Colton starts the show off with “The Breakdown” by updating everyone on the XOs schedule for the weekend and talking about the San Diego Legion’s move back to Southern California before wrapping up with all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-12:13). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Colorado XO hooker and vice-captain Gelen Robinson about falling in love with rugby, what about it he likes, and how dedicated he is to improve his game (12:15-34:11). After the interview, Colton some of his own writing for this week’s “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (34:13-35:52).

Gelen Robinson goes through a workout at Red Rocks. (Photo: Colton Strickler)

Gelen Robinson plays hooker and serves as the vice-captain of the Colorado XOs. He comes to rugby by way of football, playing defensive end at Purdue University from 2014-2017. During his four years at Purdue, Robinson totaled 164 total tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, one pick-six, three batted ball, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in 46 career games. In addition to playing football, Robinson wrestled for a year in college after winning back-to-back state titles in his junior and senior years of high school. After tryouts with several different NFL teams, Robinson played for the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football and the Dallas Renegades of the XFL. His father, Glenn Robinson, played in the NBA from 1994-2005 and his older brother, Glenn Robinson III, last played for the Sacramento Kings.

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Colton Strickler
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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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