League to Begin Play March 20; Play 18 Weeks Prior to MLR Championship Series

TUKWILA, WASHINGTON (February 3, 2021)– Major League Rugby (MLR) re-announced today its  2021 season schedule, beginning with matches on March 20, 2021. Entering its fourth season with Dallas shifting their focus to 2022, Major League Rugby has revised the 2021 schedule. The big changes for the Seawolves are as follows:

  • Seattle will kick off the season at Houston, instead of Austin.
  • Host Rugby United New York in their home opener, instead of Utah
  • Opponent swap from Dallas to facing the New England Free Jacks in regular season play.

MLR will feature 12 teams competing throughout North America over 18 weeks. The conclusion of the regular season will bring the MLR Championship Series, with the top two seeds from each conference qualifying for the postseason. The playoffs will culminate with the Championship Final to be held August 1.

MLR’s 13 teams are split into two conferences. The Eastern Conference features six teams (Rugby ATL, New England Free Jacks, NOLA Gold, Old Glory DC, Rugby United New York, Toronto Arrows) while the Western Conference features six teams (Austin Gilgronis, Houston SaberCats, Los Angeles, San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves, Utah Warriors). Each team will play a 16-game regular season schedule, with two bye weeks each.

Opening weekend will be on March 20, where Seattle will travel to Houston, Texas to take on the SaberCats dawning the WaFd Bank logo on their 2021 jerseys. The first five matches for the reigning champions will be on the road before taking the field at Starfire Sports for the home opener against Rugby United New York May 2.

Like many major professional sports around the globe, MLR adjusted its 2020 season schedule due to the pandemic 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.

MLR has a COVID Task Force made up of medical advisors and League officials that is dedicated to setting policies and procedures that ensure the safety of athletes, fans, and staff. MLR will continue to consult with the COVID Task Force, medical advisors, teams and players, to always put safety first when making decisions as the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve.

Season tickets for the Seattle Seawolves are on sale and can be purchased here. To learn more about season ticket memberships, check out our FAQ’s. Book your stay in the Seattle Southside for 2021 home games near the action here.

This article has been updated with more recent and accurate information from the initially posting on December 8, 2020.