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Major League Rugby is a professional USA league that will begin in 2018. Teams that will be part of the inaugural season include Houston Strikers, Dallas Griffins, New Orleans Gold, Utah Rugby Selects, Glendale Raptors, Kansas City Blues, Seattle Seawolves, San Diego.

Seattle Seawolves Add Air Force Captain Eric Duechle The Seattle Seawolves announced earlier today that Eric Duechle has signed with the team. Duechle is 31 years old and from Erlanger, Kentucky. He graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virgina. Eric went to college at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he studied Management. While their, he played for the Zoomie Rugby Club. He also played for Belmont Shore Rugby Club and helped Belmont Shore to the 2012 National Club Sevens Championship. He is also listed as playing for the Seattle Saracens in winning the 2015 National Club 7s…

Seattle Seawolves & Olive Kilifi The Seattle Seawolves signed USA Rugby Men’s Eagles prop Olive Kilifi, where he will be joined in the front row by his former Sacramento Express team-mate, Ray Barkwill. Kilifi was born in Huntington Beach, California and resides in Seattle, Washington. He went to Tyee High School in Seatac, Washington, where he played center and later prop. Prior to graduation, he was selected as a USA High School All-American. He currently plays rugby for the Seattle Saracens. Olive Kilifi made his Eagles debut in November 2013 against Georgia as a reserve and has been capped 20…

Ray Barkwill The Seattle Seawolves have signed Canadian National Team player Ray Barkwill. Ray Barkwill was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario and began playing rugby at Westlane Secondary School along with Niagara Wasp RFC of Rugby Ontario’s Senior Men’s League. He went on to play for the Niagara Thunder while continuing his education at Brock University in Ontario. In 2007, he captained Brock University team to its first OUA Rugby Championship while being named OUA Finals MVP. After graduation from Brock University with a BSc. in Physical Geography, he continued his post-graduate studies at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. While…

Utah Warriors Release Rugby Utah Ventures is proud to announce the inclusion of the Utah Warriors to the Major League Rugby competition in 2018. Major League Rugby is America’s newest professional sports league, made up of seven teams across the country and will commence their first season starting Spring 2018. Player signings and roster announcements will similarly be made in the coming weeks but it’s Kjar’s hope to tap into Utah’s immense depth of rugby talent and cross-over sports athletes. “Rugby has a rich tradition in Utah,” Kjar said, “we’d be foolish to not keep our eyes out for young…

Vekekina Fokelelei Malafu Austin Elite Rugby Adds ‘Flyin Hawaiian’ Malafu Vetekina Malifa was born in Maui and graduated from Henry Perrine Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaii. He currently lives in Kihei, Hawaii. He began to play rugby at age 13 with Maui Rugby at the Kihei Youth Center and has spent time helping others with the sport when he returns home. In high school, he played football and track. He was the state champion in the hurdles and was also a sprinter. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Snow College in Ephraim, Utah on a football scholarship in…

New Orleans Gold Rugby Club announced the signing of Matt Hughston. New Orleans Gold is one of the franchises that will compete in the inaugural Major League Rugby season that begins April 2018. He plays center, although he has also played flanker. Matt is from Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from Providence High School in 2008. While in high school, he played one year of rugby locally in 2007. After graduation, he attended East Carolina University between 2008-2012, graduating with a B.S. in Hospitality Management. While there, he played rugby and was President of the Club. In 2008, Matt joined…

