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
With the weather wreaking havoc on the east coast, most matches were able to be played this weekend. It was a full schedule in college as the Rugby East, Big Ten, Liberty, Rocky Mountain, Chesapeake, SCRC, and MARC were in action. In addition to the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and ARP for the men’s side of DI Club, the first weekend of women’s DI was played as well as four games in the WPL. Lastly,... 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
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 Harlequins confirmed the signing of Eagle Paul Lasike Friday, making it four Americans to have inked their first overseas deal off the back of Major League Rugby. Ben Landry signed with the Ealing Trailfinders, joining Andrew Durutalo, and Bryce Campbell is with the London Irish.
Both Landry and Campbell will play in the RFU Championship, England's second-tier professional competition.... Read More
The rules of engagement are set. By playing in Major League Rugby, a player becomes a pro, and therefore forfeits his collegiate eligibility forever. That’s the current understanding between the league and USA Rugby.
It needs to be reconsidered to everyone’s benefit. MLR has planted its flag in the spring, as its second season will establish a January-through-June season, putting college rugby,... Read More
Former Seattle Seawolves head coach Tony Healy has sued the team’s ownership group, Seattle Rugby, LLC, and owner Adrian Balfour for breach of contract, failure to pay wages, and willful withholding of wages. The suit, filed in King County Superior Court on June 28, is seeking $43,000 in pay, damages and legal fees.
Healy, a Canadian national, was announced as the Seawolves head coach in October... Read More
NEW YORK (July 23, 2018)- Rugby United New York, New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, has signed English rugby star Ben Foden for the 2019 Major League Rugby season, the team announced today.
Foden started his career in 2004 with the Gallagher Premiership’s Sale Sharks. Foden made the move to the Northampton Saints in 2008 and has spent the last 10 seasons with the club. Over that... Read More