Chicago Stadium Looks to be Set Sooner than Later

MLR’s newest ‘contraction team’ is getting closer to taking the field, and we’re getting closer to knowing where the field will be. The Chicago team (which we continue to believe will be called the Chicago Bison) have yet to announce… anything. However, the league clearly has faith that a stadium solution is on the way. … Continue reading Chicago Stadium Looks to be Set Sooner than Later

Major League Rugby will be Watching Elections in Illinois

Its Election Day in the United States. If you haven't voted, why are you reading this? (Exception: if you're reading this while in a line to vote, feel free to continue.) One particular race should be on the minds of folks in the league office. Illinois voters have been asked to vote up or down … Continue reading Major League Rugby will be Watching Elections in Illinois

Major Decisions Coming for MLR this Weekend

Major League Rugby continues to improve the product on the field. In terms of off-field drama, its already a top tier competition. Americas Rugby News dropped extensive reporting on the state of affairs in MLR. According to ARN, league owners are meeting this weekend to resolve which teams will participate in 2023. Both LA and … Continue reading Major Decisions Coming for MLR this Weekend

Your MLR Salary Cap Views are Probably Worthless

The debate over Major League Rugby's salary cap continues to rage amongst both league insiders and Twitter warriors. Its time for the later to lay down their arms. After salary cap issues led to LA and Austin being dropped from last season's playoffs, the salary cap has become an offseason focal point. While a few … Continue reading Your MLR Salary Cap Views are Probably Worthless

MLR’s Window for Expansion is Shrinking

July is nearly over. Any chance for MLR expansion in 2023 appears to be facing the same reality. When MLR Commissioner George Killebrew acknowledged that potential expansion bids in Chicago and St. Louis might not be able be accepted in time for 2023, it should've made bigger waves. (There was a little skirmish involving two … Continue reading MLR’s Window for Expansion is Shrinking

Our Annual Commentary on FloRugby

USA men's rugby is back in action on July 1st. With it comes the return of FloRugby. FloRugby isn't a new topic here. The streaming home of USA Rugby has drawn universal revile. At a price of $30/month for occasionally spotty streaming, there's a reason why Twitter loves to hate it. The reasons why FloRugby … Continue reading Our Annual Commentary on FloRugby

Welcome to the Major League Rugby Offseason

The 2022 MLR season is officially behind us. The rugby is officially not. A big focus of RFT is covering the MLR, but that is merely one way we execute on our grand mission of providing in depth American style analysis of rugby in the USA. As the calendar shifts to the second half of … Continue reading Welcome to the Major League Rugby Offseason

2 Things: MLR Conference Championships

Then There Were Two Saying New York and Seattle had different paths to the title match would be an understatement. New York is a team largely built around former stars and a few current Eagles. Seattle sports several Tier 2 internationals, but they lack the star power of other sides. Factor in that Seattle finished … Continue reading 2 Things: MLR Conference Championships

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