Colton starts off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the latest news surrounding the American Raptors, USA Rugby, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-10:19). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors wing D’Cota Dixon about his journey to Wisconsin, his time in the NFL, and how he found the game of rugby (10:20-42:34). After the interview with D’Cota, Colton talks with former Raptor Sam Slade about how he enjoyed his time in Colorado, playing for Manu Samoa, and what’s next for him (43:51-57:47). Following the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (57:48-59:55).

D’Cota Dixon played 51 games for the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 2014-2018. He finished his career with 177 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, five interceptions, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries over the course of his career. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and spent a year and a half on the team until he was released in October 2020. He signed with the American Raptors ahead of the 2021 fall campaign.

D’Cota Dixon (Photo: American Raptors)

Sam Slade played No. 8 for the Colorado Raptors for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. Since leaving the Raptors, Slade made his international rugby debut for Manu Samoa in July and has been a staple for Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union in New Zealand’s National Provincial Championship.

Sam Slade carries the ball in a match against the Toronto Arrows. (Photo: Justin Purdy)

Please send in any questions you have about the American Raptors, rugby in Colorado, Major League Rugby, or American rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Rugby and @coltonstrickler on Twitter or leave a comment below.

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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.