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).

GLENDALE, CO – OCTOBER 23: American Raptors vs Utah Rugby Selects at Infinity Park on October 23, 2021 in Glendale, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

Chase Stehling played on the offensive line at Western Carolina University before joining the American Raptors and giving rugby a try. Few people have seen the program progress from a better perspective than Stehling as he is one of the few players that has been a part of the program since its inception in November 2020. Despite only playing rugby for over a year, Stehling explored an offer from Rugby New York in Major League Rugby before returning to the American Raptors for the 2022 season.

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Colton Strickler
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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.

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