Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about some big changes regarding the American Raptors, some news out of the World Rugby Sevens Series, and Major League Rugby news as the 2022 season approaches (0:00-14:14). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton chats with USA Rugby sevens player and Tokyo 2020 Olympian Stephen Tomasin about his rugby career, the Olympics, and some video game characters that would make good sevens rugby players (14:16-47:19). Following the interview, Colton assigns some of his own work as this week’s “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” to celebrate DNVR Rugby’s second birthday! (47:21-57:10).

Stephen Tomasin. (Photo: USA Rugby)

Stephen Tomasin got his start playing rugby in high school. The former football and baseball player skipped his spring baseball season to give rugby a try and never looked back. He played rugby at San Diego State and was scooped up by the Collegiate All-Americans before making his national team debut in 2013. After narrowly missing out on a roster spot in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro while aiming to come back from an ACL injury, Tomasin achieved his Olympic goal by competing in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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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.