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Greaux Rugby

By Gift Egbelu
We learn more about the opportunities and networks rugby can offer, through interviews, think pieces and more.
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Greaux Rugby: Farrah Douglas, Head Coach for Mount St. Mary's Rugby (Episode 18)

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

Greaux Rugby

Greaux Rugby: Anne Onwusiri of Black Girls Ruck Podcast (Episode 32)
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 United Kingdom, the expectations of being a black woman rugby player, and where she plans to take the podcast to.  --------------------------------- Sponsors------------------------------------------------ Rugby Outlet Mall Use Promo Code, "Greaux Rugby" for 20% off all GiftTime Rugby Network and HBCU Rugby Classic gear  Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We can Take a journey with us through southeast Asia on our way to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. An adventure for the whole family. 
November 24, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Koma Gandy Fischbein, Head Coach of All Navy Rugby and Village Lions (Episode 31)
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 2 decades. She has been a coach for USA Rugby national team, for the All Navy Men's Rugby team, R.O.O.T.S. Rugby and more. We talk about her journey from Harvard to USA Rugby National level. We talk about her time mentoring with the Ireland based, PRO 14 rugby team, Connacht Rugby.  She drops so many gems in this interview.  -----------Sponsored by ------------------- Rugby Outlet Mall Get 20% off all merch with promo code 'Greaux Rugby'  Singapore to Tokyo: Anyway We can  The story of two friends, who journey from Singapore to Tokyo, Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup  and the adventures they had along the way. 
November 10, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Dr. Amelia Luciano the World Rugby International Referee (Episode 30)
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 Conference, all while working in Pharmacology and molecular medicine. We speak about her journey into rugby, and how it transitioned her into an elite ref. She tells us about how she analyzes the games when making calls, and how she balances that out with her day to day life.  -----------------Sponsored by----------------------- Rugby Outlet Mall Use coupon code "Greaux Rugby" for 20% off all GiftTime Rugby Network and HBCU Rugby Classic items Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway You Can
November 3, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Gordon Hanlon the Coaching Educator (Episode 29)
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 would talks with Gift about his journey in coaching rugby and how it has lead him to learn and coach all over the world. Gordon speaks about the highs and lows that have come across his way, and things that he believes needs to change in the sport of rugby before real impact can be made.  Gordon Hanlon's Texas Rugby Union Coaching Roundtable ----------------------------------------------------------------- Sponsored by  ----------------------------------------------------------------- Rugby Outlet Mall - PROMO CODE: GREAUX RUGBY for 20% off GiftTime Rugby Network and HBCU Rugby Classic options Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway Way We Can
October 27, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Gift Egbelu of Gift-Time Rugby Network; Welcome To Season 2 (Episode 28)
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 slowed from playing rugby, how he started working with USA Rugby, struggles of growing, and obstacles he faced along the way.  Use promo code "GREAUX RUGBY" for 20% Gift-Time Rugby and HBCU Rugby Classic products on Rugby Outlet Mall Watch the documentary, "Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can" featuring Gift Egbelu and Jason Bray's journey to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
October 21, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Jorge Cota of Rugby And Beauty (Episode 27)
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 by a larger public audience. We talk about the impact that Rugby and Beauty has had on the rugby community, how rugby is impacting Brazilian rugby and the where it's going, and we speak on the obstacles that Jorge went through when starting the page. Sponsored by: Rugby Outlet Mall: Enter code "Greaux Rugby" for 20% off all Rugby Outlet Mall exclusive material Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can
September 8, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Kimani Davis of R.O.O.T.S Rugby and M.A.D.E (Episode 26)
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 has focused on educating minds and creating programs of mentorship for those looking to find their public voice through their identity. Davis spoke on his path through rugby and how he became involved with the sport,  how he sees the next generation impacting social change, and what people need to do to make impactful change in rugby.  Sponsored by  Rugby Outlet Mall: Enter code "Greaux Rugby" for 20% off all Rugby Outlet Mall exclusive material Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can
September 1, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Matt Upton of Jesuit-Dallas High School and New Orleans Rugby (Episode 25)
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 deep love for the sport of rugby. Upton has since played at all levels of rugby, including winning national championships with the New Orleans Rugby Club. He's now returned as the head coach for Jesuit-Dallas High School Rugby and we speak on the things impact rugby players today, as well account for his long history and experience in the sport.  Sponsored by Rugby Outlet Mall: Enter code "Greaux Rugby" for 20% off all Rugby Outlet Mall exclusive material Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can
August 25, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Freddi Henry-Ajudua of Life University and Nigeria Rugby (Episode 24)
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 now set to take on the biggest endeavor of his rugby career, as he heads to his home country of Nigeria to play for the national rugby squad, Nigeria Black Stallions. Henry-Ajudua is an HBCU football defensive star for North Carolina Central, and a former soccer player. We speak on his journey from Nigeria to the USA, and how he's found himself at high level College D1 sports, professional football, and eventually over to rugby. Sponsored by Rugby Outlet Mall: Enter code "Greaux Rugby" for 20% off all Rugby Outlet Mall exclusive material Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can
