It all started in the fall of 2006 with one massive personality and some big dreams. From the beginning, they’ve done things differently in Glendale, a tiny hamlet landlocked by Denver, recruiting tactics included.
“I actually answered an ad for open tryouts in the Rocky Mountain News, which is a newspaper that doesn’t even exist anymore,” recalled lock Casey Rock, one of just two original... Read More
Houston is a burgeoning rugby town. With the Sabercats set to kickoff the inaugural Major League Rugby season Saturday on the back of a very promising slate of friendlies, and a fourth tier-one test in six years on tap for the summer, that seems obvious. But it hasn’t always.
If you grew up in the Houston rugby community Sabercats center Conor Mills did, it doesn’t seem real. There are a number... Read More
The Seattle Seawolves played their first preseason match this spring on Saturday against the Prairie Wolf Pack. The scrimmage was closed to the public and used it as a tune-up for its home opener this weekend versus the San Diego Legion. Rugby Today was able to speak with player/coach Phil Mack following the 47-7 victory.
Rugby Today: Who is playing for Seattle today?
Phil Mack: We had our full... Read More
The national collegiate playoffs are upon the American rugby world and the results went pretty much as expected. The favorites won and won convincingly, albeit for one closer than expected outcome. In the ramp up to MLR opening weekend on Saturday, Rugby United New York’s match against the Ontario Arrows in Canada was snowed out and the Seattle Seawolves play their only prep match today versus... Read More
For all but two of Major League Rugby’s original six teams, the next time they take the field will be for the trailblazing league’s inaugural regular season. The same weekend Austin plays at Glendale on CBS Sports Network in the first game of the week, Houston hosts NOLA and San Diego opens at Seattle, Utah plays a club team from Alberta, Canada. Seattle is still trying to get some kind of hit-... Read More
It was a bad weekend to be the home team in the Major League Rugby preseason. All three hosts lost on Saturday as the Glendale Raptors, NOLA Gold, and the Houston Sabercats picked up road wins to conclude their preseason schedules. Each club will now rest up, analyze the game film, and prepare for the season openers on April 21st.
Glendale Raptors at NYAC
The Raptors flew cross-country to Travers... Read More
College, club, and professional rugby are in the final preparation for the playoffs and the start of Major League Rugby season. For college, the D1A playoffs begin Saturday and the spring D1AA started this weekend. Club rugby has a few weeks left before the postseason, but the most of the MLR finished it’s preseason ahead of the openers on April 21st.
In a rematch between Saint Mary’s and Cal,... Read More
Every game is a learning experience and there will be plenty of lessons after Utah Warriors lost to the Ontario Arrows, 24-20. The victory is Ontario’s first of the spring while the Warriors suffered their second straight defeat. Utah will take time to lick its wounds and plays its final preseason game against the Alberta Wolfpack on April 20.
“We saw improvement in all areas on and off the field... Read More
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
With teams across the nation preparing for the playoffs, the end of March brought some dominant victories and surprising results. The teams in the collegiate ranks contined to jockey for position ahead of the postseason while wrapping up their conference schedules. In elite play, the MLR preseason ensued with some eye-opening outcomes and the big dogs in the PRP prevailed at Treasure Island.
Life... Read More