The San Diego Legion host the Seattle Seawolves Sunday, February 9 in a re-match of the 2019 Major League Rugby final. Both teams begin the 2020 regular season being picked to face each other in the Western Conference final this year. The match is being broadcast on CBSSN with the kickoff at 5 pm ET.
Both teams are in the Major League Rugby Western Conference and will face each other in-home and away matches during the season. The Western Conference teams will also play each Eastern Conference team once with three home and three away matches. Both teams have made changes to improve the teams since last season as the league continues to be more challenging.
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.
San Diego Legion 2020 preseason consisted of playing OMBA and Belmont Shore in 40 minute periods beating them 45-0 and 24-0, respectively. They also played OMBAC and Life West under a similar format winning 21-7 and 47-0, respectively. In an 80 minute match against the Utah Warriors, they also won 61-14.
The Seattle Seawolves played two preseason matches, beating the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide 55-0 and the Tasman Mako development side 29-21.
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San Diego Legion: 1 Faka’osi Pifeleti 2 Dean Muir 3 Aaron Mitchell 4 Siaosi Mahoni 5 Josh Furno 6 Jasa Veremalua 7 Psalm Wooching 8 Tevita Tameilau 9 Nate Augspurger (C) 10 Luke Burton 11 Dylan Audsley 12 Ma’a Nonu 13 JP Du Plessis 14 Save Totovosau 15 Mike Te’o 16 Peter Malcolm 17 Nathan Sylvia 18 Jamie Dever 19 Lou Stanfill 20 Malon Al-Jiboori 21 Devin Short 22 Devereaux Ferris 23 Tira Patterson,
Seattle Seawolves: 1 Djustice Sears-Duru 2 Mike Shepherd 3 Tim Metcher 4 Brad Tucker 5 FP Pelser 6 Vili Toluta’u 7 Nakai Penny 8 Riekert Hattingh 9 JP Smith 10 Scott Dean 11 David Busby 12 Shalom Suniula 13 Ross Neal 14 Brock Staller15 Mat Turner 16 Kellen Gordon 17 Jake Ilnicki 18 Jeremy Lenaerts 19 Eric Duechle 20 Jope Motokana 21George Barton 22 Sitiveni Tamaivena 23 Suliasi Tamaivena