Team Statement 1/20/22

Team Statement 1/20/22

This week, a Rugby ATL player was immediately suspended by the league, pending an investigation, upon notice of alleged violations of the league’s personal conduct policy last year. As an organization, we believe in taking such matters extremely seriously and wish to ensure we are being as transparent as we can with our fans, sponsors, and the media.  Due to the ongoing investigation, there will be no further comment until the league has released its official findings.

Rugby ATL thanks Scott Lawrence

Rugby ATL thanks Scott Lawrence for his contributions to the organization and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors

Rugby ATL Head Coach and General Manager Scott Lawrence has stepped down from the team, effective immediately. Scott led Rugby ATL to an Eastern Conference Championship in their first season of Major League Rugby competition, and was a driving force in the franchise’s commitment to building a community through sport. Scott built a group of talented coaches and attracted a roster of dynamic and determined players who will carry forward his winning mentality on and off the pitch.

 

Rugby ATL thanks Scott for his contributions to the organization and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.

 

Exciting announcements regarding the next Head Coach and General Manager of Rugby ATL will be made shortly.

RugbyATL and Marietta City Schools Drive Leadership Development Through Sport

RugbyATL and Marietta City Schools Drive Leadership Development Through Sport

RugbyATL’s After School Program Witnesses 72% increase in Participation

 

[Marietta, Georgia December 3rd, 2021]-  This fall semester, Rugby ATL and its partners took action to create opportunities for individual advancement and educational resources in our underserved communities. The plan was to execute a student enrichment program that focused on value-based, team interactives and infuse it into five different after school programs across the Marietta City School District. 

 

The mission was to create an inclusive, and friendly environment led by consistent role models from outside of the students homes and classrooms. The primary goal was to ensure that all of the students were given another opportunity to develop healthy relationships with their peers, while also benefiting from the physical and physiological effects of participating in team sports.

 

“We want to help develop people, and create leaders in the community. Teams can create a sense of unity amongst peers, and we hope the students can learn the game while applying the PACE core-values (People Development, Accountability, Create Change, Execution) into their daily lives,” said Rugby ATL Academy Director, Neethling Gericke.

 

Participants were led by a coaching staff led by players from Major League Rugby, the USA Women’s National Team, and Professional Women’s 7s Rugby. Students had the unique opportunity of learning positive leadership qualities and rugby skills from some of the best players in the country. The fun, exciting and welcoming environment that resulted from this, was an added bonus for everyone involved.

 

“Having MLR work with our Marietta Community School’s afterschool students has been an excellent addition to our ASP program. It allows students to engage in physical activity in a safe and fun environment while teaching them sportsmanship and leadership. We look forward to continuing this partnership into the spring semester,” said Delores Wiley ASP/BSP and Camp Program Coordinator for Marietta City Schools.

 

After just ten weeks of programming, over 250 students from Mission 1:27, Lockheed, AL Burruss, and Dunleith Elementary Schools worked together to demonstrate how the PACE values can help you become a good leader and teammate, but also how much fun playing a new sport with your friends can be.

 

In fact, there was an overall 72% increase in participation, including back-to-back weeks where Dunleith Elementary recorded weekly highs of 70+ students in the session.   

 

Rugby ATL along with program partners, SA White Oil Company, Spratlin & Son Construction, Walton Communities, and Fox Dogs, will be providing students with bookbags, notebooks and new athletic gear for their 2022 academic semesters and after school programs. 

 

“What we need most coming out of this pandemic are opportunities for kids in our community to step away from screens, connect with each other again and have some good, old-fashioned fun,” said Kim Gresh, President and CEO of SA White Oil Company. “Rugby ATL’s Mission 1:27 program has proven to be a great way for our kids to do just that by learning a new sport, as well as invaluable leadership and teamwork skills. As an alumna of the Marietta school system, I am so proud to sponsor this program and excited by its success and growth

 

Rugby ATL and its partners will double down on their support for the development of the community, with plans to  increase to 10+ after school programs next spring and summer. The 2022 programs will focus on coaching the fundamentals of rugby, but more importantly, on how the crucial elements of education, teamwork, leadership, and communication carry over into all other aspects of our lives. 

 

Rugby ATL entered Major League Rugby in 2018 and began to play and influence the community through their commitment to their PACE core values. (People Development, Accountability, Creating Change & Execution) 

 

Johan Momsen Named Major League Rugby Forward Of The Year

Johan Momsen Named
Major League Rugby Forward Of The Year
Johan Momsen played a vital part in Rugby ATL’s campaign to win the Eastern Conference Final and face LA in the MLR Championship Final. While Rugby ATL fell just short of bringing home the Championship Shield, Momsen’s efforts earned him the title of Forward of the Year for his impressive season.
Playing 1,168 minutes for Scott Lawrence’s Rugby ATL in 2021, the 25-year-old lock forward completed his second year in Georgia. Momsen made 17 appearances this season, scoring five tries along the way.
A hard hitter, Momsen carried the ball on 103 occasions, each one of those carries into contact, breaking 22 tackles in the process and making 513 meters. Off-the-charts statistics for a player in his position, the South African backed up his attacking flair with uncompromising defense.
Making 193 tackles, no one else on ATL’s roster put the shoulder in more. Seventeen of those tackles were dominant, with the opposition’s attack losing momentum as a result, and Momsen turned the ball over on five occasions.
Also influential at the lineout, he took the ball 83 times in the air in attack and stole the opposition’s ball on 11 occasions at the set-piece, which accounted for 53 percent of the team’s tries scored in 2021.
Such was the trust in Momsen, who played at No. 8. in the Championship Final because of his athleticism and ability to influence the game with his power.
Earlier this week Major League Rugby released the All-MLR team selections and the overall Player of the Year. Stay tuned for additional end of season awards to be released by MLR across the week.
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About Major League Rugby
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its fourth season on March 20, 2021 and represents the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 13 teams in 2021, featuring 12 from the United States and one from Canada. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, 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, and download the MLR App on the App Store/Google Play.
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Eastern Conference Finals Tickets!

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

As an official season ticket holder of Rugby ATL, you’ve gained early access to the 2021 Eastern Conference Final tickets!

 

Be the first RATLER to secure your FREE playoff ticket by renewing your current season tickets for the MLR 2022 season along with the opportunity to purchase 2 additional tickets before they’re released to the general public.

 

New 2022 Season Ticket holders will have the opportunity to buy 2 playoff tickets.

 

48 Hour Schedule for Renewals & New Season Ticket Purchase:

  1. Current Season Ticket Holders: Tuesday & Wednesday by appointment (click form below)
  2. New Season Ticket Holders Thursday & Friday (appointment only)
  3. Individual playoff ticket sales open Saturday 12:00 PM.

 

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