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Major League Rugby is a professional USA league that began in 2018 and has teams in the U.S. and in Canada. Current MLR teams include Austin Elite Rugby, Glendale Raptors, Houston SaberCats, New Orleans Gold, Rugby United New York, San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves, Toronto Arrows, and the Utah Warriors. In 2020, teams in Atlanta, New England, and Washington, D.C. will join the league and have exhibition matches in 2019.

The Austin Herd, formerly called Austin Elite Rugby, has signed Wesley White through the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old (25 in Dec.) No.8 is 6’1″ and 220 lbs. according to his Lindenwood University player profile. Wesley was a two-time Collegiate All-American, two-time Collegiate Rugby Championship winner and MVP in 2019, as well as at the USA Rugby 7s Nationals that year. The team won three consecutive USA Rugby National College Sevens titles, and also advanced to the USA D1A Rugby XVs Final Four. While playing for the USA Collegiate All-Americans against Canada, he was selected as the Man…

Old Glory DC Release By Chris McCay Old Glory DC is honored to announce that John Manson has been named Operations Manager, establishing him as the first full-time hire for the professional rugby team. John Manson comes to Washington after serving as Rugby Operations Manager with Glasgow Warriors, one of Scottish Rugby’s two professional teams in the Guinness Pro14, the European rugby union competition. During his tenure at Glasgow, the team won the Guinness Pro12 league championship in 2015 and made it to the European Rugby Champions Cup quarterfinals in 2017 and 2019. Before Glasgow Warriors, Manson spent nine years…

San Diego Legion re-signed Fijian wing Savenaca Totovosau for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. During 2019, he played in ten matches for the Legion, including in the MLR Championship. He is 23-years-old, 6’2″, and 216 lbs. Savenaca is from Lautoka, Fiji and attended Marist Brothers’ High School and Fiji National University where he studied information technology networking. While in high school, he earned a bronze medal in the shot put and played in 2019 for the Under-19s. Savenaca is married with two daughters, so playing professionally provides the economic support for his family. During 2018 he played with the…

Glendale Raptors Release Peter Borlase indicated that “as soon as I was named head coach of the Glendale Raptors, I was very excited to start implementing big changes – changes not necessarily to the team, but to the culture. To do this, we needed to start at the basics and reexamine everything. I started reaching out to various foreign clubs and coaches, and collaborating with our new attack coach Steven Brett, who’s been over in select clubs in France and learning various techniques and best practices. From our practice plans to the players’ nutritional needs, the recruitment of players to…

Austin Elite Rugby announced the return of Roland Suniula for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. He is the first player to be announced by the team for 2020. He played in ten matches with the two-time MLR Champions Seawolves in 2019, including in the Championship final. Roland is 32-years-old (33 in Dec.), 5’11″, 215 lbs, and plays center. He is one of three bothers who has represented the U.S. National team. Roland has been in Seattle for several months and played for the Seattle Saracens this Fall. He also spent time coaching with Atavus Rugby. In 2018 he played…

Seattle Seawolves Release We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the Tasman Mako of New Zealand in January for an exhibition match at Starfire Stadium as part of their first American tour. “It is a privilege to lead the Mako on their first overseas tour and we’re looking forward to the games in Houston and Seattle in January. It is an incredible opportunity for the next generation of Mako players to play competitively in the United States and a unique opportunity for the Tasman Rugby Union for which we are all grateful,” said Tim Perry, Mako tour…

Toronto Arrows Release TORONTO, ON – The Toronto Arrows are pleased to announce that the club will launch its academy program in January 2020. The non-residential Toronto Arrows Academy will operate in two main training areas next year, with locations based both east and west of the Greater Toronto Area. The program will be overseen by Arrows coach Cory Hector. “The launch of the Toronto Arrows Academy allows us to capitalize on the tremendous amount of quality rugby being played in and around our province, which we feel is a significant competitive advantage for our organization,” said Hector. “The goal of…

