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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 16, 2022
In Today's Edition:
🇪🇸 Info on Spain's Appeal of RWC Ban
🦅 Future Eagle Ma'afu Signs with Biarritz
🇺🇸 Men's Eagles Squad Comparison 
🖊️ Martin Pengelly Column: What Crisis?


Rugby Jobs: Women's Head Coach & Director of Rugby, Colby-Sawyer College & Women's Head Coach, Adrian College. 

Twitter Spaces: Join us tonight at 9PM ET for "USA Rugby Happy Hour LIVE." Co-hosted by Eagles Overseas' Bill Baker, we'll talk USA Rugby roster news with men's head coach Gary Gold and MLR Conference Finals with New England Free Jacks' Mitch Wilson

📰 HEADLINES

SPAIN 


Appeal: Spain Offer Fresh Evidence in Attempt to Reverse World Cup Ban (The Guardian)
  • Takeaway: The Spanish Rugby Federation is appealing the World Cup ban, claiming the ineligible player played an insignificant role in the process. 
  • Game Time: Forward Gavin van den Berg played 22 and 34 minutes in Spain's 52-7 and 43-0 wins over the Netherlands. 
  • Quote: "We also think the penalty was excessive in terms of the role the player actually played on the pitch," said Koi Hogg, a loose forward for the Spanish national team. "The two games were both arguably won before he even came on. You can imagine how the rest of us feel. It would be huge for Spain to be in next year’s World Cup. It would put us on the map.”

USA RUGBY 


Future Men's Eagle: Nafi Ma'afu Moves from Perpignan to Biarritz (Americas Rugby News)
  • Takeaway: US-eligible lock Nafi Ma'afu signed a three-year deal with Biarritz, who were recently relegated from Top 14 to Pro D2. 
  • Eagle Selection TBD: While Ma'afu was not selected for the Chile series, there's rising speculation that the 23-year-old - who turns 24 on June 19th - may get the call for the November tests.

🇺🇸 USA RUGBY

Position-by-Position Comparison: Eagles Squad Changes from Uruguay to Chile (Americas Rugby News)
  • Takeaway: Americas Rugby News compared the Men's Eagles roster that played Uruguay versus the roster set to play Chile next month. 
  • Biggest Change: "The most significant change in the squad is the return of Sale flyhalf AJ MacGinty, who missed out on the Uruguay tests with injury. He should captain the team, and takes over the roster spot of Will Magie who recently announced his retirement."

🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

Martin Pengelly Column: Crisis? What Crisis? (The Rugby Network)
  • Quote: "But to some readers – and perhaps to some owners and league officials – that seemed wrong, an overstatement of a regular bit of boardroom politics, an overreaction to the simple application of rules which after all are meant to be followed, in a season of encouraging crowds and in general more competitive play." 

Mitch Wilson: Big Man on Campus Means Nothing in Pro Team Locker Room (The Rugby Network)
  • Quote: "In a full-time environment you’re expected to know your stuff,” said Mitch Wilson, who won the D1A National Championship with Life in 2018 and 2019. “If you make a mistake, you’re expected to fix it. Guys are here building their careers, whether it’s here in the MLR or maybe taking a stepping stone to a Super Rugby contract. They’re expected to know what they’re supposed to do and so am I. In that way, playing college rugby at Life set me up pretty well.” 

🏉 QUICK HITS

College Rugby: Top Men D1 College Players: The Backs (Goff Rugby Report)

Premiership: Flyhalves the Highest Paid Players in 2020-21, Report Shows (BBC News)

Rugby Culture: Ugo Monye: Former England Wing Says Rugby Union Must Tackle 'Drinking Culture' (BBC News)

Ukraine: Olga Surkova Working Hard to Ensure Ukrainian Rugby Has a Bright Future (World Rugby)

WPL: Week 10 in the Books with Nationals in Sight (USA Rugby)

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

THE FANTASY RUCKERS SHOW
🎧 Episode: TRF Playoff Challenge 
📅 June 14


LATE TO THE BREAKDOWN
🎧 Episode: Bonus Content 
📅 June 14


THE JACK'S RANGERS SHOW
🎧 Episode: The Playoffs
📅 June 14 


THE SCRUM OF THE EARTH

🎧 Episode: Weekend Recap
📅 June 13

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 17
  • Top 14 Rugby
    • Semifinal #1
SATURDAY, JUNE 18
  • Challenge Cup of the Americas
    • American Raptors vs. Peñarol
    Major League Rugby
    • Western Conference Final
  • Men's Internationals
    • Japan vs. Uruguay
  • Pacific Four Series
    • USA vs. New Zealand
  • Premiership Rugby
    • Final
  • Super Rugby
    • Final
  • United Rugby Championship
    • Final
SUNDAY, JUNE 19 
    Major League Rugby
    • Eastern Conference Final
  • Men's Internationals
    • England vs. Barbarians
QUICK QUESTION

Who do you think will win the Super Rugby Pacific Final?

BLUES    CRUSADERS 
WEDNESDAY'S ANSWER 

59% of respondents voted that Saracens will win the Premiership Final. 
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