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87 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Rugby Movie Reviews: Everybody's Game

January 26th, 2023

12:09

Everybody's Game is the 2020 movie that follows Premiership rugby stars, Maro Itoje, Beno Obano, Biyi Alo, Ellis Genge, and Anthony Watson, and show …

The Tackle Box Got Lowered Like ATL (Episode 83)

January 24th, 2023

1:08:05

This week we talk Rugby ATL controversy. World Rugby lowers where you can tackle people. Talking USA Rugby 7s success at Hamilton 7s. Premier Rugby …

Rugby Movie Reviews: No Woman, No Try

January 19th, 2023

14:31

We take a look into the rugby documentary, No Woman, No Try. No Woman, No Try is the rugby documentary that talks about Female rugby players and the challenges they face off the pitch, battling gender, ethnic, and …

Netflix Pulling Up Rugby (Episode 82)

January 17th, 2023

53:26

We talk about Netflix producing rugby documentary series. Eddie Jones returns back to Australia. Remembering Ed Hagarty. South African Sharks owner calls out Miami. Some rugby business advice and reviewing documentary, …

MLR turning up the heat in Miami (Episode 81)

January 10th, 2023

55:12

We are talking about the new interim coaches for USA Rugby 15s squads. MLR has a potential new team and a new media deal in the works. Super Rugby …

World Rugby Changes Siya Kolisi and Rob Cain (Episode 80)

January 5th, 2023

53:46

Welcome to a new year! 2023 is finally here. We're kicking off the new year with talks of USA Rugby coaching turnover. Talk about the South African …

Planning for 2023, Super Rugby Americas and Banana Bastards (Episode 79)

December 27th, 2022

44:32

It's the last episode of 2022, and we are looking at what we want to have for 2023. Talking about the new rugby competition between North and South America rugby, Have a sitdown about locker room awareness and habitual …

The World Cup is a win for Rugby featuring Isaiah Washington, Director for Southern University Rugby (Episode 78)

December 20th, 2022

1:41:38

We speak to Isaiah Washington, Director of Operations and Founder of Southern University Rugby Club. We speak to him about his time at Arkansas State, what his time in the Army provided him, and what the future of …

Rugby Movie Reviews: Jungle Cry

December 18th, 2022

16:03

Experience the inspiring true story of the U14 India championship rugby team in 'Jungle Cry'! This heartwarming sports movie follows the team's …

Rugby Recap and Movie Reviews (episode 77)

December 13th, 2022

49:59

Take a look back at what the USA Rugby men's and women's team did at Capetown 7s. Also we look over a few movies. We talk Invictus, Sye, and The Nomads.

Sign up for the HBCU Rugby Classic Community Newsletter and get …

Michael Fealey, Deion Sanders, and Rugby (Episode 76)

December 6th, 2022

1:52:29

We bring back Michael "Mick" Fealey, President of Citizens Sports Foundation, to talk about improving rugby in the USA, and addressing misconceptions …

Rugby Entrepreneurship and need for systems around it (Episode 75)

November 30th, 2022

1:02:07

We talk about the need for entrepreneurship in rugby. How to make it happen, and the perspectives that it should come from. And a change to the show. 

USA Rugby Misses The RWC and What Needs To Be Done (Episode 74)

November 24th, 2022

1:29:04

Gift Egbelu talks about Portugal vs USA Repechage match and not qualifying for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, USA Women's Rugby, and the biggest needs for success for USA Rugby

Intro - 00:00

Run down - 02:28  

Portugal vs …

Theo Bennett, National Head Coach and Author (Episode 73)

November 15th, 2022

1:16:29

Theo Bennett has been coaching for almost 30 years with various teams around the world including the USA Rugby National team, Rugby in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and so much more. He's also a new author of the book …

Tito Miranda, Head Coach for Howard University Rugby Men (Episode 72)

November 1st, 2022

1:09:14

Tito Miranda came from humble first-generation immigrant beginnings. He started his rugby journey as a crossover player playing in a tiny private …

