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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
AUGUST 23, 2021
In Today's Edition:
📆 Upcoming Schedule
🏆 Bledisloe Cup Brouhaha 
7️⃣ RugbyTown Sevens Recap
🏉 New Super Rugby Format 
🦌 Boks Tame Los Pumas 
📆 This Week in Rugby


Eagles Overseas This Weekend:
🏉 Chiefs Women 14 - 18 Wasps Women
🇺🇸 Eagles: Gabby Cantorna, Jennine Duncan, and Kate Zackary

MLR Stats: Courtesy of MLR Stats guru James Deeley, here's the one instance where Alabama trails Arkansas State, Memphis, Penn State, and Western Michigan in a list of drafted players

Reminder: The third Bledisloe Cup match - and the second-round Rugby Championship fixture - between Australia and New Zealand has been postponed. Set to take place this Saturday in Perth, Australia, the match might be staged in...the United Kingdom

Tragic: Cwmllynfell rugby player Alex Evans dies during match

Weekend Picks: 
🏉 Argentina 10 - 29 South Africa 
🎲 Odds: South Africa -16
✅ Rugby Morning Pick: South Africa (-16) to cover the spread. 

📆 UPCOMING SCHEDULE

2023 RUGBY WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

  • 🏉 Canada vs. USA 
  • 📆 September 4
  • 🏟 Swilers Rugby Park
  • 🏉 USA vs. Canada
  • 📆 September 11
  • 🏟 Infinity Park

PREMIER 15s SEASON OPENER
  • 📆 September 4 

TOP 14 SEASON OPENER
  • 📆 September 4 

PREMIERSHIP SEASON OPENER
  • 📆 September 17

HSBC WORLD RUGBY SEVENS
  • 🇨🇦 Vancouver
  • 📆 September 18 - September 19
  • 🇨🇦 Edmonton
  • 📆 September 25 - 26 

URC SEASON OPENER
  • 📆 September 25*
  • 🤷‍♂️ Maybe*

📰 HEADLINES

BLEDISLOE CUP


'I Want It In Writing': Rugby Australia's $5 Million Bledisloe Threat
  • Takeaway: Rugby Australia wants New Zealand Rugby to confirm September 4 as the rescheduled date for the final Test of the Bledisloe Cup Series. And they want a decision in the next 48 hours!

RUGBYTOWN SEVENS 


Samurai RFC Wins 2021 RugbyTown Sevens
  • Takeaway: Samurai RFC won its first-ever RugbyTown Sevens Cup and took home the $10,000 grand prize. 

Navy Secures First Armed Forces Championship During Day 2
  • Takeaway: Navy beat Air Force 14-7 to claim its first-ever Armed Forces Championship. 

Tournament Results:

🏆 Cup Final:
  • 🏉 Samurai RFC 22 - 14 Socal Griffins
3️⃣ 3rd Place Final:
  • 🏉 Ramblin' Jesters 17 - 15 Team Germany
🍽 Plate Final:
  • 🏉 DBlock Santa Rosa RFC 5 - 31 Tsunami Barbarians
🥣 Bowl Final:
  • 🏉 SaberCat 7s 19 - 26 USA U-23s
🛡 Shield Final:
  • 🏉 Denver 7s Selects 34 - 12 Gorilla Rugby

SUPER RUGBY


Australia, New Zealand Agree to New Super Rugby Format
  • Takeaway: The 14-team competition - including the new franchises Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua - would play 14 home-and-away matches and up to three playoff matches. The season would begin in February and end in mid-June. 

THE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP


South Africa Maintain Perfect Start in The Rugby Championship
  • Takeaway: The Springboks claim the top spot in the standings following their 29-10 win over Los Pumas. 

📝 2021 MLR COLLEGIATGE DRAFT GRADES


EASTERN CONFERENCE

Rugby United New York
  • Grade: A
  • Best Pick: Peter Reyes
  • Quick Take: Only two picks, but made the most of them. Reyes is a late-round gem. 

