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).

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

Tre Smalls is entering his third season playing rugby for the American Raptors. After he finished playing football at North Carolina A&T State, Smalls attended the first RugbyTown Crossover Academy in November 2020. He signed on to play with the Colorado XOs in the spring of 2021 and toured Uruguay with the Raptors in November.

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Colton Strickler

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.