In 2017 the Houston Strikers, a local rugby team, decided to re-brand themselves and become one of the founding members of Major League Rugby. The team’s management was excited to choose a new name, saying that the change would reflect a positive and stronger image for their organization.
Soon after, the Houston City Council agreed to the construction of a $3.2 million rugby stadium, to be finished in 2019. The SaberCats then played an exhibition season at a local stadium owned by the Sugarland Skeeters, a professional baseball team.
For the 2018 MLR season, home games for the SaberCats will be played at Dyer Stadium in Houston.
Many of the players come from diverse backgrounds, reflecting the values of the sport, the team, and of the MLR. For more information about our players, go to the team page.
2018 has already been an exciting year for the Houston SaberCats, the incredible SaberCats fans, and for Major League Rugby (MLR).
After a fantastically successful 9-match Inaugural Season played at Constellation Field in Sugar Land which saw the SaberCats go 6-2-1 against a great mix of opponents including the Uruguay National Team, 5 sides hailing locations across the US, and 3 from Canada – the team kept themselves tuned-up in the brief off-season with two matches on the road against MLR sides from New Orleans and San Diego. Across these 11 matches, the team got a great look at a variety of styles and honed their skills with each match – putting themselves in a fine position to make a run for the championship in this, this first MLR Season.
The 8-match MLR Season will see the Cats squaring-off against the New Orleans Gold (Apr 21), the Austin Elite (Apr 28), the Utah Warriors (May 26), and the Seattle Seawolves (Jun 2) at home in Dyer Stadium. Road matches will be against the San Diego Legion (May 4), the New Orleans Gold (May 19), the Glendale Raptors (June 9), and finally to close-out the MLR Season, the Utah Warriors on June 23. After that, the Semi-Finals currently planned for Glendale (June 30) and the Finals on July 7 in San Diego.
This will be incredible season and a real test of the SaberCats’ mettle. We are thrilled to have you with us today. Thank you for coming out to enjoy live rugby. We can’t wait to show you some amazing rugby and spend time with you before and after each match at the Karbach Brewery located steps from Dyer Stadium. Come Early – Stay Late !
Join the #ROAR and – GO CATS !!!!
Major League Rugby
Beginning in 2018, Major League Rugby brings the highest level of American rugby to fans across the US.
Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in America and rugby’s domestic growth and wide-reaching global fan base combine to create a unique environment for a professional league in the American market. The US rugby story is uniquely American. From its early days as a sport with US roots primarily in the Northeast, rugby now reaches from coast-to-coast and is championed by thousands of local men’s, women’s and youth clubs competing at all levels. Major League Rugby will build on the US rugby story by uniting these fans under a common banner as rugby enters the American sports mainstream.
Teams from Houston, New Orleans, Austin, Glendale (Denver), Salt Lake, Seattle and San Diego make-up the founding sides of the MLR and the League is already on its way to expanding in Season 2 with teams from Dallas and New York already fully-in. MLR is also in talks with additional teams from other important rugby cities and are excited to bring them onboard to expand the League, grow the rivalries, and treat our fans to a wider-range of amazing rugby action.
MLR will reinvigorate the American rugby development pathway. By creating outreach programs to bring new players to the game and high-performance pathways to keep the best athletes in the sport, MLR will create the competitive environment to push the American game to the next level. Growing the game of rugby is at the core of the MLR model. MLR will create local destinations where rugby fans and families can come together to celebrate the highest levels of the American game. MLR stadia will be gathering places for rugby fans and local communities to come together around the game. By connecting the national to the local, MLR will invite America to join the unique, vibrant rugby family. MLR will feature current internationals, provincial all-stars from top rugby nations and professionals from around the world who will join the best domestic players in a professional rugby competition that will showcase the best that American rugby has to offer.