Rumors connect Yamada, other Top League players to PRO Rugby

The PRO Rugby off-season has been very quiet, particularly on the personnel front. This is no surprise, as the core rosters were released very close to the start of the season last year, but it does make for little discussion in the meantime. The most interesting rumor to surface so far is a broad one, regarding professional players in Japan: Numerous Top League players, including Akihito Yamada have received offers to play in the US. #rugbyjp — Japan Rugby Club (@JapanRugbyClub) November 29, 2016 (I should note that any reports…

As Rugby Canada opts out, PRO Rugby’s faults continue to show

PRO Rugby will remain an all-American league in its sophomore season after Rugby Canada backed out of their sanctioning deal with the league. This was announced by the league via Twitter last Wednesday, with more details coming out the next day when Rugby Canada and the league put out statements clarifying that it was a disagreement over the exclusivity of the deal that caused the Canadian union to change their minds. After the dust settled, both parties took a credibility hit in a mixed bag of a week for North…

American Pro Rugby Tidbits – News on Huns and Griffins, Pro12, Jarryd Hayne

The past few days have had plenty of news related to professional rugby in the United States, stories that I didn’t feel the need to focus an entire article on but that prompted at least a short blurb. Typically, I’ll do this through Twitter, but there was enough going on that I felt it appropriate to put together an article like this.

The Latest on the Austin Huns, Including A Potential Regional Pro League

The Huns Rugby Football Club of Austin, TX have made a lot of noise with their ambitions over the past few months, first by announcing their plans to go professional at the beginning of March and following up with news of their partnerships with French club Racing 92 and long time USA Eagles captain Todd Clever. Now it looks like we know the next piece of the puzzle: the competition in which they will be playing. A story from the Austin American-Statesman revealed that the Huns are taking part in…

PRO Rugby Weekend Review: The First Gauge of Competitive Balance

The second weekend of matches has wrapped up and it seems like we now have an outline of the hierarchy in PRO Rugby. Last week’s match between Sacramento and San Francisco featured a thrilling display of the league’s potential, but the rawness of the two teams became more apparent when they faced off against San Diego and Denver this weekend.

PRO Rugby Weekend Review: First Things First

The words “history” and “historic” were thrown around an awful lot this weekend by PRO Rugby, its teams, and its supporters. It was obviously an important weekend for the league and for American rugby, obvious enough that the historic nature of the weekend’s matches didn’t need to be hammered home to the point where the word nearly loses its meaning. And yet, it was, and its a great sign that this is one of my few complaints for the weekend. (The other, and bigger, complaint is not having a way…

The Ever-So-Slight Americanization of Rugby – A Brief Examination of PRO Rugby’s Law Amendments

An article from The Guardian this past Monday revealed that PRO Rugby plans to utilize two amendments to the laws of the game: limited scrum resets and sudden death overtime rather to decide games that would typically end in draws. The reaction to these changes was mostly aimed at the principle of the matter rather than the benefits and detriments of these laws. But as important as it is to note the impact these changes will have off the pitch, let’s first look at how they will affect the game…