Browsing: North America Rugby

The focus is on the USA and Canada National Team Men’s & Women’s rugby 15s & 7s, Club, Collegiate & Youth, Wheelchair Rugby, Academies, Select Sides, and Major League Rugby.

The Houston SaberCats signed Nik Hildebrand for the 2021 season according to the Houston SaberCats podcast the Cats Chronicles. The 25-year-old prop is 6’1″ (186 cm) and 265 lbs (120 kg). Although he plays loosehead, he also is comfortable at tighthead as well. Nik signed with the SaberCats for the 2020 MLR season, however, his visa was approved the day that the league announced it was ending the season due to COVID-19. He is from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, and attended Shawnigan Lake School. While in 10th grade, he played rugby for the British Columbia U18s and U19s. He also…

Rugby ATL signed Neethling Gericke for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old hooker (30 at end of July) is 6’0″ and 227 lbs. Johannes “Neets” Gericke is from Jongensfontein, Western Cape, South Africa. He attended Hoër Landbouskool Oakdale and then Stellenbosch University where he played in the Varsity Cup for the Stellenbosch Rugby Football Club Maties. He then attended Life University from 2016-2019 playing with the Life Men’s Senior team, which won the 2017 Division 1 National Championship.  He also was an Assistant Coach responsible for defense and the forwards for the Life D1A team with the team…

Old Glory DC signed Harry Masters for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old scrumhalf (25 in November) is 5’10” and 175 lbs. His signing came to the attention in the United States in an article by Americas Rugby News after confirmation was made in a television interview with WIN News. [July 6, 2020 EDIT: Old Glory DC has clarified that while the team is in talks with Masters, a formal contract has yet to be signed between the player and club. His signing announcement was made prematurely based on the television announcement.] Harry is from Sunshine Coast, Queensland,…

Austin Gilgronis signed Cameron Dodson for the Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old lock (24 in August) is 6’7” and 245lbs. Cam was thought to have been the number one projected collegiate player in the MLR Collegiate Draft. Instead, only Old Glory DC drafted a Collegiate All-American from Scotland in the second round. Cam went undrafted, but not unnoticed and the Gilgronis will fulfill a critical need by his signing. Cam is from Stafford, United Kingdom. He attended Wolgarston High School, graduated in 1993, and played rugby and soccer. He local club Stafford R.U.F.C when I was a child and…

NOLA Gold Rugby Club signed Ignacio Dotti to a two-year contract extension.  The 25-year-old (26 in August) Uruguay International lock, who can also play in the back row, is 6’5″ and 235 lbs. He played in 13 matches during the 2019 MLR season, however, in 2020 he started the first three matches at lock before breaking his arm against the Colorado Raptors. Dotti graduated from Ivy Thomas Memorial High School and then studied at the Universidad ORT Uruguay. In 2014 he played against the U.S. in the Junior World Rugby Trophy Bronze match in the team’s 26-25 loss.  Since then,…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Roderick Waters for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old wing (27 by end of July) is 5’9″ and 200 lbs. After missing the opening match of the 2020 season, Rodrick started the remaining four matches of the 2020 MLR season on the left-wing. During the 2018 and 2019 seasons, he spent time with the Houston SaberCats during the pre-season and played with the West Houston Lions Division 1 club. Rodrick is from Richmond, Texas, and attended Foster High School until his graduation in 2011. He played football for 4 years and then went to Blinn…

Rugby ATL signed Canadian international Conor Keys to a contract extension through the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old lock (24 in another week) is 6’6″ and 265lbs. Conor played in all 5 matches for Rugby ATL in their inaugural season, starting twice, and had a 90% tackle completion rate and was a force in the team’s 6 mauling tries.⁣ Conor is from Stittsville, Ontario, and attended Sacred Heart Catholic High School. He began playing rugby at age 10 with the Barrhaven Scottish and later with the Ottawa Ospreys. He played representative rugby for the Eastern Ontario U18s and…

The Dallas Jackals signed Namibian international Wian Conradie for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old flanker/No.8, who turns 26 in October, is 6’1″ (1.85m) and 231 lbs (105 kg). Wian was born in Windhoek, Namibia, and played youth hockey, cricket, and rugby before concentrating on the latter. He attended Windhoek High School where he played No.8 for one of the best teams in Namibia. The team won three consecutive rugby championships and helped in four of the seven consecutive Metropolitan Boards U19 Super League Championships. In 2011 he played for the country on the Namibia Academy team and…

Austin Elite Rugby re-signed Mason Pedersen for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old prop (24 in September) is 6’1″ and 250 lbs. After being a reserve the first week of the 2020 truncated season, Mason started the remaining four matches and cemented his role as a future starter at tighthead prop. Mason played 456 minutes in 9 matches and scored one try in 2019. He carried 41 times for 193 meters, had 1 linebreak, 2 tackle breaks, 2 offloads, and made 56 tackles. He also made three appearances in 2018. Mason was a key contributor for Austin Elite…

The Dallas Jackals signed Chad Gough for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old hooker (29 in October) is 6’0″, and 240 lbs. Chad started all five matches in 2020 for the Colorado Raptors and played 593 minutes in 16 matches in 2019. He had 4 tries, including a 100 meter one, a record for a hooker. He had 65 carries for 609 meters and made 64 tackles. He also had 5 linebreaks, 6 tackle breaks, and made 3 offloads. Chad is from St. George, Utah, and attended Snow Canyon High School. He played rugby his Senior year and…

USA Rugby Release USA Rugby – Senior Club Executive Committee Senior Club Member Unions elect nine members to represent Executive Committee, five standing committee chairs paired with four administrative officers. Chair positions will lead senior club community across five standing committees including Eligibility, Discipline, Competitions, Training & Development and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Created within the Senior Club Terms of Reference, the administrative and committee roles will next move to the election of a USA Rugby Board of Directors representative, standing committee nominations, and development of Community Service Agreement with the USA Rugby National Office. Elected members of the USA…

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