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Major League Rugby is back 3.20.21! #MLR2021 kicks off March 20 with 12 teams competing in 18 weeks of regular season action, followed by two weeks of the @usmlr Championship Series. Season 4 concludes with the MLR Championship Final on Sunday, August 1 on @CBS.
Major League Rugby Releases 2021 Season Launch, Championship Date
DALLAS (September 22, 2020) — In advance of its fourth season, Major League Rugby today
announced its 2021 season will start with matches on March 20, 2021 and will continue for 18
weeks of regular season action. Thirteen teams spread across North America will be competing
to make the MLR Playoffs. At the conclusion of the regular season the MLR playoffs will be
contested over two weeks of Eastern and Western Conference finals with the Championship
Final to be held August 1.
“We are looking forward to Major League Rugby’s fourth season being a powerful return for
professional rugby in North America,” said MLR Commissioner George Killebrew. “We’re
confident that this season is going to be groundbreaking for MLR with the expansion to 12
teams and plans to ramp up the fan experience like never before. March 20 is going to be a
great day when Major League Rugby returns.”
Like many major professional sports around the globe, due to the pandemic MLR adjusted its
2020 season schedule and turned its attention to ensuring the league would rebound with a
strong showing in 2021. League and team officials have been diligently working to build strong
rosters and enhance the fan experience for the upcoming season. Matches will be televised on
CBS Sports Network and Fox Sports 2 among other national and local market platforms. The
MLR Championship will be broadcast on CBS Television Network on Sunday, August 1.
In advance of the regular season, training camps for all MLR teams will begin February 15.
There will be a variety of pre-season activities in each market as well as national media day
where each team will provide standout players for national and international media availability.
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its fourth season and representing
the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams
in 2018 to 12 teams in 2021, 11 from the United States and one from Canada. Matches are
televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, and ESPN+, among other national and local
market platforms. All matches are available on Facebook Live for international fans. MLR prides
itself in fostering intense and high-stakes competition, while bringing together a passionate
community built on the values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition. For more information about MLR, visit www.MajorLeague.Rugby
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