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Colton starts off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by previewing the final weekend of the Challenge Cup of the Americas tournament, the MLR conference finals, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-8:20). After “The Breakdown”, Colton connects with World Rugby commentator Dallen Stanford about his thoughts on the first weekend…

Colton and Brendan kick off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the inaugural Challenge Cup of the Americas tournament, all of the Major League Rugby drama, the MLR playoffs, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen. After “The Breakdown”, Colton asks Brendan some hard-hitting questions about the MLR playoffs, the Gilgronis and Giltinis punishments, and his pick for the final. After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton provides an update on try scorers in the Stat of the Week presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First Bank. Brendan is one of the masterminds behind Rugby PickEm, a blog, and…

Welcome to the Major League Rugby Grab Bag where I highlight some of the best things I’ve seen from around the league every week. Well, the final week of Major League Rugby’s 2022 regular season was something, wasn’t it? We all were heading into the weekend with the assumption that the 2022 playoff teams were locked up. We were just waiting to see how the teams were going to be seeded in each conference. What was supposed to be a relatively quiet final week of the regular season turned into one of the biggest weekends in the competition’s history, and that’s not good. Major League Rugby dropped a bombshell of an announcement on everyone’s heads while we were eating breakfast…

Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the Challenge Cup of the Americas announcement, the American Raptors’ first-ever victory over the L.A. Rising Stars, the MLR playoff picture, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-11:09). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors commentator Christian Miles about his broadcasting career, how much he’s enjoying calling rugby, and the progress he’s seen the club make over the last year. (11:10-30:39 ). After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton provides an update on try scorers in the Stat of the Week presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First…

Welcome to the Major League Rugby Grab Bag where I highlight some of the best things I’ve seen from around the league every week. The 2022 Major League Playoffs are set! Well, kind of. Round 17 revealed the six teams that will have the opportunity to duke it out for the championship shield, now we just need to determine the routes that teams will have to take to get to it. In the West, we will see two teams from Texas in the Austin Gilgronis and the Houston SaberCats try to beat out last year’s reigning champion LA Giltinis for the chance to represent the conference in the final. On the other side of the bracket, we will see the…

Colton begins the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the American Raptors’ upcoming match against the L.A. Rising Stars, some MLR playoff scenarios, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-7:56). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton and American Raptors wing Fabian Thames talk about Fabian’s transition to rugby, the support he’s received from his hometown, and the thin air in Colorado. (7:58-23:53). After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton talks about some try scorers in the Stat of the Week presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First Bank (23:55-27:21). Fabian Thames played linebacker at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. During…

The idea behind the American Raptors is a simple one. Take high-level athletes that didn’t advance to the professional levels of their respective sports and transform them into the best rugby players they can possibly be. By training bigger, stronger athletes to play the game of rugby, the club’s ultimate goal is to funnel these players into the United States National Team and hopefully make an impact on the world stage. Since the program’s first foray into the world of crossover athletes at a camp that they hosted at Infinity Park in November 2020, you can see traces of the Raptors’ vision spreading throughout the highest levels of rugby in the country as several players have earned Major League Rugby…

Welcome to the Major League Rugby Grab Bag where I highlight some of the best things I’ve seen from around the league every week. Don’t look now, but the Toronto Arrows are making a strong final push for the postseason. Had they not put a stop to the New England Free Jacks 10-match win streak, they’d be making plans three weeks from now. Instead, they pulled off a big upset and have kept their postseason alive. Their biggest match of the year will take place this weekend. They have a huge opportunity to make up some ground and make a serious run at a playoff spot when they take on Rugby ATL, who sit in second place with 47 table…

Colton begins the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the American Raptors’ loss to the Canada West Selects, what the remainder of the season looks like, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen. Following “The Breakdown”, Colton responds to your questions about the marks of a successful Raptors program, his thoughts on the MLR, and if anything is in the works for USA vs. Chile in July. After the mailbag presented by GuardLab, Colton talks about tackles in the Stat of the Week presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First Bank. Please send in any questions you have about the…

Welcome to the Major League Rugby Grab Bag where I highlight some of the best things I’ve seen from around the league every week. It’s about that time. Round 15 is officially in the books and the playoff picture is a little clearer than it was a week earlier. In the West, the Austin Gilgronis have officially punched their ticket to the post season while the Utah Warriors ensured that they will be observing this year’s playoff from home with a loss to the Houston SaberCats. In the East, the New England Free Jacks extended their Major League Rugby record winning streak to 10-straight matches and locked in a playoff spot. I’m almost positive that there will be a few…

Colton begins the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the USA landing the 2031 and 2033 Rugby World Cups, the American Raptors’ 89-point victory, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-14:26). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton and American Raptors prop Jarrett Sitton talk about Jarret’s transition to rugby, moving away from home, and Skyline Chili. (14:28-33:24). After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton talks about a bunch of tries in the Stat of the Week presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First Bank (33:25-38:29). Jarrett Sitton spent the last two years on the defensive line for Ohio Northern University before…

