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New CEO: USA Rugby Board of Directors Appoint Bill Goren as New Chief Executive Officer (USA Rugby)

  • Takeaway: After a four-month process that included over 300 people "express interest" in the position, USA Rugby hired former MLR Deputy Commissioner Bill Goren as its new CEO.ย 
  • Start Date: Monday, March 18th.

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MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

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โ€ICYMI: Latest Player Moves โคต๏ธโ€

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Houston SaberCats: signed 31-year-old New Zealand hooker Pita Anae-Ah Sue for the 2024 MLR season.

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โ€Seattle Seawolves: signed 37-year-old tighthead prop Olive Kilifi, who left the Utah Warriors last month and returns to Seattle, where he played in the 2018 and 2019 MLR seasons.

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USA SEVENS

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Men's Sevens: USA Men's Sevens Ready to Improve in Vancouver (USA Rugby)

  • Takeaway: Head Coach Mike Friday named a veteran roster for Vancouver, the midpoint of the SVNS season.
  • Milestone: Veteran Maka Unufe is two appearances away from 50 on the circuit.
  • Current Standings: 8th place, just two points ahead of the cut line for the Grand Final in Madrid.

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โ€Women's Sevens: Thirteen Set for Vancouver SVNS for USA Women's Sevens (USA Rugby)

  • Takeaway: Head Coach Emilie Bydwell named a roster that includes the return of co-captain Lauren Doyle, Steph Rovetti, and Sarah Levy as the USA Women's Sevens squad prepares for two stops in North America (Vancouver & Los Angeles).
  • Current Standings: 5th place, just eight points behind 3rd place France.

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WORLD RUGBY

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Men's Rankings: Portugal and Netherlands Climb World Rugby Men's Rankings Powered by Capgemini (World Rugby)

  • Takeaway: No changes to the Top 10, but Portugal (#15) and Tonga (#16) swapped places as did Netherlands (#28) and Brazil (#29).
  • Women's Rankings: No movement in the last two weeks.

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โ€๐Ÿ‰ QUICK HITS ๐Ÿ‰

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College Rugby: Bears Down Lopes on the Road (Cal Bears)

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England: RFU Ditches Plan to Sell Twickenham and Buy 50% Share of Wembley (The Guardian)

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High School Rugby:
Developmental Division Broadens HS Nationals Opportunities (The Rugby Breakdown)

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โ€New Zealand: Will Jordan Ruled Out of Super Rugby in 2024 (All Blacks)

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MLR Pick'Em Time: DC vs. Houston?

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