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Colton Strickler jumps into the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by giving his thoughts on the RugbyTown Crossover Academy’s first camp after its conclusion, talks about some former Raptors on the move, and tells you about all of the rugby you can watch this weekend. After ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks to Darryl Tolson, former TCU Football utility player Casey McDermott Vai,…

It felt like a November Saturday morning in Colorado for the sixth and final day of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy’s inaugural camp. The chilly, blue-bird morning was the perfect way to top off a camp that was a resounding success. While several players had travel arrangements that prevented them from participating in the final day of the camp, the energy from the 21 remaining players didn’t suffer and they capped on their week with a lighter, more fun practice to finish off the week. With the rapidly-changing COVID restrictions preventing the camp from finishing with a scrimmage, the players remained in their three small groups and played a handful of fun conditioning games instead. The games focused on the lessons…

Friday was the fourth day of on-field work for the 28 players that attended the RugbyTown Crossover Academy’s first camp and it was the best day yet. While Friday only featured on practice, it was the sharpest, crispest practice of the six that the camp had consisted of thus far. Friday’s practice featured everything the academy had been working on all week. It was rugby. The players were using space to their advantage. There were switches, under and overs lines, and there was pace. In what would take some club teams weeks to learn, the RugbyTown Crossover Academy picked it up in just four days of work. After lighter sessions on Thursday, the contact returned on Friday and it was…

Colton Strickler talks about what happened during the fourth and fifth day of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy. After that, Colton talks with former Florida International University wing Malik Bryant and former Navarro College football player Daytwon Sheridan about their paths to rugby, the camp, and how much they’ve learned this week. To close the show, Colton previews Day 6 of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy’s first camp. Malik Bryant picked up rugby after injuring his knee during his senior year of high school in Miami, Florida. With his football offers off the table, Bryant picked up rugby at Valencia College in Orlando before transferring to FIU to continue his rugby career. Bryant learned about the RugbyTown Crossover Academy through a mutual…

After a couple of contact-heavy sessions on Wednesday, Thursday morning’s first field session focused more on drawing and passing as the RugbyTown Crossover Academy kicked off what would be a little lighter workload for the fourth day of the camp. The central ideas and teaching points of the camp were on full display on Thursday morning as the three groups ran through several different draw-and-pass drills that included contact from players holding bags. In addition to teaching the players how to manipulate defenders using the ball, head coach Pete Borlase worked hard to drive home the point of communication as well. Lasting just over an hour, the morning session was much shorter than it had been during the first two…

Colton Strickler talks about what happened during the third day of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy and talks about the progression he’s seen through three training sessions. After that, Colton talks with former Rider University wrestler Ryan Cloud about transitioning to rugby and his thoughts on the camp thus far. To close the show, Colton previews Day 4 of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy’s first camp. Ryan Cloud wrestled at Rider University from 2016 to 2020. During his time as a member of the Broncos wrestling team, he put up a 53-36 record. The 6’6” wrestler placed fourth at the MAC Championships and earned Academic All-MAC and NWCA Scholar All-American honors during the 2019-2020 season. Please send in any questions you have…

Wednesday marked the first full day of work for the RugbyTown Crossover Academy. With three training sessions under their belt, the progress has not only been noticeable, it has been impressively rapid. With medical check-ins out of the way, the team of rugby converts took the pitch at 9 A.M. and started out with passing drills as a warmup. From there, they split into their three pods and expanded on some of the concepts they worked on yesterday. They continued working on drills that teach space manipulation, moving without the ball, and several other basic concepts that are necessities in rugby. After that, they shifted their focus to team defense. In groups of four inside their pods, they worked as…

Colton Strickler talks about what happened during the second day of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy and gives his thoughts on what he saw during the first field sessions. After that, Colton talks with former Western Carolina offensive lineman Chase Stehling about his feelings on things after the first training. Colton also checks in with Mandel Dixon about his thoughts on the first day. After that, Colton previews Day 3 of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy’s first camp. Chase Stehling played all over the offensive line at Western Carolina during his time with the Catamounts. He played in all 34 football games during his last three years with the program and helped block for three-consecutive 1,000 yard rushers before linking up with…

Tuesday’s version of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy’s first camp looked a lot like Monday’s until around lunchtime. After the last few players trickled into Infinity Park, the team grabbed their box lunch and sat together for the first time ever while Glendale Director of Rugby Mark Bullock spoke. With masked pulled over their faces, everyone’s eyes were on Bullock as he laid out the plans for this week’s camp and beyond. From there, the players and coaches introduced themselves in a group setting before going over some of the basics of rugby. This crash course to the sport focused on three key points that the French have used in their approach to the game: Get It, Keep It, Use It.…

Months of hard work allowed an idea to come to fruition at Infinity Park on Monday morning when 36 rugby converts began to check-in for the first-ever camp put on by RugbyTown Crossover Academy. While Monday may be the quietest day of the camp, it is certainly the most important one. That’s because this day consisted of several different COVID protocols to ensure that everyone involved in the camp stays safe and healthy. Everyone around Infinity Park this week has to have produced a negative COVID result in the days leading up to the camp. For players, they had to have been tested before traveling to the camp and again when they arrived for check-in. From there, the players received…

Colton Strickler talks about what happened during the first day of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy and details all of the COVID protocols that were put in place to make sure the camp operates safely. After that, Colton chats with former LSU defensive back Ed Paris and former Adams State running back Addie Brown about their football careers and transitioning to rugby. After that, Colton previews Day 2 of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy’s first camp. Ed Paris played everywhere in LSU’s secondary during his five years as a Tiger. He injured his knee during his true senior year and was granted a medical redshirt year to finish out his career at LSU. Paris finished his college career with 29 tackles, five…

