You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Austin Huns rugby, turning pro, announce 2017 schedule


The Austin Huns, transitioning to professional rugby, announced Wednesday a 14-match schedule in 2017 for their newly formed Elite Team that begins Jan. 21 at the Dallas Harlequins.

The home opener on Saturday, Jan. 28, brings a marquee attraction, San Diego’s Old Mission Beach Athletic Club. That match will begin at 3:30 at Huns Field, 4107 Nixon Lane, in Southeast Austin.

OMBAC has won seven USA Rugby Sevens championships and eight USA Fifteens titles and groomed national team players like Todd Clever, the U.S. Eagles captain and a Huns investor.

The Huns will play teams from California, Colorado, Utah, Michigan and Louisiana in addition to Texas squads.

They will compete concurrently in the pro Major Rugby Championship and the amateur Red River Rugby Conference. The MRC is a four-team group with NOLA (New Orleans), Rugby Utah (Salt Lake City) and the Glendale (Col.) Raptors. The RRRC includes the Austin Blacks, Dallas Reds, Dallas Harlequins and Houston Athletic Rugby Club.

The semi-pro Austin Blacks have reached the Division I national finals two years in a row, losing narrowly each time. The Huns and Blacks will square off twice this season.

In an effort to turn pro, the Huns have invested to upgrade their staff and roster. They hired former South African junior national team coach Eugene Eloff to mold a roster beefed up by several international signings. The team also has an affiliation with noted French club Racing 92 of Paris.

“We will play an expansive, entertaining, try-scoring brand of rugby,” Eloff siad.

The Elite Team debuted in November with a 95-5 destruction of the United States Air Force XV Select Squad.

Huns home matches will include live music and food from Casa Chapala. The home field area is expansive, with picnic tables and playscapes for children.

Tickets can be purchased at www.austinhunsrugby.com. Fans can follow the Huns on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@AustinHunsRugby).



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Former college player gets degree with assist from coach and NCAA
Former college player gets degree with assist from coach and NCAA

On Dec. 21, Thomas Treadwell graduated from college. With friends and family watching, he proudly walked across the stage on the floor of Bender Arena and received his degree in liberal studies from American University. "I couldn't get excited," he said this past week, "until I'd been handed my degree and walked across the stage and...
Hall of Fame might no longer be off limits for steroid-era players
Hall of Fame might no longer be off limits for steroid-era players

Roger Clemens could have kept his mouth shut. People would have believed what they were going to believe. But Mr. Clemens went to Washington in 2008, for an extraordinary day of political theater.  Clemens testified under oath that he never had used steroids. Rep. Henry Waxman, the chairman of the congressional committee grilling Clemens, did...
With the tennis season beginning, a wish list for 2017
With the tennis season beginning, a wish list for 2017

Tennis got more than its share of undesirable events in 2016: Roger Federer’s first surgery, Maria Sharapova’s suspension for a doping violation, the knife attack on Petra Kvitova that left the future of her career in doubt. But the sport also checked some long-empty boxes. Novak Djokovic won his first French Open to become the first man...
What happens to your brain after a football hit
What happens to your brain after a football hit

When the receiver took a blow to his head several years ago, it was just one of many concussions that have occurred throughout college football and the NFL. But what made this one different was that this player was wearing a mouth guard with motion sensors. The information from those sensors has given researchers a more detailed and precise window...
The bones of a book that cracked a facade
The bones of a book that cracked a facade

Paula Kurman first met her husband, Jim Bouton, in 1977, at a hospital fundraiser at a Bloomingdale’s in Hackensack, New Jersey. She thought he was handsome, but she didn’t understand why people wanted his autograph. He said he had once pitched for the New York Yankees, but for Kurman that wasn’t a good enough reason. She is a doctor...
More Stories