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The Seattle Seawolves have re-signed Shalom Suniula for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old inside center/flyhalf  (33 in May) is 5’9″ and 190 lbs. Shalom returns for his fourth season with the Seawolves and has 28 of the 29 matches that he has played since 2018. In 2020 he played 369 minutes in 5 matches as a starter during the Covid-19 shortened season. He then played with the Ohio Aviators at the World Tens Series in October/November in Bermuda. Shalom won back-to-back MLR Championships with the Seawolves in 2018 and 2019. In 2019 he played 1203 minutes, starting…

The Seattle Seawolves signed former Ulster Academy and Connacht center Kieran Joyce for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old is 6’1″ and 220 lbs. Kieran is originally from Solihull in Warwickshire, England, and Is of Irish heritage as his parents are from Connemara and Donegal. He began playing rugby for Solihull School and Old Silihllians RFC. He progressed through the Irish Exiles system to earn Ireland U18 representation, against Ulster in 2013 and the Exiles tour of Italy, England, and France in 2014.  After the Easter tour, he moved over to Belfast when he was 18., and joined…

NOLA Gold Rugby Club re-signed Ross Depperschmidt for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old center is 6’0″ and 215 lbs. In 2020, Ross played 138 minutes in 2 matches, starting once, during the Covid-19 shortened MLR season. In 2019 he did not feature in any regular-season matches. Ross started at the inside center for NOLA Gold Academy against USA Rugby South in November. Ross is from Flower Mound, Texas, and attended Edward S. Marcus High School where he played football and baseball. He then went to the University of Alabama from 2012-2016, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical…

Austin Gilgronis Release AG Rugby is delighted to announce the hiring of Head of Athletic Performance, Simon Thomas. Thomas joins the AGs after five seasons as the Head of Physical Performance for the Crusaders; the World’s most successful non-international professional rugby team and the winningest team in the history of Super Rugby. Bringing Simon Thomas to Austin was of the highest priority for AG Rugby head coach Sam Harris in his first pre-season at the helm in Austin. “ST is the gold standard for the Head of Athletic Performance role – he’s got four consecutive Super Rugby titles to his…

Old Glory DC Release Old Glory DC is excited to announce that it will welcome up to 1,000 supporters to Segra Field during our home opener against Rugby ATL on Sunday, March 27, at 5:00 PM. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced yesterday that on March 1, Virginia would extend its capacity to 1,000 patrons during outdoor events, including professional sports venues. This number will allow for safe social distancing in the 5,000-seat Segra Field. The 16th OG – the team’s devoted supporters and the best fanbase in MLR – will watch Old Glory DC kickoff in-person as the team enter…

Old Glory DC signed Jack Carroll for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old tighthead prop is 6’2″ and 260 lbs. Jack is from Oakton, Virginia, and attended Gonzaga College High School was 2011-2015. He was an offensive and defensive lineman in football and helped the team win the DCSAA championship. He was named to the All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference 3rd Team. Jack also excelled in rugby, helping Gonzaga win back-to-back National Championships in 2014 and 2015. He was a two-time USA High School All-American and played with the USA U19s team. Jack enrolled at the University of New…

Old Glory DC signed Dante Lopresti for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old loosehead head prop/hooker is 5’11” and 255 lbs. Dante is from Hyattsville, Maryland. Dante played 136 minutes in four matches, starting twice, for Old Glory DC during their inaugural MLR Covid-19 shortened 2020 season. In 2019 he also played in four matches during the team’s exhibition season. He was a captain at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. In 2016 he was a US Rugby Foundation Kevin Higgins Scholarship recipient and went on to play at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. Dante…

LA Giltinis Release Los Angeles is to welcome its newest professional sports franchise, the LA Giltinis, to Major League Rugby (MLR*) at one of the city’s most storied stadiums. In a watershed moment for Rugby Union in the United States, the Giltinis have today announced their commitment to the city by signing a long-term deal with the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The partnership is an instant celebration of the bold vision of the LA Giltinis to create a magnetic team and success for Los Angeles at a venue renowned for it. The Giltinis will be born at the Los…

Old Glory DC signed Owen Sheehy, a flyhalf, for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. Owen was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and attended Gonzaga College High School from 2015-2018. While there, he helped the team win two high school national championship rugby titles in 2016 and 2017. He represented the High School All-Americans in 2017. He also won three Penn Mutual High School sevens championships with the Maryland Exiles and DMV United sevens team. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018, majoring in Chemistry and Genetics. He played rugby and was named the Top National D1A Freshman Player of…

The Seattle Seawolves signed Conor McGill to their 2021 extended squad. The 29-year-old lock is 6’5″ and 255 lbs. Conor is from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He attended Cretin Derham Hall from 2006-2009 and played rugby with Rugby Mound View (North Metro). From 2009 to 2012 he attended the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities, played rugby, and was in the band. He left the university prior to graduation to play rugby in Dublin, Ireland with Dublin University Football Club at Trinity College. He has played with Metropolis Rugby Club, the Spearhead Rugby Academy in Saint Paul, the Montreal Irish, Donau Rugby…

The Seattle Seawolves signed Alfred ‘Freddy’ Tafuna to their 2021 extended squad. The 28-year-old prop (29 in June) is 5’11” and 270 lbs. Freddy was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in San Leandro. He played touch rugby with his family and his first organized rugby club experience was with the Hayward Bay Barbarians when he was 17. He attended San Lorenzo High School and played football for the Grizzlies. His senior year he was selected to the first Polynesian Bowl on the offensive line. After high school, he joined the Fort Drum Barracks Rangers in New York during…

The Seattle Seawolves signed Scott Dean to their 2021 extended squad. The 25-year-old flyhalf (26 in June) is 6’0″ and 190 lbs. Scott played 148 minutes in three matches, starting twice against San Diego Legion and Old Glory to open the 2020 MLR season. He was added to the Seawolves early in 2019 after impressing in the preseason and played 24 minutes in four matches. He kicked twice for 29 meters and made four tackles. This past summer he helped Washington Athletic Club win the USA Club 7s National Championship and this Fall returned to the Seattle Saracens Premier side…

The Seattle Seawolves signed Henry Hall to their extended squad for 2021. The 27-year-old prop (28 in March) is 6’2″, and 270 lbs. Henry signed with the Dallas Jackals Development team for 2021, however, the team postponed their entry into Major League Rugby until the 2022 season. This made henry a free agent and led to his return to Washington and signing with the Seawolves. Henry is from Tacoma, Washington, and attended Puyallup High School. He played football in 2008 and 2009 at tight end and linebacker and is included in the school’s all-time football roster. He comes from a…

NOLA Gold added Keanu Andrade after he was selected in the second round of the Major League Rugby Supplemental/Dallas Jackals dispersal draft and then traded to the team. The 23-year-old center/scrumhalf is 5’7″ and 188 lbs. Keanu is from Danville, California, and attended De LaSalle High School. He played football as a linebacker and in 2015 was named to the All-Northern California High School football team. He also played rugby with the Danville Oaks and helped the team win the NorCal Varsity Premier Championship, as well as the Pacific Cup. He also was honored as a USA High School All-American,…

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