NOLA vs Capital Selects via Craig Boudreaux
Opening day is less than three months away. As Major League Rugby’s inaugural season approaches, each team is preparing for what is set to be a memorable year.
While all teams have hit the pitch for the start of team training sessions, two squads – the Houston SaberCats and NOLA Gold – have already reaped the rewards of early exhibition success.
In their lone match of 2018, NOLA defeated the Capital Selects, 68-15 at Gretna Park.
“We took a lot out of the game,” head coach Nate Osborne told FloRugby. “For most of the guys it was the first time running the attack and defense shape together in a match. There are some things we need to be better at.”
NOLA Gold Soars Past Capital Selects, via Craig Boudreaux
Kalm via @USMLR
The Houston SaberCats have had a busy new year, hosting four exhibition matches at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. Notably, the SaberCats drew a record attendanceof 5,450, the most fans to ever attend a domestic rugby match. The record crowd witnessed Houston defeat the Seattle Saracens, 50-7.
Houston SaberCats via Judy Teasdale Photography
The SaberCats fan experience has been highlighted by pregame tailgates featuring music, food, drinks and games as well as promotional giveaways and in-game entertainment for the whole family.
Before the regular season kicks off on April 21, 19 MLR players will don a USA Eagles jersey at the Americas Rugby Championship beginning Feb. 3 when the U.S. takes on Argentina XV followed by matches against Canada, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay.
|Patrick Ryan||Austin Elite||Prop|
|Hanco Germishuys||Austin Elite||Number 8|
|Peter Malcolm||Austin Elite||Hooker|
|Ben Landry||Glendale Raptors||Lock|
|Shaun Davies||Glendale Raptors||Scrum half|
|Bryce Campbell||Glendale Raptors||Center|
|Will Magie||Glendale Raptors||Fly half|
|Ryan Matyas||San Diego Legion||Wing|
|Mike Te’o||San Diego Legion||Full back|
|Dylan Audsley||San Diego Legion||Inside center|
|Tony Purpura||San Diego Legion||Prop|
|Nate Augspurger||San Diego Legion||Scrum half|
|Cam Dolan||San Diego Legion||Number 8|
|Ben Cima||San Diego Legion||Fly half|
|Aladdin Schirmer||Seattle Seawolves||Flanker|
|Josh Whippy||Utah Warriors||Wing|
|Paul Lasike||Utah Warriors||Center|
|Matt Jensen||Utah Warriors||Lock|
|Angus Maclellan||Utah Warriors||Prop|