Katherine Aversano, Head Coach of Howard University Women's Rugby (Episode 70)

October 6th, 2022

1:35:29

Katherine Aversano is the current head coach for Howard University Women's Rugby team. Aversano became connected with Howard University when she attended Howard University Law, but her story in rugby has been long. She …

Danny Lambe of GoLo Rugby (Episode 69)

August 23rd, 2022

50:37

Danny Lambe is a rugby player turned entrepreneur. Danny was a guy who just wanted to help his kids out with their tackle defense, and turned that into creating a product that specifically helps players learn how to …

Takunda Rusike, Captain for Howard University Rugby Women (Episode 68)

August 17th, 2022

1:05:40

Takunda Rusike is a highly motivated rugby player who helped found the Howard Rugby Women's team. Between working on the Howard team during the hot spot of the pandemic in 2020, as well as working on her degree, she has …

Kisset Chirengende, founder of Kyros Sports and Athstat (Episode 67)

August 9th, 2022

1:10:22

Kisset Chirengende has been a pinnacle figure in the promotion and development of rugby matches around the world. He is the founder of Kyros Sports, a sports marketing agency that has been responsible for setting up …

Daniel Davillier Jr, the captain for Howard Rugby Men (Episode 66)

July 5th, 2022

59:31

Daniel Davillier has been playing rugby since high school and envisioned starting a rugby legacy by helping to found a rugby team at Howard …

Diane Johnson of GUTS the Athlete Nutrition Specialists (Episode 65)

June 28th, 2022

1:16:40

Diane Johnson is an athlete nutrition specialist, who helps elite club-level student-athletes get stronger, reduce injuries and enhance performance using nutrition so they can achieve their dreams in sport and life.

Mark Diaz the head coach for the Hartford Harpooners (Episode 64)

January 27th, 2022

1:00:52

Mark Diaz has been a fierce promoter and player of rugby. Starting with the Panama City Hurricanes, he has seen his visibility grow as a player with the Optimus Rugby 7s Touring Squad, to becoming part of the coaching …

Malik Johnson the co-founder of Prairie View A&M Rugby (Episode 63)

October 19th, 2021

1:00:02

Malik Johnson has been in rugby since his senior year of high school. The opportunity to start a rugby club at Prairie View A&M was a legacy …

Developing Rugby (Part 2) featuring Kyle and Tiana Granby, Blaine Scully, Farrah Douglas, Amelia Luciano, & Ram Eddings (Episode 62)

September 28th, 2021

40:41

Return with another segment of "Developing Rugby." This week we'll be featuring World Rugby referee, Amelia Luciano; Co-Founders of R.O.O.T.S Rugby, Kyle and Tiana Granby; head coach of Mount St. Mary's Rugby, Farrah …

Developing Rugby featuring Ada Milby, Naya Tapper, Charity Williams, Phil Thiel and Rashad Lipford (Episode 61)

September 21st, 2021

56:11

This week we bring a special episode of the Greaux Rugby Show. We're featuring some of our past guests, who have talked to us on developing and learning from opportunities that they have had presented to them. 

Tamara Van Leeuwen, President of Curaçao Rugby Federation (Episode 60)

September 14th, 2021

1:07:52

Tamara Van Leeuwen is a former dancer, restaurateur, and economist who found her way into rugby. Though born in the Netherlands, she has lived in Curaçao almost all her life. She became the president of the rugby …

Brandon Davis of Dallas Reds Rugby (Episode 59)

September 7th, 2021

1:35:53

Brandon Davis is a native of Dallas, Texas. He's been playing rugby for 4 years, but he's been a high-level athlete for years. He talks about his origins, how rugby impacted the perspective of his life, and just how …

Jenn Salomon of Mexico Rugby Women's National Team (Episode 58)

August 31st, 2021

1:38:59

Jenn Salomon has been a very active rugby player and coach in the northeast of the United States. She has gone from a prominent player for Quinnipiac Rugby to becoming a rugby coach for Sacred Heart University and …

