GRR: MLR Academies
The New England Free Jacks and DC Old Glory MLR teams ran out their academy teams against each other this past weekend.
Both teams are running Girls U19 as well as Boys U19 programs.
The Free Jacks teams (dubbed the Junior Jacks) won both games. The Junior Jacks Girls beat DC 19-7, while the Junior Jacks Boys won 23-17
Definitions of what an academy is and is not in Major League Rugby remain fluid, and few things illustrated that than last week’s doubleheader meeting between academies from Rugby ATL and NOLA Gold.
What’s in a name?
Why should we care about nicknames for teams that don’t even, really, exist?
But that’s one of the premises of this article, that the New England Free Jacks Major League Rugby Team formed an academy system with a bunch of nicknames for each regional group. Instead of Group 1 or Region F, they picked names that had regional significance.
Old Glory DC today announced that it has launched the Old Glory Academy for players aged 16 to 18.
Beginning Fall of 2020, the Old Glory Rugby Academy’s role is to identify and develop talented young athletes from the Mid-Atlantic Region and engage them in a performance development program led by Old Glory DC coaches and staff.
Glendale, Colo. - The USA Rugby High Performance Pathways department has today announced eight newly verified National Development Programs (NDPs).
The announcement comes after a long vetting process using a detailed series of benchmarks. The system was designed to further define how so-called academy programs characterize what they do.