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
(Editor's note: the original version of this article incorrectly and unfairly referenced San Francisco coach Paul Keeler. It's been removed.)
As the first PRO Rugby season comes to a close this weekend, there are two pressing questions at hand – who will be the first champion of professional rugby in America, and will there be a second season?
The answer to the former is either the Ohio Aviators... Read More
In this first season of PRO Rugby, Ohio has scored 52 tries in nine matches. In the matches in which their attack has looked good, which is all but two, it has looked almost unstoppable. What is going on?
Before going into some specifics about Ohio, here is a table with all the PRO tries scored so far broken down by the type of possession that resulted in the try.
Below is a map that shows... Read More
PRO Rugby’s Week 11 happens on Sunday, with Sacramento traveling to Denver and San Francisco to Ohio. There were two upsets in Week 10, with San Francisco beating San Diego and Ohio defeating Denver. The fundamentals, the underlying numbers, suggested that heading into Week 10, Ohio and San Francisco weren’t as far back from their hosts as their standings in the league table suggested.
What do... Read More
A few weeks ago, I posted a kind of "power rating" for PRO Rugby. The idea is to construct a rating system that looks beyond wins and losses to the underlying factors that contribute to wins and losses. In the process, the hope is also to better understand which factors of a match are actually most influential in determining how likely a team is to win.
Denver is top of the league table, and top... Read More
Alex Magleby, USA Rugby’s Performance Director, has been at the center of many of the most visible things happening in USA Rugby for the last year, even if he hasn’t been the most visible figure. For that reason, I was eager to chat with him while he was in Philadelphia last weekend to talk about, among other thing, the Eagles Elite Training Squad, expectations for the Eagles this summer, and PRO... Read More