None of these guys have done this before. There is plenty of college, club and international rugby experience sprinkled throughout the movers and shakers of Major League Rugby, and even some veteran professional players and coaches, but not a single CEO, general manager, director of rugby or head coach of an MLR franchise has ever assembled a professional team from scratch to play in a league... Read More
Major League Rugby released its inaugural schedule Thursday. Each of the seven founding teams will play each other once, and two teams twice, over the course of 10 weeks from April 21-June 24. That gives them eight regular season games, four home and four away, and two bye weeks each.
With an odd number of teams, a completely level schedule didn’t fit. So some teams will no doubt end up playing... Read More
Roughly 10 months after word leaked out of the existence of a professional rugby team in Houston, six months after the signing of a head coach and the first player, and five months after holding an open combine to identify talent, the Houston Sabercats took the field for the first time Saturday. They scrimmaged the Austin Blacks, and though the contest was broken into four quarters and not an... Read More
While most of the original six Major League Rugby franchises were announcing player signings left and right, Utah was taking the slow and steady approach. But shortly after unveiling the nickname, Warriors, and the hiring of Kiwi head coach Alf Daniels, Utah made arguably the biggest signing of them all in bringing BYU star-turned-Chicago Bear Paul Lasike back to the game of rugby.
Lasike first... Read More
CBS Sports Network will be the broadcast home of Major League Rugby. Announced Tuesday, the exclusive multi-year deal will see 13 matches shown on CBS Sports Network, including 10 weeks of regular season coverage, highlighted by a game of the week, with two weeks of postseason coverage, including the semifinals and final.
“We look forward to being the television home of Major League Rugby,” said... Read More
USA Rugby’s Congress assembles this weekend in Austin, Texas, and two expected hot topics are PRO Rugby and the performance of the national governing body’s Board of Directors.
The former makes sense because this is the first Congress assembly since the uncovering of PRO’s horde of unpaid employees and vendors, and the latter because some well-known members of the rugby community have been... 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
Longstanding USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville is leaving the United States to become the director of professional rugby for the Rugby Football Union, English rugby's governing body. Melville was already stepping down as CEO of USA Rugby to take on the same role with Rugby International Marketing, the governing body's new for-profit arm. Now, he will be out of American rugby altogether in any formal... Read More