Colton starts off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the latest news around USA Rugby, what the American Raptors are up to this weekend, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-9:21). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors scrum-half Nolan Saraceni about his stellar football career at Montana Tech, how he discovered rugby, and how he’s enjoying the game so far (9:23-35:29). Following the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (35:31-39:27).
Nolan Saraceni comes to the Raptors from a football background. Saraceni had a stellar career as a running back at Montana Tech. Saraceni finished his career with the Orediggers ranked fourth all-time in rushing yards with 3,487 and touchdowns with 42. The 2015 and 2016 first-team American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA All-American holds the school record for the longest touchdown run – 99 yards – and finished his career with 6.8 yards per carry. He was voted the Frontier Conference Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 and was inducted into the Digger Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. Saraceni played a season with the Sioux Falls Storm in the Indoor Football League before joining the Raptors and giving rugby a try.
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