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Friday Apr 12, 2019

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.

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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.

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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.

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