It's first-timers versus old hands in the MLR Final in New Jersey
Rugby New York will host Seattle Seawolves today in the final of Major League Rugby. It was announced this week that the MLR showpiece game would be held at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey – the home of MLS side New York Red Bulls.
It is the hosts’ first-ever Championship Game appearance whilst Seattle will be playing for their third MLR title. Having previously won in 2018 and 2019.
Rugby New York boast a side packed full of international talent with former All Blacks Andy Ellis, Waisake Naholo and Nehe Milner-Skudder set to start.
Seattle came into the league knockouts as the bottom seed but following convincing Western Conference playoff wins over San Diego and Houston SaberCats they now roll into the final with plenty of momentum.
Rugby New York overcame Atlanta and arch-rivals New England on the road to take their place in the final – which is just the new league’s fourth ever showpiece, with the 2020 season having been scrapped.
“Being one of the only two members left from the inaugural day with New York, it has been a long time coming,” Rugby New York back row Dylan Fawsitt told the MLR website this week. “To represent the greatest city in the world, and do it in the big dance is really, really special.
“What has always stood through my time here is that we have always had quality men involved in this organization, especially on the field.”
“It is going to be such a spectacle for the game here in the States, especially in front of our family and friends at home.”
In the US, the game will be broadcast to a huge television audience on Fox – whilst fans around the world can tune in live and for free at therugbynetwork.com.
Kick-off is set for 5 pm BST.
You can watch highlights and replays of every game of the 2022 MLR season at The Rugby Network.
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