The Dallas Jackals Bring Professional Rugby to DFW
DALLAS (June 5, 2020) – Major League Rugby (MLR) announced the unveiling of the Dallas franchise for the 2021 MLR season. The Dallas Jackals are based in the DFW Metroplex and are set to play at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX.
Ownership of the Dallas Jackals is led by an investment group including Neil Leibman and Donnie Nelson. The Jackals home stadium, Globe Life Park, is the most recent home of the XFL Renegades, the USL North Texas SC, and former home of the Texas Rangers.
“The city of Dallas has been ready to welcome an MLR team for several years now, so we are ecstatic that the Dallas Jackals are on board for 2021. The Dallas Jackals have the recipe for success in MLR – an extremely knowledgeable and experienced ownership group, plans for a stadium, and a mission for youth and community engagement. I look forward to seeing them excel in the League in 2021 and beyond.” George Killebrew, MLR Commissioner
MLR added two new expansion teams in Dallas and Los Angeles to rise to a total of 13 teams for the fourth season in 2021. The Dallas Jackals will join the Austin Gilgronis and Houston SaberCats as the third team based in Texas, proving that even rugby is “Bigger in Texas.” Dallas is known as a city of passionate sports fans with a multitude of successful professional sports teams, and loyal fanbases. With the multitude of rugby clubs currently in DFW, the Jackals look forward to bringing a higher caliber level of the sport to North Texas.
With MLR hosting its first ever collegiate draft on Saturday, June 13, roster announcements will be made in the coming weeks. To learn more about the Jackals, Major League Rugby and to join our Jackals mailing list, visit dallasjackals.com.
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 2022 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. 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 12 teams in 2021, featuring 11 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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