Six Major League Rugby matches are in the books through two weeks of action. Amidst the story lines are the fact that Glendale is an expected 2-0, Austin and expected 0-2, and everyone else falls somewhere in between. There’s the story of Seattle showing well through two games, despite being player-coached. Attendance will be a major talking point all season.
But the players are the real stars,... Read More
Seattle made them work for it, but the Glendale Raptors improved to 2-0 Saturday with a 19-15 defeat of the Seawolves at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash. The win makes the Raptors the only 2-0 team in the league.
Glendale drew some bad luck early when fullback Maximo de Achaval was sent off for making dangerous contact with a player in the air. He had hoisted an up-and-under and was chasing,... Read More
The Houston Sabercats outgunned the Austin Elite 50-38 Saturday at Dyer Stadium in Houston. The win improves the Cats to 1-1 on the season and drops the Elite to 0-2. Houston flyhalf Sam Windsor was named the man of the match.
The home team snatched the momentum early and never relinquished it, winning the opening kickoff to go immediately onto attack. With the ball at the doorstep and all eyes... 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 plans for a Vancouver entrant into Major League Rugby starting in 2019 were announced earlier this week via a release from the team-to-be’s investment group. Backing the Vancouver effort are Adrian Balfour and Karl Harrison. Balfour is the owner of the Seattle Seawolves, one of the MLR’s original seven franchises, and Harrison is an investor.
Their potential involvement in two MLR franchises... Read More
The Houston Sabercats beat Seattle Saracens 50-7 Saturday at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. It marked the first official preseason match for the Sabercats, with more than 5,300 people crossing the turnstiles to get a glimpse.
The home team scored nine tries, conceding just one to a powered down Seattle, which suited up few players under contract for the Seawolves, Seattle’s Major... Read More
Seven teams will participate in Major League Rugby’s inaugural season in the coming months, and there are talks of others joining in 2019, including north of the border in Ontario and Vancouver. Rugby Today has confirmed another will join the party in 2019. Tentatively named “Rugby Club New York”, the MLR is coming to the Big Apple.
James Kennedy, the chairman of the New York MLR club, is an... Read More
None of these guys have done this before. There is plenty of college, club and international rugby experience sprinkled throughout the movers and shakers of Major League Rugby, and even some veteran professional players and coaches, but not a single CEO, general manager, director of rugby or head coach of an MLR franchise has ever assembled a professional team from scratch to play in a league... Read More
Major League Rugby released its inaugural schedule Thursday. Each of the seven founding teams will play each other once, and two teams twice, over the course of 10 weeks from April 21-June 24. That gives them eight regular season games, four home and four away, and two bye weeks each.
With an odd number of teams, a completely level schedule didn’t fit. So some teams will no doubt end up playing... Read More