Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the American Raptors’ Aspen Ruggerfest schedule, a top-secret USA Rugby camp, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-5:17). After “The Breakdown”, Colton chats with American Raptor Luke Mallette about playing two sports in college, hoe rugby is like lacrosse, and his rehab for his knee injury. (5:19-26:53). After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton talks about elevated playing surfaces in the Stat of the Week presented by Catapult, assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First Bank (26:54-35:04).

Luke Mallette (Photo: American Raptors Rugby)

Luke Mallette started his college career as a lacrosse player at Amherst University. After several successful seasons with the lacrosse team, Mallette joined Amherst’s football team as a wide receiver for two years. After four years at Amherst, Mallette transferred to Northern Illinois to continue his football career. He spent one year as a tight end and one year as defensive end for the Huskies. After graduating, he made the decision to give rugby a shot and join the American Raptors before the Spring 2022 season.

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Colton Strickler is a Colorado guy through and through. He is a Wheat Ridge Farmer and a Colorado State Ram. He has been involved in the Colorado rugby community in some capacity since 2011. He was Major League Rugby's lead writer in 2018 and 2019 before joining DNVR Rugby.