The Professional Rugby Organization is coming to the Columbus area.

The Professional Rugby Organization is coming to the Columbus area.

PRO announced Feb. 9 that it awarded the fourth of five teams in its inaugural season to Ohio, with the team playing at Memorial Park in Obetz.

"PRO Rugby is excited to be coming to Ohio and tapping into its enthusiastic rugby community," said Steve Lewis, the league's director. "Part of our mission is to grow the game, and by establishing a PRO team here, we believe this will give the game in Ohio a boost from youth all the way through the club game."

Ohio's team will receive its name via a fan contest. The coaching staff and roster will be announced soon.

Each PRO team will have a 30-man squad comprised of current USA Eagles players, domestic club players and international players.

Four of the five teams have been announced - San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Calif., and Ohio.

The season will feature 12 regular-season games, starting in April, and will conclude with the championship in July. Training camp for the Ohio team opens March 14, and its first game is April 10.

Doug Schoninger, a New York businessman who also will serve as the league's chief executive officer, will fund the inaugural season.