August 18, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Derek Lipscomb of Old Blue and R.O.O.T.S Rugby (Episode 23)
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 passion to help improve the misunderstandings and clear the misinformation that occurs with inclusive and diverse racial issues. Derek talks to us about his journey to play rugby, as well as his work with kids on social issues. We speak on  ROOTS Rugby and it's impact, and how he see's the future of rugby going.  Sponsored by Rugby Outlet Mall: Enter code "Greaux Rugby" for 20% off all Rugby Outlet Mall exclusive material Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can
August 11, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Pat Evans of Front Office Sports (Episode 22)
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 Sports, a sports business news website.  We spoke about the history of beer, how rugby can improve its perception, and just general fun conversation. Sponsored by Rugby Outlet Mall: Enter code "Greaux Rugby" for 20% off all Rugby Outlet Mall exclusive material Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can
August 4, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Kelli Smith of American Rugby Pro Training Center (Episode 21)
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 Hopeful", where she was introduced to rugby, and a new way of life. We speak on her rise in sports, how awkward it was to enter into rugby, and the sacrifices and experiences she has had since entering into the rugby world.  Sponsored by  Rugby Outlet Mall: Enter code "Greaux Rugby" for 20% off all Rugby Outlet Mall exclusive material Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can
July 28, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Adam Gray-Hayward of Play On: The Movie (Episode 20)
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 movie, "Play On", about a cocky Scottish rugby player who comes to the United States to try and play for the Kansas City Chiefs. We talk about how he got into acting, what it was like to be on the set of Play On, what was one of his greatest achievements in acting,  and more.  Sponsored by------ Rugby Outlet Mall (Use coupon code "Greaux Rugby" for 20% off all Rugby Outlet Mall exclusive items) Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can documentary 
July 21, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Jackie Finlan of The Rugby Breakdown (Episode 19)
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 of women's sports, and has helped bring many players into the spotlight that may not have been before. This episode was actually done in 2017, so some of the recent events aren't mentioned, because we just weren't there yet. But, this is a great background look on her work. You can check out her website at  Sponsored by: Rugby Outlet Mall use coupon code, "Greaux Rugby" and get 20% off all Rugby Outlet Mall Exclusive Items  Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can
July 14, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Farrah Douglas, Head Coach for Mount St. Mary's Rugby (Episode 18)
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 administrator. On this episode Farrah speaks on how she got started with rugby, how she connects self identification with on-field play, and her journey navigates developing greater self-awareness of her environment and how it reflects on her philosophy of rugby.  Sponsored by-------- Rugby Outlet Mall Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can 
July 7, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Rashad Lipford, founder of North Carolina A&T Rugby (Episode 17)
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 team at the Historically Black College and University, North Carolina A&T. He's been developing the program over the last three years, getting the culture of the program together and has been loving every moment of it. Rashad talks to us about his background and how it came naturally to him to want to a lead the way to founding a rugby team in a historical manner. We also speak on the challenges that he has faced in sustaining school and sports.  Sponsored by:  Rugby Outlet Mall Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can Documentary Series
June 30, 2020
Greaux Rugby: James Brunson of North Philly Nomads (Featured in the 2019 movie "The Nomads") (Episode 16)
James Brunson, director and coach for the North Philly Nomads, has been a rugby evangelist since he started playing in college in Hartford, Connecticut. Over 20 years later he has gone from rugby player,  to rugby organizer, to rugby coach, to subject of a feature film, "The Nomads" featuring Tika Sumpter. Brunson has been on a pathway that has lead him to becoming a key figure in the development of youth rugby in the Philadelphia area.  Episode is sponsored by: Rugby Outlet Mall - Equipping you for freedom and connection via rugby Singapore to Tokyo: Anyway We Can - The 7 episode Documentary series, following two men who went on a mission to bike ride across southeast Asia on their way to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo, Japan. 
June 23, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Matthew Provost of Prairie View A&M Rugby (Episode 15)
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 Texas, he found himself at the historically black college and university, Prairie View A&M, which lead him down a world of personal change and introspection. Matt talks to us about his former football aspirations, why he decided attend and HBCU, how rugby and HBCUs need each other, and more.  Sponsored by: Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway You Can Documentary Series  Rugby Outlet Mall
June 16, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Nicholas Walcott of the Chicago Griffins Rugby Club (Episode 14)
Nicholas Walcott has had an extremely unique rugby journey. A from D1 College Football player who turned into one of the most influential nightclub promoters in the city of Chicago who found himself playing rugby professionally overseas. A major board member and former player for the Chicago Griffins Rugby Club, Nicholas has been receiving a wide perspective of the sports and rugby industry. A very introspective interview, with many layers.  Sponsored: Rugby Outlet Mall - Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway You Can Documentary Series 
June 9, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Gift Egbelu of Gift-Time Rugby Network (Episode 13)
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. 
