The Robert Markel Cup will be kicking off its second season in New Orleans, this weekend.
The Robert Markel Cup is a club rugby tournament, which features teams from across the gulf coast region. Named after New Orleans businessman and major fixture in the local rugby community, the Robert Markel Cup was developed to give local club teams a chance to compete against each other, without having to travel significant distances.
Newly appointed tournament president, Michael Gibbs, has been excited to get this new season, as there have been some new additions to this year’s competition. There has been an increase from four to six teams competing this year. The original four teams that started the competition were, Battleship Rugby out of Mobile, AL; the Landsharks out of Biloxi, MS; New Orleans Krewe, and the New Orleans Crescent City Blues. The newly added teams are, Baton Rouge Men’s Rugby, and the Pontchartrain Po-boys, a feeder team for the New Orleans Men’s Division II team.
According to Gibbs, last year had gone so well, that they were getting requests from teams to be able to join. Some of the teams like the Jackson Men’s Rugby Club out of Jackson, MS, a newly formed club rugby team out of Houma, and the New Orleans Rougaroux, a predominately gay men’s rugby club. Unfortunately both due to lack of player numbers, and wanting to only expand the competition to six teams, these teams weren’t able to join the competition for this year. Gibbs still explained, he was excited to bring these teams in for next year when they were more ready, so the competition can continue to develop and expand.
For Gibbs, this competition is a great event to bring families to. It’s a chance to attract former players back on the pitch, and give new players a chance to learn. When it’s all said and done, this should be another exciting season for Robert Markel Cup. The competition will crown a champion on December 16th. Until then, watch out for some great grassroots club rugby.
|9/16/2017||No RMC Rugby|
|5.3||Cresent City||Baton Rouge|
|10/14/2017||No RMC Rugby||Old Boys weekend|
|10/28/2017||No RMC Rugby||Hallowen Weekend|
|11/11/2017||No RMC Rugby||Battleship weekend|
|11/25/2017||No RMC Rugby||Thanksgiveing|
|10.3||Baton Rouge||Cresent City|
|12/16/2017 Grand Final||Top place||2nd place|
|Bronze place||3rd place||4th place|
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