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
Monday Morning Halfback is a weekly snack-sized version of the RUGBY PatCast. It's a shorter podcast featuring Houston Sabercats captain Kyle Sumsion. Every Monday morning you'll be able to wake up to a quick discussion on the weekend's slate of games.
This week, we go over all of the Major League Rugby results, Kyle comiserates Houston's loss to NOLA, we admire what's going on in Seattle with... Read More
In front of a boisterous sold-out crowd at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash., 80 minutes of exciting rugby was played where the home-town Seattle Seawolves outplayed the Utah Warriors to a score of 41-32. Each team crossed the whitewash five times but Seattle made all of their conversions and one more penalty to secure their third win of the season.
The first half featured the fast, fun, and... Read More
In a rematch of the first game of the Major League Rugby season, the NOLA Gold completed the sweep of the Houston Sabercats with a hard-fought 24-20 victory at Shaw Stadium in New Orleans, La.
Playing in the blistering heat, Houston’s Sam Windsor struck first but the Gold’s Zack Stryffeler responded about halfway through the period. After a Windsor penalty put Houston up by three points, NOLA... Read More
(Washington, DC) – With the successful launch of the inaugural season of Major League Rugby (MLR) this past April, fans in the national capital region can begin dreaming of a professional rugby team of their own.
Two local business leaders with rugby in their blood -- Paul Sheehy and Chris Dunlavey -- have secured exclusive rights for a DC-based MLR team. With the appropriate level of community... Read More