It all started in the fall of 2006 with one massive personality and some big dreams. From the beginning, they’ve done things differently in Glendale, a tiny hamlet landlocked by Denver, recruiting tactics included.
“I actually answered an ad for open tryouts in the Rocky Mountain News, which is a newspaper that doesn’t even exist anymore,” recalled lock Casey Rock, one of just two original... Read More
Houston is a burgeoning rugby town. With the Sabercats set to kickoff the inaugural Major League Rugby season Saturday on the back of a very promising slate of friendlies, and a fourth tier-one test in six years on tap for the summer, that seems obvious. But it hasn’t always.
If you grew up in the Houston rugby community Sabercats center Conor Mills did, it doesn’t seem real. There are a number... Read More
The plans for a Vancouver entrant into Major League Rugby starting in 2019 were announced earlier this week via a release from the team-to-be’s investment group. Backing the Vancouver effort are Adrian Balfour and Karl Harrison. Balfour is the owner of the Seattle Seawolves, one of the MLR’s original seven franchises, and Harrison is an investor.
Their potential involvement in two MLR franchises... Read More
The Houston Sabercats beat Seattle Saracens 50-7 Saturday at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. It marked the first official preseason match for the Sabercats, with more than 5,300 people crossing the turnstiles to get a glimpse.
The home team scored nine tries, conceding just one to a powered down Seattle, which suited up few players under contract for the Seawolves, Seattle’s Major... Read More
Seven teams will participate in Major League Rugby’s inaugural season in the coming months, and there are talks of others joining in 2019, including north of the border in Ontario and Vancouver. Rugby Today has confirmed another will join the party in 2019. Tentatively named “Rugby Club New York”, the MLR is coming to the Big Apple.
James Kennedy, the chairman of the New York MLR club, is an... Read More
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