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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 8, 2022
In Today's Edition:
🚫 LA Disqualified from Playoffs 
🏉 Latest Playoff Picture 
📱 MLR Mints NFT Deal 


Men's Eagles: Fingers crossed that USA Rugby will announce today the Men's Eagles training roster for the Chile series. 

Rugby Jobs: Strength and Conditioning Coach, Men's Academy, Rugby Canada & Lead Ticket Sales Representative, Utah Warriors. 

Twitter Spaces: We are back with a jam-packed "USA Rugby Happy Hour LIVE" on Thursday night. Co-hosted by Eagles Overseas' Bill Baker, we'll have two special guests, preview the MLR Playoffs, and talk about some other things, too 😉.

📰 HEADLINES

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY 


LA Giltinis: LA Giltinis Second Team to Be Disqualified From MLR Playoffs
  • Awaiting Details: With the situation approaching crisis-level and speculation running rampant on social media, the league needs to provide clarity soon. 

Western Conference Playoffs: The Seattle Seawolves host the San Diego Legion on Sunday at 10PM ET in the Western Conference Eliminator round. The winner meets the Houston SaberCats in the Western Conference Final on Saturday, June 18 at AVEVA Stadium. 
  1. Houston SaberCats
  2. Seattle Seawolves
  3. San Diego Legion
  • Takeaway: The San Diego Legion last played on May 28, a 44-28 loss to the now-disqualified Austin Gilgronis. 

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


Non-Fungible Tokens: Major League Rugby Signs NFT Agreement with NuArca Labs
  • Takeaway: MLR revealed yesterday that Massachusetts-based NuArca Labs is the league's official NFT partner. 
  • This Season: NuArca Labs will produce NFTs starting with the 2022 Championship series. 
  • Next Season: NuArca Labs will create a digital marketplace for fans to buy and sell digital collectibles of their favorite MLR clubs and players. 
  • Rugby Morning Take: While NFTs (and other Web3 products) have taken a plunge in the last month, they still provide a new way to market players and engage with a younger fanbase. 

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

WPL Roundup Week 9: Four More Matches in the Books with One Week Left in the Regular Season
  • Takeaway: The New York Rugby Club sits atop the Red Conference with a 7-0 record. Berkeley, despite a loss to Beantown over the weekend, remains on top in the Blue Conference with a 5-2 record. 

🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

DNVR Rugby: Round 18 Grab Bag
  • Quote: "The league has every right to do what they want with the information they have. It’s fine if they don’t want to share – or can’t share – the reasoning behind one of the biggest decisions in the history of the competition. But the reaction from the fans is completely warranted too because it has proven that people want to know what’s going on behind the scenes," wrote Colton Strickler

Player of the Week: Danny Christensen
  • Takeaway: Utah Warriors scrumhalf Danny Christensen scored three tries in Utah's Round 18 win. 

Team of the Week: Old Glory DC
  • Takeaway: Old Glory DC scored eight tries and 50 points in their Round 18 win. 

🏉 QUICK HITS

College Rugby: The R7CC and May Madness CRC: Let's Compare (Goff Rugby Report). 

Japan: Emerging Blossoms and Tonga Samurai XV Set for Charity Rugby Match (Rugby Asia 24/7). 

New Zealand Rugby: New Zealand Rugby apologizes to Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate After Culture Review (BBC News). 

Premiership Rugby: England Exile Ben Earl Voted Premiership Player of the Year (The Guardian). 

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

THE SCRUM OF THE EARTH
🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📅 June 6


JACK'S RANGERS SHOW 
🎧 Episode: Chowda Cup Champs
📅 June 5

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 10
  • Super Rugby
    • Semifinal #1
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Semifinal #1
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
  • Challenge Cup of the Americas
    • American Raptors vs. Jaguares XV
  • Major League Rugby
    • Eastern Conference Eliminator 
  • Pacific Four Series
    • USA vs. Australia 
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Semifinals
  • Super Rugby
    • Semifinal #2
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Semifinal #2
SUNDAY, JUNE 12 
  • Major League Rugby
    • Western Conference Eliminator
QUICK QUESTION

Do you think you'll be interested in purchasing an MLR player NFT?

YES    NO 

WHAT'S AN NFT? 


QUICK QUESTION REVIEW

We asked a similar question on December 8, 2021: "Are you interested in owning any of the top moments in rugby history in the form of an NFT?"

63% of respondents voted no. 
TUESDAY'S ANSWER 

61% of respondents voted that Rugby ATL will win the Eastern Conference Eliminator match.
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