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Post by Eejit on Tue 19 Apr - 19:20

The inaugural season of our sport Stateside started on Sunday with Sacremento beating San Francisco and Denver beating Ohio in what looked to be a snowstorm. Games seem to be being streamed for free on AOL.

Official site and the Grauniad write-up of the games below.
http://www.prorugby.org
http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/apr/18/pro-rugby-sacramento-san-francisco-denver-ohio

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Post by munkian on Wed 20 Apr - 10:07

Fair play, from the pictures there was snow piled up 5 ft high on either side of the pitch for the Ohio game and they still got over 2k supporters.

I object to the phrase 'try zone' though Smile
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Post by Intotouch on Sat 30 Apr - 22:40

Hi Eejit. Could you tell us more about what you think of the competition and how it's viewed in the states? Do you think it will be successful and is it universally supported?

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Post by Sin é on Sat 7 May - 11:35

An interview here with Sean O'Leary (Irish coach of the Denver franchise).

http://www.the42.ie/sean-oleary-denver-2752277-May2016/

Seems to be going well - they are getting 2-3,000 at games. Also of interest is the origins of rugby in the US. Seemingly its roots are in catholic private schools which probably explains why there seems to be so many Irish coaches in the US like Sean who has been there for 20 years now.
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Post by formerly known as Sam on Sat 7 May - 13:06

Are any of the USA Eagles playing in the competition and are the clubs optimistic of their ability to bring them back from Europe?

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Post by Rugby Fan on Wed 21 Dec - 8:17

It's over for now...

USA Rugby's first professional league is defunct less than a year after it kicked off.

PRO Rugby was unveiled as the United States' first professional rugby league, with the competition beginning in April.

But American rugby website, Rugby Today, report that the league is obsolete - eight months after its first game - following a meeting in New York last week between PRO Rugby CEO, Doug Schoninger, and USA Rugby CEO, Dan Payne.

Schoninger has blamed USA Rugby for the league's failings, after informing the players that their contracts were to be terminated.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/87815938/USA-Rugbys-first-professional-league-PRO-Rugby-is-defunct-after-eight-months

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Post by profitius on Wed 21 Dec - 23:31

Looks like Doug Schoninger isn't very popular in American rugby circles.

http://www.rugbytoday.com/elite/pros-outstanding-bills-forefront-usa-rugby-row
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Post by marty2086 on Thu 22 Dec - 9:44

profitius wrote:Looks like Doug Schoninger isn't very popular in American rugby circles.

http://www.rugbytoday.com/elite/pros-outstanding-bills-forefront-usa-rugby-row

Sounds like a right shark, the whole thing was hap hazard and short sighted from the get go with only 5 teams it was going to be hard to sustain especially with no tv deal

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Post by munkian on Thu 22 Dec - 13:38

Could they not set something up with Canada ?
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Post by marty2086 on Thu 22 Dec - 13:51

Think they tried to move into Canada but wanted an exclusive contract with the Canadians who turned it down

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Post by profitius on Thu 22 Dec - 14:43

munkian wrote:Could they not set something up with Canada ?

They don't have the money.
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