Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the American Raptors home finale against St. Mary’s this weekend, USA Rugby’s last chance to qualify for the RWC, MLR adding Chicago, and finishes with All of the Rugby You Can Watch this weekend presented by Wintergreen (0:00-10:51). After “The Breakdown”, Colton chats with Pro Football Focus Lead Analyst Sam Monson about the potential of implementing rugby attacking concepts into the game of football, what is preventing it from taking over, and the Philadelphia Eagles deploying the rolling maul in short-yardage situations (10:52-27:27). Following the interview presented by GuardLab, Colton talks about expensive tickets in the Stat of the Week presented by Catapult, assigns some more MLR-related “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” presented by First Bank (27:28-33:27).

Sam Monson is the Lead Analyst for Pro Football Focus. Coming from a rugby background, Monson has explored the possibility of adding rugby attacking concepts like laterals and mauls into the game of football for years. Follow Sam on Twitter @PFF_Sam.

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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.