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
Expansion teams aren’t usually burdened by expectation, but when you’re just one season behind the pack, you ink the most decorated player in the entire league, activate half-a-dozen Eagles to make their MLR debut, assemble a roster void of glaring weaknesses, bring on a proven coach and represent Gotham, you can’t avoid it.
Sunday, Rugby United New York takes the field for the first time in... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This week, newly-inked Utah Warrior and newly-capped Eagle Gannon Moore talks about his path to international and professional rugby. From Sioux Falls, SD to Southwest Minnesota State football to the Kansas City Blues to PRO Rugby to New Zealand to Utah, it's been a long, winding road for Moore. Also hear about... Read More
The United States government has been shut down for just over a month, and the ripple effect has reached a number of Major League Rugby teams. With the season kicking off Saturday, some are still waiting for the visas of overseas players to be approved, and a visa issue has caused a last-second coaching change for the defending champions.
For the second year in a row, the Seattle Seawolves have... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby. They are back to take a look at the USA's rosters for the ARC and Hamilton, and they're giddy over the start of MLR's sophomore season. They pick the full slate of week 1 games, and make... Read More