Austin Elite 2018 schedule set for Major League Rugby


Austin Elite will make their Major League Rugby debut April 21 against the Glendale Raptors in suburban Denver.

The Austin club, which spun off from the Huns, is part of the new seven-team MLR, which will play a 10-week regular season followed by playoffs.

Austin Elite will make their regular-season home debut May 5 at Stadium ATX, 4107 Nixon Lane in Southeast Austin, against NOLA Gold of New Orleans. Game time is not set yet.

The final home match will be June 23 against the San Diego Legion.

The Houston Sabercats, Utah Warriors and Seattle Seawolves are the other teams in the league, which expects to expand at some point down the road.

Austin Elite also will have three exhibition matches, starting March 11 against New York RC at Stadium ATX, which is being expanded from a capacity of 1,800 to about 3,500.

CBS Sports Network previously announced a deal to broadcast a package of matches. That schedule will be released next spring.

Major League Rugby’s talent pool will feature top players in North America, reinforced by up to five international signings in the 15-player, Rugby Union format.



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