Colton starts off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about his battle with COVID, MLR preseason, what to expect from the Raptors in 2022, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-9:04). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with former American Raptor and current Austin Gilgronis No. 8 Casey McDermott-Vai about his 2021 fall season with the Raptors, signing with Austin, and the tour to Uruguay (9:06-21:06). Following the interview with Casey, Colton assigns an Instagram post as this week’s “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (21:07-26:06).

Casey McDermott-Vai carries the ball in a match against the Austin Outlaws at Infinity Park. (Photo: Justin Purdy)

Casey McDermott-Vai played two seasons with the American Raptors before making the jump to Major League Rugby and signing with the Austin Gilgronis. Originally from New Zealand, McDermott-Vai moved to the United States during his youth and picked up football. His versatility as a utility player for the TCU football team earned him a rookie mini-camp invite with the Seattle Seahawks. He made his return to rugby in November 2020 with the Colorado XOs – now American Raptors – and has turned that into an MLR contract with the Gilgronis.

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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.