Strikers Rugby Art Reyes is from San Antonio, Texas and grew up playing football and running track. He started to play rugby at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 2010. He originally intended to play football there, but ended up competing in rugby as a wing and fullback. In 2012 he played in Canada for the Bow Valley Grizzlies and then moved to Seattle in 2013 and began playing with Seattle -OPSB, now Seattle Saracens, until 2015. While with the team, he played in the Okanagan D1 British Columbia League. He also played for the Serevi Selects.According to Justin Fitzpatrick,…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby signed prop Jack Riley in June, 2017. He is from Rugby, Warwickshire, UK and moved to Texas where he played tighthead prop for the Katy Barbarians. The Houston Strikers are pleased to announce the signing of front row player Jack Riley who lives and works in Houston and plays his rugby for the Katy Barbarians. Jack attended Rugby School in England where William Webb Ellis famously invented the game in 1823. Jack won a Rugby scholarship and played for the school’s First XV. Later, he played for the Rugby Lions of Rugby Town, England. Positionally,…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby signed hooker Lindsey Stevens in June, 2017. The Houston Strikers are pleased to announce the signing of hooker Lindsey Stevens who is currently in Australia playing in the prestigious Shute Shield competition for Eastern Suburbs RFC. Lindsey is an alumnus of Dripping Springs High School, Dripping Springs, Texas. “I would like to thank Houston Strikers Head Coach Fitzpatrick and President Jeremy Turner for giving me the opportunity to join my step-brother in becoming a Houston Striker and representing my mother’s home state of Texas. I am looking forward to coming back to the Lone Star…

The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club announced the addition of Bobby Johns to the team for the inaugural Major League Rugby season that begins in April, 2018.  Johns is a versatile back that can play center, flyhalf or scrumhalf. Bobby Johns Rugby, Education & Career Bobby Johns began playing rugby at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, where he played from 2001-2006. He then attended Louisiana State University, from 2006-2012, earning a earning Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance in 2010 and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management in 2012. While at LSU, he played rugby from…

Austin Elite Rugby Management announced the signing of Sione Fangaiuiha for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Sione Fangaiuiha grew up in Canberra, Australia and has been playing rugby since the age of 10. His past teams include the Tuggernong Vikings under 18s, Wests Lions rugby first grade side, ACT rugby league school boys, the Canberra Raiders Rugby League U20s, and the Austin Blacks for USA Club 7s. In 2017 he was named as a USA Collegiate All American honorable mention, and Collegiate All American First 7’s team. Sione be joining the Austin Elite Rugby as an outside center. He…

Release, Seattle, October 5, 2017: The Seattle Seawolves Professional Rugby team is proud to announce their partnership with Seattle University’s Masters in Sports Administration & Leadership (MSAL) Program. The unique collaboration brings together one of the fastest growing sports in the United States with a top-tier sports management program which includes the first sports sustainability leadership certificate in the world. The partnership will provide students within the MSAL program internship opportunities with the Seawolves to further enhance their educational foundation with the experience of contributing to the growth of a professional sports organization. “The Seattle Seawolves are thrilled to partner…

New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Ratu Peceli Rinakama to the team. He is a versatile player that can play multiple positions in the back line. According to Nate Osborne, Head Coach of the New Orleans Gold, “Peceli is an outstanding player. He can play 9, 10, 11 or 15 equally well. He is a smart, fast, elusive and very skillful player. He is one of those rare players that makes something happen every time he touches the ball. He is also a great guy to have around your squad always very positive and hard working.” Ratu Peceli Rinakama was…

Austin Elite Rugby Signs Zinzan Elan-Puttick By Doug Coil Austin Elite Rugby signed Zinzan Elan-Puttick, a fullback. Elan-Puttick was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa and according to Pat Clifton of Rugby Today, moved to Dalhart, Texas, a subsurb of Amarillo, at age 16. He played football in high school and In 2011-2012 he attended West Texas A&M University where he played football. Elan-Puttick then transferred to Arkansas State to play rugby from 2012-2106, missing the 2014/15 season with a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). The Red Wolves were the USA Rugby Collegiate National Sevens Champions during 2012 and 2013. In…

Phil Mack Joins Seattle Seawolves Seattle Seawolves Release Seattle, October 2, 2017: The Seattle Seawolves Rugby is delighted to announce the arrival of Phil Mack as the player and assistant coach with the team. The 32-year-old, popularly known as the little magician, would be assisting head coach Tony Healy in game preparations, and will also be the team’s key man on the field. “Phil is a world class talent and we are so happy to have him in our squad. His leadership qualities will be immense for us both on and off the field”, said Karl Anderson, investor and CEO…

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