Austin Elite trots out new Major League Rugby jerseys


Austin Elite unveiled their jersey design Wednesday for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season, featuring blue and black for the home gear and orange on the road.

“The blue and black home jersey symbolizes our rugby community and that our players come from the city’s two biggest clubs, the Austin Huns and Austin Black,” said Austin Elite marketing director Mike Ablett.

“The orange away jersey was inspired by the city of Austin and its amazing sunsets. While the team is playing away, we are proud to represent Austin and always will have a piece of home with us.”

Austin Elite will make their debut in the seven-team league April 21 against the Glendale Raptors in suburban Denver. The home opener is May 5 against NOLA Gold of New Orleans. Preseason games begin in March.

The team will play home matches at Stadium ATX, 4107 Nixon Lane in Southeast Austin, a facility being expanded from 1,800 to bewteen 3,000 and 3,500.

MLR secured a television contract with CBS Sports Network last month.

The league announced Thursday a multi-year deal with Australian sports apparel and boot company XBlades as its on-field apparel partner. XBlades will launch jersey sales through individual clubs, with pre-orders available now. XBlades also will provide players with its trademark bladed sole rugby boots.

MLR will begin play with teams in Austin, Houston, New Orleans, Glendale (Colo.), Salt Lake City, San Diego and Seattle.



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