Theo Henry, Head Coach for Guyana Rugby (Episode 57)

August 24th, 2021

1:04:30

Theo Henry has been involved in rugby for 20 years. He has been a leader on the field for his country of Guyana national rugby team. Won multiple …

Cody Melphy, USA Rugby Eagle Olympic Player (Episode 56)

August 17th, 2021

1:16:15

Cody Melphy has been on the scene for almost a decade now. From a high level player for the Glendale Raptors to Life University and all the way as a member of the USA Rugby Olympic Sevens team. Melphy talks to us about …

Michael "Mick" Fealey of Citizens Rugby Foundation (Episode 55 - Season 3)

August 10th, 2021

1:33:40

Michael Fealey is the founder of the Citizens Rugby Foundation, the Exiles RFC, and Mick Mullins Irish Pub. He has been pushing to file a grievance …

Maria Thomas, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Rugby Union (Episode 54)

June 16th, 2021

1:14:00

Maria Thomas is a dynamite of personality and passion. She has been a long-time member of the Trinidad and Tobago Women's National Rugby team. She has now turned her energy from just the field to the top of the …

Phaidra S. Knight (2017) - World Rugby and USA Rugby Hall of Famer (Episode 53)

June 8th, 2021

1:26:29

Phaidra Knight is one of the most accomplished rugby players in American history. Alumni of the HBCU, Alabama State University, a lawyer, an …

Robbie Owens of Squidge Rugby (Episode 52)

June 1st, 2021

1:17:54

Robbie Owens is best known for his Youtube persona, "Squidge Rugby". A channel where he breaks down rugby games and stories, in a poetic way that combines humor, with historic referencing, and deep dives of observation …

Karimah Prince, Captain for Prairie View A&M Rugby Women (Episode 51)

May 18th, 2021

1:09:26

Karimah Prince is one of the first players who joined the Prairie View A&M Rugby women's team. She talks to us about her process into attending …

Akinola Raymond of Rugby United New York of MLR (Episode 50)

May 11th, 2021

1:25:18

Akinola Raymond has been an up-and-coming rugby star on the pitch. Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Akinola found rugby and has been a dynamic player. …

Carille Guthrie of the James G. Robertson & Clive Sullivan Rugby Foundation (Episode 49)

May 4th, 2021

2:24:47

Carille Guthrie is an HBCU Alum, rugby player, engineer, and international traveler and so much more. She has been supporting rugby where ever she lands, regardless of whether it's working with Doctors across borders in …

Marquise Goodwin, Vice President of the Southern California Rugby Referee Society (Episode 48)

April 20th, 2021

1:58:14

Marquise Goodwin has been in the rugby game for over 15 years. Moving from player to coach to referee, Marquise found his niche and has created deep rugby roots as a referee. As the vice president for the Southern …

Erika Morri of The Italian Rugby Federation (Episode 47)

April 13th, 2021

1:35:15

Erika Morri is a former Italian Rugby National Team Member, a multiple time Rugby World Cup player, and a former board member of the Italian Rugby …

Robert Perry - Head Coach for Curaçao Rugby (Episode 46)

April 6th, 2021

51:55

Robert Perry has been impacting rugby in Curaçao for over 10 years. Coming from England on the tail end of a professional career, Perry has seen how both he and the island have been positively impacted by rugby. Perry …

Nicolette Pantor, Captain for Trinidad and Tobago Rugby Women (Episode 45)

March 30th, 2021

52:56

Nicolette Pantor has been a leader and force of nature for the Trinidad & Tobago National Rugby Women's Team. She is the captain for the national …

Jess Neilson, Head Coach of York University and Canada Rugby National Team (Episode 44)

March 16th, 2021

1:05:05

Jess Neilson has been making an impact on women's rugby since she was 12 years old. From being an activist for girl's rights to play rugby to …

Keisha-Ann Down - Vice President of the Jamaican Rugby Union (Episode 43)

