St. Louis, Chicago MLR Expansion Sides Might Miss 2023

In less than 12 hours, two sides are set to the play for the 2022 Major League Rugby title. Two other sides could already be eliminated from 2023 contention.

Sympathy for Disqualified MLR Players is Premature

As the American rugby community reels continues to process Austin and LA's disqualification from the MLR Championship Series, sympathy has been poured onto the affected players. That particular sentiment is premature at best. Several respected sources have reported that Austin's disqualification stems from severe salary cap infringements. Reporting from The Guardian indicates that LA fell … Continue reading Sympathy for Disqualified MLR Players is Premature

The Gilgronis Disqualification is Inherently Political

Hopes that the Gilgronis/Major League Rugby dispute will end quickly are naive at best. The more likely result is a power struggle that sees a prominent player exit the league. Austin's disqualification from the 2022 Championship Series as a result of alleged salary cap infringements was the end of the saga's first chapter, not the … Continue reading The Gilgronis Disqualification is Inherently Political

Austin and Major League Rugby are Headed for War

Since the Austin Gilgronis were disqualified from playoff participation on Friday, details have been scant. The reason for the muddy waters is becoming clear. According to The Rugby Network’s Alexander Diegel: https://twitter.com/AlexanderDiegel/status/1532829067514462209 The speculation from the beginning has surrounded salary cap infringements. If the alleged infringements did occur, they would have to be severe to … Continue reading Austin and Major League Rugby are Headed for War

Austin Disqualified from MLR Championship Series

The Austin Elite never made the playoffs. Neither did the Austin Herd. It appears the Gilgronis addition of the franchise will end with a similar fate. In a stunning twist, Austin has been disqualified from the 2022 MLR Championship Series. The league has neglected to provide any information past claiming a 'violation of league rules'. … Continue reading Austin Disqualified from MLR Championship Series

State of the Race: MLR’s Western Conference – Round 17

https://twitter.com/usmlr/status/1531296121951137792 In The Playoffs 1. (xy)LA Giltinis Remaining Schedule: v. SEA 2. (xy)Austin Gilgronis Remaining Schedule: @ HOU 3. (x)Houston SaberCats Remaining Schedule: v. AUS Eliminated 4. San Diego Legion Remaining Schedule: BYE 5. Seattle Seawolves Remaining Schedule: @ LA 6. Utah Warriors Remaining Schedule: @ DAL 7. Dallas Jackals Remaining Schedule: v. UTAH Key … Continue reading State of the Race: MLR’s Western Conference – Round 17

MLR Should Change Its Draft Order Allocation Method

Entering Round 17 of Major League Rugby's 2022 season, there are three clear groups of teams: Teams in Playoff PositionAustin, LA, and New England have clinched playoff spotsAtlanta, New York, and Houston have strong leads over the teams chasing themTeams Still Mathematically in Playoff ContentionSan Diego, Seattle, and Toronto all have slim chances of making … Continue reading MLR Should Change Its Draft Order Allocation Method

State of the Race: MLR’s Western Conference – Round 16

https://twitter.com/usmlr/status/1528753211884158976 In The Playoffs 1. (x)LA Giltinis Remaining Schedule: @ UTAH, v. SEA 2. (x)Austin Gilgronis Remaining Schedule: v. SD, @ HOU In Control 3. Houston SaberCats Remaining Schedule: @ SEA, v. AUS Fading Fast 4. San Diego Legion Remaining Schedule: @ AUS, BYE 5. Seattle Seawolves Remaining Schedule: v. HOU, @ LA Eliminated 6. … Continue reading State of the Race: MLR’s Western Conference – Round 16

3 Things: MLR Round 16

Free Jacks Get Key Loss No team will say they want a loss. That won't stop Scott Mathie from breathing a bit easier. The New England coach must've been feeling significant pressure building as his side went on a historic winning streak. While its great to see New England fans take in a team that's … Continue reading 3 Things: MLR Round 16

Power Rankings: MLR Round 15

1. New England Free Jacks (Last Week: 1) Their run in schedule is brutal: after playing ATL on Friday May 13th, they'll travel to Toronto for a Thursday game on May 19th, sit around for a week and a half, host NOLA, then finish with New York coming to town five days later. If they … Continue reading Power Rankings: MLR Round 15