The NOLA Gold Rugby Club extended the contract of Shawn Riley through the 2020 Major League Rugby season. He joined the team in 2019 after a tryout in a combine at Southern Pines, North Carolina. Shawn is 28-years-old (29 in Jan.), 5’10” and weighs 200 lbs. Shawn grew up in Wooster, Ohio and attended Wooster High School playing football and track. He then attended Akron University before transferring to Notre Dame College. He played football for both colleges and switched to rugby in 2012. His senior year at Notre Dame College he earned USA Collegiate All-American Honorable Mention honors and…

Rugby United New York named Greg McWilliams as head coach. The 41-year-old coach is from Dublin, Ireland and attended St Michaels College. He also studied HDip in Education at Trinity College. Greg played both collegiate and club rugby in Ireland. He was the club captain in the All Ireland Men’s League in 1998.  He has a stage 4 coaching certificate from the Irish Rugby Football Union and is Level 300 certified from USA Rugby. Greg began his coaching career as the Director of Rugby for his alma mater, St. Michael’s College, before quickly transitioning into the Head Coach of the…

San Diego Legion re-signed Lou Stanfill for the 2020 Major league Rugby season. He played in the final 2018 match with Austin Elite Rugby and in 16 of the team’s 18 matches in 2019.  The 34-year-old, 6’3″, 250 lbs. and has 56 caps for the USA Rugby National Team Men’s Eagles. Lou is from Sacramento, California and graduated from Jesuit High School Sacramento in 2003. He played football and transitioned to rugby from baseball for his freshman year. In 2002 he was the defensive player of the year in football. The rugby team also advanced to a National Semi-final. From…

Old Glory DC signed full-back Dylan Taikato-Simpson for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. In 2019 he started in 15 of the 16 games for the Glendale Raptors and was a key player for the team. Dylan is 29-years-old, 5’10″, and 190 lbs. He was a member of the Australia Sevens training squad and has played professionally in Australia, New Zealand, Romania, Scotland, and Italy. Dylan lives in Auckland, New Zealand and has been employed as a recruitment consultant while playing for the 2018 Waikato Development Squad and for Hautapu in the Waikato Premier Club competition. Dylan attended Tauranga Boys…

San Diego Legion signed Luke Burton for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old flyhalf (26 in Feb) is 5’11” and 198 lbs. He also has played inside center and fullback. Luke is from Perth, Western Australia. He attended Hale School where he played rugby and played age-grade rugby in Western Australia. He also played on the Australia Under-20s in the IRB Junior World Championship in 2013 in France and in 2014 in New Zealand. He played for Western Force from 2014-2017 and earned 25 Super Rugby caps. He also played for Perth Spirit from 2014-2016, making 11 National…

Major League Rugby Release SALT LAKE CITY (September 10, 2019) – Major League Rugby (MLR) is pleased to announce Jon Persch will be the new Chief Commercial Officer for the MLR. Previously, Persch was the Chief Commercial Officer for USA Rugby in addition to holding Senior Executive Roles at Tribeca Enterprises, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and CAA Sports. “We are thrilled to have Jon on board with the MLR,” said Dean Howes, Commissioner of Major League Rugby. “He brings an immense level of expertise of the commercial and sports industries that will aid in the development of fruitful relationships with…

Rugby ATL has signed Matt Heaton according to Rugby Canada. The 26-year-old openside flanker (27 once the season begins) is 6’3″, and 220 lbs. He also has played lock. Matt is from Godmanchester, Quebec and attended Chateauguay Valley Regional High School where he played rugby for the Spartans. He also played for Saint-Anne-De-Bellevue Rugby Club, for the Dog River Howlers, and the Atlantic Rock. In 2013 he played for the Canada Under-20s in the World Rugby Trophy competition and in the IRB Americas Rugby Championship. He has played for Canada A and made his debut for the Senior National team…

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