National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) has announced a partnership with Major League Rugby (MLR). This partnership will allow NCR and MLR to work together to build a strong collegiate to professional rugby pathway for current and future members. This announcement comes in tandem with The Rugby Network partnership as a streaming service for many NCR matches including the 2021 Collegiate Rugby Championship in New Orleans, LA taking place May 29-31. NCR CEO Jeremy Treece said, "Major League Rugby is one of the ultimate goals of collegiate rugby players in the United States. The League gives our players the domestic competition to keep rugby growing in the U.S. and to provide a pathway and fanbase for teams around the country. Our collegiate teams will only enhance the player pool that MLR has to choose from, while we work together to promote their entertaining and exciting rugby matches that fans can catch online or in person.”
"We are thrilled to be supporting the National Collegiate Rugby Championship, as we view it as an integral part of the rugby pathway that MLR is dedicated to growing," said MLR Commissioner George Killebrew, "In addition to the MLR Collegiate Draft, the National Collegiate Rugby Championship is another important step in the pathway towards professional rugby."
Treece also said, "This partnership is one of many that we are working on to provide our members with many tools that will enhance their collegiate rugby experience and provide the members with benefits that they can really use. We can't wait to have the MLR stadiums filled with NCR Coaches, Players and Referees."
Formed in 2020, NCR is committed to the development of college rugby by providing a wide array of services and governance for men’s and women’s collegiate rugby programs. NCR is proud to oversee nearly 15,000 men’s and women’s collegiate rugby players from about 600 programs across the United States.
NCR evolved from the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) which was founded in 2007. Originally created to support the growth and development of small college rugby, the organization now serves college rugby programs of all sizes.
About Major League Rugby
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league in its fourth season and represents the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 12 teams in 2021, featuring 11 from the United States and one from Canada. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, FS2 and FS1, among other national and local market platforms. Select matches are available to stream live in North America on The Rugby Network, and all matches are available on The Rugby Network 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, and download the MLR App on the App Store/Google Play