Seven teams will participate in Major League Rugby’s inaugural season in the coming months, and there are talks of others joining in 2019, including north of the border in Ontario and Vancouver. Rugby Today has confirmed another will join the party in 2019. Tentatively named “Rugby Club New York”, the MLR is coming to the Big Apple.
James Kennedy, the chairman of the New York MLR club, is an... Read More
After an exciting fall season of DI Club Rugby, the waves of change are cresting in the New Year. The number of clubs in DI has been declining in the past few years and now stands at 30 teams, down from 43 last season. Also the traditional format in the National Playoffs is being challenged for the sake of player safety and more changes may need to be enacted with the arrival of Major League... Read More
None of these guys have done this before. There is plenty of college, club and international rugby experience sprinkled throughout the movers and shakers of Major League Rugby, and even some veteran professional players and coaches, but not a single CEO, general manager, director of rugby or head coach of an MLR franchise has ever assembled a professional team from scratch to play in a league... Read More
Major League Rugby released its inaugural schedule Thursday. Each of the seven founding teams will play each other once, and two teams twice, over the course of 10 weeks from April 21-June 24. That gives them eight regular season games, four home and four away, and two bye weeks each.
With an odd number of teams, a completely level schedule didn’t fit. So some teams will no doubt end up playing... Read More
Starting back in mid-August, the DI Club Marathon Midwest began and it ended Saturday 14 weeks later. Metropolis traveled to Columbus, Ohio with its undefeated record intact and lost by a point to Scioto Valley. The second place Chicago Lions fell for the second week in a row to Cincinnati, 31-8, and the Kansas City Blues edged a competitive Palmer College side, 32-29. Lastly, Milwaukee improved... Read More
The penultimate Saturday of DI Club Rugby in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest saw the conference leaders remain undefeated with all of the other squads grinding for position. Rocky Gorge and Metropolis won their respective games while the Chicago Lions were defeated in a high-scoring affair against Columbus. The Blues of the Norfolk and Kansas City variety were victorious as well as Pittsburgh and... Read More
Roughly 10 months after word leaked out of the existence of a professional rugby team in Houston, six months after the signing of a head coach and the first player, and five months after holding an open combine to identify talent, the Houston Sabercats took the field for the first time Saturday. They scrimmaged the Austin Blacks, and though the contest was broken into four quarters and not an... Read More
CBS Sports Network will be the broadcast home of Major League Rugby. Announced Tuesday, the exclusive multi-year deal will see 13 matches shown on CBS Sports Network, including 10 weeks of regular season coverage, highlighted by a game of the week, with two weeks of postseason coverage, including the semifinals and final.
“We look forward to being the television home of Major League Rugby,” said... Read More
With the fall season coming to a close in DI Club Rugby, the late schedule games are becoming much more important. The Atlantic North schedule concluded with a NYAC 52-39 win against Old Blue, but Blue walked away with the ARP title. In the Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Gorge handed the Norfolk Blues its first loss in an epic 21-17 hit fest while Pittsburgh and Schuylkill River also won. The marathon... Read More
Dramatic comebacks and near-comebacks littered the DI club rugby scene on Saturday. In the ARP, it was Life with a road 45-35 win over Old Blue and NYAC ringing up 80 points on Mystic River. The Mid-Atlantic saw Washington Irish upset Pittsburgh, Schuylkill River with another dramatic win, and Rocky Gorge setting up a battle for first place with Norfolk next week. The Chicago Lions got back on... Read More