Browsing: Major League Rugby

Major League Rugby is a professional USA league that began in 2018 and has teams in the U.S. and in Canada. Current MLR teams include Austin Elite Rugby, Glendale Raptors, Houston SaberCats, New Orleans Gold, Rugby United New York, San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves, Toronto Arrows, and the Utah Warriors. In 2020, teams in Atlanta, New England, and Washington, D.C. will join the league and have exhibition matches in 2019.

Rugby New York won the 2022 Major League Rugby Shield Championship 30-15 over the Seattle Seawolves on June 25 at Red Bull Arena. The match was broadcast on Fox, and internationally on The Rugby Network with a 24-hour delay in the U.S. Both teams entered the match with four-game winning streaks, after winning their respective Conference Finals. Rugby New York defeated the New England Free Jacks 24-16, while the Seattle Seawolves defeated the Houston SaberCats 46-27. Rugby New York also defeated the Seattle Seawolves 30-22 on May 15, the team’s last loss. Rugby New York had the best road record…

The 2022 Major League Rugby Championship between Rugby New York and the Seattle Seawolves will be held on Saturday, June 25 at Red Bull Arena. The kickoff is at noon ET and the match will be broadcast on Fox, and internationally on The Rugby Network with a 24-hour delay in the U.S. Support rugby by purchasing tickets and by viewing the match on Fox, so that more rugby coverage will exist in the future. Both teams enter the match with four-game winning streaks, after winning their respective Conference Finals. Rugby New York defeated the New England Free Jacks 24-16, while…

NOLA Gold extended the contract of Devin Short through the 2024 Major League Rugby season. Devin was the team’s Forward of the Year in 2021 and was a regular starter at openside flanker. The flanker, who will be 24 this week, is 6’4″ and 215 lbs. NOLA Gold Rugby Club obtained Devin Short in 2021 after sending a foreign player position for 2021 in a trade with San Diego Legion. He played 553 minutes in 12 matches, starting 6, for NOLA Gold in 2021. He also played in the inaugural Premier Rugby Sevens tournament at Memphis, Tennessee on October 9, 2021,…

The New England Free Jacks hosted arch-rivals Rugby New York in the Major League Rugby Eastern Conference Final at Quincy, Massachusetts on June 19. New York emerged with a 24-16 win to advance to the MLR Shield Championship on June 25 in New Jersey. The match was broadcast on Fox Sports 1 and streamed internationally on The Rugby Network where there will be a 24-hour delayed replay in the U.S. The teams met thrice during the regular season, each winning on the road. The Free Jacks entered their first playoff, coming off a 21-14 loss to Rugby New York, while…

The Houston SaberCats lost to the Seattle Seawolves 46-27 in the Major League Rugby Western Conference Final on June 18 at AVAVA Stadium in Houston, Texas. The match was broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and streamed internationally on The Rugby Network with a 24-hour replay delay in the U.S. It was the Houston SaberCats’ first playoff appearance, and they will have the off-season to regroup and come back strong next year. The Seattle Seawolves reached the final after beating San Diego Legion 43-19 last Sunday with both teams entering the playoffs after both Austin Gilgronis and the LA Giltinis were…

The New England Free Jacks hosts Rugby New York in the Major League Rugby Eastern Conference Final at Quincy, Massachusetts on June 19 at 3 pm. The match will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 and streamed internationally on The Rugby Network where there will be a 24-hour delayed replay in the U.S. The teams met thrice during the regular season, each winning on the road. The Free Jacks enter their first playoff, coming off a 21-14 loss to Rugby New York, while New York has a three-match winning streak, including a playoff road win, 26-19, in Atlanta on June…

The Houston SaberCats host the Seattle Seawolves in the Major League Rugby Western Conference Final on June 18 at AVAVA Stadium in Houston, Texas at 7 pm ET (6 pm local). The match will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and streamed internationally on The Rugby Network with a 24-hour replay delay in the U.S. The Houston SaberCats finished the regular season with a 9-7 record and will be making their first playoff appearance. The Seattle Seawolves also finished with a 9-7 record and reached the final after beating San Diego Legion 43-19 last Sunday. Both the Seawolves and Legion…

The Seattle Seawolves host San Diego Legion in a Western Conference playoff semifinal on Sunday, June 11 at 10:00 pm ET (7 pm local) at Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, Washington. The match will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and internationally on The Rugby Network. The winner will travel to Houston, Texas to play the SaberCats at AVEVA Stadium on June 18 at 7 pm ET in the Western Conference Final. Both the Seattle Seawolves (9-7) and San Diego Legion (8-8) meet as the result of both Austin Gilgronis and the LA Giltinis being disqualified. In the Eastern Conference, Rugby…

Rugby ATL lost to Rugby New York 26-19 in the Eastern Conference playoff semifinal on Saturday, June 11 at Silverbacks Park in Atlanta, Georgia. The match was broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and internationally on The Rugby Network. There will be a 24-hour delay in the U.S. for The Rugby Network replay. With the win, Rugby New York will meet the New England Free jacks at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy, Massachusetts on June 19 at 3 pm. The winner will face the Western Conference Champion the following weekend at the Eastern Conference Champions’ home field. This will be uncharted…

Rugby ATL hosts Rugby New York in an Eastern Conference playoff semifinal on Saturday, June 11 at 8:30 pm ET at Silverbacks Park in Atlanta, Georgia. The match will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and internationally on The Rugby Network. The teams have met six times since 2020 with Rugby New York holding a 4-2 edge over Rugby ATL in wins. Rugby ATL is the defending Eastern Conference Champion after beating Rugby New York 10-9 in 2021 in the lowest-scoring playoff match in MLR history. The teams split the 2022 series with each winning on the road. Rugby New…

Old Glory DC added American Raptors player Brady Daniel, the brother of Old Glory flanker Cory Daniel, for the remainder of the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old flanker is 5’11” and 220 lbs. Brady was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, and grew up in Fulton. He attended River Hill High School in Clarksville for his Freshman and Sophomore years before transferring to Olney for his Junior and Senior years. He was on the wrestling team for 4 years and was a 3-time State Champion (1 public school in 2015, and 2 in private school). In his senior year,…

The New England Free Jacks lost 21-14 to Rugby New York on Friday, June 3 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy, Massachusetts. It was the first time that New England had lost at home in nine matches, while New York proved that they are the best road winning team in MLR. The match was the final regular-season match for both teams with New England finishing in first place with a league-leading 13-3 record (62 points) and getting a bye into the Eastern Conference Finals on June 19. Rugby New York finished in third place with an 11-5 record  (56 points)…

The New England Free Jacks hosts Rugby New York on Friday, June 3 at 7 pm at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy, Massachusetts. The match will be the final regular-season match for both teams with both teams earning a playoff spot along with Rugby ATL. The match will be streamed on The Rugby Network. Last Sunday, New England beat NOLA Gold 57-5, while Rugby New York won 59-49 over Old Glory DC. Both teams are playoff-bound with the Free Jacks claiming the top seed in the Eastern Conference and a bye next week with Rugby New York facing Rugby ATL…

NOLA Gold re-signed Harley Wheeler through the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old wing/center (26 in April) is 5’11” and 196 lbs. Harley was traded to NOLA Gold prior to the 2021 season and has been starter on the wing for much of the season. Harley Wheeler played with Rugby ATL during the 2020 season and was contracted through 2022, but was temporarily released to pursue his Olympic dreams in 2021. Although he was not included on Team USA for the Olympics, he did play for the Eagles Sevens Team, making his debut at Hooker for USA 7s during…

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