March 9th, 2021

1:42:04

Keisha Ann Down is a force to be reckoned with in rugby. Keisha has been in rugby from birth, where her father was a significant figure in the early developments of Jamaican rugby. Her journey took her too London, UK …

Ryan Ginty of Next Level Rugby (Episode 42)

March 2nd, 2021

1:38:42

Ryan Ginty has been one of the people behind the scenes involved in the growth and development of live streaming rugby in the USA. He has broadcast …

Sarah Alice Sall, Former USA Rugby Men's National Team Manager (Episode 41)

February 23rd, 2021

1:49:18

Sarah Sall has been quietly making movement happen in the background for the USA Rugby Men's National Team for almost two decades. Sall has been a …

Katie Sadleir - General Manager of Women's Rugby for World Rugby (Episode 40)

February 16th, 2021

1:22:07

Katie Sadleir has been a growing force in the sporting community for over 20 years. Coming as an executive for the New Zealand Sports Authority, she joined World Rugby in 2017, with a focus on developing the outlook of …

Ada Milby - President of the Philippines Rugby Union (Episode 39)

February 9th, 2021

1:13:48

Ada Milby is the president of the Philippines Rugby Union, the former captain of the Philippines Women National team, military vet, and a member of the World Rugby Council. Ada Milby has been changing the game for …

Warren Mullis and Preston Thompson the hosts of the American Rugby Podcast (Episode 38)

February 2nd, 2021

1:23:09

Warren Mullis and Preston Thompson are the hosts of the popular rugby podcast, Red, White, and Black Eye of the American Rugby Pod. They have curated …

Tosan Tutse-Tonwe of Viral Rugby (Episode 37)

January 19th, 2021

1:26:18

Tosan Tutse-Tonwe is a 20 year coach, player, administrator and media influencer of rugby. Based out of Maryland, he's been working on moving the needle in rugby. We had the opportunity to talk about the direction of …

USA Club Rugby Council Training and Development Committee (episode 36)

December 29th, 2020

1:13:02

The pandemic forced USA Rugby to become more innovative with the way it was connecting with its membership. As a result, the USA Club Rugby Training …

Curitiba Rugby Club featuring Gabi De Pelligrini, Vitor Ancina, & Leo Crema (Episode 35)

December 22nd, 2020

1:11:07

Curitiba Rugby Club is one of the premier rugby clubs in  Brazil. Based in south Brazil, the Curitiba Rugby Club is led by Gabrielle De Pelligrini, the captain and senior player for the women's side, Vitor Ancina, the …

Tiffany Fa'a'ae, 2017 WRWC USA Rugby Eagles Women's Captain (Episode 34)

December 15th, 2020

1:38:44

Tiffany Fa'a'ae has become a very prominent fixture in the USA rugby community over the last 3 years. A Women's Premier League Champion and Captain for the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017, she has transitioned into one …

Tiara Mack, Rhode Island State Senator and Brown University Rugby (episode 33)

December 8th, 2020

1:08:03

Tiara Mack is a name you will probably be learning about for a long time. She just won her first bid as state senator for the state of Rhode Island in November, and is ready to take the world by storm. We speak about …

Anne Onwusiri of Black Girls Ruck Podcast (Episode 32)

November 24th, 2020

1:12:26

Anne Onwusiri is the founder and host of the podcast, Black Girls Ruck. She has been bringing attention to black women in rugby around the world. We had the chance to speak about how women's rugby is developing in the …

Koma Gandy Fischbein, Head Coach of All Navy Rugby and Village Lions (Episode 31)

November 10th, 2020

1:24:53

Koma Gandy Fischbein has been a significant staple in the USA rugby community. A former Navy officer, and international rugby player, she has been bringing her rugby knowledge and talent to the rugby community for over …

Dr. Amelia Luciano the World Rugby International Referee (Episode 30)

November 3rd, 2020

1:09:51

Dr. Amelia Luciano is a renaissance woman in the sport of rugby. She is a World Rugby level referee, the commissioner for the Ivy League Rugby …

