For Will Magie, success on the rugby pitch has come frequently this season. After winning the Americas Rugby Championship in Argentina with the USA Eagles last weekend, he’s now focused on the Glendale Raptors and their Major Rugby Championship pursuit. Magie joined Mile High Sports to discuss the Raptors’ upcoming match against Rugby Utah, as well as his recent success with the Eagles.
“We’re expecting a pretty physical game; also we don’t know tons about them since this is their first outing,” Magie said about the Raptors’ March 11 match against Rugby Utah. “A lot of teams out of Utah are very big, physical size and we expect them to come at that full force.”
The Raptors have come out of the gates swinging this season, winning four games by double-digits and posting 50 or more points in three of those victories.
“We just can’t get carried away after we’ve had a really good start to the season,” Magie said about maintaining a championship focus. “We know that every game is a different challenge, and that will start this weekend against Rugby Utah, who is sort of a new team that’s been put together by the best players out of Utah.”
Although Magie is returning to Glendale this weekend, he recently helped the Eagles bring home the Americas Rugby Championship title. Magie scored his first international try, which helped break a 3-3 tie at the time.
“Chris Baumann managed to turn the ball over basically right on our own try line, our captain Nate Augspurger ran about 95 meters and I was just trying to keep up with him,” said Magie about the play. “I managed to pick the ball up off the ground after he threw it to me, and I managed to crawl over the line, which was much amusement to teammates and friends who have been giving me stick ever since.”
The Raptors square off against Rugby Utah this Saturday, March 11 at 3 p.m. at Infinity Park.
Listen to the full interview with Will Magie, as well as his thoughts on his experience at the American Rugby Championship, in the podcast below.
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