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Rugby ATL Looking ahead for a Strong 2021 Season

April 16, 2020 - Major League Rugby (MLR) - Rugby ATL News Release

ATLANTA - - Rugby ATL's inaugural Major League Rugby (MLR) season was shorter than expected, while still being more than what anyone could have envisioned. With its successful, but truncated, inaugural season completed, Rugby ATL looks to the 2021 season with newfound determination and unwavering support from fans and sponsors.

Rugby ATL delivered a physical and fast-paced game of rugby this season that provided an electric gameday experience. The team is poised for an even stronger second season with committed funding, young players and a forge-ahead strategy. The franchise is looking forward to capitalizing on its core foundation of premier players and coaches.

The team is demonstrating its commitment to Atlanta and the 2021 season by:

Player Contracts - The coaching staff is evaluating the roster and has begun extending player contracts for next season.

Collegiate Draft - The first-ever draft will be held on June 13 and 14. As an expansion team, they will receive a premium placement to select players.

404 Rugby - The franchise is continuing to develop the game of rugby here in the south by revamping its regional Academy team and announcing its new Under-19 program.

"It's hard not to look back and be incredibly grateful for the support of our fans, the community at large, and from our sponsors for getting Rugby ATL off the ground in 2020," says General Manager and Head Coach Scott Lawrence. "This year will be about building the product, the environment and getting behind the momentum we've achieved this year. We're all in this together."

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