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Since the Philadelphia United Rugby Selects defeated Old Glory DC Selects in February, two Philadelphia United Rugby Select players joined professional Major League Rugby teams. Danny Giannascoli was drafted by the Utah Warriors and Ryheem Powell was signed by the Dallas Jackals to their development team. The Philadelphia United Rugby Selects and Old Glory Selects are two representative sides that are creating high-performance opportunities for players. The Old Glory Selects and the Captial Rugby Selects are two select sides from the Capital Rugby Union. There is also other representative club rugby being played in the United States. USA Rugby South,…

Rugby Canada Release English, French Rugby Canada is pleased to confirm coaching appointments for two former Canadian international players, Dr. Maria Gallo and Phil Mack. Dr. Maria Gallo was capped 55 times for Canada over an 11-year international XV’s playing career. She played in 2002, 2006, and 2010 RWC’s, as well as captaining the Canadian team at the 2009 RWC Sevens. She was elected to the Rugby Canada Hall of Fame in 2018 in the player category, and since the conclusion of her playing career has served as an assistant coach with the National Women’s XV team and the head…

Old Glory DC signed Jamie Dever for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old loosehead and tighthead prop (28 in January) is 6’1″ and 265 lbs. Jamie played 107 minutes in three games, starting once at loosehead prop with the San Diego Legion in 2020 before the season cancelation in March due to COVID-19. He previously played with the Houston SaberCats in 2018 and in 2019. In 2019 he played in 15 matches, starting 8 times, and played 683 minutes. He had 2 tires, carried the ball 87 times for 358 meters, had 1 linebreak, 2 tackles breaks, 13…

The San Diego Legion re-signed Tevita Tameilau for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 30-year-old back-row/lock (31 in January) is 6’5 and 260 lbs. Tevita started the first three matches at No.8 for the San Diego Legion during the truncated season in 2020. He played in the inaugural MLR season with the Utah Warriors in 2018, playing 522 minutes in 9 matches, starting 7, and scoring 2 tries. Following the conclusion of the 2018 season, he signed a two-year contract with the Glasgow Warriors, and also played for Currie in the Scottish Premiership during the 2018-2019 season. Prior to…

USA Rugby Release USA Eagles Jamie Burke and Denis Shanagher appointed to USA Rugby Board of Directors by International Athlete Council. Previous representatives Phaidra Knight and Kevin Swiryn complete transitional period and tenure as Directors. USA Rugby Board holds Q3 Meeting for first assembly post-bankruptcy. GLENDALE, CO – The USA Rugby Board of Directors congregated for their Q3 meeting last week to review current matters of the union and officially seat new International Athlete representatives Jamie Burke and Denis Shanagher. Burke and Shanagher are the final two of four International Athlete representatives who join Shalom Suniula and Irene Gardner on…

USA Rugby Release by Aalina Tabani The USA Women’s National Team XVs has named rosters for an eight-week daily training environment (DTE) and two 8-day mini-camps to be held through November in Glendale, CO. Both assemblies will take place at Infinity Park, the official national training site for the Men’s and Women’s Eagles in XVs. Players for the DTE will assemble this Saturday, Sept 19, and remain in Colorado until mid-November. Those unable to attend the DTE due to work commitments will engage in the 8-day mini-camps happening at various points through October. The DTE and each mini-camp will focus…

The New England Free Jacks re-signed Conor Kindregan for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old lock/back row (29 in March) is 6’4″ and 265 lbs. Conor played in all five matches for the Free Jacks in 2020, starting three times, twice at lock and once at blindside flanker. He made double-digit tackles in two of his three starts and finished the season with a 92% tackle completion rate. His 13 dominant tackles made him the second-highest dominant tackler across the league in the abbreviated 2020 season. Conor also played a key role during the 2019 exhibition season and…

USA Women’s National Team XVs players Gabby Cantorna, Kate Zackary, and Jennine Duncan have signed one-year contracts with the Exeter Chiefs’ new professional women’s team. They will depart for England in the coming weeks as soon as their visas are approved. “The signings mark an important milestone for the Women’s XVs program as a whole, as the growing talent within the United States has led to an increased demand for American women within the global professional game.” “Cantorna, Duncan, and Zackary join the ranks of just four other players who have competed for overseas professional teams in the last Rugby…

The Houston SaberCats signed Jeremy Lenaerts through the 2022 Major League Rugby season, plus a one year option. The 27-year-old lock (28 in November) is 6’4″ and 260lbs. Jeremy played for three years with the Seattle Seawolves. In 2020 he played in all five matches during the truncated regular season, starting twice. In 2019, he played 572 minutes in 15 matches, starting 6 times, had 2 tries, 62 carries for 285 meters and made 115 tackles. In 2018 he played 228 minutes in 5 matches, starting 3 times. Lenaerts is from Ghent, Belgium, and graduated high school from College Paters…

NCR Release National Collegiate Rugby is pleased to announce new officers on the board of directors: President: Rafael Zahralddin Vice President: Jayme Pendergast Treasurer:  Kyle Smith Secretary: Brett Anker   With the exception of Kyle Smith, who will continue in the role of Treasurer, each of the appointees is a first-term officer on the NCR board.Full board bios are available on ncr.rugby.“I am honored to be appointed President of the NCR Board. Steve Cohen is a very tough act to follow, but I am surrounded by committed board members, officers, and a high-quality executive team. I am especially looking forward to…

The Rugby ATL Ratlers has named Alex MacDonald as their new Community Outreach Director. He was the 2020 Major League Rugby Game Changer Award Winner while playing for Rugby United New York and will look to develop all players and coaches in the Southeast region with his new “Rugby Experience” campaign. To connect with Alex or to find out more about his campaign, please email him at amacdonald@rugbyatl.rugby or visit our website: http://www.rugbyatl.rugby The Rugby Experience Alex MacDonald shared more about the “Rugby Experience” and his role as Community Outreach Director indicating that “Pathway 404 is presenting an opportunity for…

San Diego Legion re-signed Nathan Sylvia for his fourth Major League Rugby season in 2021. The 26-year-old prop (27 in March) is 6’2″ and 260 lbs. Nathan played in 4 of the team’s 5 matches, including 2 as a starter, in 2020. In 2019 he played in 16 matches, starting 5 times, and playing 670 minutes. He carried the ball 48 times for 182 meters and made 110 tackles. In 2018 he played 297 minutes in 6 matches, starting 4, and scored 2 tries. Nathan is from Rancho Penasquitos a San Diego neighborhood. He attended Mt Carmel High School where…

The New England Free Jacks signed Xandre Vos through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The soon to be 24-year-old loosehead prop at the end of the month is 5’10” (1.77m) and 245 lbs. Xandre was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and attended Graeme College. He was impressive at the age-grade level, starting all 31 matches for the school’s top rugby side in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Vos played with the Eastern Province Kings Under 19 program while beginning his education at Nelson Mandela University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth in Sports Management, as well as playing rugby for the…

Old Glory DC re-signed Sean Hartig for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old scrumhalf is 5’7″ and 165 lbs. Sean played in a preseason match against the Navy but was not on the matchday roster for the five-match truncated 2020 MLR season. Sean is from Crofton, Maryland, and attended DeMatha Catholic High School. He played baseball through his Sophomore year and then turned to rugby with the Maryland All-Star High School Team in 2011. Following his graduation in 2012, he attended Mount St. Mary’s University from 2012-2016. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. While playing…

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