June 2, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Cheta Emba of USA Rugby Women 7s and 15s (Episode 12)
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 about how she started in rugby, her experiences at the Rugby World Cup and the Olympics, and what her platform means to her. Sponsored by Rugby Outlet Mall, Use Promo Code "Greaux Rugby" for 20% all GTRN & HBCU Rugby Classic Gear Sponsored by Singapore To Tokyo: Anyway We Can Documentary Series
May 26, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Ram Eddings of Gray Wolves Rugby & Head Coach for Idaho State Rugby (Episode 11)
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 the perception of the sport when he helped to create the Gray Wolves, a predominately African-American rugby touring squad. For over 25 years they played tournaments, not only to just compete, but to establish rugby roots in black and brown communities that could use and opportunity.  Sponsored by Rugby Outlet  Mall Sponsored by documentary series, Singapore to Tokyo: Anyway We Can
May 19, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Charity Williams, Olympic Medalist for Canada Rugby 7s Women (Episode 10)
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 of the Olympics, while being the youngest player on the team. She also spoke on how she deals with opponents and what she's looking forward to for this next Olympics.  Charity Williams - Instagram Sponsored by Rugby Outlet Mall
May 12, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Seifuddin Saafir of Morehouse College Rugby (Episode 9)
Seifuddin "Seif" Saafir is former rugby player, and current co-coach of Morehouse College Rugby. Saafir was part of the first two Morehouse teams that attended the HBCU Rugby Classic's, and won the second one. Saafir spoke about how Morehouse College Rugby started, what it means to attend a historically black college and university, the challenges of developing rugby in a culture that isn't very aware of the sport, and more.  Sponsored by Rugby Outlet Mall Follow Morehouse College on Facebook and Instagram
May 6, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Blaine Scully the Former USA Rugby Captain and Professional Rugby Player (Episode 8)
Blaine Scully is the recently retired former USA Rugby Eagle National Team captain, as well as former player for the Leicester Tigers and Cardiff Blues in Premiership Rugby. Blaine took the time to sit down with us and discuss what it means to be a leader, how maturing in sports is not a linear path way and the ways he has gone about developing in his career. He also talks a little about his new podcast and what it means to him. Great listen and great information.  Sponsored by Rugby Outlet Mall - Helping to equip you for freedom and network for your journey via rugby
April 28, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Angela Elena of Switzerland National Women's Rugby Team (Episode 7)
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 has a message to tell. She has been featured on MTV, and other various media networks. Her love for rugby is unlike anyone you have ever met, and she is not afraid to show it. We had a great conversation about her origin stories in rugby, how the country of Fiji changed her life, and how she decided to spread her message of rugby utilizing Instagram.  Follow Angie Elena on IG @ElenaAngieRugby ------------------------------------------------------------ Sponsored by Rugby Outlet Mall
April 21, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Chisa Egbelu of PeduL (Episode 6)
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 rugby athletes and connecting with corporations for future work, how they got started, and what the USA market is looking for students. Check out PeduL on their website: Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @WearePeduL
April 14, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Phil Thiel, former USA Rugby XVs and Saracens Rugby player (Episode 5)
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 team, as well as post-professional sports life and fatherhood. A Great conversation with a great guy.  Enjoy it! Sponsor: Rugby Outlet Mall: Equipping you for Freedom and Connection on your journey, through rugby.                  Rugby Outlet Mall (website)                  Rugby Outlet Mall (Facebook)                  Rugby Outlet Mall (Instagram)                  Rugby Outlet Mall (Twitter)
April 7, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Rhahim Vital and Michael Toussaint of Prairie View A&M Rugby (Episode 4)
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 Classic back in 2018, and again in 2019. We were preparing for a third comeback here in 2020, but coronavirus struck down. Great interview talking about the impact of rugby on HBCU's (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), the impact that rugby had on their lives, the origin story of the team, how it connects the community together, and more. This is a great sit down for everyone interested in rugby culture and development.   Prairie View A&M Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram  GiftTime Rugby Network: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube  HBCU Rugby Classic: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube
March 31, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Naya Tapper of USA Rugby Eagles Women (Episode 3)
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 about the origins of Naya, as well as what she's doing to try and secure her future while utilizing this global platform of rugby. We get to deep dive into some of the advantages and disadvantages that she's had while advancing her career, and more.  Find Naya Tapper  Instagram: @NayaTapper YouTube: Naya Tapper Twitter: @NayaTapper
March 23, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Dave Rimes - USA High School All-American (Episode 2)
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, Atlantis High School Rugby, as well as a member of the USA High School All-Americans. Rimes has faced his set of challenges during his rugby journey, many coming from his handling of the type 1 diabetes that he carries. We talk about his journey and motivations for why he plays rugby. 
March 20, 2020
Greaux Rugby: Kyle and Tiana Granby of R.O.O.T.S Rugby (Episode 1)
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 Kyle Granby. R.O.O.T.S Rugby is a touring rugby team that uplifts and brings together players of the African diaspora from all countries, to come play rugby with them at different tournaments around the world. 
March 16, 2020