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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 Austin Elite Rugby, Glendale Raptors, Houston SaberCats, New Orleans Gold, Seattle Seawolves, Utah Warriors, and San Diego.

Major League Rugby – Atlanta & Boston New teams will solidify MLR’s presence on the East Coast. Major League Rugby Release SALT LAKE CITY (September 20, 2018) – Major League Rugby announced today the acceptance of two new member teams based in Atlanta and Boston, two cities known for their passionate sports fans. The new teams will begin to play in the 2020 season, the third season for the young league. Atlanta’s team joins recently successful teams from Major League Soccer and Lacrosse in a city known for its love of sports, and rugby specifically. Nearby Life University in Marietta…

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Houston SaberCats Add Paul Emerick To Coaching Staff HOUSTON SABERCATS FURTHER DEVELOP RUGBY PATHWAY WITH ADDITION OF PAUL EMERICK AS SKILLS COACH -Emerick has also stepped in as Head Coach for West Houston Rugby Club Paul Emerick is from Emmetsburg, Iowa and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in General Studies. While there he played rugby (2000-2003). Upon graduation, he played with the Chicago Lions before signing a professional contract with Amatori Catania of Federazione Italian Rugby. He a=made one appearance during the 2004-05 season and then signed with Overmach Parma the following…

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Austin Elite Rugby 2019 Roster Austin Elite Rugby announced the signing of Simon Courcoul, a loosehead prop from Laval, France. Courcoul continues the French connection led by Head Coach Alain Hyardet, flyhalf Timothée Guillimin, scrumhalf Mickaël Romera, and lock Victor Comptat. Courcoul is 22, is 6’0″ and weighs 258 pounds. He joins Austin Elite Rugby after spending the 2017-18 Fédérale 1 season with Grasse. There he was a regular starter and gained valuable professional experience. Courcoul began playing rugby at age 14 at RC Laval and then played with Nantes. He then began playing professional rugby with the ASM Clermont…

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Houston SaberCats 2019 Major League Rugby Roster The Houston SaberCats announced that the team has re-signed flanker Cecil Garber IV for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 25 years old, 6’1″ tall, and weighs 225 pounds. Garber is from Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduated from First Colonial High School. While there, he had three Varsity letters in football and also played basketball. During his Junior year, he was named to the All-Conference team as an Honorable Mention and made the Second Team list his Senior year. After graduating in 2011, he attended Campbell University where he was involved…

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Rugby United New York 2019 Major League Rugby Roster Dylan Fawsitt, a 28-year-old U.S. national team hooker from Wexford, Ireland, has signed with Rugby United New York for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Fawsitt has had an extensive rugby career that began age 7 for the Greystones RFC in Ireland. He played there from 1997 through 2012, being on the first side the last three years. He went to Blackrock College from 2004-2009 and in the final year, the rugby team won the Leinster Schools Senior Cup. Fawsitt then earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sports Science and…

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Ontario Arrows – Glendale Raptors The Ontario Arrows went into the match against the Glendale Raptors with head coach Chris Silverthorn selecting a squad that included eight Canadian internationals and four Canada Sevens internationals. For the Arrows, it was important to gain a win and to show that the team could be a contender for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The Glendale Raptors took a different approach to the match. The Fall exhibition season is designed to provide opportunities for many newer and Academy players to demonstrate that they should be part of the 2019 Raptors squad. Both teams…

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Ontario Arrows – Glendale Raptors The Ontario Arrows enjoyed a successful 2018 Major League Rugby exhibition season with a 3-1-1 record prior to extending their season with two losses to the Canadian Selects in May. The Arrows are expected to be one of nine teams for the 2019 MLR season. The Arrows will face the Glendale Raptors, winners of the 2018 MLR regular season title and who finished in second place to the Seattle Seawolves in the Championship. The match is being held on September 16, 2018, at York Lions Stadium. Kickoff is a 1 pm and tickets are still…

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Rugby United New York 2019 Rugby United New York has re-signed USA Eagle 440 SeamusKelly for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He also played for RUNY during their 2018 MLR exhibition season. Kelly joins Ben Foden (Northampton Saints) and Cathal Marsh (Leinster) on the team. Kelly began playing both football and rugby while at Xavier High School from 2006-2009.  His Senior year, he was the MVP of the team in football and captain of the rugby team. Upon graduation from Xavier High School, he attended the University of California, Berkeley from 2009-2014, graduating with a B.A. in Political Economy.…

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Rugby United New York Adds Cathal Marsh Rugby United New York Release – New York, September 5, 2018. New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, Rugby United New York, is pleased to announce the signing of Irish fly-half Cathal Marsh. Marsh had been with Leinster, of the Pro14 competition, since 2013 before deciding to transition into Major League Rugby. The former U-20 Ireland international brings a strong resume to New York, having played for St. Michael’s and St. Mary’s rugby teams. Cathal’s creativity on the field caught the eye of the Leinster coaching staff, and the fly-half was brought into…

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Michael Macri – Director Athletic Performance Austin Elite Rugby Release AUSTIN, TX- Elite Rugby Management is proud to announce the appointment of Michael Macri as Director of Athletic Performance.“Macri will oversee player welfare plans, with the rest of our team management, ensuring the health, well-being and fitness development of players along with HIA and major injury protocols” Quoted Alain Hyardet, Head Coach Prior to joining Austin Elite Rugby, Macri served as an Athletic Performance Coach at Baylor University working with Football and Track & Field for the 2017/18 season. Macri also spent time at Sparta Science as a Strength and…

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Rugby United New York Release NEW YORK (August 23, 2018)- Rugby United New York, New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, concludes their Development Camp and Combine series this week in Cranford, New Jersey. Rugby United New York previously held development camps and combines in Buffalo and Pelham, NY. RUNY has teamed up with Atavus and the Empire Geographical Rugby Union for these events. The camps are serving multiple purposes. On one hand, the coaches are there to scout talent, identifying athletes that could potentially make a Rugby United New York Roster in the future. Each athlete goes through a…

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MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY & THE LIGUE NATIONALE DE RUGBY MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY AND THE LIGUE NATIONALE DE RUGBY ENTER STRATEGIC NEGOTIATIONS MMajor League Rugby and The Ligue Nationale De Rugby Release The French Rugby League, Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR), organizer and manager of the French TOP 14 and PRO D2 professional rugby championships and Major League Rugby (MLR), organizer of the US rugby championship, have agreed to enter into a negotiation period to explore potential areas of strategic collaboration between the two leagues. Both institutions recognize the potential of an international partnership to spark growth, drive value for each…

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Rugby United New York Release NEW YORK (August 20, 2018)- Rugby United New York is excited to announce the signing of Forwards Coach Kees Lensing for the 2019 Major League Rugby Season. Lensing, born in Namibia, spent the past three seasons as the Forwards Coach with the Japanese Top League’s Cannon Eagles. Lensing started his playing career in 1999 with the Northern Free State Griffons, in South Africa. In 2002, he made his debut for the Namibian national team, and was the first choice loose-head prop in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Lensing then moved to the Blue Bulls in…

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Rugby United New York – Mike Tolkin Rugby United New York Release NEW YORK (August 6, 2018)- Rugby United New York, New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, is excited to announce that Mike Tolkin has been appointed Head Coach of the organization, after successfully leading the team throughout the 2018 exhibition season. Tolkin graduated Xavier High School, Manhattan, in 1985, before attending St. John’s University. Upon college graduation, Tolkin returned to Xavier as an English teacher and a coach for the rugby program. In 25 years as the Head Coach, Tolkin guided the team to 3 High School National…

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