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Colton starts off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the latest news surrounding the American Raptors, USA Rugby, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-10:19). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors wing D’Cota Dixon about his journey to Wisconsin, his time in the NFL, and how he found the…

Colton kicks off this solo episode with “The Breakdown” by talking about the news of the Colorado XOs rebranding to the American Raptors, what some of the XO/Raptor players have been up to these last few weeks, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-9:00). After “The Breakdown”, Colton answers some questions that he’s seen floating around the internet about the transition back to the Raptors name (9:02-19:00). After the questions, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (19:01-20:25). Please send in any questions you have about the American Raptors, rugby in Colorado, Major League Rugby, or American rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Rugby and @coltonstrickler on Twitter or leave a comment below. DON’T FORGET…

The Raptors are back. After the Colorado Raptors withdrew from Major League Rugby back in April 2020, the direction of Glendale rugby was unknown. Now the Raptors brand is back after the club announced the decision to transition from the Colorado XOs to the American Raptors. The Raptors brand was put to the side as Glendale marched forward with a new goal in mind. That goal was to create a program full of high-level American athletes from other sports and teach them how to play rugby. This team of crossover athletes was introduced as the Colorado XOs back in January 2021, and they played a 10-match season against a combination of Major League Rugby academy teams and club teams that…

Major League Rugby returned to action for the first time in 373 days on Saturday, and it looked a lot different than the last time we all saw it. A lot has happened in the last year. The Colorado Raptors’ decision to withdraw from the competition last April was an indication that the already wild offseason was only going to get wilder. MLR expected two more teams – the Dallas Jackals and the Los Angeles Giltinis – to join for the 2021 season, and held their first-ever collegiate draft. The changes kept coming early into 2021 when the Jackals made the decision to sit this season out and push their inaugural season to 2022. This meant having to redistribute all…

Colton jumps into the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about some former Raptors (and now former Dallas Jackals) on the move, a weekly update on the Colorado XOs, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-12:14). After ‘The Breakdown’, Colton chats with Colorado XO fullback Daytwon Sheridan about transitioning to rugby after college football, why he doesn’t tie his shoes, and how his skills have progressed over the last few months (12:15-33:11). After chatting with Daytwon, Colton gives you another break from ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop’ (33:12-34:53). Daytwon Sheridan played football at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas before switching to rugby. He got his taste of the sport at “The Next Olympic…

Colton jumps into the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about the sad news out of New Orleans that Gold player Shawn Riley passed away. Colton then touches on some updates regarding the Seattle Seawolves front office, the latest news regarding the San Diego Legion, the Colorado XOs officially being announced, a former Raptor getting ready for his second professional MMA fight, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-18:08). Following ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks to Colorado XO scrum-half Malik Bryant about discovering rugby, his experience in Colorado so far, and who has caught his eye up to this point (18:09-38:37). After catching up with Malik, Colton assigns some XO-related ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The…

After the RugbyTown Crossover Academy put on a successful November camp, Glendale announced the next step for the program on Friday afternoon. The Colorado XOs will take the pitch in 2021 in what will serve as a unique experiment for American rugby. The XOs are a team composed primarily of professional football and basketball players that are interested in learning the game of rugby. The ultimate goal, according to the release is to inject elite athletes into the United States player pool. “The idea behind it all is to inject the national player pool with elite athletes and untapped talent and ultimately help the United States win the Rugby World Cup,” the release states. The team assembled at the beginning…

Colton kicks off the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about some huge news regarding the Seattle Seawolves and Dallas Jackals, the latest Raptors on the move, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-11:40). After ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks to former international sevens player, current coach, owner and operator of MacDowell Rugby, and host of Rugby Hive Robin MacDowell about his perseverance, his coaching career, and the things that he is most proud of (11:41-1:33:37). After the conversation, Colton assigns some interesting ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop’ (1:33::38-1:38:10). Robin MacDowell is an athlete-centred coach who has been coaching sports at all levels for over 27 years. As a former international player for Rugby…

The Dallas Jackals announced in a release on Tuesday that they would not compete in the 2021 Major League Rugby season with the intention to resume play in 2022. According to the release, the decision was made in coordination with Major League Rugby and, “is based on a number of factors that will provide the Dallas Jackals, an expansion team, the best opportunity to succeed in its inaugural season and into the future.” The Jackals – along with the Los Angeles Giltinis – were one of the two expansion teams set to join the competition in 2021. The news comes just 60 days before the Jackals were to begin their inaugural season against the Giltinis. “This has been a challenging…

Colton Strickler starts the show with a great Happy Birthday song to celebrate the one year anniversary of the podcast! After that, he jumps into a short version of ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about a former Raptor competing in Super Rugby and all of the rugby you can(t) watch this weekend (0:00-10:32). After ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks to American rugby legend Mose Timoteo about his international rugby career, coaching, and how he locked down one side of the football field when he played cornerback in high school (10:32-1:01:16). After the conversation, Colton actually assigns some ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop’ and the best Happy Birthday song of all-time (again) (shoutout to 1happybirthday.com (1:01:18-1:06:36). Mose Timoteo is…

Colton Strickler kicks off 2021 with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about ownership changes at Rugby United New York and the Sharks, and Facebook comments before talking about all of the rugby that you can watch this weekend (0:00-14:26). After ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks to former Monmouth University tight end Shawn Clark about his boarding schools, his stint with the Indianapolis Colts, and how he made the decision to give rugby a try (14:28-34:42). After the conversation, Colton forgets to assign ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop.’ View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shawn Clark (@shawn86clark) Shawn Clark played tight end for Monmouth University from 2015-2o19. He finished his career with 27 receptions…

If you think this is another show filled with interviews that happened throughout the year, you are correct. While the regular show will return next week, Colton kicks off the final show of 2020 by talking about all of the rugby you can watch this weekend and wishes you a Happy New Year (0:27-6:10). After that, he plays interviews with RugbyTown Crossover Academy Manager Peter Pasque (6:13-31:37), former Purdue defensive end Gelen Robinson (31:40-48:27), TCU football utility man Casey McDermott-Vai (48:29-50:58), former North Carolina A&T State edge rusher Tré Smalls (51:00-1:10:55), former Notre Dame rugby player Dan Stone (1:10:59-1:28:38), and former semi-pro free safety Cameron Marshall (1:28:40-1:46:56). Please send in any questions you have about the RugbyTown Crossover Academy, rugby…

Colton starts the show by talking about all of the rugby you can watch this weekend and by talking about his first year as a podcast host (0:00:27-0:04:55). After that, Colton plays some of his favorite interviews from 2020. These interviews include former Raptor and UNC Bears football tackling machine Cristian Sarmento (0:04:56-0:37:54), USA Rugby CEO Ross Young (0:37:55-1:00:16), former Houston Texans fullback/PRO rugby player/former Raptor/current professional MMA fighter Zac Pauga (1:00:17-1:24:28), and Glendale Director of Rugby Mark Bullock (1:24:30-1:48:22). Please send in any questions you have about the RugbyTown Crossover Academy, rugby in Colorado, Major League Rugby, or American rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Rugby and @coltonstrickler on Twitter or leave a comment below. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POD! iTunes link – Stitcher Link – Spotify…

Colton Strickler jumps into this week’s episode with ‘The Breakdown’ by sharing the news regarding Monday’s Rugby World Cup 2023 draw and finishes by talking about all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-6:37). After ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks to Cameron Marshall about his experience at the RugbyTown Crossover Academy’s November camp, his transition to rugby, and what’s next for him (6:38-24:55). After the conversation, Colton finally assigns some ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with a request to the listeners in ‘The Loop.’ Cameron Marshall attended Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas, before transferring to North Carolina State. He played semi-pro football for the Pontiac Generals in Michigan before receiving a call from RugbyTown Crossover Academy manager…

In a quiet week around the rugby world, Colton Strickler kicks off this week’s show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about Major League Rugby’s schedule release, some of the key points in the MLR’s latest Zoom press conference, the latest Raptor to head to the beach, and what Mark Cuban did for USA Rugby. Following ‘The Breakdown’, Colton chats with Dan Stone about his unique perspective as one of the only rugby players that attended the RugbyTown Crossover Academy. After chatting with Dan, Colton skips over ‘Required Reading’ for the third week in a row and closes the show with a request to the listeners in ‘The Loop.’ Dan Stone played college rugby at the University of Notre Dame before…

Colton Strickler kicks off this week’s show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about the latest former Raptors to sign with another MLR team, the Utah Warriors new rugby school, and tells you about all of the rugby you can watch this weekend. After ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks to former North Carolina A&T State edge rusher Tré Smalls about his football career and how he’s liking the transition to rugby. After the interviews, Colton once again skips over ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop.’ Tré Smalls was played outside linebacker and defensive end for the North Carolina A&T State Aggies football team. He made an immediate impact for the Aggies by playing as a true freshman. Smalls was…

Colton Strickler talks about what happened during the first day of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy and details all of the COVID protocols that were put in place to make sure the camp operates safely. After that, Colton chats with former LSU defensive back Ed Paris and former Adams State running back Addie Brown about their football careers and transitioning to rugby. After that, Colton previews Day 2 of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy’s first camp. Ed Paris played everywhere in LSU’s secondary during his five years as a Tiger. He injured his knee during his true senior year and was granted a medical redshirt year to finish out his career at LSU. Paris finished his college career with 29 tackles, five…

Glendale’s rugby department has been hard at work during the pandemic. With the Colorado Raptors withdrawing from Major League Rugby back on April 9 and no season to prepare for, things have looked a little different around Infinity Park. The seven people that makeup Glendale’s rugby department have been chasing an idea that everyone familiar with rugby has thought about before. ‘How good could the United States be at rugby if the top-tier, blue-chip athletes played rugby?’ “The idea has been in our heart and our minds for a long time,” RugbyTown Crossover Manager Peter Pasque said. “My dad and I used to talk about, ‘What if they took the Alabama Crimson Tide, with all of their resources and all…

Colton Strickler jumps into the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about the RugbyTown Crossover Academy, Women’s Rugby Week, the United States Women’s National Team XVs Stars vs. Stripes matches, the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and tells you about all of the rugby you can watch this weekend. After ‘The Breakdown’, Colton talks to USWNT XV prop Nick James and strength and conditioning coach Sylvia Braaten about wrapping up their camp and preparing for the 2021 Rugby World Cup. After the interview, Colton assigns some ‘Required Reading’ and closes the show with ‘The Loop.’ Nick James is a prop for the United States Women’s National XV teams. She began playing rugby college at Texas A&M after competing in…

Colton Strickler starts the show with ‘The Breakdown’ by talking about all of the rugby that you can watch on television this weekend. After that, Colton talks with Mandel Dixon (6:23) and Gelen Robinson (18:10) about playing professional football and what the process has been like as they prepare for the transition to rugby through the RugbyTown Crossover Academy. After the interviews, Colton closes the show with some ‘Required Reading‘ and ‘The Loop.’ View this post on Instagram Blessed and Highly Favored #DoItForDallas @thespringleague ? @alexgoldstick A post shared by Mandel Dixon (@mdxciii) on Jul 17, 2020 at 2:13pm PDT Mandel Dixon played football at Pittsburgh State University in Pittsburg, Kansas before transferring to Tulsa to finish out…

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