The rugby story that grabbed international headlines this week concerned French rugby star, Mathieu Bastareaud’s announcement that he will play for New York’s Major League Rugby team, RUNY, starting next season. He will be on loan from his home club, Toulon, for one year, after which time, ostensibly, he will return to play in France.
Bastareaud possesses the highest rugby bona fides of a top... Read More
Major League Rugby is still working the bugs out of its core business – selling a compelling professional 15s competition to America. A few markets are drawing significant crowds and seeing improved attendance. Some are struggling mightily to get any traction at all.
For now, and the near future, the league needs to affix some sort of tunnel vision toward attracting more fans and generating more... Read More
Heineken Cup European Championship Final- The 2018/2019 finale will feature Saracens v. Leinster. The match is scheduled for May 18 in Newcastle's St. James Park. This year's quarterfinals showed three Irish sides, two French fifteens, two Scottish clubs, and one England.
Saracens, currently, the second placed club in the English Premiership, defeated Glasgow 56-27 in the opening quarterfinal... Read More
The CVC Capital Partners investment group in Luxembourg is poised to complete a potential European trifecta of rugby investment, obtaining minority equity participation in the Six Nations Championship, English Premiership, and the Guinness Pro 14, the latter composed of clubs from Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Italy, and South Africa.
The CVC group boasts of $75 billion in asset management, with $116... Read More
Women's 7s in Japan - This weekend marks the fourth stop on the HSBC Women's Sevens circuit when 12-teams match up in Kitakyushu.
The USA schedule for Saturday April 20th:
v. England at 10:52 a.m.
v. Fiji at 13:36 p.m.
v. Ireland at 16.20 p.m.
The Eagles stand second in the rankings:
1. New Zealand - 60 points
2. USA - 48
3. Canada - 46
4. Australia - 46
5. France - 32
The Black Ferns have won... Read More
Men's sessions to take place July 27-29 with Women's session happening July 31- August 1, 2020.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organizing committee has announced session times for the men’s and women’s rugby sevens competitions.
As previously announced, the sevens will take place at the iconic Tokyo Stadium, a Rugby World Cup 2019 host venue, from July 27 - August 1.
In a reverse to the Rio 2016... Read More
The British Rugby League is actively considering placing a team in New York City in its tier three division, League One. This would follow the successful introduction of the Toronto Wolfpack in 2017. The Wolfpack averaged 6,000 fans, significantly above the 2,500 RFL average across all teams and all divisions in Great Britain.
Part of the reason for the Wolfpack’s excellent attendance was their... Read More
Major League Rugby- The eleventh week of play continues this Saturday and Sunday with four games. The schedule follows:
Day Date Visitor Home Time TV
Sat. 4/13 Utah NOLA 3 p.m. ET Cox, ESPN+
Sat. 4/13 Seattle Houston 6 p.m. ET Facebook Watch, KUBE, Root
Sun. ... Read More
Author: Penn Mutual CEO Eileen McDonnell
Moving into year five of our sponsorship of rugby, we are thrilled at the growth of the sport and the positive impact it is having on college campuses and the national teams for both men and women. One of the main reasons Penn Mutual decided to get behind rugby was the gender balance that exists within the sport. Men and women play with the same size ball... Read More
Here are two important facts that are sidebars to the 2019 Major League Rugby attendance figures to date: (1) Major League Lacrosse does not begin its 2019 season until May 31, and (2) the English Championship League (the second tier RFU league) generates attendance lower (in most cases) than Major League Rugby.
The 2019 MLR attendance averages, part observation, part conjecture, are down from... Read More