The first kickoff of the inaugural MLR season was at Dyer Stadium in Houston, Texas where the NOLA Gold picked up its first-ever road win against the Houston Sabercats. After trailing 12-10 at the half, the Gold scored three tries in the second half for the 35-26 come back victory. NOLA has been improving in every match this year and the result was a big win to open up the MLR season.
“The key... Read More
After a 41-26 home opening win against the Austin Elite, the Glendale Raptor’s first match in the MLR ended with the result they wanted but not exactly how they wanted it. Dealing with a pair of red cards that reduced its numbers to 12 players at the end of the match, the Raptors offense built a big lead and the defense held off any semblance of a comeback.
“We scored more points and won the... Read More
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - The Utah Warriors opened the new Zions Bank Stadium with an impressive 80-12 drubbing of the Alberta Wolfpack in front of 3,143 fans. The Warriors were lead by Josh and Jared Whippy, originally from Fiji who combined for a total of 36 points. Josh Whippy accounted for 26 points and Jared for 10 points.
However, in the 73rd minute of play Josh Whippy suffered a compound... Read More
It all started in the fall of 2006 with one massive personality and some big dreams. From the beginning, they’ve done things differently in Glendale, a tiny hamlet landlocked by Denver, recruiting tactics included.
“I actually answered an ad for open tryouts in the Rocky Mountain News, which is a newspaper that doesn’t even exist anymore,” recalled lock Casey Rock, one of just two original... Read More
Houston is a burgeoning rugby town. With the Sabercats set to kickoff the inaugural Major League Rugby season Saturday on the back of a very promising slate of friendlies, and a fourth tier-one test in six years on tap for the summer, that seems obvious. But it hasn’t always.
If you grew up in the Houston rugby community Sabercats center Conor Mills did, it doesn’t seem real. There are a number... Read More
The Seattle Seawolves played their first preseason match this spring on Saturday against the Prairie Wolf Pack. The scrimmage was closed to the public and used it as a tune-up for its home opener this weekend versus the San Diego Legion. Rugby Today was able to speak with player/coach Phil Mack following the 47-7 victory.
Rugby Today: Who is playing for Seattle today?
Phil Mack: We had our full... Read More
The national collegiate playoffs are upon the American rugby world and the results went pretty much as expected. The favorites won and won convincingly, albeit for one closer than expected outcome. In the ramp up to MLR opening weekend on Saturday, Rugby United New York’s match against the Ontario Arrows in Canada was snowed out and the Seattle Seawolves play their only prep match today versus... Read More
For all but two of Major League Rugby’s original six teams, the next time they take the field will be for the trailblazing league’s inaugural regular season. The same weekend Austin plays at Glendale on CBS Sports Network in the first game of the week, Houston hosts NOLA and San Diego opens at Seattle, Utah plays a club team from Alberta, Canada. Seattle is still trying to get some kind of hit-... Read More
It was a bad weekend to be the home team in the Major League Rugby preseason. All three hosts lost on Saturday as the Glendale Raptors, NOLA Gold, and the Houston Sabercats picked up road wins to conclude their preseason schedules. Each club will now rest up, analyze the game film, and prepare for the season openers on April 21st.
Glendale Raptors at NYAC
The Raptors flew cross-country to Travers... Read More
College, club, and professional rugby are in the final preparation for the playoffs and the start of Major League Rugby season. For college, the D1A playoffs begin Saturday and the spring D1AA started this weekend. Club rugby has a few weeks left before the postseason, but the most of the MLR finished it’s preseason ahead of the openers on April 21st.
In a rematch between Saint Mary’s and Cal,... Read More