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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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Colton begins the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the American Raptors’ 2-0 start, the latest MLR news, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-9:25). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Buffalo Bills legend Steve Tasker about the one season he played rugby at Northwestern, how that made him better at special teams in the NFL, and if he believes that we will start to see more rugby attacking concepts utilized in football. (9:26-27:45). After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton tackles the Stat of the Week presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First Bank (27:46-30:38). Steve Tasker is…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the start of the American Raptors’ season, their newly announced match in Canada, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-6:35). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton chats with American Raptors forward Tre Smalls about how he’s enjoyed rugby so far, how he’s feeling about the 2022 season, and some Raptors he’s excited to see play this year. (6:35-24:15). After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton looks at a topical Stat of the Week presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First Bank (24:16-30:23). Tre Smalls is entering his third season playing rugby for…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the American Raptors’ schedule, The Collegiate Rugby Shield, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-11:31). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with author Adam Hughes about the work he’s put into his upcoming book entitled ‘This is Rugby’. (11:32-46:29). After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton gives a helpful tip in the Stat of the Week category presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First Bank (46:30-50:22). Adam Hughes is the author of four full-length poetry collections, with a fifth forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2023. In 2020, he received his MFA…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the American Raptors’ presence at the National Scouting Combine, some MLR news, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-9:47). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Rugby World features editor Alan Dymock about his piece on the American Raptors, rugby players making the switch to professional wrestling, and why more rugby players haven’t stuck around in the NFL. (9:48-1:02:39). After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton unveils a brand new Stat of the Week category presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with some programming notes in “The Loop” presented by First Bank (1:02:40-1:08:19). Alan Dymock is…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the latest American Raptor to join the USA 7s program, some crossover news in the MLR, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend (0:00-9:01). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton answers some of your questions regarding the American Raptors spring schedule, which players he’s excited to watch in 2022, and which MLR teams have caught his eye through three rounds. (9:02-19:06). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with some programming notes in “The Loop” (19:07-22:29). Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado XOs, rugby in Colorado, Major League Rugby, or American rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Rugby and @coltonstrickler on Twitter…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about another American Raptor on the move, some USA Rugby news, MLR’s disciplinary wire, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend (0:00-9:41). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors forward Chase Stehling about how rugby has helped him lose over 60 pounds, his offer from Rugby New York, and a few Raptors he’s excited about in 2022. (9:43-36:14). After the interview, Colton gives everyone a break from “Required Reading”, and closes the show by previewing a few projects with “The Loop” (36:15-38:10). Chase Stehling played on the offensive line at Western Carolina University before joining the American Raptors and giving rugby a try. Few…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about some American Raptors to keep an eye on in Round 2 of the 2022 Major League Rugby season and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend (0:00-8:39). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Seattle Seawolves Marketing & Communications Director Carly MacKinnon about her rugby career, how she got involved with the Seawolves, and what it’s been like to be with Seattle from the beginning of MLR (8:41-55:27). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” (55:28-58:40). Carly MacKinnon is the marketing and communications director for the Seattle Seawolves. A long-time member of the Seattle Rugby Club as a…

Colton and Brendan start off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the fact that the American Raptors are back to the grindstone after and conclude the segment with All of the Rugby You Can Watch This Weekend. After “The Breakdown”, Colton and Brendan talk about everything that they will be watching for in the MLR this season, some players that they are excited to see, and some of the changes the league is rolling out ahead of 2022. After the chat, Colton assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop”. Brendan is one of the masterminds behind Rugby PickEm, a blog, and podcast dedicated to talking about and telling stories related to…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about some more American Raptors on the move, the World Rugby Sevens Series, and what is going on with Rugby ATL (0:00-10:50). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with new American Raptors head coach and friend of the program Paul Emerick about his new job, what he’s most excited about, and how he got his nickname ‘Cactus’ (10:52-21:53). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” (21:55-25:01). Paul Emerick takes over the reins as the new head coach of the American Raptors after a four-year stint in Houston as the skills and defense coach with the Houston SaberCats.  During his nine-year international…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about some big changes regarding the American Raptors, some news out of the World Rugby Sevens Series, and Major League Rugby news as the 2022 season approaches (0:00-14:14). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton chats with USA Rugby sevens player and Tokyo 2020 Olympian Stephen Tomasin about his rugby career, the Olympics, and some video game characters that would make good sevens rugby players (14:16-47:19). Following the interview, Colton assigns some of his own work as this week’s “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” to celebrate DNVR Rugby’s second birthday! (47:21-57:10). Stephen Tomasin got his start playing rugby in high school. The former football and baseball player…

Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about some of the latest American Raptors news, COVID canceling some MLR preseason matches, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-10:40). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with former American Raptor and current Dallas Jackals prop Tommy Madaras about his football career, joining the Raptors, and his path to the Jackals (10:42-26:54). Following the interview with Tommy, Colton assigns some “Required Listening” and closes the show with a tease for next week’s episode in “The Loop” (26:56-29:37). Tommy Madaras joined the American Raptors in May 2021 after playing in several different professional football leagues throughout the United States. Having played rugby at Marquette University,…

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