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 Utah Warriors signed Lance Williams for his fourth season with the club. The 27-year-old back-row (28 in February) is 6’2″ and 255 lbs. Lance suffered a season-ending injury during the truncated 2020 MLR season. He currently is playing with the Warriors Selects during their Fall season. Lance has been a key contributor for the Warriors since 2018. In 2019 he played 1195 minutes, starting in all 16 of the matches. He scored 4 tries, made 154 carries for 843 meters, made 212 tackles, and had 27 lineout takes with 1 steal. In 2018 he played 568 minutes, scoring one…

The Utah Warriors re-signed Thomas Tu’avao for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old flanker is 6’3″ and 230 lbs. Thomas started twice at openside flanker for the team during the truncated MLR season. Thomas is from Widnes, England, and grew up playing rugby league for Widnes St Maries, Widnes Schoolboys, and at Wade Deacon High School. He then moved to California and played football at Lincoln High School in Stockton, graduating in 2012, and then attended American River College, a junior college in Sacramento. He played rugby with the Sacramento Blackhawks and then went on a mission for…

The Utah Warriors has Matt Jensen returning for his fourth Major League Rugby season for 2021. The 28-year-old lock (29 in April) is 6’7″ and 275 lbs. Matt started all five matches during the truncated 2020 MLR season. He played 1262 minutes in 2019, starting in all 16 matches and scoring 1 try. He carried the ball 62 times for 283 meters, made 140 tackles, had 68 lineout takes with 6 steals. In 2018 he played 518 minutes, playing in all 9 matches, starting seven, and scoring one try. Jensen is from Scranton, Pennsylvania, but spent time living in Utah…

The Utah Warriors re-signed Mike Payne for the 2021 season. The 26-year-old tighthead prop/hooker is 6’0″ and 245 lbs. Although Mike signed with the Utah Warriors for 2020, he did not see action for the team during the truncated season. He has played for the Warriors Selects during the 2020 Fall season. Mike is from Murrieta, California, and attended Murrieta Valley High School. He played football as a defensive end and running back and was also on the track and field team, specializing in the shot put. Mike attended Brigham Young University from 2013-2019 where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree…

Utah Warriors signed Eagle prop Paul Mullen for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old tighthead prop is 6’0″ and 270 lbs. Paul started all five matches for the San Diego Legion in 2020. Paul played with the Houston SaberCats in 2018 and 2019. In 2019 he played 287 minutes in 7 matches, carried 10 times for 36 meters, and made 27 tackles. National Team duties for the American Rugby Championship and team assembles in June had him unavailable for half the season. Paul was a standout prop for the SaberCats in 2018 and led to his selection for…

The Utah Warriors re-signed Angus Maclellan for the 2021 Major League Rugby season, his fourth with the club. The 28-year-old prop is 6’1″ tall and 260 lbs. During the shortened MLR season due to COVID-19, Angus started all five matches at tighthead prop. Angus played 1095 minutes in 2019 and has played in all 30 of the team’s matches since 2018. He had 2 tries, carried the ball 49 times for 224 meters, and made 109 tackles. He is the current MLR leader for the most minutes at prop. In 2018 Angus played 682 minutes, starting all nine matches and…

The Utah Warriors re-signed Franco Van den Berg for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old loosehead prop is 6’0″ and 265 lbs. Franco started all five matches during the truncated 2020 MLR season. During the 2019 season, he played 1013 minutes in all 16 matches, scored two tries, carried 92 times for 518 meters, and made 112 tackles. Franco is from Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa, and attended Hoërskool Randburg from 2010-2014. He then studied at the University of Pretoria in 2015, studying law. Franco played rugby in school and with the Blue Bulls since 2015 and played with…

The Utah Warriors re-signed Alex Tucci for the 2021 Major League Rugby season, his fourth with the team. The 28-year-old prop (29 in December) is 6’3″ and 255 lbs. Alex played 175 minutes in 14 matches for the Warriors in 2019. He carried 15 times for 103 meters and made 34 tackles. He was injured during the 2019 season and spent 2020 aggressively rehabilitating with the hopes of returning in 2020. COVID-19 interfered with that goal, but he is now ready to resume playing in 2021. Tucci was born in New York City in the Bronx and moved to South…

The LA Giltinis signed Ireland Sevens international Harry McNulty for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old (28 in March) is 6’2″ and 210 lbs. Harry, who earlier this month [layed with the SX10s in the World Tens Series in Bermuda, was signed along with his brother Sean. Harry was born in Bahrain to Irish parents. His father was employed in financial services and played rugby for Bahrain Rugby Club. His mother was a flight attendant, working for the King of Bahrain. At age two, his family moved to London for three years, before moving to Rye, New York…

The LA Giltinis signed Sean McNulty for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old Hooker, who can play back-row (26 in July), is 6’2″ and 240 lbs. 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. When healthy, he was loaned to Rugby United New York and played 159 minutes in four matches with two starts, before returning to the Free Jacks to start against Lansdowne FC from Dublin. Sean was born in London to Irish…

The LA Giltinis signed Mafi Seanoa for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old prop is 6’1″ and 290lbs. Mafi is of Samoan heritage and was born in Compton, California, which is 20 miles away from the club’s Venice Beach headquarters.  Mafi attended Dominguez High School where he played football for four years as a defensive and offensive lineman. He also was a three-time Gabriel Valley League All-Star in volleyball, the team’s MVP all three years, and an ALL-CIF selection as a senior. Mafi is the son of Rev. Ui and Luluvita Seanoa and has four siblings Loui, Lila,…

San Diego Legion has re-signed Josh Furno for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old lock is 6’7″ and 250 lbs. Josh started all five matches during the truncated MLR 2020 season. He joined the Legion toward the end of the 2019 MLR season and played 240 minutes in 3 matches and scoring one try. He carried 21 times for 85 meters and made 32 tackles. Following the season, Josh played with Wellington in the Mitre 10 Cup. Josh was born in Melbourne, Australia, and grew up in Benevento, Italy. He played rugby for F.I.R. Academy in 2008-2009 in…

The LA Giltinis signed Mahe Vailanu through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old hooker/flanker (24 in January) is 5’10” and 236 lbs. 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 had an unusual journey in his development as a person and as a rugby player. In the latest edition of My Rise in My Words,…

The New England Free Jacks re-signed former Dartmouth College Rugby scrumhalf Oliver Engelhart for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. Oliver played for the Free Jacks during the 2019 exhibition season. He was a key contributor in the Cara Cup and against Lansdowne. The 24-year-old (25 in February) is 5’11”, and 180 lbs. Ollie played as a reserve in the final three matches in the truncated 2020 MLR season. He also works in the front office and authors the team’s player releases. Oliver is from Hong Kong and attended Island School and was a multi-sport athlete being involved in ultramarathon…

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