The Major League Rugby preseason rolled on Saturday as NOLA Gold finally won its first match and Rugby United New York won in Massachusetts against Mystic River.
Austin Elite at NOLA Gold
Finally after its fifth preseason match, NOLA Gold earned its first victory by decisively defeating the Austin Elite, 48-17. At Archbishop Shaw Field in Marrero, La., the time spent working on team chemistry and... Read More
Episode No. 2 features USA and Sale Sarks flyhalf AJ MacGinty, who returned from a torn MCL to help the Sharks put 58 points on Worcester in his first game back. Joining Pat and AJ is Bruce McLane, coach of Major League Rugby's Rugby United New York. We talk Eagles, MacGinty's time in the USA, and a whole lot more.
RUGBY PatCast is a new podcast hosted by our associated editor, Pat Clifton. It... Read More
In front of a crowd of 9,176 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the Glendale Raptors blitzed the Utah Warriors, 42-15, in their first Major League Rugby preseason match. Glendale looked like the experienced and cohesive team it is known to be and continually exposed the Warriors on defense. After its inaugural match, Utah has plenty to work on before the season opener on April 29th against the... Read More
First episode of a new podcast by Pat Clifton, with Kyle Sumsion of the Houston Sabercats and Shaun Davies of the Glendale Raptors coming on to talk Major League Rugby, the Eagles and BYU. Davies and Sumsion compare the new league to the defunct PRO Rugby, drop some names and mostly make fun of each other.
Future episodes will be available on itunes and Google Play, but for now, the podcast is... Read More
A continuation of a winning streak, a tie, and an upset marked round six of the Pacific Rugby Premiership on Saturday. OMBAC turned in another fantastic performance stretching its perfect record to 6-0 with a 46-10 win over Olympic Club. In the battle for second place, Belmont Shore and SFGG traded blows back and forth ending in a 36-36 draw and lastly, Santa Monica earned its first win of the... Read More
Major League Rugby answered one of the biggest lingering questions heading into its maiden season Tuesday, announcing a broadcast deal with the worldwide leader, ESPN. The deal will see every game not carried live on cable television via CBS Sports Network streamed live across ESPN's online platforms, making every MLR match available to cable subscribers who get both ESPN and CBS Sports Network... Read More
The first match for the newest associate member of Major League Rugby went better than expected as Rugby United New York used a dominant first half to defeat the Ontario Arrows on Saturday, 36-19. The match is a culmination of tons of hard work from the players, coaches, front office, and support staff to get the team prepared for the match.
“[The match was] amazing and really special,” RUNY... Read More
After five weeks of competitive play in the Pacific Rugby Premiership, it is getting crowded at the top of the standings. With its 41-3 blitzkrieg against Santa Monica, OMBAC stands alone in first place at 5-0. Three teams are tied at 3-2 with Belmont Shore and SFGG at 16 standing points and Life West just two behind with 14 points. Life West has pulled itself back into contention with three... Read More
Round Four of the Pacific Rugby Premiership saw OMBAC remain undefeated while Belmont Shore and Life West kept pace with victories on Saturday. OMBAC doubled up SFGG, 28-14, to win its fourth game of the season and Belmont pushed its record to 3-1 with a 19-3 defeat of Santa Monica. Lastly, Life West got back to 0.500 with a 55-22 drubbing of Olympic Club.
SFGG at OMBAC
In the marquee match of... Read More
For the first Major League Rugby preseason game at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., the Raptors showed their rugby prowess and professionalism handing NOLA Gold a 38-14 defeat. Behind a two-try performance from Harley Davidson, Glendale leaped out to a 19-0 lead and never looked back.
“We were able to play through the phases, create some pressure, and make some good line breaks,” Glendale head... Read More