Gordon Hanlon the Coaching Educator (Episode 29)

October 27th, 2020

1:23:23

Gordon Hanlon has been developing in name in coaching around the world for the last ten years. Migrating to the USA from Ireland, Gordon found himself in Dallas, TX and discovering a new passion with coaching. Hanlon …

Gift Egbelu of Gift-Time Rugby Network; Welcome To Season 2 (Episode 28)

October 21st, 2020

1:39:51

We are back with a new episode of Greaux Rugby as we open season 2. Host, Gift Egbelu, takes the time to go over his story and why he has been working in rugby media and industry since 2013. Gift talks about why he …

Jorge Cota of Rugby And Beauty (Episode 27)

September 8th, 2020

1:04:17

Rugby N Beauty is one of the most unique rugby pages on the web. The basis of his rugby page is presenting different rugby players from around the world. Jorge Cota has provided a platform for people to get recognized …

Kimani Davis of R.O.O.T.S Rugby and M.A.D.E (Episode 26)

September 1st, 2020

1:44:57

Kimani Davis has become a staple of the community in the northeast part of the United States. He is one of the co-founders of R.O.OT.S Rugby, and the founder of the M.A.D.E. (My Actions Defy Expectations) movement. He …

Matt Upton of Jesuit-Dallas High School and New Orleans Rugby (Episode 25)

August 25th, 2020

1:38:51

Matt Upton has been a life long rugby player. Entering the game in high school while playing as a star offensive linemen in Texas, he quick found a …

Freddi Henry-Ajudua of Life University and Nigeria Rugby (Episode 24)

August 18th, 2020

1:08:47

Freddi Henry-Ajudua has been playing rugby for a short period of time, but he's already been making an impact. He's won championships with Life University Rugby and had been called up to play Major League Rugby. He's …

Derek Lipscomb of Old Blue and R.O.O.T.S Rugby (Episode 23)

August 11th, 2020

1:34:33

Derek Lipscomb has been a premiere player for Old Blue Rugby for a decade, but that's not just who he is. A Colombia graduate, who has motivated …

Pat Evans of Front Office Sports (Episode 22)

August 4th, 2020

1:08:23

Pat Evans is a beer loving, sports business writing journalist who has written for major publications like The Athletic , 247Sports, Thrillist, Beer Connoisseur, and more. He currently is a lead writer for Front Office …

Kelli Smith of American Rugby Pro Training Center (Episode 21)

July 28th, 2020

2:03:37

Kelli Smith is the example of what it means to be a crossover athlete in all formats. Smith is a former track and field star, and women's American Football player who found herself on the reality show, "The Next Olympic …

Adam Gray-Hayward of Play On: The Movie (Episode 20)

July 21st, 2020

1:01:39

Adam Gray-Hayward is an actor, and multi-sport athlete from  Australia by way of California. He is best known for playing the starring role in the …

Jackie Finlan of The Rugby Breakdown (Episode 19)

July 14th, 2020

1:05:04

Jackie Finlan is the founder and editor of The Rugby Breakdown, a rugby news and information website focused on covering girls and women's rugby on all levels. She has been a champion for the expansion and development …

Farrah Douglas, Head Coach for Mount St. Mary's Rugby (Episode 18)

July 7th, 2020

2:00:01

Farrah Douglas has been a rugby lifer since she was first introduced to it in college. It's lead her from being a player,  to a coach, to an …

Rashad Lipford, founder of North Carolina A&T Rugby (Episode 17)

June 30th, 2020

1:14:58

Rashad Lipford started playing rugby his senior year of high school for proud program, Memphis Inner City Rugby. Which spurned a passion to create a …

James Brunson of North Philly Nomads (Featured in the 2019 movie "The Nomads") (Episode 16)

June 23rd, 2020

1:21:17

James Brunson, director and coach for the North Philly Nomads, has been a rugby evangelist since he started playing in college in Hartford, …

Matthew Provost of Prairie View A&M Rugby (Episode 15)

