Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
By Andrew Newman
RUNY cruised to a victory over a New York Barbarians side this past Saturday. After a Rooster miscue in the opening minute, the defense shut the Barbarians down. They broke the line at will on attack and scored over 10 tries.
Now, preseason training camp is over. The 2020 Major League Rugby season is here. That means one thing: Vegas.
The Roosters head west to kick off their second MLR campaign. In a test of perseverance, RUNY is stationed in the City of Sins for 7 full days. Whoa. The trip’s highlights are endless, but the coaching staff has placed a large emphasis on RUNY’s two MLR matches. They take on the New England Free Jacks this Sunday, and then the
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RUNY beat the Free Jacks last December in a preseason match up- the only contest between the two sides. They won with some late game heroics from Cathal Marsh, a reoccurring theme throughout the 2019 season. With both teams now in the big dance, the rivalry really kicks off this Sunday.
New England has a few familiar faces on their roster, most notably in hooker Sean McNulty. The Leinster product was loaned to RUNY in the latter half of the 2019 season. He’ll line up with Japanese international Kensuke Hatakeyama in the scrum. The prop has 78 caps to his name, so he brings experience to the table, but he is also pretty old.
Capped international Tadhg Leader controls the New England attack from his fly half position. Mitch Wilson, a tiny little fella from Life University, played well this preseason. Deion Mikesell joined the Free Jacks in the middle of camp and bolstered their attack out wide in big way.
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