The end of the 2008 Super League witnessed a thrilling sudden death victory for the New York Athletic Club against Belmont Shore, the only side that beat the Manhattan club that year. The score was 31-28, the game played inside Glendale’s Infinity Park, Colorado.
The Super League final brought together NYAC at 6-1 in regular season play versus 5-2 for the west coast fifteen. It was a consummate... Read More
Annually, the DII National Club Championship takes a back seat to the more noted DI National Club crown. Better American players migrate to the more prestigious DI clubs, usually, in larger cities,
In May 1998, the DII finale was held in San Diego, where four regional sides gathered to contest the title. These were Wisconsin (a recent spin off from the Milwaukee RFC), Worcester, Mass., Frederick... Read More
USA Rugby’s membership is in sharp decline. With a little over two months left in the national governing body’s year, which runs September through August, USA Rugby is on pace to have its lowest member total since 2011, according to a database USA Rugby shared with its congress.
The bleed has come exclusively in the last two years, with the organization set to lose 14,000 members since 2017,... Read More
Major League Rugby’s second season comes to a close Sunday, when the San Diego Legion play host to the defending champion Seattle Seawolves in the grand final. The sophomore campaign had its ups and downs but appears to be ending on a resoundingly positive note.
Robust crowds took in exciting semifinals in Seattle and San Diego. Those at Torero Stadium were treated to an instant classic, as Joe... Read More
Major League Rugby confirmed its expansion plans for the 2020 season Thursday, amid its sophomore season. The New England Free Jacks, Old Glory DC and Rugby ATL round out the 12-team league, which will be split between eastern and western conferences for the third rendition.
The Mississippi River is the dividing line, with New Orleans, Atlanta, D.C., New England, New York and Toronto making up... Read More
The New England Free Jacks, one of the new entrants in Major League Rugby (MLR), have implemented many solid initiatives before they begin league play next year. Under the aegis of Alex Magleby, the CEO, the team has engaged in preliminary efforts in its exhibition year to generate local awareness in the New England market, especially, the greater Boston area.
The first step was to affix an... Read More
Old Glory DC has unveiled its brand ahead of entry into Major League Rugby next season. Owners Paul Sheehy and Chris Dunlavey announced the patriotic-themed logo and name for the first professional rugby team in the nation's capitol Wednesday.
“The response to our Name the Team challenge was incredible, with close to 1,000 fans participating,” Co-owner Paul Sheehy said. “We had so many great... Read More
The second week of Major League Rugby’s sophomore season ushered in the Americas Rugby Championship era. For about six weeks, all nine teams will struggle to replace players lost to international duty. The dynamic is one of the bigger storylines to follow as the league settles into its chosen window.
Couple the ARC absences with early injuries and teams still waiting on some of their foreign... Read More
Ten points separated all eight active teams the opening week of Major League Rugby’s second season. San Diego's Paddy Ryan shoved New York's Paddy Ryan, Houston's Sam Windsor put his hand up for the MVP award as the Sabercats broke a seven-game losing streak, and both expansion teams showed well, one in victory and the other in defeat.
The quartet of matches kicked off Saturday with the NOLA Gold... Read More
None of the original seven teams turned their roster over more than the NOLA Gold in the offseason. Only 11 of the match-day-23 announced for their season opener against Toronto Saturday were involved in last year’s debut. For good reason, as the Gold finished 3-5 and in second-to-last place in 2018.
Injuries to vital players piled up on the Gold at the front end of last season, rendering them ... Read More