Old Glory DC
Old Glory DC is a professional rugby team based in Washington, DC that officially joined Major League Rugby in November 2018 and will compete in newly expanded 12-team MLR for the first time when the 2020 season begins in February.
Scottish Rugby is the first Tier 1 national governing body to link with a club in the Major League Rugby competition in the United States.
Scottish Rugby has taken a minority stake in the East Coast side and will provide a combination of financial and rugby support to the Old Glory DC team, with its Chief Operating Officer, Dominic McKay sitting on the franchise board. Former Glasgow Warriors team manager John Manson has recently joined up with Old Glory as its new Operations Manager.
The MLR season runs from February to June and currently has nine franchises competing in its second season following the arrival of the Toronto Arrows earlier this year.
The number of teams will expand to 12 in 2020 with the inclusion of Old Glory DC along with teams from Atlanta and New England.
To view MLR Season fixtures, visit here.
The strategic partnership between Scottish Rugby and Old Glory DC was born out of conversations in the US market around expanding the PRO14, and Scottish Rugby’s Board took the decision to align with MLR in its early stages.
Washington is one of America’s rugby hotbeds, with the D.C area boasting 190 clubs and 7,500 players at school, college and club levels.
The demographics of the DC market offer great economic potential, with Greater Washington alone including more than 8.5 million residents and rated the 3rd largest media market in the U.S.
The Washington franchise has been developed and is led by former USA Eagles player Paul Sheehy, an owner of Sheehy Auto Stores, and prominent local businessman Chris Dunlavey, President of project manager firm Brailsford & Dunlavey. Both are long-term sponsors, coaches and supporters of rugby in the area.
For more information, visit www.oldglorydc.com.