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RUGBY FAN MADE EASY
AUGUST 16, 2021
In Today's Edition:
📆 Upcoming Schedule
7️⃣ Teams Pulling out of Canada Stops
🏆 Comfortable Wins for NZ & SA
🇺🇸 Lions & Scion Rugby Claim Titles 
📆 This Week in Rugby


Player Welfare: British and Irish Lions greats ask for law change on substitutes to prevent death on field. That BBC report has 1,550 comments. 

Premier Rugby Sevens: The Premier Rugby Sevens teased a big announcement yesterday on social...maybe team names or other tour stops? 


Senseless: Wallabies legend Toutai Kefu is in serious condition after warding off a home invasion. 

Weekend Picks: 
🏉 New Zealand 57 - 22 Australia
🎲 Odds: New Zealand -21
Rugby Morning Pick: Australia (+21) and the points

🏉 South Africa 32 - 12 Argentina
🎲 Odds: South Africa -7
Rugby Morning Pick: Argentina (+7) and the points

📆 UPCOMING SCHEDULE

MLR COLLEGIATE DRAFT

  • 📆 Thursday, August 19
 

RUGBYTOWN SEVENS

  • 📆 August 20 - August 22

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

📰 HEADLINES

HSBC WORLD RUGBY SEVENS


New Zealand, Fiji Pulling Out of Edmonton's Rugby Sevens Stop
  • Takeaway: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, and Samoa won't participate in the Vancouver and Edmonton stops when the World Rugby Sevens Series resumes in September. The USA Men's Eagles Sevens will be one of 12 teams competing next month.
    • Update: The USA Women's Eagles Sevens will compete in a special four-team women's event during both stops. 

THE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP


Springboks Kick-Start TRC with Win over Argentina 
  • Takeaway: The Springboks were too much for the Pumas, pulling away for an easy 32-12 win. 
    • Never Too Late: Argentina's Carlos Muzzio made his test debut one week before his 37th birthday. 

All Blacks Lock Up the Bledisloe Cup for a 19th Straight Year
  • Takeaway: The All Blacks scored 57 points, setting the mark for its highest points total against Australia. 
    • 58-Meter Kick: Sam Whitelock explains the thinking behind Damian McKenzie's monster penalty. 

USA NATIONAL RUGBY 7s CHAMPIONSHIP 


Lions Claw to Top at Club 7s
  • Takeaway: The Chicago Lions claimed their first national club championship since 2007. 
Scion Superb at Clubs 7s
  • Takeaway: Scion Rugby outscored their opponents 247-19 over six games. 

🏉 QUICK HITS

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🇺🇸 USA RUGBY


Back in Action: Southland Captain Tony Lamborn Says Basic Individual Mistakes Hurting Stags
  • Quote: "I was really feeling it in the first 30 minutes, and then you get that bit of adrenaline start kicking, and it just becomes kind of second nature. I definitely notice it when they are kicking a lot, and we’ve got to chase a lot, I find myself lagging behind. But what I lose there I think I pick up in other things.”

ICYMI: Former Springbok Assistant Coach Gary Gold Chats to Sport24
  • Quote: "Rugby can also be about politics and I see people jockeying for positions when it comes to coaching. I’m thankful, at the age of 54, I’ve reached a stage in my life where I don’t really have to worry about that stuff anymore. I don’t lie awake worrying about my job and have the confidence of the people I work for and in what we’re doing."

📆 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY


MONDAY, AUGUST 16
  • South Africa vs. Kenya
    • 2021 Women's Internationals
 
FRIDAY, AUGUST 20
  • 2021 RugbyTown Sevens

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21
  • Argentina vs. South Africa 
    • The Rugby Championship
  • 2021 RugbyTown Sevens
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22
  • 2021 RugbyTown Sevens

🎧 THIS WEEK IN RUGBY PODCASTS


THE DRINK-UP
(Part of the Rugby Wrap Up Network)

🎧 Episode: Interview with Chris Mattina
📆 August 14
QUICK QUESTION

Do you think World Rugby should change the laws so that substitutions are only made for injuries? 

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FRIDAY'S ANSWER
 
75% of respondents voted that Argentina would not beat South Africa. They nailed it.
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