Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about USA Rugby’s loss to Uruguay, the measuring stick that the American Raptors’ next two matches will provide, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-7:38). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Ethan Pougnet of the Rebel Rugby Academy about his vision for the academy, his experience coaching The Team at the inaugural Premier Rugby Sevens event, and what the future of sevens rugby in the United States looks like (7:40-33:04). Following the interview with Ethan, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (33:06-34:38).

Ethan Pougnet has aggressively moved through the coaching ranks in the United States rugby scene over the last decade. From establishing select sides to helping with the high school and collegiate All-Americans, Pougnet is now focused on building his rugby academy into a solid pathway to help American rugby grow into its potential. Most recently, Pougnet served as an assistant coach on The Team in the inaugural Premier Rugby Sevens Championship in Memphis, Tennesse.

Ethan Pougnet (right) poses with Danny Barrett (center) and Tui Osborne (left) ahead of the inaugural Premier Rugby Sevens Championship in Memphis. (Photo: Ethan Pougnet)

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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.