SALT LAKE CITY (November 7, 2018) – Major League Rugby (MLR) announced today the 2019 season schedule. # # # About Rugby United New York
“We’re pleased to release our 2019 schedule,” said Major League Rugby Commissioner, Dean Howes. “The pace and delivery will be unmatched as nine elite teams take the pitch in January to compete over the course of 19 weeks.”
The excitement launches the weekend of January 26 with a thrilling repeat of the MLR Championship: Glendale at Seattle. The Seawolves edged the Raptors 23-19 in their last meeting to claim the first-ever Championship Shield.
The second regular-season of Major League Rugby will span 19 weeks and will conclude June 2 before heading into the MLR Championship Series. Scheduling is provided by GotPro, the official scheduling partner of MLR.
Following suit from year one, CBS Sports Network will feature a highlighted Game of the Week each week. Fans can expect to catch matches outside of CBSSN on ESPN+ and AT&T SportsNet. Official match times are subject to change.
Rugby United New York (RUNY) and the Toronto Arrows will join the second installment of MLR, solidifying a nine-team 2019 season. 2020 will see the additions of Atlanta, Boston and Washington, D.C. Rugby United will play their home games at MCU Park on Coney Island.
Major League Rugby will launch season two with nine teams, including: Austin, Houston, Glendale (Colorado), New Orleans, Rugby United New York, San Diego, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Toronto. Each market has a long history of support for the game of rugby. The members have strong local and civic-minded ownership groups with deep ties to their communities and have established grassroots programs, venues in place or in development, and a player pool featuring the best players in North America, in the 15-player, Rugby Union format.
Rugby United New York is a professional rugby team who joined Major League Rugby as an associate member in 2018, playing a brief, but successful exhibition season. Their first full MLR schedule will take place in 2019. When they officially join the league, RUNY's vision is to bring the excitement of professional rugby to the New York sports landscape. The use of rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, and discipline will help to educate, inspire and connect with the New York Community. Rugby United New York, the city’s first professional rugby franchise, strives to unite the entire rugby community and enrich it at every level throughout the region. The team was founded by James Kennedy of the Murphy Kennedy Group, who is an active supporter of grassroots rugby.
MLR is a professional rugby league that launched in April of 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 the American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes.