Rugby ATL vs Utah Warriors Match Preview

Rugby ATL faces the Utah Warriors on Sunday, February 9 at Lupo Field at Life University in their home opener of the Major League Rugby season. Kickoff is at 3 pm ET. The match will be on ESPN+.

Last season the Utah Warriors finished in eighth place in the league. Major League Rugby has since added three new teams for the 2020 season. The New England Free Jacks, Old Glory DC, and Rugby ATL are in the newly former Eastern Conference along with Rugby United New York, NOLA Gold, and the Toronto Arrows.

The Eastern and Western Conference teams will face each other in-home and away matches during the season and play the other Conference teams once, with three home and three away matches. The Austin Gilgronis, Colorado Raptors, Houston SaberCats, San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves, and the Utah Warriors are in the Western Conference.

Following the regular sixteen match season which includes one bye week, the top three teams will advance to the playoffs in both the Western and Eastern Conferences. The playoffs will have the second and third seeds facing each other with the number one seed having a bye the first week. The following week the one seed will face the winner of the previous week’s match. The Conference champions will then play for the MLR shield.

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Squads with Player Article Links

Rugby ATL: 1 Chance Wenglewski 2 Alex Maughan 3 Duane Aholelei 4 Johan Momsen 5 Conor Keys 6 Marno Redelinghuys 7 Matt Heaton (CC) 8 Ross Deacon 9 Duncan Van Schalkwyk 10 Kurt Coleman 11 Harley Wheeler 12 Ryan Nell (CC) 13 Jeremy Misailegalu 14 Harley Davidson 15 Rory Van Vugt 16 Amro Gouda 17 Jamie Ferrante 18 Julian Montes 19 Jason Damm 20 Stefan Willemse 21Austin White  22 Kurtis Werner 23 Martini Talapusi

Utah Warriors: 1 Franco Van Den Berg 2 Veremalua Vugakoto 3 Angus MacLellan 4 John Cullen 5 Matt Jensen 6 Bailey Wilson 7 Saia Uhila (VC) 8 Jurie Van Vuuren 9 Dwayne Polataivao (C) 10 Hagen Schulte 11 Calvin Whiting 12 Blake Hohaia 13 Tyler Fisher14 Gannon Moore 15 Josh Whippy 16 Ricky Tu’ihalagingie 17 Huluholo Mo’ungaloa 18 Kalolo Tuiloma 19 Viliami Puna Vuli 20 Charlie Hola 21 Michael Baska 22 Fetu’u Vainikola 23 Robbie Povey

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