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The Great 2020 MLR Fantasy Draft

There are those who will tell you that, in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic, rugby must cease. That the oval ball must be stowed until that time when our medical community has deemed it safe to once again scrum down on perfect (or not so perfect) green pitches from sea to shining sea.

We are not those people.

Surely, good sense dictates that the contact sport we know and love must pause. But that does not mean that rugby has no place in your daily life. You’ve seen the MLR virtual season, an idea being broadly copied by other major sports leagues in the country. Now, prepare for MLR Fantasy rugby. Brought to you by Earful of Dirt.

Last week, the EoD familiars welcomed in two esteemed guests: Derek Bressette (@BressetteTheJet) from Le Rouge Rugby podcast and Preston Thompson (@PThomp89) from Red, White and Black Eye the American Rugby Pod. Together, we broadcast the first live Major League Rugby fantasy draft.

It featured 17 rounds, with a coach, a home field and a starting XV. And, as promised, the drafted teams will now face off in a virtual tournament, whose outcomes will be determined entirely be you, the fans.

The Pools

The teams have been split into two Pools.

Pool A
  • Beauties & the Beast (Derek)
  • Harley Davidson’s Showroom (Liam)
  • Breakdown Billionaires (Aaron)
Pool B
  • Prop It Like It’s Hot (Craig)
  • Hash Slinging Slashers (Preston)
  • Inglorious Bastareauds (Josh)

The Rules

In classic rugby fashion, a round of pool play will be followed by knockout stages. The top two teams from each pool will emerge to face off across pools in a semi final. The bottom team in each pool will play for the wooden spoon (punishment TBD, send us ideas). Winning will be simple. Social media polls we be posted for head to head match ups and will include a link to the teams.  Keep your eye on EoD social media accounts to vote as the match ups appear.

The Teams

Beauties & the Beast 

Coaching: Toronto
Home field: Houston

#1 Tendai Mtawarira
#2 Andrew Quattrin
#3 Dino Waldren
#4 Josh Larsen
#5 Josh Furno
#6 Tomas de la Vega
#7 Matt Heaton
#8 Manuel Diana
#9 De Wet Roos
#10 Luke Burton
#11 Jeff Hassler
#12 Robbie Petzer
#13 Ben LeSage
#14 Frank Halai
#15 Sam Malcom

Harley Davidson’s Showroom

Coaching: New England
Home: San Diego

#1 Charlie Connolly
#2 Eric Howard
#3 Angus MacLellan
#4 Jackson Thebes
#5 Kyle Baillie
#6 Luke Beauchamp
#7 Nakai Penny
#8 Reikert Hattingh
#9 Dev Farris
#10 Jason Robertson
#11 Sam Beard
#12 Harley Davidson
#13 John Ryberg 
#14 Gaston Mires
#15 Mason Emerson

Breakdown Billionaires

Coaching: New York
Home field: Austin

#1 Faka’Osi Pifeleti
#2 Dean Muir
#3 Jake Ilnicki
#4 Paul Ciulini
#5 Brad Tucker
#6 Kyle Breytenbach
#7 Mungo Mason
#8 Tevita Tameilau
#9 Pele Cowley
#10 Hagen Schulte
#11 Savenaca Totovosau
#12 Matias Freyre
#13 Ross Neal
#14 Julian Dominguez
#15 Beaudein Waaka

Prop It Like It’s Hot

Coaching: Atlanta
Home field: Seattle

#1 Juan Echeverria
#2 Tiaan Erasmus
#3 Kensuke Hatakeyama
#4 Johan Momsen
#5 CC Mahoni
#6 Hanco Germishuys
#7 Psalm Wooching
#8 Matthieu Bastareaud
#9 Nate Augspurger
#10 Tadhg Leader
#11 Dan Moor
#12 Ma’a Nonu
#13 Dylan Audsley
#14 Gannon Moore
#15 Joe Pietersen 

Hash Slinging Slashers

Coaches: San Diego
Home field: Utah

#1 James Rochford (admin change)
#2 Dylan Fawsitt
#3 Cole Keith
#4 Ben Landry
#5 Nate Brakely
#6 Malon Al-Jiboori
#7 Andrew Durutalo
#8 Cam Dolan
#9 Duncan Van Schalkwyk
#10 Ben Cima
#11 Ryan Matyas
#12 Con Foley
#13 Thretton Palamo
#14 Mikey Te’o
#15 Zach Pangelinan

Inglorious Bastareauds

Coaches: NOLA
Home field: Randalls Island, NY (penalty for being late)

#1 Jamie Mackintosh
#2 Steve Ng 
#3 Paddy Ryan
#4 Ben Mitchell
#5 Mike Sheppard
#6 Jasa Veremalua
#7 Lucas Rumball
#8 Adriaan Booysen
#9 Danny Tusitala
#10 Sam Windsor
#11 Tonata Lauti
#12 JP Du Plessis
#13 Carl Meyer
#14 Rene Ranger
#15 Dylan Taikato-Simpson 

The Dream

We will be crowning the first ever MLR fantasy champion and shaming the first ever wooden spoon recipient with your help. Stay tuned and be sure to vote!