm Roster Changes and Schedule for HSBC Canada Sevens in Edmonton
  • Change: Wing Marcus Tupuola replaces Cody Melphy, who suffered an injury last weekend in Vancouver. 
  • Pool B Schedule: 
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Spain 
      • 📆 September 25
      • ⏰ 12:30 PM ET
      • 📺 Peacock TV
      • 🎙 Dallen Stanford on the call. 
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Chile
      • 📆 September 25
      • ⏰ 3:42 PM ET
      • 📺 Peacock TV
      • 🎙 Dallen Stanford on the call. 
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Kenya
      • 📆 September 25
      • ⏰ 7:35 PM ET
      • 📺 Peacock TV
      • 🎙 Dallen Stanford on the call. 

HSBC RUGBY SEVENS


Women's Sevens: USA Women's Sevens Confirm Roster Changes and Schedule for Edmonton Fast Four
  • Change: Scrumhalf Alena Olsen replaces Nia Toliver
  • Fast Four Schedule
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Canada 
      • 📆 September 25
      • ⏰ 11:00 AM ET
      • 📺 Peacock TV
      • 🎙 Dallen Stanford on the call. 
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Mexico 
      • 📆 September 25
      • ⏰ 2:11 PM ET
      • 📺 Peacock TV
      • 🎙 Dallen Stanford on the call. 
    • 🇺🇸 USA vs. Great Britain 
      • 📆 September 25
      • ⏰ 5:44 PM ET
      • 📺 Peacock TV
      • 🎙 Dallen Stanford on the call.

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY 


New England Prop Quentin Newcomer Set to Return for 4th Year with the Free Jacks
  • Quote: "He is a good competitive team man, well respected for his desire to improve and excel. We look forward to seeing Quentin continue to earn his stripes during MLR 2022," said Free Jacks performance manager Tom Kindley

Waguespack and Depperschmidt Re-Sign with NOLA Gold
  • Takeaway: 23-year-old lock William Waguespack returns to NOLA Gold for a fifth year. Center Ross Depperschmidt returns for his fourth season in New Orleans. 

WOMEN'S EAGLES


Kristine Sommer Signs with Gloucester-Hartpury
  • Takeaway: Women's Eagle #263 Kristine Sommer returns to the Premier 15s after signing with Gloucester-Hartpury. Sommer played with the Harlequins last season but left the club in January. 

1874 CUP 


Army vs Navy Collegiate Men's Rugby Match Added to Historic 1874 Cup
  • Takeaway: Army vs. Navy will kickoff at 1:00 PM ET, followed by the USA Eagles vs. New Zealand All Blacks at 3:00 PM ET.

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🎧 INTERVIEW WITH SHALOM SUNIULA



Eagles Overseas' Bill Baker caught up with Men's Eagles #421 Shalom Suniula a few weeks after announcing his retirement from the Seattle Seawolves. In the interview, Suniula reminisced about his first time putting on the USA jersey and what's next for him in rugby. 

On a moment in his career that still stands out in his mind:
  • Quote: "Straight away, facing New Zealand in Chicago. The Haka, right? Only those who were on the field at that time could feel how electrifying that was. Part of that was, a little more sentimental [for me], was the fact that I grew up in New Zealand. And as a kid, I didn't know at the time that I was born in America, but you grow up wanting to be [an All Black] because all your friends played rugby and you watched it on TV. So now if you can't play for them, play against them."
Check out the rest of the interview with Shalom Suniula via the links below.

🏉 QUICK HITS

  • Fiji: Fijian Drua appoint Mick Byrne as head coach and Nacanielli Cawanibuka as head of athletic performance 
  • Player Health & Safety: Steve Thompson to donate brain for chronic traumatic encephalopathy research
  • United Rugby Championship: Jay-Z's Roc Nation outline aims to make rugby 'cool' after partnering with new United Rugby Championship 
  • Wales: Welsh Rugby Union promises reform in women's game

📮 MAILBAG

QUESTION


Question: Should the U.S. beat Uruguay and claim the Americas 1 spot and a berth in the 2023 RWC, do they stand a chance of winning a match in pool play? 
  • Geoff, Chicago
Answer: Geoff, thank you for the question. Coming with the fire today. Should When the Men's Eagles beat Uruguay, they'll join New Zealand, France, Italy, and Africa 1 in Pool A. There are really only three contenders for Africa 1: Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. The Men's Eagles will beat the Africa 1 team and upset the Italians. So two wins in pool play at RWC 2023. Check back with us in a year!

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 2
  • Pro D2
    • Week 5
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Week 1

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
  • Italy vs. Spain
    • RWC 2021 Europe Qualifier
  • Ireland vs. Scotland 
    • RWC 2021 Europe Qualifier
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 2
  • RFU Championship
    • Week 2
  • Rugby Championship
    • New Zealand vs. South Africa
  • Rugby Championship
    • Australia vs. Argentina
  • Top 14
    • Week 4
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Week 1
  • World Rugby Sevens
    • Edmonton 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Round 2
  • Top 14
    • Week 4
  • World Rugby Sevens
    • Edmonton

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS

DNVR RUGBY PODCAST
🎧 Episode: Interview with Nolan Saraceni
📆 September 24


THE DRINK-UP PODCAST
🎧 Episode: Week 3 Breakdown & Week 4 Preview
📆 September 23


EAGLE-EYED RUGBY PODCAST
🎥 Episode: Interview with Shalom Suniula
📆 September 23

MLR KICKOFF
🎧 Episode: Interview with Gary Gold
📆 September 23


RUGBY WRAP UP
🎥 Episode: Interview with Chris Robshaw
📆 September 22


GREAUX RUGBY
🎥 Episode: Developing Rugby
📆 September 21


THE RUGBY RANT
🎧 Episode: Run, Pass, or Kick w/Peter Reyes
📆 September 21 


SCRUM OF THE EARTH
🎧 Episode: Return of the Prem
📆 September 20 

🎧 Episode: First Four
📆 September 19 
QUICK QUESTION

Do you think the Men's Eagles Sevens will improve upon their 5th place finish last weekend? 

YES    NO 
THURSDAY'S ANSWER 

67% of respondents voted that Chile will not beat Canada for the Americas 2 qualifying spot.
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