Player signings continue to clog the offseason Major League Rugby marquee, and for good reason, but the biggest news since our last update might be on the sideline, as Seattle has announced a new coach in Anton Moolman.
The Seawolves famously won the inaugural title on the shoulders of player/coach Phil Mack after previously announced head man Tony Healy was unable to secure a visa, resulting in... Read More
With the start of the second season just about four months away, news seems to be hurtling out of Major League Rugby at record pace. The two biggest recent developments include the reported confirmation of the Ontario Arrows for the 2019 season and the inclusion of teams in Atlanta and New England for 2020.
The Arrows news hasn’t been confirmed by a Major League Rugby announcement, but it’s been... Read More
Le Figaro, the second largest newspaper in France, published an article that Pierre Arnald, former head of the Stade Francais French national stadium, has joined Rugby United New York as Director General of this Major League Rugby club. In addition, Arnald stated that he invested $1 million in the new enterprise started by RUNY president James Kennedy.
His reasoning for accepting the appointment... Read More
Twenty years ago, in May 1998, witnessed the finals of the Harp Super League in its second season. The game determined then the best club in the country among top 16-teams spread from coast-to-coast. Belmont Shore defeated Old Blue of New York 28-10, a convincing win for the Long Beach-based club. The game marked the second year Old Blue made it into the finals.
Belmont Shore at 6-1 advanced to... Read More
Starting on Saturday, DI Club 15s are back. The last time we saw the league in action Mystic River captured its second national championship in three years with a gutsy 25-24 victory over Belmont Shore in Glendale, Colo. The three eastern conferences begin the fall 2018 season this Saturday with many new additions and intriguing matchups, while the west and Red River starts in the spring.
The... Read More
Major League Rugby’s second season kicks off in just over five months. Some details are still being ironed out, while others are set, and some seem to be set, but the concrete’s still drying.
There will almost certainly be nine teams. The league office isn’t publicly concerned about the wherewithal of its original seven clubs, though there are murmurs of New Orleans and Austin running lean. So... Read More
PRO Rugby try leader Aaron “Spike Davis” has reportedly been banned for four years by World Rugby for doping. Davis popped positive on a January test, the report says, for metabolites.
A former defensive tackle at SMU, Davis exploited a massive size advantage as a wing, pulverizing his way to 14 tries for the second-place Ohio Aviators. Mysteriously, Davis hadn’t joined any of his former PRO... Read More
Three-cap Paul Mullen has been signed to the Newcastle Falcons on a four-month trial contract. The Irish-born, American-educated scrum specialist played sparingly for the Houston Sabercats during the inaugural MLR season, but he follows Paul Lasike, Bryce Campbell and Ben Landry in the move from the budding American league to overseas.
"Paul has broken through to the full international scene in... Read More
Rugby United New York has announced three signings in recent weeks – that of general manager James English, English star Ben Foden, and head coach Mike Tolkin. English is on the job, though unreachable for interview, and he and Tolkin are trying to assemble a team.
Foden, though, is embroiled in controversy, and it’s unclear if or when he’ll end up joining RUNY. News broke recently of an... Read More
The Chicago Lions Rugby organization, established in 1964, will be fielding their first ever Women's Fifteens side this fall and compete in the Midwest Rugby Union and USA Rugby Division 2. While the Chicago Lions have fielded a highly competitive Women's 7's team since 2012 coached by Jeremy Nash, they have never assembled a fifteens team.
The Chicago Lions have been interested in expanding... Read More