Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Friday Apr 12, 2019

MLR's third season will be even bigger than before as new hype video explains format

MLR's third season will be even bigger than before as new hype video explains format

USA rugby appears to be on the up as Major League Rugby has announced a revamped, expanded format for its 2020 season. It will be their third season under this banner and will include three new big market teams, a two-conference system and 101 elite matches.

ADVERTISEMENT

By all accounts, the tournament has been a success so far and is the most successful USA domestic rugby competition to date.

Bringing the total number of MLR teams to 12, the three new teams are the New England Free Jacks; Old Glory DC, in Washington D.C.; and Atlanta’s Rugby ATL.

For Season 3 the 12 teams will be divided into the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference. The Western Conference comprises Austin, Houston, Glendale, San Diego, Seattle and Utah. The Eastern Conference will feature Atlanta, New England, Washington D.C., New Orleans, New York and Toronto.

Each team will play the other teams in their conference home and away, for a total of 10 games, plus six cross-conference games, three home and three away.

Season 3 will conclude with a dramatic five-match Championship Series across three consecutive weekends from June 13, 2020. The 2nd and 3rd placed teams in each conference will face off for a place in the Conference Final, where they will play the top team in their conference.

The MLR Final will then pit the Western Conference Champions against the Eastern Conference Champions in the winner-takes-all climax on June 28, 2020.

ADVERTISEMENT

Season 3 continues MLR’s relentless progress since its 2018 inauguration, growing from seven teams and 31 matches in Season 1 and nine teams and 75 matches in Season 2. North American fans are enjoying more access to domestic professional rugby than ever before this year, with 22 games broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network and others available on ESPN+ and via teams’ regional broadcast deals.

The Season 2 MLR Final will air on CBS network television.

The 96-match regular season kicks off on February 15, 2020.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of...

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate...

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    'Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting...

ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    It's 30 years since France scored that epic 'Try of the Century' from beneath their posts

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Amazing acrobatic skills set up early try in Pro D2 Friday night clash

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Arguably the most insane three minutes of Fijian rugby history

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Jonny Wilkinson's iconic performance that ripped Ireland apart in 2002

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Jamie Roberts turns back the clock with trademark midfield power for well taken try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Re-live the utter madness that unfolded late in the 2009 Challenge Cup final

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: The HUGE Currie Cup hit South African fans have been raving about

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Ex-internationals discuss unfortunate forearm incident which left Tonga international motionless

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Brutal reaction to eye gouging leads to HUGE ban for Gloucester flanker

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Springbok fans celebrate Liam Williams' game-losing error in 2014

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    James Haskell defends McDonald's role in latest YouTube rant

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Re-live THE Mike Phillips Six Nations try which still angers Irish fans to this day

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Fijian winger cops heavy ban after that referee lifting incident that went viral and blew up his phone

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Vakatawa blows crucial try in terrible blooper, similar to Kunitani in 2014

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

View All

Funnies

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Fijian wing who lifted a referee like Lion King now faces a disciplinary hearing

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Referee JP Doyle reacts to hilarious moment red card was dished out after bizarre celebration

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Without doubt one of the funniest red cards in the history of rugby

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Nigel Owens produces comedy gold by forgetting crucial piece of kit during Pro14 clash

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    The VERY BEST examples of when rugby players celebrate too early

View All

Amateur

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 50 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 50 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he announced his retirement

View All
MLR's third season will be even bigger than before as new hype video explains format | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos