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The RugbyTown Crossover Academy was born on November 19, 2020, with a four-day camp that consisted of 30 players. Of those 30 players, around 25 had never touched a rugby ball before. On November 19, 2021, the American Raptors – the team that the RugbyTown Crossover Academy transformed into – fell 32-29 in their second of two matches against Uruguay…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by recapping the 2021 RugbyTown Sevens, talking about the latest Premier Rugby Sevens news, and the Major League Rugby draft (0:00-12:03). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton chats with USA Rugby sevens player and Tokyo 2020 Olympian Cody Melphy about his rugby career, the Olympics, and capitalizing on opportunities (12:05-44:09). Following the interview, Colton assigns some Colorado XO-related “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” (44:10-46:36). Cody Melphy is from Littleton, Colorado, and grew up playing soccer before making the switch to rugby in high school. After playing soccer for one year at Metropolitan State University, Melphy left school and began playing rugby with the Glendale Raptors and the Littleton…

Colton kicks off this special solo episode of the show with “The Breakdown” by talking about the Colorado XOs reporting for the fall season, the Major League Rugby Championship, the Olympics, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-12:55). After “The Breakdown”, Colton answers your questions about the men’s Eagles Olympic results, RugbyTown 7s, and why fifteens rugby isn’t also represented in the Olympics (12:57-26:09). After the mailbag, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and talks about DNVR’s huge party in “The Loop” (26:10-28:48). Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado XOs, 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…

Colton begins the show with “The Breakdown” by talking about the latest Colorado XO news, what’s going on with Premier Rugby 7s, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-9:10). After “The Breakdown”, Colton catches up with the voice of Major League Rugby Dan Power. The two talk about the Major League Rugby Championship Series, whether Dan would be a scratch golfer or go to space, and how close he was to becoming an NFL punter (9:15-41:11). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and talks about what’s coming up in “The Loop” (41:13-44:57). Dan Power is the lead commentator for Major League Rugby and handles all play-by-play duties for nationally broadcast matches on ESPN, Fox…

Colton Strickler, Justin Michael of DNVR Rams, and DNVR Draft Analyst Andre Simone draft their dream rugby sevens team using current and former Denver Broncos. The guys discuss the pros and cons of their picks throughout the draft, talk about what position groups would be good for rugby sevens, and defend why some all-time great Broncos didn’t get picked in the honorable mention portion of the show. Who do you think won the draft? Let us know on Twitter @DNVR_Rugby and @DNVR_Broncos or drop a comment below! Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado XOs, 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…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” by talking about the Major League Rugby Championship Series, some playoff scenarios, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-9:33). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Colorado XO Director of Recruiting Peter Pasque about the club’s first season, sending guys to the MLR, and what to expect moving forward (9:35-41:12). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and talks about what’s coming up in “The Loop” (41:14-45:25). Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado XOs, 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 Link

Colton Strickler, Justin Michael of DNVR Rams, and Drew Creasman of DNVR Rockies draft their dream rugby sevens team using current and former Colorado Rockies. The fellas break down their picks throughout the draft, talk about the qualities of baseball that would transfer over to rugby, and listen to Colton defend his wild final pick. Who do you think won the draft? Let us know on Twitter @DNVR_Rugby and @DNVR_Rockies or drop a comment below! Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado XOs, 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 Link

Rugby United New York announced late Friday evening that the club had signed Colorado XO hooker Kaleb Geiger to a contract for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. While some health issues kept Geiger sidelined for the majority of the XOs’ inaugural season, they didn’t prevent him from becoming the sixth member of the Colorado XOs to make the move over to the MLR. He joins XO teammate Max Dacey in New York and follows in the footsteps of Ma’ake Muti, Gelen Robinson, Shawn Clark, and David Still in the competition. Like many of his teammates, Geiger had no prior rugby experience when he signed with the XOs back in January. He wrestled, played football, and baseball…

Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” by talking about some Colorado XOs making the leap to Major League Rugby, the USA Eagles upcoming match against Ireland, a women’s Stars vs. Stripes scrimmage at Infinity Park, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-15:02). After “The Breakdown”, Colton catches up with Colorado XO and new Rugby United New York lock Max Dacey about his move to New York, his XO turned RUNY teammate Kaleb Geiger, and RUNY’s playoff push (15:04-32:55). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and talks about what’s coming up in “The Loop” (32:57-36:39). Max Dacey was one of the most experienced rugby players on the Colorado XOs during the club’s inaugural…

Another member of the Colorado XOs is making the jump to the pros. XO scrum-half and captain Michael Bandy won’t be playing in Major League Rugby like his teammates Ma’ake Muti, Gelen Robinson, Shawn Clark, or David Still. He will instead be heading to the NFL after signing with the Los Angeles Chargers. https://twitter.com/Chargers/status/1405933370270310401?s=20 Bandy came to rugby after a stellar career as a wide receiver at the University of San Diego. He 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. With no football opportunities on the table, Bandy signed with the XOs and gave rugby a shot. He picked up the game in a hurry…