June 16th, 2020

1:06:49

Matthew Provost was one of the first rugby players to play for Prairie View A&M Rugby. A former collegiate football player from a small town in …

Nicholas Walcott of the Chicago Griffins Rugby Club (Episode 14)

June 9th, 2020

1:47:18

Nicholas Walcott has had an extremely unique rugby journey. A from D1 College Football player who turned into one of the most influential nightclub …

Gift Egbelu of Gift-Time Rugby Network (Episode 13)

June 2nd, 2020

1:10:50

We'll be back with a normal episode next week. This week Gift Egbelu gives his thoughts and perspectives on the events that have happened since the George Floyd case, and where he thinks we need to go to moving forward. 

Cheta Emba of USA Rugby Women 7s and 15s (Episode 12)

May 26th, 2020

1:49:11

Cheta Emba is one of the leading rugby 7s fullbacks in the world. A Harvard graduate, who has found success in both athletics and academics. We talk …

Ram Eddings of Gray Wolves Rugby & Head Coach for Idaho State Rugby (Episode 11)

May 19th, 2020

1:52:13

Ram Eddings is a major staple of the growth of rugby in the USA. A 2015 USA Rugby Hall of Fame Life Time Achievement Award recipient, Eddings changed …

Charity Williams, Olympic Medalist for Canada Rugby 7s Women (Episode 10)

May 12th, 2020

56:20

Charity Williams entered her athletic career as a gymnast, but quickly found success in rugby. Williams talked about her rise through rugby, and how it related back to her day to day life. The experience of being a part …

Seifuddin Saafir of Morehouse College Rugby (Episode 9)

May 6th, 2020

47:27

Seifuddin "Seif" Saafir is former rugby player, and current co-coach of Morehouse College Rugby. Saafir was part of the first two Morehouse teams …

Blaine Scully the Former USA Rugby Captain and Professional Rugby Player (Episode 8)

April 28th, 2020

39:07

Blaine Scully is the recently retired former USA Rugby Eagle National Team captain, as well as former player for the Leicester Tigers and Cardiff …

Angela Elena of Switzerland National Women's Rugby Team (Episode 7)

April 21st, 2020

1:15:03

Angela Elena Stadelman is a women's national rugby player from Switzerland. She has accrued a following of over 12,000+ followers on Instagram and …

Chisa Egbelu of PeduL (Episode 6)

April 14th, 2020

30:13

We had a great conversation with Chisa Egbelu of PeduL. PeduL is a platform to ensure that all students have equal access to academic and professional opportunities.

Chisa speaks to us on how PeduL can help with young …

Phil Thiel, former USA Rugby XVs and Saracens Rugby player (Episode 5)

April 7th, 2020

1:12:22

Phil Thiel played for  USA Rugby from 2008 to 2018 as the primary hooker for the USA Rugby 15s side.  We got to talk about his time at Life University, playing internationally for the Saracens and the USA Rugby national …

Rhahim Vital and Michael Toussaint of Prairie View A&M Rugby (Episode 4)

March 31st, 2020

55:34

We had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with Prairie View A&M University Rugby team president, Rhahim Vital, and senior and captain, Michael Toussaint. I had the pleasure of meeting them for our first HBCU Rugby …

Naya Tapper of USA Rugby Eagles Women (Episode 3)

March 23rd, 2020

47:00

Naya Tapper came on the show to talk with us. This was part of our promotion leading up to the HBCU Rugby Classic, but of course because of the corona virus we had to cancel. None the less, this was a great conversation …

Dave Rimes - USA High School All-American (Episode 2)

March 20th, 2020

53:03

Dave Rimes is based in Florida, USA. He has played at the North American High School 7s Tournament as a member of the all-star touring squad, …

Kyle and Tiana Granby of R.O.O.T.S Rugby (Episode 1)

March 16th, 2020

31:00

We bring our old podcast, Greaux Rugby, back from the dead, as we open up with interview with the co-founders of the R.O.O.T.S Rugby team, Tiana and …

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