League now has 7 members with New York to sign up with next year while Pro14 had actually been connected to DC, which will host Wales v South Africa in June
Washington DC will host a group in Major League Rugby “no later on” than 2020, it was revealed on Tuesday. The city has actually formerly been connected to prepare for a US-based Pro14 group.
MLR includes 7 expert rugby union groups from southern and western states and has actually finished 4 rounds of its very first season. The Glendale Raptors, based near Denver, lead the table from the Seattle Seawolves and the San Diego Legion. Broadcast on CBS and ESPN, the season will play out over 12 weeks with a national championship on 7 July.
A 8th group, Rugby United New York, played exhibit video games last month and is because of go into MLR in 2019. Ontario and Dallas– the latter with previous England coach Mike Ford connected– have actually likewise been developing groups. A scheduled Los Angeles group is more detailed to realisation than jobs in Boston and Vancouver, sources stated.
Chris Dunlavey, partner in the Washington-based program management company Brailsford &Dunlavey and chairman of DCMLR, stated in a declaration: “We’re exceptionally thrilled at the possibility of bringing expert rugby to DC.
“Our experience, our network, our instinct and our marketing research all inform us the very same thing: there is a huge hunger for rugby in the DC area, with more than 190 active clubs including over 7,500 gamers. That’s a great deal of possible advocates for this group. If expert rugby can work throughout the United States, it can operate in DC.”
The DC MLR group might play video games in 2019, following the example of New York, however competitive play is not most likely till the list below year.
Dunlavey, a leading light of the Washington Irish club, is participated in DCMLR ownership by Paul Sheehy, a United States Eagles full-back who went to the 1991 World Cup and is owner of Sheehy Auto Stores , a local automobile dealer. Sheehy likewise coaches at Gonzaga College High School, a nationwide power that produced to name a few leading gamers San Diego and USA fly-half Ben Cima.
Sheehy was connected to commonly reported relocations in North America by the Pro14, the league that includes groups from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and South Africa. New York City and Houston, both now the home of MLR groups, with the SaberCats playing this season, were likewise connected to Pro14 growth. The Pro14 has actually not discussed the Washington MLR strategy however sources within the United States video game stated North American growth was off the Pro14’s instant program, offered its addition of 2 South African groups.