Major League Rugby confirmed its expansion plans for the 2020 season Thursday, amid its sophomore season. The New England Free Jacks, Old Glory DC and Rugby ATL round out the 12-team league, which will be split between eastern and western conferences for the third rendition.
The Mississippi River is the dividing line, with New Orleans, Atlanta, D.C., New England, New York and Toronto making up... Read More
Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s new competition, rebranded as Global Rapid Rugby, has received the green light from World Rugby. Forrest announced the sanction approval on Twitter via a studio-produced video Thursday, following the World Rugby Council’s vote to sanction the league.
“The name Global Rapid Rugby, it does suit the philosophy of fast moving, free-scoring, festival of entertainment,” said... Read More
The ninth and final team has been added for Major League Rugby's second season, set to kickoff in just under three months, as Major League Rugby announced the inclusion of the Toronto Arrows Friday. The league also announced D.C. will officially be joining for the 2020 season, joining the New England FreeJacks and a yet-to-be-named Atlanta team.
Toronto's official inclusion appears to be the... Read More
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
Capped Eagle, Houston Sabercats captain, former Sacramento Express captain, former BYU captain and four-time national champ, two-time MVP and five-time All-American Kyle Sumsion, as well as Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton, talk rugby from time to time and record, constituing the Monday Morning Halfback (MMHB).
This time, they discuss Kyle's irrational hatred for the All Blacks, Scott LaValla... Read More
First episode of a new podcast by Pat Clifton, with Kyle Sumsion of the Houston Sabercats and Shaun Davies of the Glendale Raptors coming on to talk Major League Rugby, the Eagles and BYU. Davies and Sumsion compare the new league to the defunct PRO Rugby, drop some names and mostly make fun of each other.
Future episodes will be available on itunes and Google Play, but for now, the podcast is... Read More
Big changes in Houston, as the Strikers have become the Sabercats, they’ve ditched blue for black, they’ve announced an interim home, and they’ve released a preseason schedule.
The branding changes were abrupt, but if there’s a time to make a change like that, it’s now, when your fan base is as small as it will be and there’s less PR work to be done around it. So, now Houston’s professional rugby... Read More
Major League Rugby is creeping closer to its inaugural season, and we’re beginning to get a glimpse of what it will look like. We think we know the teams, their names, some venues, and several coaches and players who will be involved.
Over the last several months, numerous cities, clubs and entities were rumored to be a part of MLR’s launch, though the list has now apparently whittled to six... Read More
It's been a busy summer so far, so busy that instead of tackling one topic in this edition of Cliff Notes, I've gone after three. See below thoughts on John Mitchell's final weeks as head coach of our men's senior national team, what the Junior All Americans' failure to qualify for the Junior World Trophy really means, and early movement on the Major Lague Rugby front.
When... Read More
The launch of Super 7s was announced two weeks ago, and this new way of packaging 7s rugby is set to make its debut in 2018. With four 12-minute quarters constituting a game, benches being extended to include 16 players, open subs being allowed during any dead ball, a two-on-one overtime “gauntlet”, and a women’s league launching right alongside the men’s competition, Super 7s stands apart from... Read More