Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ohio Gains PRO Rugby Team

The fourth team in the inaugural PRO Rugby season is set with the announcement of Ohio as the only team East of the Mississippi in the competition. Ohio (team is in Columbus) now joins Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Diego as announced teams. The fifth and final team is expected to be announced shortly.  It's expected that coaching staffs and the first round of players will be announced soon.

After looking at several venues along the East Coast only Columbus seemed to work. The team will be playing out of the Columbus Crew training center in Obetz, just south of Columbus. It's expected that the team will draw on players from the Tiger Rugby Academy as well as some players on the East Coast that want to stay closer to home. The coaching staff will be announced at a later date.

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Here is the official announcement from PRO Rugby:

We are happy to announce Ohio as our fourth team for PRO Rugby's upcoming inaugural season. Ohio will play its matches...
Posted by PRO Rugby North America on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What do you make the announcement? 


  1. 400 miles away from me, a short nonstop flight on Southwest.
    Do-able for one game, not a regular event for me.
    At least the waiting is over!

  2. I'm assuming that this entire this entire this has not turned out the way PRORugby brass expected.

    Went from six announced teams to five.

    Three California teams and one in Ohio.

    Only California combines to get some revenue, but they were on record stating they knew about 80% of those they wanted to sign.

    We are a third of the way through February and they still have lots of work to do.

  3. PRO Rugby leadership has adapted to market realities and is still on target to launch the league on schedule. PRO Rugby has done better than any other professional rugby effort in the US, ever.

  4. Indeed. They build for good! We must patient and supportive

  5. Chicago???? Centrally located, easy to get to, and filled Soldier Field for NZ v USA!

    1. And didn't fill anywhere near capacity for Australia despite much cheaper tickets and a game that was probably going to be more competitive than the one v ABs (and was).

      Agree on the centrally located, easy to get to comment.

  6. The training center doesn't seem like a great place for a professional league? Only pictures online show it is not a "real" stadium? How many people can it seat? Very worried about this pick.

    1. The problem with USA versus Australia last year is that it was Labor Day weekend with a lot of other sporting events, including many college football games. It still drew 23,000. The USA-NZ game was Nov. 4