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Major League Rugby Announces 2022 Collegiate Draft

The event is set for August 18

Source: Major League Rugby


Major League Rugby's draft is back.


On May 5, the league announced details for its third annual Collegiate Draft. "The MLR Draft Show will air on Thursday, August 18 at 7 PM ET on FS2, with latter picks on The Rugby Network," the league said in a statement. "39 of the best young rugby players in North America will be selected over 3 rounds."


“Draft Day is a big, big day,” said MLR Commissioner George Killebrew, “It’s the culmination of years and years of work for these athletes on the pathway to Major League Rugby and we are incredibly excited about the next set of stars.”


Tennessee alumni are no strangers to the draft. In 2021, Calvin Gentry and Ethan Scott both from the University of Memphis were selected by professional teams. Gentry was selected by the Dallas Jackals for their first season as an expansion team. He played two matches for the Jackals before getting injured.

Source: Calvin Gentry


Scott was selected by the Seattle Seawolves as the #29 overall pick. He was moved to the Houston Sabercats and is currently playing for their development academy squad, Rugby HTX.

Source: MLR Tennessee


MLR further explained how the draft would work in its third iteration. "This year’s draft is open to US and Canadian collegiate athletes and will consist of three rounds, with the order of selection being determined by the inverse order of standings from the 2022 MLR season. Once selected, teams will use a draft-and-follow approach and will have until the mid-point of the MLR season after the player’s collegiate eligibility ends to reach an agreement with the player.


"An exciting change from last year is that MLR has partnered with Playwize as this year’s draft registration platform. Playwize is a marketplace that allows athletes to connect with playing and commercial opportunities across the world. Athletes must download the Playwize app from the App Store or Play Store, create a profile, and fill in the MLR Draft eligibility questionnaire to be added to the prospect list.


"All 2022 draft information can be found here and all related questions can be directed to draft@usmlr.com."


MLR also announced how Tennessee rugby players can showcase their skills at various official combines. Team coaches and scouts will be present at combines to seek out talent for the 2023 season.


“The launch of MLR Combines provides multiple opportunities for athletes to display their talents to teams and earn their spot in the MLR” said Commissioner Killebrew. These events are not limited to Draft eligible players.


MLR Combines

  • June 4: Academy & Draft Combine with Houston SaberCats (Houston, TX)

  • June 25/26: MLR Draft & Academy Combine with Rhinos Rugby Academy (San Clemente, CA)

  • July 30: Rugby Pro Day with Wisconsin RFU (Madison, WI)

The MLR Combines will fall either side of the Collegiate Rugby Shield that was announced earlier this year, which will take place on July 2 at Herriman, Utah.


Tennessee has a host of collegiate players who are looking at being drafted this year. We wish them the best of luck as they prepare to be selected.


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