Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the American Raptors’ loss to Life University, checking in on the performance of a few of the Raptors traveling the world with the USA Falcons, a trip to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Rugby Club, what in the world is going on in MLR, and finishes with All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-12:01). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors fullback Steve Cluley about playing quarterback at William & Mary, acting in the Netflix original All American, and his unique journey to playing rugby. (12:03-45:26). After the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton talks about some tackling in the Stat of the Week presented by Catapult and assigns some MLR “Required Reading”. He closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First Bank by picking a winner for a free copy of Adam Hughes’ book This is Rugby, a DNVR hat, and a t-shirt 45:28-49:21).

Steve Cluley competes in the 2022 Aspen Ruggerfest with the American Raptors. (Photo: Colton Strickler)

Steve Cluley played quarterback at the College of William & Mary from 2012-2016. He started 35 straight games for the Tribe during the final three years of his college career and finished with 6,864 yards for 39 touchdowns and a completion percentage of 60 percent. He also totaled 264 yards and nine more touchdowns on the ground through his 40-game career. Following his time at William & Mary, Cluley was invited to rookie minicamp with the New York Giants in 2018, played for the Frankfurt Galaxy in Germany, and the San Diego Strike Force of the Indoor Football League before picking up rugby with the American Raptors.

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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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