After unveiling house and away kits for 11 of its groups earlier this month, Main League Rugby has introduced a twelfth crew on board for its 2024 season, which kicks off in March.
MLR introduced the identify of the crew — Anthem Rugby Carolina, or Anthem RC for brief — and unveiled a lettermark on Friday, January 19. The crew will play on the American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and can function a growth squad for gamers eligible to play for the USA’ nationwide males’s rugby crew as they put together for the 2027 and 2031 Males’s Rugby World Cups — the latter of which the U.S. will host.
A full crest and kits are anticipated to be unveiled within the subsequent week or so.
Anthem RC’s lettermark is a big slab-serif A with three stripes from the American flag angling upward to type the crossbar of the A. Contained in the A on the finish of the stripes is a star, one other piece of American imagery.
Variations of the lettermark posted to Anthem RC’s social media channels on Friday confirmed it in gray on a brilliant blue background; in white on a gray background; and in brilliant blue on a gold background.
Anthem RC embraces the idea of rising stars all through its model, symbolic of the efforts of the brand new membership to speculate and develop American rugby. Impressed by the U.S. nationwide anthem, it additionally options distinct connections to the Charlotte neighborhood by drawing from its wealthy navy heritage and incorporating a recognizable colour palette that attracts from the smoky tones of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Anthem RC additionally posted a secondary brand consisting of “Anthem” spelled out in a script font, with “Rugby Carolina” in a flourish beneath stemming from the A.
Anthem RC’s roster for 2024 consists of gamers on mortgage from different MLR groups who’re eligible to play for the U.S. in worldwide rugby competitors.
“The brand new membership is a gamechanger for American rugby and can create new pathways for participant growth and grassroots participation, constructing on the excellent basis our groups have solid in the course of the previous seven years.” mentioned MLR commissioner Nic Benson in a press launch. “We’re grateful to the management of each World Rugby and USA Rugby for his or her partnership on this endeavor as we work in direction of our shared objective of a document breaking 2031 World Cup on U.S. soil. Charlotte is likely one of the finest sports activities cities within the nation, with a passionate fan base for the whole lot from basketball to soccer, and we’re thrilled to have the ability to convey house its first skilled rugby franchise. There already is a good rugby neighborhood in Charlotte, and I’m excited to introduce this sport to new followers throughout the Carolinas.”
“Working with strategic companions within the USA, and backed by our Government Board, we’re activating a transformative and long-term progress plan for rugby within the US that can allow an amazing sporting nation, and the game as an entire, to unlock the true potential of internet hosting males’s and ladies’s Rugby World Cups in 2031 and 2033 respectively,” added World Rugby chief govt Alan Gilpin. ““This bold plan is centered round making the game extra related and accessible to extra individuals within the US, a nation that loves sport and occasions, anchored in leisure. Along with accelerating the clear potential of girls’s rugby and cementing sevens in USA sports activities tradition, we should sustainably develop the elite males’s sport and for the USA Eagles nationwide crew to achieve success on the world stage.”
With the addition of Anthem RC, together with different growth franchises and withdrawals, MLR has realigned its conferences for 2024. The Western Convention will encompass the Dallas Jackals, the Houston SaberCats, Rugby Soccer Membership Los Angeles, the San Diego Legion, the Seattle Seawolves and the Utah Warriors. The Japanese Convention will encompass Anthem RC, the Chicago Hounds, the Miami Sharks, the New England Free Jacks, the New Orleans Gold and Previous Glory DC.
The 2024 MLR season begins on the weekend of March 2 and three. Anthem RC’s first match will likely be in opposition to the defending champions, the New England Free Jacks, on Sunday, March 3.