NEW YORK, NY – With the historic 2nd season of Major League Rugby upon us, we felt compelled to damn the torpedoes (future MLR team?) and go whole hog with #MLR coverage in Week 79 of our Fantasy Sports Network show. Thus, we give you an MLR Extravaganza, starting up out west in Rugby Town USA (where else?), before weaving our way down to The Big Easy -aka Nawlin’s –and racing through NYC’s Times Square before ending up… in Harlem.
GLENDALE RAPTORS: With the departure of flanker John Quill to Rugby United NY, one could make the case that the Raptors might have a hole to big to fill in their quest for a 2nd consecutive Major League Rugby Final. That argument has been rendered specious at best, however, with the acquisition of 2018 All-MLR First Team loosie, Hanco Germishuys… In this segment, the budding USA Rugby star joins our Matt McCarthy re:
-Bittersweet move from Austin Elite to Glendale
-Time spent with the PRO Rugby USA champion Denver Stampede
-Coach Dave Williams and the Raptors organization
-The tragedy of mixing up “Protege” and “Prodigy.”
-Moving from South Africa to Nebraska
–Peyton Manning comparisons
–Omaha Goats & Westside High
–Gloucester Academy with Sam Underhill
And yes, that’s Ben Foden kicking the segment off…
NOLA GOLD: Transplanted Aussie Scott Gale joins McCarthy from The Big Easy about:
-Gale’s time in Super Rugby with Queensland Reds
–Brisbane vs New Orleans
-The NFL’s Saints being robbed
-Playing in Japan
-His pick as Teammate To Watch (TM) [roomie Con Foley, Ahem]
-Coach “Nola Nate” Osborne’s Predictions
-MLR vs other professional experiences
RUGBY UNITED NY: For those of you that prefer the podcast version of our show, this one is definitely more of a visual than a listen. It’s fast: In this Major League Rugby Minute (TM), Rugby United NY Irishman Marcus Walsh answers in The 3rd Person (TM) – with a Brooklyn accent – then dukes it out with The Naked Cowboy in Time Square. That, and a visit to America’s version of Twickenham Stoop (in NYC), ends up in song… and a Steve Lewis lament. Cameos by RUNY stars James Rochford, Callum Mackintosh, Derek Lipscombe and Will Leonard.
AND DON’T MISS our EXCLUSIVE with USA Rugby Head Coach Gary Gold.
–USA Rugby’s path to RWC 2019
-The America’s Rugby Championship
-Working with Major League Rugby
-Training challenges for Tier II nations
–Contact at Training
-Changes in the Rugby Calendar
–Pacific Nation’s Cup
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