Atlanta and Boston Teams to Join MLR for 2020 Season
For Immediate Release
ATLANTA AND BOSTON TEAMS TO JOIN MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY FOR 2020 SEASON
New teams will solidify MLR’s presence on the East Coast.
SALT LAKE CITY (September 20, 2018) – Major League Rugby announced today the acceptance of two new member teams based in Atlanta and Boston, two cities known for their passionate sports fans. The new teams will begin play in the 2020 season, the third season for the young league.
Atlanta’s team joins recently successful teams from Major League Soccer and Lacrosse in a city known for its love of sports, and rugby specifically. Nearby Life University in Marietta boasts one of the country’s top college rugby programs and produced many current MLR players.
The new team in Boston will build on the city’s rich sports legacy and deep rugby history. The first rugby match played in the US was played in Boston between McGill and Harvard in 1875. Today, the New England region is home to the highest number of rugby clubs per capita with over 230 programs, including Mystic River Rugby Club, winners of two of the last three USA Rugby National D1 Club Championships.
“We are excited to expand the league to Atlanta and Boston, giving millions of rugby fans a front row seat to the action of the game on a professional level,” said Dean Howes, Commissioner of MLR. “Rugby is the fastest growing sport in America, and with these additions will now be represented in 11 major media markets across the US.”
Boston and Atlanta will join Rugby United New York, who begin league play in 2019, and solidify the league’s presence throughout the East Coast’s largest media markets.
Beyond bringing professional rugby to more fans, MLR’s mission of spreading the values and community of the game will also be realized through this expansion. Current MLR teams are engaged in community development activities including youth camps and partnerships with local collegiate and high school programs, and the same types of programs can be expected in the future from both Atlanta and Boston.
MLR hosted its first season in 2018 with seven teams from Austin, Houston, Glendale, New Orleans, San Diego, Seattle and Salt Lake City, and will soon be announcing its 2019 schedule.
# # #
About Major League Rugby
Major League Rugby (MLR) is a professional rugby league, launched in April 2018. It’s an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels: as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes.
Rugby Club New England
Week 4 Awards: Cathal Marsh the conductor in RUNY victory and Seattle Seawolves battle back from 13-point deficit
MLR announces Player, Team and First XV of Week 4 Salt Lake
Loosehead Prop, Olive Kilifi (Seattle Seawolves) - Oli put on a solid
“When I was offered the chance to work with the team (RUNY)
- February 2019 (52)
- January 2019 (51)
- December 2018 (7)
- November 2018 (10)
- October 2018 (8)
- September 2018 (12)
- August 2018 (14)
- July 2018 (10)
- June 2018 (46)
- May 2018 (43)
- April 2018 (34)
- March 2018 (25)
- February 2018 (31)
- January 2018 (37)
- December 2017 (10)
- November 2017 (25)
- October 2017 (25)
- July 2017 (1)
- March 2017 (2)