Dallas Jackals Announce Major League Rugby 2021 Inaugural Schedule
DALLAS, TX (December 8, 2020) — The Dallas Jackals today announced their 2021 Inaugural Season Major League Rugby schedule. The Jackals join the West Conference in a 16-game season with 8 home matches at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Jackals Inaugural season will kick-off against fellow 2020 expansion team LA Giltinis in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 20. The season continues with the Jackals facing each of the West Conference teams twice and competing in inter-conference games with select East Conference teams. The 2021 season ends Saturday, July 17 followed by two weeks of playoffs with the Championship Final on August 1. The Championship Final will be nationally televised on CBS.
“There is huge anticipation and determination from all the players and staff to establish Dallas Jackals as a competitive force in the MLR while growing the game of rugby in Dallas-Fort Worth,” said Allen Clarke, Jackals Head Coach and Director of Rugby. “I know the boys can’t wait to come together to build and understand our identity as we prepare for our first game in LA. I have no doubt the excitement will only increase further with our first home game two weeks later against NOLA Gold.”
Named as an expansion team in June 2020, the Jackals join the Houston SaberCats and Austin Gilgronis as the third MLR team in Texas. The Jackals look to bring home the second Texas Cup, which was introduced prior to the 2020 season.
Jackals President Scott Sonju said, “Rugby is loved around the world and growing rapidly in the United States.” He continued, “We find that when people learn of the unique sportsmanship, traditions, and culture of rugby worldwide, it resonates with them. North Texans are going to fall in love with this sport.”
In advance of the regular season, Dallas Jackals training camp will begin on February 15.
The Dallas Jackals will begin taking Season Ticket deposits soon, fill out the Ticket Inquiry Form to talk with a representative. Visit dallasjackals.com to learn more about the team and gear up for the 2021 season at therugbyshop.com/pages/dallas-jackals.
About Dallas Jackals —
The Dallas Jackals are a professional rugby team of Major League Rugby (MLR), the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The Jackals were named as an expansion team in 2020 and will play their inaugural season in 2021. The team’s central mission is to develop domestic talent to a world-class level of play and professionalism while strengthening the high performance pathway in DFW by supporting the local clubs. Through proactive Community Outreach, the Jackals will exemplify and spread the passion of rugby by inspiring tradition, respect, family, and character on and off the pitch.
About MLR —
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its fourth season and represents the highest level of competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 13 teams in 2021, featuring 12 from the United States and one from Canada. The competition follows an 18-week regular schedule for a chance to advance to the playoffs. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, ESPN+, Facebook Live (for international viewers) and on different platforms in each local market. MLR prides itself on its incredible athletes, the passionate community behind them, and its strong values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition.
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