On August 21, 2019, Dustin Zerrer, who maintains the Austin Elite Rugby Supporters Facebook page and who recently joined the team in the Commercial side, discussed a major team announcement with Paul A. Santinelli on the Austin Elite Supporters Podcast.
The team will be staying in the Austin area in 2020 and playing their matches at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex. One Non-MLR season match will be played at another location within the Austin catchment area.
There will be an emphasis on former collegiate players from Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas who had USA eligibility. Players will need to fit into the culture being developed, have the character and leadership skills the team desires and fit within the MLR salary cap.
The team has involved Paul Santinelli since April in working with Richard Osborn, Todd Clever, Andrew Suniula and others in developing the team’s purpose, which is to become the epicenter of rugby in Central Texas. This will promote professional standards and high-performance pathways for the National Team and the Olympics for both men and women, as well as encouraging grassroots youth rugby through the professional level.
The team will espouse a value system of respect for all that is involved in the sports, from the players, fans, and the community. Character, pride, enjoyment, and inclusivity are also key values.
In developing the team’s purpose, values, and mission, there was a renewed commitment to the community to integrate rugby in Central Texas and to create value for everyone. The area’s rugby teams, the Austin Huns, Austin Blacks, Austin Valkyries, San Antonio, and Rock Rugby (youth) and others were consulted in the process and will be part of the pathway.
There will be other team announcements in the coming days, such as player signings. On Monday, August 26, tickets will be available to purchase.
View the podcast by Dustin Zerrer below and read the team’s announcement about the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex.
Austin Elite Rugby Release
Elite Rugby Management is excited to announce that it will be returning to the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex for the 2020 Major League Rugby (MLR) season and will remain in Austin proper.
Located within Old Settlers Park at 2001 N. Kenny Fort Blvd, the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex is a state-of-the-art sports complex. The 60-acre sports complex features a World Rugby regulation championship turf field, spectator amenities include permanent seating with shade structures, VIP lounge, plazas, pavilions, playgrounds and more.
“We are excited to be returning to the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in 2020 and reinvigorating family-friendly, sports entertainment events for Central Texas residents,” said Richard Osborn, Elite Rugby Management’s President. “Our team was very disciplined and dedicated to modeling data for venue locations for the upcoming season and Round Rock Multipurpose Complex was best suited for fan engagement, sponsorship activation, and broadcast value.”
Rugby in the USA has experienced exponential growth in terms of fan participation, with both the men’s and women’s National teams reaching new heights in World Rugby rankings. Central Texas is home to Austin Blacks, Austin Huns, Austin Valkyries, and San Antonio RFC, all participating in the USA Rugby club competition, with the Austin Blacks winning the Division 3 USA Rugby National Championship. The region is also a hotbed for collegiate, high school, and youth rugby.
“Our purpose was reevaluated in the offseason and we have come to understand and respect the need to grow the sport at the grassroots level,” said Todd Clever, Director of Rugby. “We believe that our purpose is to be the epicenter of rugby in Central Texas while fostering grassroots growth and creating high-performance pathways for players and our location is core to that purpose.”
The 2020 Major League Rugby season kicks off in February and will span seventeen weeks. Season tickets packages will be available online, August 26th at austineliterugby.com. We are committed to creating a vibrant fan experience and due to the limited number of season tickets, we plan to add some creative limited-edition items for our season ticket holders.