Major League Rugby officially launched with a press release Thursday, announcing that it will get off the ground in 2018 with nine teams across the country – Glendale, Colo., Kansas City, Dallas, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, Seattle, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City. News and rumor about the entity had slowly been trickling out over the last several months, but Thursday’s release was the first... Read More
Since news broke of the business practices of PRO Rugby and owner/CEO Doug Schoninger last week, the American rugby community has circled its wagons. The clearest evidence of its mobilization is the money raised to cover PRO's outstanding bill with a non-profit restaurant.
Plates is an extension of the Saint John's Program for Real Change, an organization which serves homeless mothers and their... Read More
In response to finger-pointing from PRO Rugby owner and CEO Doug Schoninger, who blasted an email Tuesday informing of the termination of all player contracts, USA Rugby issued a release.
"USA Rugby categorically denies any and all allegations purported by PRO Rugby Tuesday, Dec. 20, and is saddened to hear of the planned termination of all valid contracts signed by athletes that have fulfilled... Read More
Less than a week after pulling the plug on its San Francisco team, PRO Rugby alerted all of its players they’re being terminated. In his message to players, owner and CEO Doug Schoninger assigned blame to USA Rugby. He alleges the national governing body didn't sufficiently protect PRO's exclusive sanctioning rights.
Schoninger wrote that he is hopeful that PRO and USA Rugby will be able to... Read More
The San Francisco Rush are no more. PRO Rugby CEO and owner Doug Schoninger sent out an email Thursday informing players and coaches the team would not continue, citing venue issues.
"With no suitable venue available, we are forced to make the hard choice of terminating operations for the SF Rush and terminating all employees, effective immediately," Schoninger's email read. "I am particularly... Read More
Now that the Olympics are over—well, the rugby part anyway—it is time to reflect on the first season of PRO Rugby. Does this first year gie us a sense of the kind of on-field identity the league will have? Does looking at the data from PRO add to or challenge the conventional wisdom?
The game is wonderfully complicated, but when the whistle is blown for a penalty there is a moment in which the... Read More
With the first PRO Rugby season complete, it is time to name a Season 15, Play of the Season, and MVP. As much as I like to keep things quantitative, there is certainly some qualitative influence.
Team of the Season
Jamie Mackintosh – Over and over again, Mackintosh was a steadying influence for Ohio in attack. He also brought an aggression that served the side well.
Zach Fenoglio – He did... Read More
It took Ohio all 80 minutes to manage a win against Denver, but the victory was not enough to win the first PRO Rugby title. Ohio scored a converted try in the final play to make the final score 32-25. The crowd in Obetz celebrated the final score which gave Ohio the win, though those heroics were not enough for them to end at the top of the table.
Denver headed into the match four points up on... Read More
News has broken recently of the Guinness Pro 12 considering an American franchise. This isn’t a new idea, but the fact that the CEO of the Irish Rugby Football Union is talking about it, as is outgoing USA Rugby Board chairman Bob Latham, lends more weight to the possibility.
Here’s a story from the Welsh media on why the move might make sense for the Pro 12, despite the obvious logistical... Read More
It is a pretty neat trick that the first PRO Rugby season that does not have a championship game still has a championship game. When Ohio hosts Denver, the winner will end up at the top of the table and, therefore, will be the year one champion.
There are two big questions floating around in my head this week: Who is going to win in the match between Denver and Ohio, and what happened to San... Read More