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Houston teases Major League Rugby plans

One of the nine clubs set to take part in the new Major League Rugby competition starting in 2018 has started to tease fans with snippets of information via its Facebook page. Of all the clubs named the Houston Strikers are perhaps the most interesting as they do not currently exist. That has not stopped them from making a brief public statement today:

1. Strikers are in process of recruiting a head coach.
2. Strikers are interviewing stadium contractors.
3. Strikers will build stadium in sustainable phases.
4. Phase 01 renderings will be posted soon.
5. Strikers have committed to Major League Rugby (MLR).
6. Strikers will field a MLR team in 2018.

A model image of a proposed 11,000 seat stadium – with two additional rugby-specific fields adjacent the stadium – has already been posted on their page as well as a logo. The precise location of the proposed field has not yet been revealed but the permit for construction process is understood to be underway.

[EDIT: According to ThisIsTexasRugby the field will be on the south side of Mowery Road, east of Houston Sports Park, approx. 10 miles south of BBVA Compass Stadium.]

Also present is a ‘business plan’ that indicates their intention to fund local mini rugby programs, four high school teams, and an under 20 side while supporting local clubs and colleges. While we are still likely more than a year away from kickoff, the signs certainly indicate that plans are full steam ahead for the newest professional rugby startup in the USA.

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  • Martin Burke

    Will be great if comes to fruition, but it all seems pretty surreal. First there is a professional league then there isn’t a professional league then there’s another one, etc. I hope that if MLR does launch it will have a schedule spring time (e.g., mid-Feb to mid-June), to avoid the most extreme temperatures as well as the American football season. I.e., start and end earlier in the year than Pro Rugby’s (one and only?) season. The schedule can be weighted to give more home games to the hotter climates (e.g., Houston) early on, and to the cooler climates later on. As for Houston, while the stated stadium location isn’t really central, with it being off of highway 288 it will be pretty easy to get to from the center of the city. Hope it happens!