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The Toronto Arrows signed James O’Neill for the 2023 Major league Rugby season. The 24-year-old flanker (25 in January) is 5’11” and 225 lbs. James played in 10 matches, starting 6, during the 2022 season for the Arrows. He had 394 carry meters on 61 carries, 185 ruck arrivals, 79 tackles (84% completion), eight tackle breaks, seven breakdown steals, two linebreaks, one offload, and one try. Following the season, O’Neill received Club Man of the Year honors at the team’s annual awards ceremony. James is from Cochrane, Alberta, and arrived at the Arrows earlier this offseason when the club acquired…

Dallas RFC Release This weekend, the Dallas Rugby Football Club (“DRFC”) seeks to accomplish the historic feat of claiming two USA Club Rugby championships in the same season. Fresh off the heels of its USA Rugby’s Senior Club Championship in XVs, DRFC heads to St. Louis, Missouri this weekend to compete for a USA Club Rugby 7s National Championship. Unlike XVs, which features fifteen players per team and 40-minute halves, 7s involves seven players from each team, and 7-minute halves. Both versions of the sport are played on a soccer-sized field. However, with fewer players, 7s—the version of the sport played in the Olympics—is a much faster paced game. Sevens is also played in a tournament…

The Toronto Arrows re-signed Mitch Richardson for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 26-years-old center (27 in June) is 6’2″ and 215 lbs. Mitch will enter his fifth season with the Arrows after playing in 26 matches, and starting 16 times since 2019. He has accrued 795 carry metres on 95 carries, 96 tackles, 13 tackle breaks, nine offloads, six linebreaks, and four tries over his four years with the club. In 2022, setting career highs in matches played (12), matches started (10), carry metres (563), completed tackles (54), tackle breaks (10), offloads (eight), and linebreaks (four). He played…

NOLA Gold Rugby Club’s Kevin Sullivan returns for his fourth year for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old prop is 6’2″ and 270 lbs. Kevin started 8 of the 16 matches during the 2022 MLR season. He played 562 minutes in 15 matches, starting 6, and scored one try in 2021. He played 84 minutes in 4 matches during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. In 2019 he played 328 minutes in 12 matches, starting once and scoring one try. Kevin graduated from St. Ignatius Preparatory School in San Francisco in 2013 where he played both offensive and defensive lines.…

The Toronto Arrows signed Canada-eligible center Nic Benn for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old center/wing (22 in April) is 6’2″ and 205 lbs. Nic joins the team after playing with the Manly Marlins in the Shute Shield and also playing with the club’s under-20 program. Nic was born in Newcastle, Australia, but lived in Smithers, B.C. from ages 4 to 9 before returning to Australia. While in Canada, he played youth hockey. His mother was born and raised in British Columbia which makes him Canadian eligible and a domestic player for the Arrows. In Sydney, Australia he…

The Toronto Arrows re-signed Sam Malcolm for the 2022 Major League Rugby season.  The 26-year-old flyhalf/fullback is 5’9″, 180lbs, and is from Wanganui, New Zealand. Sam was a key contributor to the Arrows in 2022. After re-joining the team last in the 2021 season, he played 170 minutes in 3 matches, starting twice, and scored 8 points from a try and a penalty goal. Sam has featured in 24 matches (23 starts) for the Arrows between 2019 and 2021, and holds club records in several statistical categories, including points (220), conversions (58), penalty goals (32), goal kicking accuracy (85.7%), and…

Lander Rugby Release GREENWOOD – Director of Rugby Operations and Lander men’s rugby head coach Buck Billings has announced that Ken Pape will serve as the women’s rugby head coach for the upcoming 2022-23 season. Along with leading the women’s team, Pape will assist the men’s squad this season. “Ken brings a vast experience of coaching women’s rugby in the U.S from coaching in the high-performance pathway for USA Rugby as well as grassroots level.” said coach Billings. “Our ladies will be in good hands with Ken as their head coach.” “I’m grateful for the opportunity to further my coaching career as…

