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Way Too Early MLR Season Projections


We take a look at early end of season projections for the first season of Major League Rugby

Early MLR Preseason Projections

Rank Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. Glendale (4) 34
2. Houston 27
3. Austin 25
4. NOLA (1) 18
5. Seattle 16
6. Utah 15
7. San Diego 6

The Earful of Dirt team has put together our way too early preseason poll. Another poll will be conducted prior to the start of the season, but we wanted to get a feel of the teams as they currently stand.

First up are the Glendale Raptors. While there haven't been roster announcements made yet, we can take an accurate guess as to who will be a part of the team as the Raptors core has been together for a couple years now. And that core is an impressive one.

The Houston SaberCats are projected to finish second in our poll. The SaberCats are a built from scratch club that has done an impressive job building itself into a contender for the first MLR season. They put on display an impressive performance in their first preseason match, beating the Seattle Saracens 50-7.

Austin Elite Rugby holds the third spot in our poll. The Elite grew out of the Austin Huns club program and the majority of the team has been together for a while. The Huns won the 2017 USA Rugby D1 club championship.

NOLA Gold Rugby stands fourth in our poll. They formed through the New Orleans Rugby Football Club. NOLA has made of number of good signings this off season and could be surprise team this season.

The Seattle Seawolves are the fifth team in our poll. The Seawolves has grown from the Seattle Saracens club program. The Seawolves have signed a number of Canadian players. The Seawolves will look to make a splash this season.

The Utah Warriors come in a number six in our poll. Utah is the perfect example of why this is a way too early poll. Utah recently signed Fetu'u Vainikolo, the all-time leading try scorer for Tonga. If Utah continues to make splash signing don't expect them to stay down too long.

And finally, the San Diego Legion. We don't know much about the Legion at this point in time. Only three players are associated with the club at this time.We want to see more from the Legion before the start of the season.

~Josh Fredlund