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The Utah Warriors re-signed Gannon Moore for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old center/wing is 6’2″, and 220 lbs. Gannon played 741 minutes in 10 matches for the Warriors in 2019. He scored 5 tries, made 82 carries for 862 meters, had 9 line breaks and 7 tackle breaks, and made 90 tackles. Gannon also played for the USA National Men’s XVs against Canada on July 27 at Infinity Park at Glendale. He is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and attended Lincoln High School. He played football and graduated in 2009. While at Lincoln, he played rugby since…

The Utah Warriors re-signed Nolan Tuamoheloa for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 20-year-old wing is 6’0″ and 195 lbs. Nolan will be 21 in December. Nolan played 247 minutes in 8 matches and scored 2 tries in 2019. He carried 11 times for 130 minutes, has 2 linebreaks and made 17 tackles. Nolan is from Iliili, American Samoa and spent time living in Hawaii. He played rugby while in American Samoa and in Hawaii before moving to Utah to pursue ‘better’ opportunities. He attended Northridge High School in Layton, Utah, playing volleyball, football and graduating in 2017. He…

The Utah Warriors have signed Joseph Nichols for his third season in 2020. The 28-year-old scrumhalf from Harare, Zimbabwe, is 6’0” and 175 lbs. Joseph played 133 minutes in 6 matches with the Warriors in 2019. He carried the ball 9 times for 16 meters, made 7 tackles and kicked once for 36 meters. Since the end of the 2019 MLR season, Joseph played with the Park City Haggis in the USA Rugby Club 7s Nationals and is playing XVs with the Haggis in the Rocky Mountain Rugby Division 2 league with the Haggis. Joseph is the youngest of 3…

Utah Warriors signed Pat Vatemo Ravouvou as a utility back for 2019 and 2020. The 29-year-old is 5’10” and 187 lbs. Pat did not play with the team during the 2019 season. He did play in the 2019 Rugbytown 7s with Tiger Rugby and his attacking spirit should blend in with the Warriors attack at wing or at fullback in 2020. Vatemo is from Nadi, Fiji and lives in Saunaka and attended Ratu Navula College. He is best known for playing rugby sevens for the Fiji Sevens team, playing in 38 tournaments and scoring 912 points, which ranks 28th on…

The Utah Warriors re-signed Kenny Scott for his third Major League Rugby season in 2020. The 30-year-old wing is 6’4″ and 235 lbs. Kenny played flanker in 2018 and 2019 and is slated to play wing in 2020. That hopefully will mean increased playing time. He played 30 minutes in 3 matches during 2019. He carried 3 times for 35 meters, made 7 tackles, and had 1 lineout take. Scott began playing rugby in 2007 and played in college at Kansas State University/ Fort Riley RFC in 2011. When there, he also played rugby sevens for the Kansas City Blues…

Rugby ATL signed Ross Deacon for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old No.8 is 6’2″ and 240 lbs. Ross played with Rugby United New York for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He played 846 minutes in 13 matches and scored 1 try. He carried 110 times for 691 meters, made 101 tackles and had 14 lineout takes with 1 steal. He also started all three matches for RUNY during the 2018 exhibition season and was then sent on loan to MLR’s Austin Elite. Deacon was born in San Francisco to Irish parents and moved to Ireland at…

The USA Women’s National Team XVs are set to begin their final test series of the year against rival Canada this Wednesday, November 20, KO 2 PM PT on florugby.com. Admission is open for all fans at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center. The teams will then meet again to conclude the mini-series on November 24. The USA could have up to five players earning their first cap on Wednesday. Life West’s Frieda Fetuu and Leti Hingano will start at lock and fullback, respectively, while Twin City Amazons’ Kathryn Johnson will play No. 8. Beantown Rugby’s Katherine Treder and…

The Seattle Seawolves re-signed George Barton for his third season with the team. The 22-year-old center is 6’1″ and 240 lbs. George was a versatile player with exceptional speed, which is combined with his physical style of play, helped the Seawolves win back-to-back Major League Rugby championships. George made 16 appearances in 2019 playing 684 minutes and scored one try. He carried 61 times for 579 meters that led to 4 line breaks, 9 tackle breaks, and 4 offloads. He also made 109 tackles as a member of our Seawall. Barton is from Duncan, British Columbia, graduated from Shawnigan Lake…

Utah Warriors signed Saia Uhila for his third Major League Rugby season in 2020. The 32-year-old lock/No.8 is 6’4″ and 260 lbs. and will be 33 just before the regular season begins. In 2019 Saia played 1146 minutes in all 16 matches. He carried the ball 136 times for 865 meters, made 159 tackles and had 20 lineout takes. Saia grew up in Tonga playing 1st XV rugby at Liahona High School in Liahona, Tonga. Family members in Tonga support each other and his younger brother Loni was a talented rugby player. Saia encouraged him to fulfill his dream of…

Rugby United New York signed Troy Lockyear for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old fullback is 6’2″ and 195 lbs. Troy is from Heversham, England and attended Eton College from 2010-2015. He was a multi-sport athlete who played rugby, soccer, cricket, and track and field. He excelled in rugby, earning the Vice-Captaincy of the Senior team at Eton College. He spent time with the Premiership’s Wasps’ Academy, where he started at fullback for the club. He also earned county representative honors from 2010- 2015. He also played with the U18s Southern Lambs in 2014. Troy continued his education…

The Utah Warriors will have Matt Jensen back for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old lock is 6’7″ and 275 lbs. Matt played 1262 minutes, playing in all 16 matches and scoring 1 try. He carried the ball 62 times for 283 meters, made 140 tackles, had 68 lineout takes with 6 steals. Jensen is from Scranton, Pennsylvania, but spent time living in Utah and Wyoming. He graduated from Pocono Mountain East High School, where he was a team captain for the football team and made All-Star teams for both the offensive and defensive line. Jensen also lettered…

The Utah Warriors have re-signed Frederick ‘Frikkie’ De Beer for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old loosehead prop is 6’3″ and 265 lbs. Frikkie joined the team during the 2019 season. He played 23 minutes in 2 matches. He carried the ball 4 times for 18 meters and made 7 tackles. He should see increased playing time in 2020. Following the 2019 season, he returned to the Chicago Lions and helped the team win the 2019 Midwest Division 1 Championship. The team will return to the USA Rugby Elite Cup Championship. Frikkie is from South Africa and currently…

The Utah Warriors signed Jackson Kaka for his third season with the club. The 27-year-old flanker is 6’5″ and 240 lbs. Jackson played 280 minutes in 6 matches in 2019 for the Warriors. He scored 1 try, carried the ball 26 times for 183 meters and made 54 tackles. Jackson is a former Brigham Young University All-American and USA Rugby Selects Flanker and played the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. His time was cut short last year as he suffered a should injury in a preseason match against the Glendale Raptors. Kaka is a native of Aotearoa, New Zealand…

The Utah Warriors will have John Cullen back for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old No 8 is 6’5″ and 265 lbs. John retired after the 2019 MLR season to concentrate on professional and family concerns. He and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter. During the 2019 season, John played 900 minutes in 14 matches and scored 3 tries. He carried the ball 81 times for 576 meters, made 104 tackles, and had 26 lineout takes with 2 steals. John is originally from La Mirada, California and went to La Mirada High School, graduating in 2008.…

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