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.
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.