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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
JUNE 14, 2022
In Today's Edition:
👏 Will Magie Announces Retirement 
🇺🇸 Men's Eagles Traveling Roster
📈 USA Women Move Up to 5th


Fantasy MLR: Our boy Matt Ye finds himself in an unfamiliar position - first place - in The Fantasy Ruckers Playoff Challenge after the MLR Eliminator Round. 

Financial Support: Scottish Rugby Cash Gives Women's Squad 11 Weeks Preparation (BBC News). 

History Lesson: The Story Behind the First-Ever Women's International (World Rugby). 

Rugby Job: Liaison Officer Team Italy, Rugby Canada. 

📰 HEADLINES

HAPPY TRAILS 


Will Magie: USA International Will Magie Hangs Up the Boots
  • Takeaway: USA Eagle #507 Will Magie announced on social media yesterday that he is "officially hanging up the boots." 
  • First Cap: Magie earned his first cap with the Men's Eagles in 2017 against Uruguay. 
  • Quote: "Rugby is the greatest sport in the world because you cannot do it without each other."

MEN'S EAGLES 


Summer Series: Head Coach Gary Gold Names USA Men's Eagles Traveling Roster for 2022 Summer Series and Rugby World Cup Qualifiers 
  • Takeaway: Head Coach Gary Gold named 30 players to the traveling roster for the summer series that includes a tune-up match against the French Barbarians (July 1) and the two-leg Americas 2 RWC 2023 Qualifiers (July 9 & 16). 
  • Returning Players:
    • Second row Samu Manoa last played for the U.S. in 2018.
    • Center Paul Lasike missed the 2021 international matches.
  • Uncapped Player:
    • New England Free Jacks wing/fullback Mitch Wilson.
  • MLR: 22 of the 30 players named to the traveling roster play for MLR clubs. 
  • How to Watch: FloRugby will stream all of the Summer Series matches. 

WOMEN'S EAGLES 


Moving On Up: USA Reach Fifth in World Rugby Women's Rankings  
  • Takeaway: The USA Women's Eagles moved from seventh to fifth place after beating sixth-ranked Australia on Saturday. 
  • Top 5: USA moved into 5th place, their highest ranking since November 2019. 

🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

ICMYI: Eliminator Round Review

Atlanta vs. New York
  • Quote: "With the clock in the red, Coleman would score a consolation try for ATL, the 32-year-old so exhausted by his exploits across the game that he handed Ryan Nell the final kick of the game, his countryman adding the conversion," wrote Joe Harvey.  

Seattle vs. San Diego
  • Quote: "Continuing his rich vein of form, Alatimu would nail another penalty with the 80-minute mark in sight, the 29-year-old slotting all of his kicks in the game," wrote Joe Harvey.  

New England Free Jacks: Josh Larsen - New England's Captain on the Free Jacks and Finishing the Job
  • Quote: "Captaincy can be something that can deter your play on the field, because you are so worried about things outside of your control that you forget about what you are doing, but for me I find that it actually helps me be pretty centered," said Josh Larsen. “It gives me confidence in the various things I am doing or might take my mind off something I have done wrong or when I am helping others.”

🏉 QUICK HITS

Barbarians: Skelton and Kruis to Join Forces in Baa-Baas Engineroom (RugbyPass)

European Rugby: 2022/23 EPCR Tournament Formats and Qualifiers Confirmed (EPCRugby)

High School Rugby: MAVRC Names All-Conference Selections (Goff Rugby Report)

National 7s Youth Rugby Championships: Surprises Throughout National Youth 7s Finals Day (Goff Rugby Report)

Premiership: Premiership Rugby Final Could Be Staged Away from Twickenham after 2024 (The Guardian)

🎧 RUGBY PODCASTS

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

Do you think the Seattle Seawolves will beat the Houston SaberCats in the Western Conference Final?

YES    NO 
MONDAY'S ANSWER 

79% of respondents voted that Rugby New York will not beat the New England Free Jacks in the Eastern Conference Final. 
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