Colton jumps into the show with “The Breakdown” by recapping the Colorado XOs’ 36-35 loss to the Hartford Harpooners last Saturday before previewing all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-11:13). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Colorado XO scrum-half and captain Michael Bandy about his rugby experience, how the opportunity to compete in The Spring League came about, and how difficult of a decision it was to leave the team with three weeks left to play (11:14-31:24). After the interview, Colton assigns an entire book for “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (32:30-34:18).

GLENDALE, CO – APRIL 10: Michael Bandy passes the ball in a Colorado XOs practice at Infinity Park on April 10, 2021, in Glendale, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

Michael Bandy comes to rugby from the University of San Diego. Bandy was a two-time All American wide receiver for the Toreros, catching 192 passes for 3,294 yards and 28 touchdowns over his four-year career. He was named captain of the Colorado XOs prior to the start of the spring and scored two tries – including the first try ever scored by the Colorado XOs – in the seven matches that he played before departing for The Spring League. Bandy is currently playing wide receiver for the Conquerors in The Spring League.

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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.