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Toronto Arrows scores his first-ever try on May 19, 2022

The Toronto Arrows ended the New England Free Jacks’ 10-game-winning streak after the latest round of the Major League Rugby season. It was only the Free Jacks’ second loss of the season. The win at York Lions Stadium also put Toronto back in the MLR playoff race with only two games to go. Toronto Arrows […]

Rugby ATL fly-half Kurt Coleman in Quincy, Massachusetts

TORONTO, ON – The Toronto Arrows lost a memorable home game at York Lions Stadium. It was their first home game in Toronto in over 1,000 days. The Arrows actually played well but got a costly yellow card in the second half that cost them the game against Rugby ATL. Toronto Arrows lost an important […]

Rugby New York players huddle at JFK Stadium

PREVIEW – The Toronto Arrows faces familiar foes, Rugby New York at JFK Stadium. Both teams were expansion teams in the 2019 MLR season and have had many memorable matchups in the teams’ short history in Major League Rugby. The Toronto Arrows faces expansion cousins in New York City Toronto Arrows The Toronto Arrows have […]

Toronto Arrows player Ross Braude passes the ball on April 3, 2021

PREVIEW – The Toronto Arrows will travel to Veterans Memorial Stadium on March 12, 2022. There, they will face the New England Free Jacks on the road. The Arrows have won two straight games. Toronto Arrows play a third-straight road game, this time at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The New England Free Jacks plays home opener […]

MLR 2022: Interview with Major League Commissioner George Killebrew at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort before the Major League Rugby Vegas Weekend

INTERVIEW – MLR 2022 has just started with an addition of the 13th team in Dallas. The North American league, which currently has 12 teams in the U.S., and one in Canada, could be the next big sport in North America. At the centre of that is MLR Commissioner George Killebrew, who previously worked with […]

Connor Dickins - Feb 16, 2022

With Major League Rugby in full swing, we spoke to the captain of Rugby ATL, Matt Heaton. The franchise did exceptionally well to reach the final last year, eventually losing to an LA Giltinis side containing Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, and D.T.H van der Merwe. The ambition of Rugby ATL clearly hasn’t faded for 2022: […]

LA Giltinis player Marco Fepulea'i warms up before the game on July 10, 2021

LANGFORD, BC – The LA Giltinis trailed after the end of the first half at Starlight Stadium. However, thanks to a spectacular second half, they were able to win the game 31-16. Even more remarkable was their ability to not allow the Arrows to score a single point in the second half. LA Giltinis gets […]

USA Rugby player Will Hooley in the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Connor Dickins - Feb 14, 2022

INTERVIEW – Is Major League Rugby, America’s professional league, the sport’s most exciting prospect? USA Eagle Will Hooley believes so. MLR 2022 is in full swing, and you can watch all matches free of charge on The Rugby Network. LWOS spoke with Hooley about MLR’s potential, the USA National Team, and life after rugby. An […]

Toronto Arrows player Tayler Adams on April 3, 2021

ANALYSIS – Peter Smith is only 32 years old, making him the youngest head coach in MLR. The Australian fly-half played professional rugby union in Wales (Ospreys) and Japan (Coca-Cola West Red Shark and Kubota Spears). His last year of professional rugby union was in MLR with the Seattle Seawolves. Peter Smith is the new […]

Seattle Seawolves' AJ Alatimu prepares to kick during the first half at Segra Field

ANALYSIS – The 2022 MLR season schedule was revealed in December and it has some interesting games to look at. Of course, with the Dallas Jackals getting a team there will be three pro teams from the state of Texas. Also, the LA Giltinis will look to defend their title as they begin their second […]

Toronto Arrows Mitch Richardson carries the ball on April 3, 2021

The Toronto Arrows and Toronto FC share a lot of similarities and differences with each other. They both came at a time when it was long overdue for Canada to have a professional sports team. Yes, there were professional soccer teams between 1993-2006, but there were in the second tier of professional soccer (or what […]

Rugby Canada's fly-half, Harry Jones passes the ball on July 26, 2021

The 2021 overview of Canadian rugby of both codes is mixed. There were some absolute highs with the formation of a new pro rugby league in Canada. However, there were also some low points, which were highlighted by Rugby Canada failing to qualify for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Canadian rugby –  Rugby union Toronto […]

Toronto Arrows player Gastón Mieres looks to pass the ball on May 29, 2021

The Toronto Arrows MLR schedule was revealed on November 9. They will have regular-season games from the start of February to June. This will also be the first time the Arrows will play home games in Canada for the first time since their inaugural season in 2019. Toronto Arrows MLR schedule was revealed 🗣️ "Oh […]

The Major League Rugby Logo in Leesburg, Virginia

Michael Hodge will be the first-ever head coach of the Dallas Jackals. He is also the youngest head coach in MLR at only 32 years old. A coach of relative inexperience, Hodge will look to make his mark in MLR. 📢 🚨 Dallas Jackals are pleased to announce Michael Hodge as Head Coach. Hodge is […]

Toronto Arrows players celebrate Guiseppe Du Toit try at Sam Boyd Stadium

The 2021 MLR (Major League Rugby) Toronto Arrows draft was the debut process for the North American franchise, and the side will be boosted by their selection. As an overview, the MLR Collegiate Draft aims to provide a structure for managing the transfer of men’s rugby players from college to Major League Rugby in the […]

Dan Moor scores against the Houston Sabercats at Sam Boyd Stadium in Major League Rugby Vegas Weekend

The Toronto Arrows road games have been more than half of all Arrows games. This is particularly true in the 2020 and 2021 MLR seasons in Toronto. However, the Arrows showed an ability to win a lot on the road in 2020. Something that was seen in flashes of 2019. Remember, like the top five […]

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Spanish Rugby RWC self-immolation
Edward Anderson - May 24, 2022

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NRL converts: Australia looking to boost chances of home RWC success
Edward Munro-Martin - May 24, 2022

Australia has been awarded the 2027 men’s Rugby World Cup and the women’s tournament two years later. This has kickstarted talk about whether Rugby Australia will look to a few NRL converts to boost their chances? In the past, NRL converts have had mixed success. For every Sonny Bill Williams, there is a Sam Burgess. […]

Edward Munro-Martin - May 24, 2022

Each new squad announced by a head coach brings joy to some corners of the country, and some misery for others. This squad is no different. The latest England men’s rugby squad is out, and supremo Eddie Jones has made some big decisions. There are recalls for discarded stars and first-time call-ups for young talent […]