2020 Major League Rugby season

The 2020 Major League Rugby season was the third season of Major League Rugby, the professional rugby union competition sanctioned by USA Rugby. The regular season schedule was released on September 23, 2019 and the regular season itself began on February 8, 2020.

2020 Major League Rugby season
CountriesUnited States United States (11 teams)
Canada Canada (1 team)
Matches played30
Tries scored188
(average 6.3 per match)
Official website
majorleague.rugby
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Three teams made their debut in 2020: the New England Free Jacks, Old Glory DC, and Rugby ATL.

The Seattle Seawolves are the defending champions, having won their second consecutive title last year.

On March 12, 2020, MLR announced the season would go on hiatus immediately for 30 days due to fears surrounding the 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic.[1] Seven days later, MLR announced that the season was officially cancelled.[2]

Teams and FormatEdit

With the addition of three teams for the 2020 season, Major League Rugby moved to a two-conference format. For the regular season, each team will play against the other teams in their conference twice each and against every team in the opposite conference once each for a total of 16 games.

The playoffs have expanded from four teams in 2018 to six teams this year, with the top three teams from each conference qualifying. The second- and third-placed team from each conference will play each other in the conference semifinals, with the winner moving on to play the first-placed team in the conference finals,. The winners of the conference finals will play against each other in the final for the championship.

Locations of teams in Major League Rugby
           Western Conference           Eastern Conference
Conference Club Metro area Stadium Capacity Coach Captain
Western Conference Austin Gilgronis Austin, Texas Bold Stadium 5,000   Brent Semmons   Zinzan Elan-Puttick
Colorado Raptors Denver, Colorado Infinity Park[a] 5,000   Peter Borlase   Luke White
Houston SaberCats Houston, Texas Aveva Stadium 4,000   Paul Healy   De Wet Roos
San Diego Legion San Diego, California Torero Stadium 6,000   Rob Hoadley   Joe Pietersen
Seattle Seawolves Seattle, Washington Starfire Stadium[b] 4,500   Kees Lensing   Riekert Hattingh
Utah Warriors Salt Lake City, Utah Zions Bank Stadium 5,000   Chris Latham   Dwayne Polataivao
Eastern Conference New England Free Jacks Boston, Massachusetts Union Point Sports Complex 2,000   Josh Smith   Josh Larsen
New Orleans Gold New Orleans, Louisiana Gold Mine 10,000   Nate Osborne   Kyle Baillie
Old Glory DC Washington, D.C. Cardinal Stadium 3,500   Andrew Douglas   Thretton Palamo
Rugby United New York New York, New York MCU Park 7,000   Greg McWilliams   Dylan Fawsitt
Rugby ATL Atlanta, Georgia Lupo Family Field 2,500   Scott Lawrence   Ryan Nell
Toronto Arrows Toronto, Ontario Alumni Field
Lamport Stadium
2,500
9,600
  Chris Silverthorn   Dan Moor

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Season Standings
Western Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 San Diego Legion 5 5 0 0 161 108 +53 21 13 3 0 23
2 Utah Warriors 5 2 1 2 125 134 -9 15 18 2 0 12
3 Colorado Raptors 5 2 0 3 98 130 -32 11 16 0 1 9
4 Seattle Seawolves 5 1 0 4 138 162 -24 15 22 2 2 8
5 Austin Gilgronis 5 1 1 3 104 155 -51 13 19 1 0 7
6 Houston SaberCats 5 1 0 4 99 116 -17 11 12 0 2 6
Eastern Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Toronto Arrows 5 4 0 1 151 89 +62 16 10 2 1 19
2 Old Glory DC 5 4 0 1 122 129 -7 13 15 1 0 17
3 New Orleans Gold 5 3 0 2 135 102 +33 19 13 3 1 16
4 Rugby United New York 5 3 0 2 136 131 +5 18 17 2 1 15
5 Rugby ATL 5 2 0 3 116 119 +6 14 12 2 2 12
6 New England Free Jacks 5 1 0 4 139 158 -19 22 20 4 1 9
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order
  1. number of matches won
  2. the difference between points for and points against
  3. the number of tries scored
  4. the most points scored
  5. the difference between tries for and tries against
  6. the fewest red cards received
  7. the fewest yellow cards received

Green background indicates teams in position for the Conference Finals
Blue background indicates teams in position for the Conference Semi-Finals
(CH) Champions. (RU) Runners-up. (SF) Losing semi-finalists.

Last Updated: March 7, 2020

MatchesEdit

The following are the matches for the 2020 Major League Rugby regular season:

Home \ Away AUS COL HOU NEFJ NOLA OGDC RATL RUNY SAN SEA TOR UTA
Austin Gilgronis May 17 Apr 26 19–28 Mar 28 (ppd) Mar 14 (ppd) Apr 4 (ppd) 10–38 20–20
Colorado Raptors Mar 21 (ppd) Apr 18 20–27 May 2 May 30 May 23 22–19 22–14
Houston SaberCats 20–24 21–12 13–22 May 23 23–31 May 16 May 2 Apr 11 (ppd)
New England Free Jacks May 9 Apr 4 (ppd) Mar 14 (ppd) Apr 25 Apr 18 May 30 34–14 May 16
New Orleans Gold May 23 May 9 31–22 46–13 10–22 Apr 18 21–25 Mar 28 (ppd)
Old Glory DC Mar 15 (ppd) May 24 Apr 11 (ppd) 31–29 Mar 29 (ppd) 28–22 Apr 26 May 3
Rugby ATL Mar 22 (ppd) Apr 5 (ppd) May 17 19–22 Apr 26 May 10 18–28 28–19
Rugby United NY 49–31 Apr 25 May 1 May 30 May 9 Apr 10 (ppd) Mar 14 (ppd) Mar 22 (ppd)
San Diego Legion May 3 49–22 Apr 5 (ppd) 30–21 Mar 22 (ppd) 24–20 33–24 May 25
Seattle Seawolves May 31 Mar 29 (ppd) Mar 21 (ppd) 44–29 May 17 Apr 12 17–39 31–33
Toronto Arrows 27–22 Apr 12 May 3 May 31 Apr 19 May 22 May 10 Apr 4 (ppd)
Utah Warriors Apr 18 May 9 May 30 39–33 Mar 14 (ppd) May 16 Mar 28 (ppd) Apr 25

Updated to match(es) played on March 8, 2020
Colors: Blue: home team win; Yellow: draw; Red: away team win.

Week 1 (Feb 8–9)Edit


Week 2 (Feb 15–16)Edit


Week 3 (Feb 22–23)Edit


Week 4 (Feb 29 – Mar 1)Edit


Week 5 (Mar 6–8)Edit


Week 6 (Mar 14–15)Edit

All matches postponed.


Bye/s: Rugby ATL, Toronto Arrows

Week 7 (Mar 21–22)Edit

All matches postponed.


Bye/s: NOLA Gold, Utah Warriors

Week 8 (Mar 28–29)Edit

All matches postponed.


Bye/s: Houston SaberCats, New England Free Jacks

Week 9 (Apr 4–5)Edit

All matches postponed.


Bye/s: Old Glory DC, RUNY

Week 10 (Apr 10–12)Edit

All matches postponed through at least April 11.


Bye/s: Austin Gilgronis, Colorado Raptors

Week 11 (Apr 18–19)Edit


Bye/s: San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves

Week 12 (Apr 25–26)Edit


Week 13 (May 1–3)Edit


Week 14 (May 9–10)Edit


Week 15 (May 16–17)Edit


Week 16 (May 22–25)Edit


Week 17 (May 30–31)Edit


PlayoffsEdit

  Conference Semi-Finals     Conference Finals     Final
                           
      W1  
  W2        
  W3        
     
      E1    
  E2      
  E3  

Conference SemifinalsEdit

Conference FinalsEdit

FinalEdit

Player StatisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

The top ten try and point scorers during the 2020 Major League Rugby season are:[5]

Last updated: March 9, 2020

SanctionsEdit

Player Team   Red   Yellow
  Mike Shephard Toronto Arrows 1 0
  Poasa Waqanibau New England Free Jacks 0 2
  Diego Magno Houston SaberCats 0 2
  Brendan Daly Colorado Raptors 0 1
  Malcolm May NOLA Gold 0 1
  Lindsay Stevens NOLA Gold 0 1
  Nikola Bursic NOLA Gold 0 1
  Gordon Fullerton Old Glory DC 0 1
  Saia Uhila Utah Warriors 0 1
  Josh Larsen New England Free Jacks 0 1
  Ben Foden RUNY 0 1
  Peter Malcolm San Diego Legion 0 1
  Vili Toluta'u Seattle Seawolves 0 1
  Lino Saunitoga Austin Gilgronis 0 1
  Potu Leavasa Jr. Austin Gilgronis 0 1
  Brad Hemopo New England Free Jacks 0 1
  Anthony Parry RUNY 0 1
  Sione Fangaiuiha Austin Gilgronis 0 1
  Maikeli Mudu Austin Gilgronis 0 1
  Tomás de la Vega Toronto Arrows 0 1
  Tiaan Loots Houston SaberCats 0 1
  Nakai Penny Seattle Seawolves 0 1
  Tim Maupin NOLA Gold 0 1
  JP du Plessis San Diego Legion 0 1
  Kelepi Fifita Colorado Raptors 0 1
  Holden Yungert NOLA Gold 0 1
  Jamie Mackintosh Austin Gilgronis 0 1
  Renata Roberts-Tenana Old Glory DC 0 1
  Manuel Diana Toronto Arrows 0 1
  Paddy Ryan RUNY 0 1
  Carl Meyer NOLA Gold 0 1
  Joshua Furno San Diego Legion 0 1
  Will Vakalahi Old Glory DC 0 1
  Neethling Gericke Rugby ATL 0 1
  Andrew Ferguson Toronto Arrows 0 1
  Rene Ranger Colorado Raptors 0 1
  Marco Fepulea'i Colorado Raptors 0 1
  Andrew Quattrin Toronto Arrows 0 1
  Rodrick Waters Austin Gilgronis 0 1
  Stephan Coetzee Seattle Seawolves 0 1

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Infinity Park is in Glendale, Colorado, a home rule municipality in the Denver metropolitan area.
  2. ^ Starfire Stadium is in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila, Washington.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY SUSPENDS 2020 SEASON FOR 30 DAYS," www.majorleague.rugby, March 12, 2020 Retrieved March 14, 2020
  2. ^ "Major League Rugby cancels remainder of 2020 campaign". Yahoo! Sports. AFP. March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  3. ^ "Contact". Starfire Sports. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2020/02/16/old-glory-shock-seawolves-thrilling-dc-opener/
  5. ^ https://www.usmlr.com/player-stats/