MLR Updates, USA Searching for CEO, Canadians in Europe, BCRN Archive Highlights
A few items to cover Monday morning of interest to BC and Canadian rugby fans. MLR, when is the schedule coming out? The USA searching for a new CEO. Canadians playing in the top European league. The BCRN archives slowly come back online and we’ve featured some stories from Zaruba, Moylett, Bain and Marshall, plus the 2022-23 BC Premier articles are back online
MLR Team Up with Globant
This was announced last week, it’s not too clear specifically what this means beyond, “refurbishing the competition’s Rugby Network streaming service”. The Rugby Network website has started a paid service for watching the English Premiership, how that affects its previously free viewing of MLR matches this coming season remains to be seen.
In other MLR news Ross Braude has left the Arrows and gone back to South Africa, probably explains why he wasn’t selected for Canada v Spain.
Last season the MLR announced their schedule on November 15th 2022. The season started in February 17th, so the schedule announcement came about 3 months from season kickoff. There’s been rumours of a later kickoff in 2024 so the schedule announcement, or a lack of it this week, may be a clue.
Miami is the expansion team and Atlanta is moving to LA.
USA Seeking CEO
USA are looking for a new CEO and the Canadian rugby community might be thinking, “have we got a deal for you”. The Rugby Canada CEO, Nathan Bombrys, is from Michigan, now living in Ottawa. His claim to fame is rehiring Kingsley Jones on a 2 year contract after the men’s team failed to qualify for the World Cup.
The USA have hired Bloom Sports to help in the search, they’re USA based but with a background in Australia. So early bets are either an American or Australian CEO, they’ve recently gone through a couple from the UK without success. Rugby Canada used SRI a UK based service and they found, Bombrys, an American working in the UK, someone who used to work with Kingsley Jones, a small world.
Canadians in Europe
Tyler Ardron played 76′ for Castres at #8, and scored a try, in their win over Oyonnax in Top 14 last weekend. Castres are in 4th place currently. Tyler Duguid played 60′ for Montpellier at second row in their loss to Stade Francais, Montpellier currently sit in 13th place.
If you have more info on Canadians playing in Europe, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org – I’ve activated comments on this story as a trial, you can comment there as well.
As we slowly add in stories from the previous site, we’ll mention some of highlight articles.
If you go to the Features category you’ll see all 6 articles from Noah Bain, A Player’s Perspective: Canada to NZ, plus the interview with Adam Zaruba and his start up business AZ Elite Performance.
We’ve got the BC Premier 2022-23 season articles uploaded now going back to Oct 29th 2022 for Week 1.
Remember back in November 2022 we did an interview with Brian Moylett on his new book “The Book on How You Become a Pro Rugby Player”. We have that back online now.
From Dec 2022 is the article on former Canada prop Jason Marshall, “Jason Marshall Hits the World Stage Again: This Time in the World Rowing Indoor Championships”.