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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Griffins Out Of MRC, Huns-OMBAC Friendly


The Griffins are out of the Major Rugby Championship and the Red River Conference. Notes from a recent Texas Rugby Union meeting confirmed that the Griffins would miss all their Red River fixtures while a schedule posted by the Austin Huns of their Spring matches leaves out the Griffins while it includes home and away matches with Major Rugby Championship opponents Rugby Utah, Glendale, and NOLA. The Griffins have also been removed from the Glendale Raptors schedule.

Reportedly the Griffins no longer had to funds to keep many of their players on contracts and the club was unable to field a side. As of now the MRC appears to be down to Glendale, Rugby Utah, the Huns, and NOLA for the Spring. The MRC is a series of friendly matches intended to give participating teams high level competition.

In addition to their MRC schedule the Austin Huns have scheduled matches against Red River opponents the Dallas Reds and Austin Blacks (both home and away), and the Dallas Harlequins, as well as the Detroit Tradesmen and OMBAC. The OMBAC match is scheduled for January 28th, one week after the conclusion of the Cal Cup season. OMBAC and The Huns recently formed a partnership.


9 comments:

  1. Professional rugby in America takes another step back. This is sad, but I'm glad the club didn't string players out and not pay them. It seems they handled this professionally.

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  2. This is disappointing. The MRC guys are doing good work in the absence of guidance/structure from the NGB. The 'plan' to address club rugby in USA is imminent, but what a shame that one of the clubs taking an aggressive look at
    professionalizing falls off the track.

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  3. Reportedlly, D1 Clubs the Sacramento Lions and Downtown-Las Vegas folded this week.

    Something needs to change in Senior D1 Rugby. It's almost like the Competitions Committee has lost the plot.

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    1. We should scrap the national championship structure for D1, D2 and D3. Develop GU championship pathways. That can help some of these teams with travel expenses. USAR also needs to be promulgating guidelines and putting forth resources for clubs that want to develop professional structures, even if they don't end up paying players.

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    2. I do not disagree. I've always thought that the 8 CR change to club rugby that occurred in 2012 was short-sighted. Now I just think it is a failed experiment that has proven the club comp committee incapable of salvaging.

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  4. I've not seen anything from Griffins they were ever in MRC. Theyve been very quiet but their gym in Allen is doing really well. There's been bunch of NFL players in there.

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    1. Chad, You are correct. Very little of what has been said about the Griffins is from their organization.

      The Griffins didn't field a men's team this year (their women's team is currently in its sophomore season). However, their parent LLC is still an active company. Perhaps the current club rugby model just does not suit their business plans and they are currently working on some other ideas.

      There's a lot of disparaging going around and much of it is just crabs in a bucket.

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    2. Mr. Cole with the optimism again. We need more of you. Keep it positive.

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  5. I've mentioned this on other sites but the best model to move forward in the US is similar to that used in Australia. The club game apparently cannot make the jump in a sustainable manner so a more regional/stat based model would better serve any efforts to make the jump. The NRC provides a solid model to copy from. There's no shame in copying something that works.

    R7gby Utah are showing the way. Lean into it and move forward.

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