Power Rankings: MLR Round 1

Crafting power rankings before the season starts is a tough assignment. Arguably, doing it after one round of work is even worse. We'll try to avoid overreacting to eighty minutes of rugby (or less) per team when there's still so much to play. 1. Austin Gilgronis (Last Week: 3) Remember when they were called the … Continue reading Power Rankings: MLR Round 1

Sam Windsor’s Fit in New York

Sam Windsor's four years in Houston may constitute the most successful MLR career to date. Year five will see him start a new chapter. https://twitter.com/rugbynewyork/status/1468988817461981193 Sam Windsor moving from Houston to RUNY has largely been discussed from the SaberCats' angle. How he fits with the Roosters is far more interesting. The RUNY back line is … Continue reading Sam Windsor’s Fit in New York

RUNY/Legion Stuck with First/Last Round ‘Byes’

One of the first things every team looks for when their ‘work schedule’ is released? Vacation time. With Dallas fielding it’s first side in 2022, a 13 team MLR has to deal with some scheduling headaches. Among them is the need for one team to sit each round. Legion and RUNY were left with the … Continue reading RUNY/Legion Stuck with First/Last Round ‘Byes’

Power Rankings: MLR Round 14

Seven teams have realistic playoff paths. Even good teams are now being pushed aside. Can any team break into the current top 4? The odds are decreasing each week. 1. LA Giltinis (Last Week: 2) The LA/San Diego rivalry could become one of Major League Rugby's best. The Giltinis winning the inaugural match pushes them … Continue reading Power Rankings: MLR Round 14

State of the Race: MLR Eastern Conference

Toronto is officially out. Old Glory likely joins them this week. With ATL likely to overcome DC at home, and RUNY likely to beat up on Toronto at Life University, the focus is on the mid-table clash at Union Point. The Free Jacks are undeafted a home. A loss makes a playoff appearance unrealistic. NOLA … Continue reading State of the Race: MLR Eastern Conference

3 Things: MLR Round 14

San Diego Has Run Out Of Runway Much of this season's hiccups have been forgivable for the Legion. The Vegas experiment that quickly fell apart. The list of injuries that looked like a strong starting 15 for an MLR side in and of itself. The fact they made their true home debut this past weekend. … Continue reading 3 Things: MLR Round 14

Spoiler Alert: MLR Round 14

A 3-2 week pushed us to 33-29 on the year. That's hardly a dominate record, but if we can finish the year over .500, I'll be satisfied. This year started badly.... Anyway, you know the deal. Picks below. Byes: New England, DC New York v. Utah Could this be a Final preview? Both teams are … Continue reading Spoiler Alert: MLR Round 14

State of the Race: Eastern Conference

The playoff picture may start becoming clear this weekend. Toronto is up for elimination. Old Glory cannot be eliminated since they have a bye, but they're also too far out to have a realistic shot. Both RUNY and ATL could take big steps toward the postseason. The RATLers could clinch next as early as next … Continue reading State of the Race: Eastern Conference

Power Rankings: MLR Round 13

We have our first two teams mathematically eliminated, eight teams fighting for playoff spots, and two more stuck in limbo. The races are reaching white hot levels. 1. Rugby United New York (Last Week: 2) Hollinshead remains out. Ellis went down early. RUNY doesn't care. The path through the East goes through the Big Apple … Continue reading Power Rankings: MLR Round 13

3 Things: MLR Round 13

With the season headed into the homestretch, let’s take a look at the top three storylines from Round 13. Major League Rugby Needs to Review Head Injury Replacements The end of San Diego/Utah was marred in controversy. Legion scrumhalf Ethan McVeigh took a nasty fall that knocked him out immediately. There was zero question that … Continue reading 3 Things: MLR Round 13