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US Rugby Foundation Release. The United States Rugby Foundation announced the US Rugby Hall of Fame Class of 2021 and special award recipients today. These awards celebrate those who have played a major role in the sport of rugby in the United States. The USRF hopes to honor these Hall of Fame inductees and special award recipients at a live US Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony later this year, subject to COVID-19 guidelines. Please stay tuned for updates and announcements. 2021 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ALATINI SAULALA From co-founder and player-coach of the San Mateo Rugby Club to the…

According to American Rugby News, Ruben de Haas has signed a short-term deal with Austin Gilgronis until the July test window. The 22-year-old scrumhalf is 6’0″ and 185 lbs. In 2020-2021 Ruben earned a first Currie Cup start with the Cheetahs, as well as three appearances in Super Rugby Unlocked. An early release from his Cheetahs contract enabled him to join the Austin Gilgronis prior to his two-year deal with the Saracens in the UK. Ruben was born in George, Western Cape, South Africa before immigrating in 2009 when he was 10-years-old with his parents to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.…

Rugby United New York signed Argentina international Juan Manuel Leguizamón for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 37-year-old back row is 6’3″ and 231lbs. He signed with the Seattle Seawolves for 2020, but delays with visa approval did not have him joining the team. Leguizamón is from Santiago del Estero, Argentina and played his amateur rugby with the Santiago Lawn Tennis Club and then with San Isidro Club when he moved to Buenos Aires for the 2003-2004 season. SIC won the URBA championship both years he was with the club and allowed him to study physiotherapy. He also played…

Old Glory DC re-signed Dylan Taikato-Simpson for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old fullback is 5’10” and 190 lbs. In 2020 he joined Old Glory DC and played 400 minutes in 5 matches as a starter. Following the conclusion of the season, he played wing for Easts Tigers in Australia, who won the 2020 championship of the Premier Rugby competition hosted by Queensland Rugby Union. In 2019 he started in 15 of the 16 games for the Glendale Raptors and was a key player for the team. “He was selected to multiple 2020 MLR 1st…

San Diego Legion signed Victor Comptat for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old lock is 6’8″, and 255 lbs. Victor played 176 minutes in 4 matches, starting 3, for the Houston SaberCats in 2020. Following the covid-19 shortened season, he signed a two-year contract with French Fédérale 1 club, Olympique Marcquois. During 2019 Victor played 290 minutes in 9 matches, starting 3, had 21 carries for 92 meters, and made 40 tackles for the SaberCats. Following the season, he played with Hyêres in France. In 2018 he played 453 minutes in 8 matches as a starter for Austin…

San Diego Legion signed Tiaan Loots for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old center is 6’0″ and 215 lbs.  Tiaan played 274 minutes in 4 matches as a starter for the Houston SaberCats in 2020. During Fall 2020 he played with the Ohio Aviators Tens in the World Tens Series in Bermuda. Tiaan was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and attended Boland Agricultural High School. He played club rugby with Durbell RFC and then attended North-West University in Potchefstroom where he played for the NWU Pukke. While at the university, he played in the…

Austin Gilgronis hosts the Seattle Seawolves on Sunday, April 25 at 5 pm local (7 pm ET) at Bold Stadium. The match is being broadcast on KBVO, Root Sports, and streamed on The Rugby Network. The Gigronis have a 3-2 record with 16 points in the MLR Western Conference standings and come into the match with three consecutive wins, a team record. With the LA Giltinis undefeated at 5-0 with 25 points, and the Utah Warriors with a 3-3 record and 19 points, the battle for the two playoff spots will be intense. San Diego Legion, Houston SaberCats, and Seattle…

The Seattle Seawolves signed Jacob Flores for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old back row is 5’11” and 228 lbs. Jacob began playing rugby in 2005 with Guam Rugby Club and represented Guam’s U19s in 2006 as a flanker. He attended Simon Sanchez High School. He spent five years in the U.S. Army from August 2009 through August 2014 and played rugby wherever possible, especially while stationed in Germany. After exiting the military, Jacob returned home and attended the University of Guam from 2014-2017. Since 2014, he has represented Guam’s Men’s National Team, earning 10 caps, at the…

Rugby United New York scored the opening try but lost 53-12 to the Toronto Arrows on Sunday, April 25 at Cochrane Stadium in Jersey City, N.J. The match was broadcast on MSG, TSN 2, and streamed on The Rugby Network. Toronto moved to the top of the very competitive Eastern Conference standings with the point differential separating Rugby ATL who also has a 3-3 record and 16 points. Rugby United New York has a 3-2 record with 15 points with total wins separating them from NOLA Gold’s 2-2-1 record and 15 points. Old Glory DC also has a 2-2-1 record…

The Seattle Seawolves added Ronald Leafa Dwyer for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old former Sacramento Express and East Palo Alto Razorbacks scrum-half is 5’8″ and 160 lbs. Ronald is from the village of Malie, Samoa, and attended Leifiifi College. He began playing rugby for the Malie Sharks, which he played for three years in the Apia West Rugby Union before moving to East Palo Alto, California in 2012 and playing with the EPA Razorbacks. In 2016 he played professionally for the Sacramento Express in the 2016 PRO Rugby. Seattle Seawolves Comments “I’m excited to…

The New England Free Jacks added Jared Collinson for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 30-year-old fullback/center (31 in May) is 5’10” and 205 lbs. Jared played for the Free Jacks, during their 2019 exhibition season, and was the team’s strength and conditioning coach in 2020. The longtime Mystic River player also played for the New England Independents in 2020. Jared is from Sandwich, Massachusetts, and attended Sandwich High School. He played soccer in high school and graduated in 2008. He went to Springfield College from 2008-2012, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Exercise Science. He began playing…

The New England Free Jacks have added Ratu Peceli Rinakama for the 2021 Major League Rugby season.  The 32-year-old utility back is 5’9″ and 190 lbs. He has played fullback, flyhalf, center, or wing. Peceli played 11 in one match for the Free Jacks in 2020 and was a key contributor in the 2019 Cara Cup and against Lansdowne during the team’s 2019 exhibition season. He played 318 minutes in 8 matches, starting 4 times, and scored 2 tries in the 2018 inaugural Major League Rugby season for NOLA Gold. Following the season, he returned to play with Metropolis during…

The Utah Warriors host the Houston SaberCats on Saturday, April 24 at Zions Bank Stadium at 7 pm local (9 pm ET). For those who can’t attend, the match will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network and internationally on The Rugby Network, with a 24-hour delay domestically on the latter. After winning the first two matches, the Warriors have lost three consecutive matches. They are in third place in the MLR Western Conference with 14 points, two points behind second-place Austin. The Houston SaberCats also have a 2-3 record and are in fifth place with 10 points. The Houston SaberCats…

The LA Giltinis hosts San Diego Legion on Saturday, April 24 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 6 pm local (9 pm ET). the match will be the first one for LA in which fans may attend. For those who can’t attend, the match will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network and internationally on The Rugby Network, with a 24-hour delay domestically on the latter. The  4-0, first place Giltinis, features the league’s first-ranked offense against the 2-3 San Diego Legion, which also has a high-powered attack. Expect a high-scoring exciting match between what will develop quickly as a…

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