Welcome to the Major League Rugby Grab Bag where I highlight some of the best things I’ve seen from around the league every week. I’ve dedicated a few different sections of the column throughout the course of the season to the players that have earned 50 Major League Rugby caps, and I am going to write one more in this edition of the Grab Bag. Luke White became the thirteenth player in Major League Rugby history to hit the 50 cap mark when he took the pitch for the Los Angeles Giltinis on Sunday afternoon. https://twitter.com/usmlr/status/1523476790269816832?s=20&t=2B72yCwj0876LEPNcGupsg White was the captain of the Colorado Raptors in 2020, the club’s final season in Major League Rugby, but was around rugby in Colorado…

Welcome to the Major League Rugby Grab Bag where I highlight some of the best things I’ve seen from around the league every week. Since Major League Rugby was created the tail end of every season has mattered. The 2022 edition of MLR is shaping up to have another exciting home stretch, and that is great news for the fans. As it stands now, there are three teams vying for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and two teams with their eyes on the third playoff spot in the East. The San Diego Legion currently owns the third and final playoff spot in the West after a big victory over the Dallas Jackals in Round 13. The Seattle…

Colton begins the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the American Raptors’ victory over the Denver Barbarians, a Raptor on the move, an Eagle in space, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-9:00). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton and rugby journalist Joe Harvey cross off their annual check-in by discussing some of the surprises surrounding the 2022 Major League Rugby season, they predict the playoffs and get to the bottom of why Joe is no longer a New York Jets fan. (9:02-59:52). After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton talks about the NFL Draft in the Stat of the Week presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the…

Welcome to the Major League Rugby Grab Bag where I highlight some of the best things I’ve seen from around the league every week. If I’m being honest, I don’t have a ton to say about Round 12 in this week’s Grab Bag. I continue to be impressed by Rugby ATL, the New England Free Jacks, and the Austin Gilgronis, and I enjoyed watching the matches last weekend. As I’ll touch on a little further down the page, I am happy to see Old Glory D.C. pick up a few wins and I’m bummed to see the Dallas Jackals’ inaugural season slipping away from them. I’m excited to watch Rugby ATL and the L.A. Giltinis lock horns in Atlanta in…

Colton starts off this old-school version of the podcast by reading some ads and talking about the episode (0:00 – 3:17). After the short introduction, Colton and Brendan talk about the first American Raptors – Denver Barbarians match since 2016. They review some of the history between the two clubs, talk about a few of the players on each team, and place a friendly wager on the match (3:19-34:47). The show’s regular format will return next week! Brendan is one of the masterminds behind Rugby PickEm, a blog, and podcast dedicated to talking about and telling stories related to all things American rugby and Major League Rugby. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and check out their website. Please send in any questions you…

Welcome to the Major League Rugby Grab Bag where I highlight some of the best things I’ve seen from around the league every week. Round 11 of Major League Rugby consisted of a little bit of everything. There were upsets, there were nailbiters, and there were blowouts. That’s what I’ve enjoyed about this competition since it’s been around. Every week is unpredictable, and that’s been the case since the league was created. Back at the midway point of the season, I wrote about how the fact that nearly every team still had a shot at the playoffs and how that makes the season more interesting for the fans. When there is something to play for, it is easier for a…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the American Raptors’ 24-12 loss to the Giltinis Academy, the upcoming match against Seattle Rugby Club, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-7:16). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton checks in with American Raptors Director of Rugby Mark Bullock about some of the changes around the program in season three, the recruiting trail, and his thoughts on the club’s progress to this point. (7:18-22:12). After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton talks try scorers in the Stat of the Week presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Viewing”, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First Bank (22:14-26:04). Please send in…

Welcome to the Major League Rugby Grab Bag where I highlight some of the best things I’ve seen from around the league every week. A few weeks ago I wrote about how I appreciated the fact that the players that have achieved 50 Major League Rugby caps are receiving the praise that they deserve. I was reminded of that again this past weekend when Nick Boyer of the Houston SaberCats became the sixth player in MLR history to achieve 50 caps. https://twitter.com/usmlr/status/1513192081807790081?s=20&t=yJOf3uYsa9NiUQvRhLEHDQ I got to know Boyer a little bit when he played for the Colorado Raptors in 2020, and I’m glad to see him get recognized for it. He’s bounced around the league quite a bit. He spent his…

Colton begins the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the American Raptors’ upcoming trip to L.A., more MLR coaching news, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-8:16). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors forward Max Dacey about the upcoming road trip, his thoughts on the season so far, and why he believes that rugby is the sport that is most like war. (8:18-24:30). After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton presents a trivia question in the Stat of the Week presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First Bank (24:32-29:33). Max Dacey was a member of the Glendale…

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