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Friday, September 3, 2021

Carly Waters

Carly Waters recently signed with Saracen's Women's in North London, and brings an exciting, tempo based skill set across the pond from her time playing in the states. She spent the last decade honing her skills here in the states, and has excelled through the ranks of Women's Rugby in the USA. Waters doesn't just do her job, she does it right and she raises the level of play around her. Both on and off the field, she continually coaches, mentors and most importantly backs her teammates.

First cap vs. the Kiwis. Locked In

After grinding through a tough season commuting through America's most notorious turnpike (The New Jersey Turnpike), she got the call from Rob Cain and Kate Daley. and was invited to participate in a USA Eagle camp. She seized her opportunity, grinded through some brutal fitness and was eventually was selected for her first cap (above, against the Black Ferns, in Soldier Field).... in sheer shock she responded ..."Are You Sure?" 😂

Waters Truly Is A Unicorn ...

After having the Women's Rugby World Cup in NZ pushed back an entire year, Carly has been chomping at the bit. It's hard to put your entire career / life / plans on hold for 12 months, but she's going to get an amazing opportunity with Saracens to refine her craft as we count down the days until the Women compete in Aotearoa later on in 2022.

Contemplating Life Before a Scrum Feed ...

Carly's #Top3

Kate Daley - XV's Coach, Carly's coach at Penn State

Bui Baravilala - Great teammate, uses creativity and field vision 

Meya Bizer - The Human Sledgehammer 

Alert, Switched On, Determined ...

Rugby PickEm wishes Carly the best across the pond .... and guess who got named in the first lineup of the year?!?!?!

Could make her debut tomorrow! 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Rugby Rent Scholarships

Introducing Rugby Rent Scholarships. This was a long-time in the making, an idea that's resonating for years before finally being turned into a reality.

Our Mission: Provide affordable housing to rugby players who want to grow on and off the pitch.

We also believe in 4 Core Pillars:

1) Play Rugby

2) Develop Career Skills

3) Volunteer in the Community

4) Mentorship

If you'd like to learn more about what we offer, please head to our website --> www.rugbyrentscholarships.com

I hope you enjoy my first attempt at a solo podcast ... more exciting rugby content to follow this fall season. 2021 has been a wild ride, and I can not wait for what lies ahead.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

MLR Finals Preview (ft. RATLer standout Jeremy Missile Misailegalu)

The MLR Final has arrived featuring the L.A. Giltinis hosting Rugby ATL at the Coliseum Sunday night on CBS (or "big" CBS, as the commissioner likes to refer to it as. 

When he's not chatting it up at the Hooch, he's volunteering in his community and spreading the game of rugby in Atlanta.

We caught up with Rugby PickEm favorite Jeremy "Missile"🚀 Misailegalu who has held down the #14 jersey all season for Rugby ATL...


- Players spend their entire rugby careers trying to get to a Final. Will you have butterflies before kickoff in LA on Sunday?

Yes. I often puke before games. It's almost a pre-game ritual at this point.

- If your team is victorious, you'll be the first player in MLR history to hoist the shield with two different teams. What would that mean to you?

It would be a huge honor. To accomplish that so early in my career would be special.

- Your instagram stays fresh ... have you enjoyed building your personal brand throughout this successful season with Rugby ATL?

I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Growing my personal brand along with growing the Rugby ATL team identity has been an amazing ride.

- Lastly, what is your pregame meal and what song do you have in the earbuds on the way to the game?

Well, they feed us before the game, so we don't really get to choose, but I keep it light (....because of the pregame butterflies). And if I'm listening to something pregame, it's coming from Lil Wayne's No Ceilings mixtape.


Friday, July 16, 2021

MLR Viral Moments

If you blink, the MLR season will pass you by. That's what the past month has felt like. Due to the pandemic, the league kicked off a bit later than usual this year, and the season has swelled well into the summer. With the final set for Sunday August 1st on big CBS, the teams will battle the heat in the final weeks of what has been a fantastic season.

Some viral moments that happened since we last recorded...

- LaRome White goes pick 6 (well, pick 7 under the posts...the old guard still hates the automatic conversions ... but we think it's a nice reward for a clean try)

- Mikey Te'o and Ollie Thornton get cheeky for the camera 

- Broccoli Man takes the world by storm

Will he make an appearance at Club 7's Nationals? What will his produce of choice be? All this and more in another Rugby PickEm!