One of the newest MLR franchises has struck one of the most dynamic independent agreements in league history, as the New England Free Jacks will welcome the developmental sides from all four Irish provinces in the spring. Each visiting side wills scrimmage the Free Jacks once and another provincial side once.
The four provinces produce Ireland’s professional clubs, and these sides are full of... Read More
There are four new venues for the upcoming Major League Rugby season. Two belong to expansions franchises in New York and Toronto, while the two Texas teams have also relocated.
Rugby United New York will play at MCU Park off the famous Coney Island boardwalk. The 7,000-seat stadium is the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team, but it’s also hosted the New York Cosmos soccer... Read More
Returning teams continue to add new talent and re-sign veterans, while the lone 2019 expansion team continues to announce expected signees and both 2020 expansion franchises make front office moves.
In non-personnel news, the two-game preseason series between Glendale and Utah has been canceled. It was supposed to kick off Saturday.
With Tiger Rugby’s Paul Holmes rumored to involved in... Read More
With the start of the second season just about four months away, news seems to be hurtling out of Major League Rugby at record pace. The two biggest recent developments include the reported confirmation of the Ontario Arrows for the 2019 season and the inclusion of teams in Atlanta and New England for 2020.
The Arrows news hasn’t been confirmed by a Major League Rugby announcement, but it’s been... Read More
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