Browsing: North America Rugby

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San Diego Legion signed Tomas Aoake for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old wing/center is 6’0” and 207 lbs. Tomas was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and attended De la Salle College. He’s played touch rugby, rugby league, and rugby union Tomas played rugby league for the New Zealand Warriors in 2014 and 2015. He played rugby union with Stoke Rugby Club in Nelson and with East Coast Boys Rugby Club in Auckland. He played provincial rugby with Tasman Mako in the ITM Cup, later the Mitre 10 Cup, in 2017 and 2018 before switching to North Harbour…

The Houston SaberCats has recruited Argentina Pumas Sevens center, Marcos Moroni, pending visa approval for the 2022 Major League Rugby season according to Americas Rugby News. The 26-year-old fullback/wing is 6’3″ and 195 lbs. Marcos was a 2021 URBA Top 12 champion with CUBA and is the younger brother of Matías Moroni, who represented Los Pumas at the 2015 and 2019 World Cups and is currently with the Leicester Tigers. Unlike his brother, Marcos Moroni is uncapped. The 26-year-old is primarily a fullback but can also play on the wing. Marcos made his World Sevens Series debut in Dubai in…

Rugby New York signed Pago Haini (Pagopagohokma Taeaomua Haini) for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 30-year-old No.8/blindside flanker is 6’1″ and 245 lbs. Pago played 14 matches, starting 5, and scored 3 tries for the LA Giltinis in 2021. His signing with Rugby New York for 2022 was not part of the Hanco Germishuys trade with LA. He played for the New England Free Jacks during the team’s 2019 exhibition and was a key Cara Cup contributor. He re-signed for 2020 but did not play during the COVID-19 shortened season. In 2018 he played 46 minutes in four…

The LA Giltinis re-signed Sean McNulty for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old Hooker, who can play back-row is 6’2″ and 235 lbs. Sean played 488 minutes in 14 matches, starting 5, and scored one try for the Giltinis in 2021. He played his older brother Harry, who later rejoined the Ireland 7s team. The only previous time they played together was at University College Dublin. Sean started all five matches for the New England Free Jacks during the COVID-19 shortened MLR season. For most of the Free Jacks 2018-2019 exhibition season, Sean was recovering from an injury.…

The LA Giltinis has Mahe Vailanu back for the second year of his contract which is through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old hooker/flanker is 5’10” and 236 lbs. Mahe played 663 minutes in 12 matches, starting 11, and scoring 2 tries for the Giltinis in 2021. Mahe recently was named the 2020 Ken Catchpole Winner for the best and fairest player (MVP) in the Shute Shield, Australia’s premier club rugby competition. His team, Gordon, won the championship, which was coached by the new LA Giltinis head coach, Darren Coleman. Mahe is from Kolovai, Tongatapu, Tonga. He has…

The Houston SaberCats added Argentina international Juan Pablo Zeiss for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old Loosehead prop is 6’0” and 265lbs. Juan Pablo is from Bariloche, Argentina, and attended Escuela Normal Manuel F Mantilla. He played club rugby with Los Matreros in URBA Top 14 since 2011. He played with the Jaguares from 2017-2019, making 17 Super Rugby appearances. He made his test debut for Argentina on 8 September 2018 against New Zealand at Nelson at The Rugby Championship and the last of his 7 tests was on 5 December 2020 at Parramatta in Australia at the…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed former Dartmouth College hooker, Mason Koch, who was the 16th pick in the 2020 Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 24-year-old is 5’9″ and 220 lbs. Mason played 267 minutes in 9 matches, starting 2, and scored 2 tries for the Gilgronis in 2021. Mason is from Coralville, Iowas, and attended Iowa City West High School. He was a multi-sport athlete playing football, wrestling, and playing baseball. When he entered high school, he discovered rugby and was a founder of the high school club, playing for the team for three years. He was also an outstanding student…

Austin Gilgronis has Mack Mason returning to the team for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. He will be 26-years-old in a few days. The flyhalf/inside center is 5’10” and 195 lbs. Mack played 1186 minutes in 16 matches, starting 15, and scored 96 points (1 try, 20 conversions, and 17 penalty goals). He was among the league leaders in three offensive categories, 3rd in penalty goals and 6th in both total points and conversions. Mack was born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, and was raised in Mitchell, in the Western downs district. He attended the Anglican Church Grammar School and…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Pele Cowley for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old Samoa international scrum-half  (29 in April) is 5’9″ and 190 lbs. Pele played 847 minutes in 16 matches, starting 11, and scored 2 tries for the Gilgronis in 2021. Pele arrived in Austin just prior to the final regular-season match of the truncated 2020 MLR season in which he started. He then returned to New Zealand and is part of the 2020  Countries Manukau Mitre 10 Cup squad. “Cowley played all 80 minutes at scrumhalf on debut, leading the team in tackles (15) while helping the…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Hugh Roach for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old hooker is 5’10” and 235 lbs. Hugh played 666 minutes in 11 matches, starting 9, and scored 7 tries for the Gilgronis in 2021. He then played with Union Sportive Arlequins Perpignan in France. Hugh joins the Gilgronis after earning 50 Super Rugby caps since 2014. He won a Super Rugby Championship with the Waratahs in 2014 and a Mitre 10 Cup title with the Tasman Makos in 2019. What may surprise some is that away from the rugby pitch is that he has been a…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Canadian international XVs and 7s Cole Davis for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old wing is 6’2″ and 225 lbs. Cole played 447 minutes in 8 matches, starting 5, and scoring one try for the Gilgronis in 2021. He also played for Canada against Wales and England in July. Cole is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He played hockey before turning his attention to rugby in the 10th grade. He played youth club rugby with the Calgary Saints. Following high school, he attended the Brumbies Academy for a year and earned a spot for their U20s…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Maclean Jones for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year old No.8/flanker (26 in June) is 6’1″ and 225 lbs. Maclean played 900 minutes in 13 starts for the Gilgronis in 2021. The Gilgronis expected Jones to contribute to the team in 2020, however, visa issues affected his being able to play. Maclean grew up in West Queensland and played junior rugby league with the West Panthers, had a trial with the Bulldog Rugby League U15s, and played with the Brisbane Broncos U15s, as well as with the Metropolitan North U15s. While attending St. Joseph’s Nudgee…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Sidney Shoop for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old scrumhalf (22 in April) is 5’7″ and 165 lbs. Sidney played 38 minutes in 4 matches for the Gilgronis in 2021. He then played with Seattle Rugby Club in the Rugby XV league this Fall. The Indiana native attended AC Reynolds High School in Asheville, North Carolina where he played football. He also traveled an hour to play rugby with South Greenville RFC in South Carolina. In 2017 he toured Northern Ireland with the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy, after attending one of their training camps. The…

San Diego Legion re-signed Ben Mitchell for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old lock (28 in April) is 6’7″, and 255 lbs. Ben played 654 minutes in 10 matches, starting 9, for the Legion in 2021. He then played with the USA Select XV in the Americas Pacific Challenge in Montevideo, Uruguay. Ben was a reserve for weeks 2 and 3 before starting the final two matches for the Legion in the truncated 2020 MLR season. He played 159 minutes. Ben was the captain of Austin Elite Rugby from 2018 through 2019. He was regarded as the best…

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