“One more win and you’re in.” That was on the San Diego Legion and the Austin Elite’s minds when the teams clashed on Sunday night at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif. With a bid to the Major League Rugby playoffs at stake, the Legion capitalized on Austin’s turnovers and penalties to defend their home field for a 31-17 victory and entrance to the postseason.
The San Diego win places the Legion... Read More
Saturday’s matches of Major League Rugby’s penultimate weekend were full of excitement, high scoring, and drama for the playoff hunt. A total of 18 tries were dotted down on Saturday as scoring came in bursts in both tests. After trailing at the half, NOLA took advantage of Utah’s high error count to score three straight tries and a penalty to give the Gold enough cushion to beat the Warriors, 46... Read More
Starting with a phone call in late 2017 about a possible east coast rivalry for Major League Rugby, the adventure that is professional rugby in the District of Columbia is alive and building momentum. Ever since the official announcement less than a month ago, founders Chris Dunlavey and Paul Sheehy have been working tirelessly to set up the MLR expansion team in nation’s capital.
With an... Read More
In a pivotal match to stay in the Major League Rugby playoff picture, the San Diego Legion turned in a dominant performance in New Orleans, La. against the NOLA Gold. Playing an open, up-tempo strategy that kept the ball in NOLA’s territory for most of the game, San Diego’s mix of driving mauls and capitalizing on the counterattack resulted in a 39-22 road victory and the third win of the season... Read More
With a pair of victories on Friday night, the Glendale Raptors and the Seattle Seawolves further separated themselves from the pack of Major League Rugby with two weeks left until the playoffs. The wins secured each club a spot in inaugural playoffs beginning on June 30th.
Both squads endured a fierce fight from the Houston Sabercats and the Austin Elite where each team’s defenses stepped up late... Read More
In its final home game of the season at Starfire Stadium, the Seattle Seawolves feasted on the NOLA Gold for their fourth victory of the year. The 55-26 win puts the Pacific Northwest squad in first place in the MLR with three games to go. Seattle’s seven-try offensive output is the most points scored by any team this season and the Seawolves hope to add to their three-game winning streak this... Read More
For 80 minutes, two teams fighting to stay in the MLR playoff hunt engaged in a battle of Fijian flair and brute force. After changing the lead six times, the Utah Warriors grabbed the advantage with ten minutes left and the defense held on for the 36-30 victory over the Houston Sabercats. With the decisive road win, Utah remains in playoff contention with a 2-3 record while Houston falls to 1-4... Read More
Defense turned into offense for the Austin Elite on Friday night as the hometown boys came ready to play. Playing in Round Rock, Texas, Austin used its bye week to shore up the defense and the Elite executed the gameplan for a 31-5 victory over the San Diego Legion.
“We worked extra hard on our defense to stay in line and in our defensive patterns,” Austin coach Pedrie Wannenburg said. “In the... Read More
In the mailbox today was that most rare of items, a personalized letter with the address hand written on the envelope. It was from my sister, and, for a second, I thought it might be a check with long lost funds from an unknown relative.
No check. It was a newspaper clipping about rugby from the Rockville Centre Herald, a small paper on Long Island, New York. We grew up in Rockville Centre, where... Read More
The West won three of the divisions of USA Club Rugby last season and a strong crop of squads battled in Fort Worth, Texas this past weekend to contend for this year’s crown. When the dust finally settled, Belmont Shore, the Life West Gladiatrix, the Denver Barbarians, the St. Louis Sabres, and Austin Blacks will join the five teams from the East in two weeks for the Club National Championships... Read More