Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about some more American Raptors on the move, the World Rugby Sevens Series, and what is going on with Rugby ATL (0:00-10:50). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with new American Raptors head coach and friend of the program Paul Emerick about his new job, what he’s most excited about, and how he got his nickname ‘Cactus’ (10:52-21:53). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” (21:55-25:01).

Paul Emerick running a training session. (Photo: Colton Strickler)

Paul Emerick takes over the reins as the new head coach of the American Raptors after a four-year stint in Houston as the skills and defense coach with the Houston SaberCats.  During his nine-year international career, Emerick also played professional rugby overseas for several teams including Amatori Catania, Overmach Parma, Dragons, Ulster Rugby, and London Wasps. His 54 caps for the United States were the most ever for a back in Eagles history. He competed in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 Rugby World Cups and scored 15 tries over the course of his international career. In addition to his fifteens careers, Emerick also competed on the United States Sevens team from 2002 to 2005, and again from 2009 to 2010.

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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.