Glendale’s rugby department has been hard at work during the pandemic. With the Colorado Raptors withdrawing from Major League Rugby back on April 9 and no season to prepare for, things have looked a little different around Infinity Park. The seven people that makeup Glendale’s rugby department have been chasing an idea that everyone familiar with rugby has thought about before. ‘How good could the United States be at rugby if the top-tier, blue-chip athletes played rugby?’ “The idea has been in our heart and our minds for a long time,” RugbyTown Crossover Manager Peter Pasque said. “My dad and I used to talk about, ‘What if they took the Alabama Crimson Tide, with all of their resources and all…

Colton Strickler jumps into the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about the RugbyTown Crossover Academy, Women’s Rugby Week, the United States Women’s National Team XVs Stars vs. Stripes matches, the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and tells you about all of the rugby you can watch this weekend. After ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks to USWNT XV prop Nick James and strength and conditioning coach Sylvia Braaten about wrapping up their camp and preparing for the 2021 Rugby World Cup. After the interview, Colton assigns some ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop.’ Nick James is a prop for the United States Women’s National XV teams. She began playing rugby college at Texas A&M after competing in…

Colton Strickler starts the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about all of the rugby that you can watch on television this weekend. After that, Colton talks with Mandel Dixon (6:23) and Gelen Robinson (18:10) about playing professional football and what the process has been like as they prepare for the transition to rugby through the RugbyTown Crossover Academy. After the interviews, Colton closes the show with some ‘Required Reading‘ and ‘The Loop.’ View this post on Instagram Blessed and Highly Favored #DoItForDallas @thespringleague ? @alexgoldstick A post shared by Mandel Dixon (@mdxciii) on Jul 17, 2020 at 2:13pm PDT Mandel Dixon played football at Pittsburgh State University in Pittsburg, Kansas before transferring to Tulsa to finish out…

Colton Strickler jumps into the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about former Raptor Robbie Petzer signing with the Dallas Jackals for 2021 before telling you about all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (it’s a lot). After ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks RugbyTown Crossover Academy manager Peter Pasque about his role in building the program, how they’ve gone about finding players, and the ultimate goal for the program. After the interview, Colton assigns some ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop.’ Peter Pasque is Glendale’s rugby manager and the manager of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy. He helped managed the Raptors during their time in Major League Rugby and has spearheaded their recruiting efforts over the last few…

It has been a quiet seven months for organized rugby in the United States. After Major League Rugby made the decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020 season after playing just five matches, there has been almost no organized rugby since the March shutdown with the exception of a few intrasquad scrimmages from Pathway 404 – Rugby ATL’s developmental academy. Pathway 404 helped NOLA Gold Rugby get back into the swing of things with a scrimmage at Gretna Park in Louisiana on Thursday night. NOLA will continue their weekend of rugby against Life University on Saturday morning before a rematch with Pathway 404 on Saturday afternoon. While several MLR players will knock the rust off in those two matches…

Colton Strickler kicks off the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about the most recent Major League Rugby news and takes you through all of this weekend’s fixtures besides Round 3 of the Bledisloe Cup because he forgot about it until he was writing this description. After ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks with USA Eagle Hope Rogers about her path to rugby, her rugby resume, and what training has been like as the USWNT prepares for the 2021 Rugby World Cup. Following the conversation, Colton (sort of) gives everyone the week off of some ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with some important information in ‘The Loop.’ Hope Rogers is a prop for the United States Women’s National Xvs and 7s teams.…

Colton Strickler begins the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by providing an update on the latest COVID-19 drama in the Premiership before touching on the Bledisloe Cup. After the ‘The Breakdown’, Colton chats with Infinity Park public address announcer and Altitude Sports Radio host Nate Kreckman about his unique experience with rugby, some of his favorite players, and matches that he’s seen during his tenure, and what happened to The Podcastanza! Following the conversation, Colton fives everyone the week off of some ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop.’ Nate Kreckman has been the public address announcer at Infinity Park for nearly a decade. During his time as the public address announcer, he has seen some of the best rugby…

Colton Strickler kicks off the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about a slow news week for Major League Rugby, compares what happened with the Sale Sharks in the Premiership to what might happen with to the Tennessee Titans and the NFL. Colton then finishes ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about this weekend’s Premiership, Pro14, and Bledisloe Cup fixtures. Following the ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks with USA Rugby Hall of Famer David Hodges about the legendary rugby career that he put together and gets his opinion on the RugbyTown Crossover Academy. After the conversation, Colton assigns some ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop.’ David Hodges is one of the greatest American rugby players to play the game. His resume…

Colton Strickler starts the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about this week’s biggest news from Major League Rugby and this weekend’s Premiership fixtures. Following the ‘The Breakdown’, Colton has a conversation with Houston SaberCats skills and defense coach Paul Emerick about his rugby career and what he thinks about the RugbyTown Crossover Academy. After the conversation with Paul, Colton assigns some ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop.’ Paul Emerick earned 54 caps as a member of the United States Eagles from 2003 to 2012 and currently serves as the skills and defense coach for the Houston SaberCats. During his nine-year international career, Emerick also played professional rugby overseas for several teams including Amatori Catania, Overmach Parma, Dragons, Ulster…

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