Major League Rugby’s second season kicks off in just over five months. Some details are still being ironed out, while others are set, and some seem to be set, but the concrete’s still drying.
There will almost certainly be nine teams. The league office isn’t publicly concerned about the wherewithal of its original seven clubs, though there are murmurs of New Orleans and Austin running lean. So... Read More
PRO Rugby try leader Aaron “Spike Davis” has reportedly been banned for four years by World Rugby for doping. Davis popped positive on a January test, the report says, for metabolites.
A former defensive tackle at SMU, Davis exploited a massive size advantage as a wing, pulverizing his way to 14 tries for the second-place Ohio Aviators. Mysteriously, Davis hadn’t joined any of his former PRO... Read More
Three-cap Paul Mullen has been signed to the Newcastle Falcons on a four-month trial contract. The Irish-born, American-educated scrum specialist played sparingly for the Houston Sabercats during the inaugural MLR season, but he follows Paul Lasike, Bryce Campbell and Ben Landry in the move from the budding American league to overseas.
"Paul has broken through to the full international scene in... Read More
Former Seattle Seawolves head coach Tony Healy has sued the team’s ownership group, Seattle Rugby, LLC, and owner Adrian Balfour for breach of contract, failure to pay wages, and willful withholding of wages. The suit, filed in King County Superior Court on June 28, is seeking $43,000 in pay, damages and legal fees.
Healy, a Canadian national, was announced as the Seawolves head coach in October... Read More
NEW YORK (July 23, 2018)- Rugby United New York, New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, has signed English rugby star Ben Foden for the 2019 Major League Rugby season, the team announced today.
Foden started his career in 2004 with the Gallagher Premiership’s Sale Sharks. Foden made the move to the Northampton Saints in 2008 and has spent the last 10 seasons with the club. Over that... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular pdcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this week's episode, Rugby Today contributor Jake Frechette joins Pat for an old school S.W.O.T. analysis of Major League Rugby post-inaugural season. We also discuss what we think we know about the rules of engagement for the offseason and what to expect in season two. And we talk #RWC7s because why not?
The... Read More
In the 46th minute of the Major League Rugby final Saturday, Chad London suffered a concussion as a result of being kneed in the back of the head by Seattle second row Cam Polson. The Glendale center then exited the game and didn’t return. It was the second time in the match Polson, who was allowed to play the full 80 minutes, used his knee to strike an opponent laying on the ground.
On the... Read More
The Seattle Seawolves won the inaugural Major League Rugby title with a 23-19 defeat of the Glendale Raptors at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif Saturday. There were five lead changes in the back-and-forth contest, with the result not finalized until full time. Seattle openside flanker Vili Toluta'u was named the MVP of the championship game.
Seattle drew first blood in the 10th minute via a... Read More
Seattle improved to 2-1 with a gritty 31-29 win at NOLA Gold Saturday. The first half was almost all in the favor of the home team, as the Gold pumped in three tries to Seattle’s one, taking a 15-10 into halftime.
However, NOLA left nine points on tee, not converting a single conversion and missing a point-blank penalty. Seattle would string together 21 consecutive points in the middle third of... Read More
Monday Morning Halfback is a new weekly snack-sized version of the RUGBY PatCast. It's a shorter podcast featuring Houston Sabercats captain Kyle Sumsion. Going forward, every Monday morning you'll be able to wake up to a quick discussion on the weekend's slate of games. To kick it off, here's a preview of what to expect to start your week. We discuss all fo the Major League Rugby results and... Read More