If the Colorado XO program is being judged on the number of athletes they put into Major League Rugby, then it’s fair to say the program is a successful one as fullback David Still becomes the fourth member of the team to sign an MLR contract in the program’s first year. Still will wear the No. 23 jersey in the Gilgronis match against the Toronto Arrows on Saturday evening. Still joins XO players Ma’ake Muti, Gelen Robinson, and Shawn Clark as the fourth player to make the leap to the top professional competition in the United States since the program officially launched in January. Muti, Robinson, and Clark all signed contracts with the Los Angeles Giltinis. Like Robinson and Clark,…

Two more Colorado XOs are headed for Major League Rugby. The Los Angeles Giltinis announced on Thursday afternoon that the team has signed XO hooker Gelen Robinson and lock Shawn Clark to MLR contracts. Clark and Robinson are the third members of the Colorado XOs to make the leap to the Giltinis after LA signed prop Ma’ake Muti back in April. Unlike Muti, Clark and Robinson had no rugby experience before linking up with the XOs in January. “We at the Colorado XOs and the City of Glendale are extremely proud of both Shawn and Gelen,” Colorado XO director of recruitment Peter Pasque said in the Giltinis’ release. “They’ve done everything we’ve asked of them and more. We also would…

Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” by breaking down the Colorado XOs’ 2021 season before getting into some USA Rugby news, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-15:23). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton connects with Colorado XO director of rugby Mark Bullock about his thoughts on the Colorado XOs first season, what he learned, and which players could potentially be moving up to the MLR this summer (15:25-38:43). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and talks about taking a short break from the podcast in “The Loop” (38:45-43:41). Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado XOs, rugby in Colorado, Major League Rugby, or American rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Rugby and @coltonstrickler on Twitter…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” by recapping the Colorado XOs’ 35-18 loss to Mystic River last Saturday before previewing their final match of the season against LA Loyals Elite. Colton then chats about some MLR news, a professional sevens circuit, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-13:24). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Colorado XO lock Max Dacey about his rugby career, the surprises that have come out of the XO program, and taking risks (13:25-30:50). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Listening” and closes the show with “The Loop” (30:51-33:07). Max Dacey may be young, but he is one of the most experienced rugby players on the Colorado XOs. He began his…

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). Michael Bandy comes to rugby from the University of San Diego. Bandy was a two-time All American wide receiver for the…

It’s all about the bounce of the ball. If you’ve spent any time around the game of rugby, you’ve likely heard that saying once or twice. For the Colorado XOs on Saturday, one of the handful of differences between an 11-point comeback win in the final 10 minutes of the match and a heartbreaking 36-35 loss was a conversion kick that bounced off the upright and fell to the ground. The XOs took the pitch at Infinity Park for the first time in 2021 on Saturday afternoon to take on a Hartford Harpooners team that was making their fifteens debut. The Harpooners made some noise several months ago when they dubbed themselves as Connecticut’s first high-performance rugby team and an…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” by talking about the Colorado XOs’ 35-33 loss to Rugby HTX in Houston last weekend, their home opener against the Hartford Harpooners on Saturday, and some MLR news before previewing all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-9:54). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Colorado XO lock Sam Phillips about his college football career, facing adversity, and how he’s enjoying a new sport (9:55-32:40). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Listening” and closes the show with “The Loop” (32:30-34:18). Sam Phillips played tight end at Southwestern Oklahoma State University before transferring to Louisiana College to finish his college football career. Phillips’ was thrown a curveball during his senior season when…

Colton jumps into the show with “The Breakdown” by talking about the Colorado XOs’ 52-28 victory over Pathway 404, their upcoming match against Rugby HTX in Houston, and their first-ever home match against the Hartford Harpooners next weekend before talking about all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-10:29). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Colorado XO fullback David Still about his favorite tackles of the season, the key to scoring tries, and why he thinks he’s the hardest hitter on the team (10:30-26:28). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and closes the show with some news for next week in “The Loop” (26:30-29:07). David Still played football at Saginaw Valley State University before giving rugby…

Colton starts “The Breakdown” by talking about the Colorado XOs’ victory over Clemson, their upcoming match against Pathway 404 in Atlanta, and a crossover athlete experiment in MLR before wrapping up with all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-15:52). After “The Breakdown”, Colton chats with Colorado XO No. 8 Leonard Sagapolutele about growing up in American Samoa, his football career, and how he is liking the transition to rugby (15:54-32:09). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and closes the show with some exciting news for two former Raptors in “The Loop” (32:10-35:52). Leonard Sagapolutele played defensive line for New Mexico Military Institute and Adams State University before making the switch to rugby and joining the…

Colton kicks this Colorado XO-heavy show off with “The Breakdown” by talking about XO prop Ma’ake Muti’s move to the Los Angeles Giltinis and Colorado’s upcoming match against Clemson before wrapping up with all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-12:15). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Clemson Director of Rugby and former USA Eagle Troy Hall about his playing career, his thoughts on the Colorado XO program, and how he is preparing his team ahead of their match against the XOs (12:16-53:06). After the interview, Colton assigns some required listening for this week’s “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (53:08-55:46). Troy Hall is the director of rugby for Clemson University. Originally from New Zealand,…

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