After months of behind the scenes planning and preparations the Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP) is set to kick off its much-anticipated inaugural season on February 1st. To celebrate the launch of the competition, elite representatives and captains from each of the seven teams – OMBAC, Denver Barbarians, Belmont Shore, San Francisco Golden Gate, Glendale Raptors, Santa Monica, and Olympic Club – gathered in San Francisco for a photo shoot in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
In speaking about the photo shoot league official Sion Williams couldn’t help but comment on how energized each of the players were to participate in the competition: “There was a real buzz amongst the guys; they were excited to be playing their part in taking domestic club rugby to the next level.”
The PRP was started in order to allow top domestic clubs the opportunity to showcase and develop U.S. players. With 43 games during the regular season U.S. players will be given more chances than ever before to test themselves against fellow elite teams: “The launch of the PRP is a real statement as to the ambition of the clubs involved. It’s about raising the profile of US rugby on a national and international level, providing our players with top quality matches week in – week out,” explained Williams.
The season will start on February 1st and end in a title match on May 17th between the top two regular season teams. All told, it will be the longest competitive playing season offered in America for premier teams. Opening weekend is set to feature several anticipated match-ups with last year’s Elite Cup champions SFGG taking on Santa Monica, Denver traveling to Belmont Shore, and Glendale playing Olympic Club.
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