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US Rugby Foundation Announces Major League Rugby as US Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Title Sponsor

August 24, 2023

(San Diego, California, Aug. 24, 2023)

The US Rugby Foundation, a non-profit organization currently celebrating 60 years of American rugby development and expansion, has agreed to a two-year title sponsorship from Major League Rugby for the US Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This partnership seeks to create alignment between the pro rugby scene and rugby development in America to unite and bond American rugby.

Brian Vizard, President of the US Rugby Foundation, said “On behalf of the US Rugby Foundation, I’d like to thank Nic Benson and Major League Rugby for coming on board as title sponsor for our Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. We look forward to working with Major League Rugby on future projects where both organizations benefit.” 

The US Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is held annually to honor those players, coaches, referees, administrators, medical personnel, and media personalities who have had a major impact on the sport in America. 

“This partnership with the US Rugby Foundation is an opportunity for MLR to pay tribute to athletes who have helped pave the way for the growth of rugby in the U.S., and to support the important work the Foundation does to grow the game and develop the next generation of rugby players and fans,” said Nic Benson, CEO of Major League Rugby. “As MLR continues to grow professional rugby talent stateside, I look forward to more MLR players being inducted.”  

Leadership at the US Rugby Foundation is excited at the opportunity to bring rugby groups closer together while celebrating the success of athletes within the sport. This event, and the collaboration created by it, creates future opportunities to foster community within American rugby. 

US Rugby Foundation

The US Rugby Foundation, a non-profit organization, has for six decades supported the growth and development of youth rugby in the United States. The Foundation accomplishes this by funding and promoting grassroots programs, college scholarships, coach and referee development, and health and safety initiatives. To show support or learn more visit

About Major League Rugby 

Major League Rugby is a professional sports league headed into its seventh season that represents the highest level of rugby competition in North America. Matches are televised on Fox Sports, among other national and local market platforms. Select matches are available to stream live in North America on The Rugby Network, and all matches are available on The Rugby Network for international fans. MLR prides itself in fostering intense and high-stakes competition, while bringing together a passionate community built on the values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition. For more information about MLR, visit www.MajorLeague.Rugby.