Dallas Jackals Release The Dallas Jackals are excited to announce Steve Violetta has been named Team President. Violetta brings over three decades of executive level sports and entertainment industry experience to the Jackals. With the recent announcement of Santiago Sodini as General Manager, Violetta is the second in a series of offseason announcements for the club. Violetta has a successful history of leading organizations upward through their next levels of business evolution. Previously he led the front offices of five National Hockey League (NHL) teams: Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, and Edmonton Oilers. Violetta also spent time…

Big Ten Universities Rugby Conference Release The Big Ten Universities Rugby Conference released its Fall Schedule on Saturday, 30 July at 12pm EDT (11pm CDT). A schedule release roundtable aired on the Conference’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/BTURugby) at that time. Big Ten Universities Rugby ConferenceThe Conference – in its current format – was founded in 2012 with the advent of D1A Rugby. The Big Ten and D1A remain aligned in their mission to cultivated the nation’s most professionalized, high-performance environment for collegiate men to train and compete. While the COVID-19 Pandemic presented severely dampened operations and momentum, the league will get…

National Collegiate Rugby Release 25 July — National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) hires Kelsea Thompson as its new Women’s Small College Commissioner. Kelsea will lead the Competitions Committee for the nearly 100 Small College teams across the country and manage the national playoffs and championship pathways for both the 15s and 7s seasons. In addition, Kelsea will manage NCR’s small college national rankings, recognition programs and club development initiatives. Born in Farmingdale, NY, Kelsea is a former Division I track and field athlete who converted to rugby during her sophomore year of college. She started three years at outside center and…

Dallas Jackals Release DALLAS, TX – The Dallas Jackals have named Santiago “Santi” Sodini as the team’s General Manager. From Rosario, Argentina, Santi comes with a long history in rugby as a player, coach, and administrator. He has played and coached professionally around the world including in Australia, Italy, and England. Santi comes to Dallas with previous MLR experience having been Director of Operationsasa for Rugby ATL in 2021 when the side were MLR runner-ups. With Rugby ATL, Santi aided in creating a successful pathway for players and coaches to the USA Eagles. “It’s a great honor for me to…

Utah Warriors Release HERRIMAN, UT (July 20, 2022) – The Utah Warriors have hired Greg Cooper to be the franchise’s newest Head Coach, the team announced Wednesday. Cooper becomes the fourth Head Coach in franchise history. Cooper becomes the most experienced Head Coach in Major League Rugby. He joins the Utah Warriors from the Mitsubishi DynaBoars in Japan, who he helped elevate to Japan Rugby League One for the first time in 12 years. Prior to coaching in Japan, Cooper helped lead Stade Francais to a European Challenge Cup Championship – the first European trophy in Stade Francais history -…

Rugby New York won the 2022 Major League Rugby Shield Championship 30-15 over the Seattle Seawolves on June 25 at Red Bull Arena. The match was broadcast on Fox, and internationally on The Rugby Network with a 24-hour delay in the U.S. Both teams entered the match with four-game winning streaks, after winning their respective Conference Finals. Rugby New York defeated the New England Free Jacks 24-16, while the Seattle Seawolves defeated the Houston SaberCats 46-27. Rugby New York also defeated the Seattle Seawolves 30-22 on May 15, the team’s last loss. Rugby New York had the best road record…

The 2022 Major League Rugby Championship between Rugby New York and the Seattle Seawolves will be held on Saturday, June 25 at Red Bull Arena. The kickoff is at noon ET and the match will be broadcast on Fox, and internationally on The Rugby Network with a 24-hour delay in the U.S. Support rugby by purchasing tickets and by viewing the match on Fox, so that more rugby coverage will exist in the future. Both teams enter the match with four-game winning streaks, after winning their respective Conference Finals. Rugby New York defeated the New England Free Jacks 24-16, while…

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