Strikers Rugby Rebrands as Houston Sabercats

Houston Sabercats Release- Major League Rugby

The HoustonSaberCats (formerly Strikers Rugby) also mentions San Diego will be playing in 2018. This is the first official mention of that team. The Houston Sabercats Pre-season schedule in listed below.

HOUSTON TEXAS: OCTOBER 17: The Houston SaberCats (formerly Strikers Rugby) and the Sugar Land Skeeters partner to bring professional Rugby to the Greater Houston area at Constellation Field, Sugar Land.
The Houston ownership explained that the new name would reflect a positive & stronger image for the Houston Team, explaining that a “sabercat” was known for bringing down their competitors by force, while always staying true to their community.
“We are very supportive of the change, and we look forward to bringing first class Rugby to Houston,”

Houston Sabercats (Strikers Rugby) Players

Notable Players include:
· Osea Kolinisau, Olympic Gold Medalist (Captain) winning Fijian Rugby 7s team
· Kyle Sumison, Pagopagohokma Haini, Zach Pangelinan, and Matt Trouville: USA Eagles
· Connor Murray and Charlie Hewitt: English Aviva Premiership
· Sam Windsor and Adam Macklin: Guinness Pro 14s, Ulster stand-outs
“What better way to welcome 2018 than to bring the thrills and skills of fast paced, hard hitting, professional Rugby to the jewel that is Constellation Field in Sugar Land!” – Justin Fitzpatrick, Head Coach for Houston SaberCats and former Irish International.

Sugar Land Skeeters

“Rugby is a spectacular, free-flowing sport I recommend to all our Skeeters’ fans.”- Jay Miller, President of the Skeeters.
The Inaugural home stand season begins on January 6, 2018, at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, where they will be welcoming some of the best teams from North America. Season Tickets are on Sale now at

Major League Rugby Teams

Houston SaberCats will be joining teams such as Austin Elite, Denver Raptors, Seattle Seawolves, New Orleans Gold, Utah Warriors and San Diego when Major League Rugby launches in April 2018.
“We are excited about Houston’s new brand as they build on the tremendous community they’ve already developed around the organization. Over the next 18 months, MLR’s members will make unprecedented investments in the American rugby infrastructure and change the face of the North American game. Houston is leading the way from youth and high school programs they are building to the development of a rugby-specific stadium in the heart of one of America’s biggest markets.” — MLR (MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY) Commissioner, Dean L. Howes

Houston Sabercats Pre-season Schedule

All Houston Sabercats matches are played at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas at 7pm, unless indicated otherwise.

  • Jan. 6 Seattle Saracens
  • Jan. 13 Vancouver Ravens
  • Jan. 20 TBA
  • Jan. 27 James River Athletic Club
  • Feb. 3 Capital Selects
  • Feb. 10 Chicago Lions
  • Feb. 17 TBA
  • Feb. 24 New Orleans Gold
  • Mar. Ontario Arrows

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