Mar 1, 2024 - News

Miami's new rugby team kicks off first season

The Miami Sharks professional rugby team

Sharks at the beach! Photo: Miami Sharks

If you miss Miami Dolphins football, try the sport that keeps the tackling and the scoring but ditches the helmets.

State of play: South Florida's first professional rugby team, the Miami Sharks, kick off their inaugural season in Major League Rugby on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale.

Why it matters: Rugby is a highly popular international sport with more than 46 million players. Over 1 million people attended last year's Rugby World Cup.

  • The Rugby World Cup is coming to the U.S. in 2031. Major League Rugby is entering its seventh season.

Zoom in: South Florida's Argentine community, already a key support group for Lionel Messi's Inter Miami squad, has a lot to cheer for with this group.

  • The Sharks' international roster is headlined by Argentine national team player Tomas Cubelli and Uruguayan national player Manuel Ardao. Head coach José Pellicena is also Argentine.
  • England, Wales, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand and Chile — as well as Florida — are also represented.

If you go: Miami's first match against the Chicago Hounds is Sunday at 5:30pm at Florida Blue Turf Field, across from Chase Stadium, 1350 NW 55th St.

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