NEW YORK, NY – Rugby certainly makes for interesting bedfellows. Old Blue, NYAC, the New York Rugby Club and the Village Lions all share Manhattan and consider each other rivals. But the beauty of this glorious game is that its inherent characteristics of community has members of each club socializing together and at times, playing alongside one and other. In this Friends of the British Council Community Corner segment, host Matt McCarthy (NYRC) goes up to Baker Field at Columbia University for a match between fierce rivals, Old Blue and NYAC. Despite any bad blood that may take place on the pitch, much is wiped away after. Included here after this heavyweight bout, along with prevarications and banter from Ol’ Blue Hands himself, Steve Lewis, are interviews with:
–NYAC Coach Chris Edwards
–NYAC lock Nate Brakeley
–Old Blue back Connor Wallace-Sims
And don’t miss the scene-stealing cameo from recent Connacht & Rugby United NY star, Dave Gannon and Matt Walier’s Old Blue Beer commercial.
Also this week…
Steve Lewis, Ronan Nelson and host Matt McCarthy recap all the Major League Rugby action and give their MLR Predictions. Topics include:
-A “crafty” Austin Elite knocking off NOLA Nate Osborn & the Gold.
–Alf Daniels & Utah Warriors‘ heartbreak
-Statement win from depleted Glendale
–Anthony Salaber Night in San Diego
-How appearing on RWU means a victory
–Predictions to bank on… or not.
Billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest is starting a rugby rebellion and taking on the Australian rugby establishment, backing the Western Force and the all-new World Series Rugby and . The new set-up features a series of law changes to speed up the game and make it more exciting for fans. Steve Lewis and Matt McCarthy weigh in on this rugby rebellion and ask if the Australian Rugby Union should leave Super Rugby and join Twiggy’s Indo Pacific competition?
Also in this Week 46 segment of our Fantasy Sports Network show, Lewis and McCarthy shift to Europe for predictions:
-Will it be Leinster or Racing 92 in European Champions Cup Final?
-Will Cardiff and our pal Blaine Scully’s Blues knock off the Cherry & Whites of Gloucester?
Have a look/listen to find out.
Glendale Raptors Coach Dave Williams and Captain Shaun Davies:
AND… From the growing American High School rugby landscape, Greenwich’s Joe Kelly, Xavier’s Greg Norris and referee Greg Gilliam:
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