Rugby Radio DC, the new multi-platform medium that will bring entertaining weekly rugby talk to radio and podcast listeners in DC and the U.S., debuts this Saturday on The Team 980/95.9 FM with the premiere of The Road to Glory.
The Road to Glory is the weekly show that DC rugby fans have been clamoring for: a chance to put their favorite sport in the spotlight.
With the inaugural kickoff for DC’s first professional rugby team, Old Glory DC, scheduled for Saturday February 8th at 4pm ET at New Orleans, the launch of Rugby Radio DC couldn’t be better timed.
Host Jimmy Cuddihy and analysts Brianna Kim and Roland Pratt will cover all that is rugby on The Road to Glory. Shows are weekly, including Tuesday evening podcasts and Saturday mornings live on-air at 9am on The Team 980/95.9 FM, throughout the Major League Rugby (MLR) season.
The trio will tackle men’s and women’s rugby in all of its forms – international, domestic, college, 7’s, youth, MLR, and of course Old Glory DC!
MLR begins its third season with three new expansion clubs, the New England Freejacks, Rugby ATL, and Old Glory DC. New rivalries are forming in the MLR and there will be plenty of coverage of the personalities who make the game so compelling, including Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira. “The Beast”, one of the top players internationally and fresh off of a 2019 World Cup win with the South Africa Springboks, has joined Old Glory DC. The Beast will be featured in the premiere of the Road to Glory this Saturday morning.
Under the umbrella of Rugby Radio DC, look for long-form interviews, expert analysis, features, and in-depth coverage of Old Glory DC and rugby taking place in the DMV. Go to www.oldglorydc.com for more details on how you can engage with DC’s first professional rugby franchise.
About Old Glory DC:
Old Glory DC is a professional rugby team based in Washington, DC that will enter league competition with Major League Rugby (MLR) in February of 2020. Old Glory will compete in MLR’s Eastern Conference against teams from Atlanta, New England, New Orleans, New York and Toronto, and will also play games against Western Conference teams Austin, Colorado, Houston, San Diego, Seattle, and Utah. As a recent addition to the fabric of the nation’s capital and the entire mid-Atlantic community, Old Glory DC’s vision is to grow the sport of rugby in our region by 50% by 2023. The club is owned by life-long DC-area residents and rugby players Chris Dunlavey and Paul Sheehy and the Scottish Rugby Union, which is represented on Old Glory’s board by Scottish Rugby COO Dominic McKay. For more information, visit www.oldglorydc.com.
About the hosts of Rugby Radio DC:
Jimmy Cuddihy is a sports and entertainment TV and media executive and is the chief revenue officer of Old Glory DC. His work includes extensive dealings with the Guinness Pro 12, Major League Rugby, and USA Rugby. Jimmy was the backs coach for Gonzaga College High School (2014-16) during its three-peat of consecutive national championships. He also coached North Penn H.S. (1991-93). As a player, he won a national title in 1985 at Xavier High School in New York City.
Brianna Kim was co-captain of the 2019 Northern Virginia (NOVA) squad that won the club Division 1 national championship, where she was named MVP. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she was a Junior All-American and Collegiate All-American. In 2014, Brianna captained the USA Under 20s in the 2014 Can-Am series. She is currently a research scientist and still plays 15s and 7s for NOVA.
Roland Pratt was the 2018 mid-Atlantic coach of the year. He has been to the U.S. nationals as a coach in 15s and 7s. Born in Ireland, Roland played for Buncrana, Inishowen, Derry, and the Wanderers before moving to the U.S. He played and coached the Washington Renegades, winning the Capital and MAC championships multiple times. He is currently a level-300 coach with USA Rugby and is the founder and current manager and coach of the Beltway Elite 7s selects.