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Welcome to Major League Rugby Kickoff . The official podcast of Major League Rugby hosted by Dan Power and Pete Steinberg. Bringing breaking news, exclusive guests, and high level analysis every week.
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Welcome to Major League Rugby Kickoff . The official podcast of Major League Rugby hosted by Dan Power and Pete Steinberg. Bringing breaking news, exclusive guests, and high level analysis every week.
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    EP99: Conference Finals Rugby, It's Just Different Ft. Sama Malolo

    EP99: Conference Finals Rugby, It's Just Different Ft. Sama Malolo

    With Week 18 drawn to a close Dan and Pete look at the implications the matches had ahead of the Conference Finals. In hard fought matches both Eastern Playoff teams enter the match on Saturday with a loss in their rear view mirror. Utah gain some confidence with a win over LA that pushed them to the brink, knowing that when they play LA in the Coliseum they'll have to play just as hard if they want to make it to their first Major League Rugby Shield Final.
    Sama Malolo has been around the world, twice appearing for the Australian U-20s at the 2017 and 2018 Junior World Championships and playing Rugby in Japan. Although his 2021 season has been brief due to injury, it has been nothing short of outstanding leading to 10 tries in eight games played.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    EP 98: Three's Company, But Who Makes the Crowd? Playoffs In Sight Ft. Johan Momsen

    EP 98: Three's Company, But Who Makes the Crowd? Playoffs In Sight Ft. Johan Momsen

    After a rousing win over Los Angeles in Week 16, the Golden Road Warriors fell against Seattle in Week 17 of Season 4. LA, Utah, and Atlanta secure their spots in the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. New York gives themselves a leg up in the race for the final spot following their rousing victory over Houston.
    Johan Momsen has been a key fixture since joining Rugby ATL for their expansion season in the Pandemic shortened 2020. In 2021 he picked up where he left off with his massive work rate, in Week 17 of MLR Season 4 he brought every tool he had out onto the pitch in his performance against the Utah Warriors to help secure Rugby ATL a bonus point victory.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    EP97: NOLA Gold Win 4th of July Ft Beaudein Waaka

    EP97: NOLA Gold Win 4th of July Ft Beaudein Waaka

    With the week that celebrated both Canada Day and the United States Independence Day, North American Rugby fans were treated to some epic Rugby over the weekend. NOLA Gold has transformed itself from struggling mid-season to winning games when it almost doesn't make sense. But if you asked the Gold, they have built a sense of belief within themselves. This belief has allowed them to thrive in adverse conditions. Dan and Pete break down the week that was and look ahead to week 17.
    Beaudein Waaka has played all along the backline when the Free Jacks have needed him, but in the second half of the season he has returned to his roots at Fly-Half. Pete sits down with Beaudein to talk about his season and his performance in Round 16.

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    EP 96: Which Team Makes the Playoffs? Ft. Hanco Germishuys

    EP 96: Which Team Makes the Playoffs? Ft. Hanco Germishuys

    As the days count down to the MLR Final on August 1st, the playoff race has tightened. With Los Angeles and Atlanta likely to be the conferences first seeded teams, who can get 2nd. Week 16 will give the fans a better picture. Dan and Pete break down week 15 and give you the playoff implications as we move into week 16 of season four.
    Hanco Germishuys has been a mainstay of MLR and the Eagles over the last five years. We sit down with him to discuss his outstanding performance against Toronto and what it means to be called up for the US Eagles.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    EP 95: The MLR Playoff Race is Coming Down to The Wire Ft. Bill Meakes

    EP 95: The MLR Playoff Race is Coming Down to The Wire Ft. Bill Meakes

    Week 14 of Major League Rugby saw the Giltinis face major adversity with eleven roster changes following several injuries before kickoff but they pulled out the victory against SD. The Utah Warriors held onto their place in the standings with their victory against New York while opening the door just slightly for NOLA or New England to have a chance at taking the second spot in the East.
    Bill Meakes has been all over the world playing Rugby, making his journey in a bit of unorthodox way, he continued that when he signed for the Giltinis. His performance on Saturday against San Diego was incredibly impressive. He's been a standout center for Darren Coleman this season, but just as his career has been unorthodox his performance on Saturday led to a Player of the Week selection finding out hours before the match that he'd play Openside Flanker for the first time in his life.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    EP 94: MLR's Late Season Spectacles Ft. Dom Akina

    EP 94: MLR's Late Season Spectacles Ft. Dom Akina

    Heading into Round 14, Dan and Pete sit down to break down how week 13 of Major League Rugby continues to shape the ever tightening playoff picture in the East. The West, even with the Giltinis on a Bye seems to have a mostly cleared up with the Warriors and the Gilgronis looking to secure the last remaining spot. Yet San Diego even in a loss to Utah will still be pushing to return to the playoffs for the third time.
    Dom Akina, is from Hawai'i but grew up while being raised in Oregon by his grandmother. While a stand out Football Player at Division II Western Oregon he found Rugby. His exposure and time knowing the game of Rugby has been limited, he has made a dramatic impact for the Austin Gilgronis in his two seasons with the club.

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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Zkeller611 ,

Top MLR Podcast Out There #GiveMeAJersey

Regardless of their promotion going on, this is genuinely the best MLR podcast out there. They get the top guests and players from around the league. They breakdown previous weeks play, and preview upcoming matchups with great insight and depth. I would RUN to listen, and PASS on any another because it KICKS every other one’s butt. (Come on, now that’s a solid Run, Pass, Kick reference)

Seawolves! ,

Fantastic podcast

Pete, Dan and Aaron provide a great POV on MLR with access to teams and players along with great analysis week to week. Keep up the great work! And Happy Birthday, Pete!

Sam the Rugby Fan ,

Great Insight

Would love to hear your Eagles and Canada teams.

Roast: Two guys with funny foreign accents somehow have a better voice than the guy with an American accent.

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