There was once a time when East Coast fifteens competed in a Second Division Championship, an opportunity for secondary clubs to play for their own title. In 1991, the Battleship RFC of Mobile, Alabama, triumphed 19-13 over Burlington, Vermont, in a game played at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The tournament entered its eighth iteration, and, for Battleship, the win marked their first victory from... Read More
The plans for a Vancouver entrant into Major League Rugby starting in 2019 were announced earlier this week via a release from the team-to-be’s investment group. Backing the Vancouver effort are Adrian Balfour and Karl Harrison. Balfour is the owner of the Seattle Seawolves, one of the MLR’s original seven franchises, and Harrison is an investor.
Their potential involvement in two MLR franchises... Read More
The pre-season debut of Major League Rugby (MLR) turned out to be a success as 5,300 fans passed through the turnstiles at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas, where the home side, the Houston Saber Cats, defeated the visiting Seattle Saracens. This marked the first of 12 exhibition games for the Saber Cats before the official league start on April 21.
MLR will represent the second attempt... Read More
The Houston Sabercats beat Seattle Saracens 50-7 Saturday at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. It marked the first official preseason match for the Sabercats, with more than 5,300 people crossing the turnstiles to get a glimpse.
The home team scored nine tries, conceding just one to a powered down Seattle, which suited up few players under contract for the Seawolves, Seattle’s Major... Read More
The origin of his story is run of the mill – played multiple sports growing up and found rugby in college. The rest, how his career in professional sport actually began with British basketball and morphed into authoring one of the great rags-to-riches tales in European rugby, is anything but.
In Mendon, Mich., like many small towns in America, football is king. The Hornets have enjoyed multiple... Read More
In a follow-up to the previous article on the future of club rugby, Rugby Today spoke with Erik Geib, the Club Department Manager of USA Rugby to get his perspective on the subject.
Rugby Today: What was USA Rugby's involvement in the revival of the Pacific Rugby Premiership and new format in the western competitive regions?
Erik Geib: There are several factors that go into this question.
1.)... Read More
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