Some 120 or so players are now in pre-season training for PRO Rugby. Their first pay checks are supposed to be disseminated at the end of the month. Professional rugby, it appears, has arrived.
Not all five teams, in San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Denver and Columbus, have inked all their players or have all of them in camp. But the coaching staffs are finally in place, and the players are... Read More
Three Americans played for the Saracens in the first ever Premiership match held on United States soil. Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith started and played the full eighty minutes while youngster Titi Lamositele came on for the second half. All three represent the past, present and future of the American international side.
Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith have both retired from international competition... Read More
PRO Rugby now has five venues, five head coaches, at least one assistant coach for each team, a technical advisor and a schedule. The most important piece of the puzzle, players to actually take the field, is a work in progress, with lots of contract offers floating around.
The player contract situation is muddled just over a month out from the start of the league. Some players will be reporting... Read More
PRO Rugby is still purporting to kickoff this April, and some recent announcements have been made by the fledgling league. Some other decisions appear to have been made and not announced. Let’s catch up.
There are now going to be five teams instead of the originally planned six. Four of them have been announced via the league’s Facebook account – Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego and Columbus... Read More
London Irish operations director Bob Casey is in New York this week laying the groundwork for the Aviva Premiership club’s groundbreaking match with Saracens March 12, 2016 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The game marks the first Premiership regular-season match to be played off English soil, but it won’t likely be the last.
Casey said London Irish, the Premiership and The Legacy Agency, the... Read More
Pro Rugby North America is the name of the newest entity promising to bring the United States its first professional league. A Facebook page has emerged and an official announcement of some kind is supposed to be made Monday.
The man behind the effort is Doug Schoninger, who comes to rugby from the trading world. He has tabbed Stephen Lewis, coach of American Rugby Premiership club Old Blue, to... Read More
The National Rugby Football League announced its intent to host the Leicester Tigers in a one-off event called the Independence Cup via a press release Tuesday. The release claims Leicester will come stateside for a preseason match Aug. 1, 2015 with the "Rough Riders", a team of the NRFL's own cultivation, at a stadium to be named later. The release also said its inaugural season will kick off... Read More