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
Major league Rugby’s highly-anticipated second season kicks off Saturday. Three big-picture narratives will dominate the MLR’s second go – sustainability, expansion and seasonality. The first column took a dive into sustainability, while the second focuses on expansion.
There are more teams and a higher salary cap, but the biggest difference in year two may well be the scope of the season. 2018... Read More
Major league Rugby’s highly-anticipated second season kicks off in a couple of weeks. Friday through Sunday, all but one of the league’s nine teams are in preseason action. As week one approaches, watch this space as we examine top storylines, project breakout players and prognosticate the season.
Three big-picture narratives will dominate the MLR’s second go – sustainability, expansion and... Read More
Samu Manoa's time with the Cardiff Blues has come to an end, as the club has granted the 33-year-old forward a compassionate release. Manoa signed with Cardiff in July, started the season late due to a lingering injury, played sparingly for the Blues, as well as the Eagles during the November tests, and has returned to his home in California.
Manoa signed his first international contract with... 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.
This week, AJ MacGInty's boss, Steve Diamond, is under fire for repeatedly bullying reporters. Samu Manoa returns home. Falcons in South America. Arrows Mafia? And we continue the... Read More