About The Houston SaberCats

Team History

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).

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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.