Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by First Bank with some American Raptors news, some current and former Raptors competing in the Premier Rugby Sevens, and All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-8:38). After “The Breakdown”, Colton runs an interview with American Raptors center Aki Pulu after he made the Super Rugby Americas First XV back in Round 2 (8:40-24:22). Following the interview presented by O’Neills, Colton assigns some on-site “Required Viewing” presented by Maria Empanda, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by Physio Pro (24:24-29:34).

GLENDALE, CO – MAY 7: American Raptors vs Yacare XV at Infinity Park on May 7, 2023 in Glendale, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

Shawn Clark is in his third year with the Raptors’ organization and has quickly climbed the rugby ranks since discovering the sport in the fall of 2020. Since making the switch from football to rugby, Clark has earned recognition in both sevens and fifteens, working his way into the United States Men’s National Sevens player pool and competing with the Dallas Jackals in Major League Rugby before returning to the Raptors for the 2023 Super Rugby Americas season. In 2023, he saw action in 11 matches, carried the ball 19 times for two tries, and made 53 tackles.

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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.