Rugby ATL
  • Grade: B+
  • Best Pick: Coleson Warner 
  • Quick Take: Like the selection of flyhalf Coleson Warner
  
New England Free Jacks
  • Grade: B+
  • Best Pick: Zachary Bastres
  • Quick Take: A well-balanced draft plan. I like Bastres from his interview with DNVR Rugby
 
NOLA Gold
  • Grade: B+
  • Best Pick: George Sharpe
  • Quick Take: Sharpe is on point. 
 
Toronto Arrows
  • Grade: B+
  • Best Pick: Logan Martin-Feek
  • Quick Take: Love the all-Canadian picks from Toronto. 

Old Glory DC
  • Grade: B-
  • Best Pick: Labi Koi Larbi
  • Quick Take: Both Koi Larbi and Palema Roberts are talented, just question the strategy of selecting two centers. 
WESTERN CONFERENCE

Houston SaberCats
  • Grade: A
  • Best Pick: Emmanuel Albert
  • Quick Take: Heyneke Meyer should be grinning from ear to ear after selecting both Emmanuel Albert and Tinashe Muchena

LA Giltinis 
  • Grade: A-
  • Best Pick: Sam Kliwoski 
  • Quick Take: Klimkowski is straight-up beef. James O'Neill is a crafty pick, too. 
 
Utah Warriors
  • Grade: A-
  • Best Pick: Emerson Prior
  • Quick Take: Interesting to hear that GM Brandon Sparks wanted Joey Backe two years ago. Interesting selection with fullback Connor Burns. 
 
San Diego Legion 
  • Grade: B+
  • Best Pick: Jonah Dietenberger 
  • Quick Take: A solid effort here. Three strong players. 

Austin Gilgronis 
  • Grade: B+
  • Best Pick: Asa Carter
  • Quick Take: What really was going through Conner Mooneyham's mind right after Austin selected Caleb Strum.
 
Seattle Seawolves
  • Grade: B
  • Best Pick: Tavite Lopeti
  • Quick Take: Lopeti is a stud, but surprised Seattle did not try to upgrade forward park with one of its picks. 

Dallas Jackals
  • Grade: B-
  • Best Pick: Eric Naposki 
  • Quick Take: Dallas surprised many fans by taking Naposki with the first pick but filled out the roster with four more players. 

🏉 QUICK HITS

  • Barbarians: Barbarian Women will play South African Women at Twickenham in November
  • NFL: Poorly timed injury could cost Christian Wade his NFL dream
  • Premiership: Wasps issue statement after open letter requests action over headdresses 

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🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Rugby. Polo? Leandro Levias Switches Focus From Rugby to Polo
  • Takeaway: Uruguayan wing Leandro Levias announced he will focus on polo after missing out on selection for the Los Teros' 2023 RWC training squad. Levias will not return to the Toronto Arrows for the 2022 season. 

Utah Warriors: Utah Warriors Draft Day Calls
  • 🎥 WATCH: Listen in as Utah Warriors GM Brandon Sparks calls Utah's three draft picks. 

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY


RugbyTown Sevens: USA Men's U23 Win 4 Straight to Claim Bowl and 9th Place at RugbyTown Sevens 2021
  • Quote: "We knew we were on an upward trajectory, even on Day One,” said Head Coach Colton Cariaga. “The difference was that we took our opportunities better at the end of games and got a strong contribution from our bench. This final series of play really captured our weekend well. We were defending our line — we bent but didn’t break — then our playmakers capitalized and went the distance to seal the win. That pure guts and confidence to back our skill."

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25
  • Kenya vs. Columbia
    • 2021 RWC Qualifier 

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS


SCRUM OF THE EARTH
🎧 Episode: Boks vs. Pumas, and More
📆 August 22


RUGBY WRAP UP
🎥 Episode: Interview with Emmanuel Albert
📆 August 21


THE DRINK-UP
🎧 Episode: 2021 MLR Draft Recap
📆 August 21
QUICK QUESTION

Do you think the Houston SaberCats had the best draft? 

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FRIDAY'S ANSWER
 
70% of respondents voted that they like the idea of USA Rugby playing in southern hemisphere as opposed to northern hemisphere competitions. 
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