Browsing: Major League Rugby

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 Toronto Arrows added Henry ‘Hank” Stevenson on loan from the Utah Warriors for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old lock is 6’5″ and 250 lbs. Hank was signed by the Dallas jackals for the 2021 MLR season, but following the team’s postponement on league entry until 2022, Hank was available in the Supplemental Draft but was not drafted. This made him a free agent and he signed with the Utah Warriors, who are building a younger team. Henry is from Toronto, Canada, and began playing rugby in the seventh grade with the Toronto Nomads…

The Toronto Arrows Alexandre Janlin for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old loosehead prop is 6’2″ and 230 lbs. Alexandre played for RC Auch in the French Federale 1 since 2017. Alexandre began playing rugby when he was 4 years old with L’Isle-Jourdain through the cadets. He joined Football Club Auch Gers, a French rugby union club based in Auch in Midi-Pyrénées, through the juniors, before joining the Stade Toulousain age-grade program. His father was born in Montreal, and Alexandre holds a Canadian passport and will be designated as a domestic player. Toronto Arrows Comments…

The Toronto Arrows added Ronan Foley for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old flanker/No.8 is 6’2″. Ronan played rugby for St. Mary’s in 2016 before attending University College Dublin. He initially played for the team’s U20s, but a year later joined the senior side.  He was the Club Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season in 2017-2018 and was the team’s captain in the All-Ireland League in 2020-2021. Ronan played for Ireland’s U20 in the 2017-18 U20 Six Nations against Italy, Wales, and Scotland. He also went through the Leinster Academy, played…

By Chris Wyatt, Rugby Ascendant, Photo: David Hughes Photo NOLA stays in the playoff hunt with 25-21 win over Old Glory Fans who make the trip out to Leesburg have by now become accustomed to the sounds of light aircraft flying overhead and circling around Segra Field. Located a stone’s throw from the Leesburg Executive Airport, the atmosphere is often punctuated by the sound of planes in flight. While the planes are not much of a distraction and seem to have no impact on the games, they do add a unique sort of ambiance to an Old Glory DC match. With NOLA Gold coming…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Philip Hanson for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old loosehead prop is 6’3″ and 250 lbs. Phil re-signed with the team for 2020 but did not play during the truncated season. He played for the Austin Huns prior to joining the team again in 2021. During the 2019 MLR season, Philip played in one match for 8 minutes off the bench against the Toronto Arrows on April 14. Philip is from Dallas, Texas, and lives in Coppell. He attended Coppell High School and helped to begin the rugby team, but his participation…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Brendan Rams for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old prop/hooker is 6’0″ and 265 lbs. Brendan re-signed with the team during the offseason, but conflicts delayed his return to the team until now. Brendan played 84 minutes in four matches as a reserve during the 2020 MLR season. Three of them he was a reserve at hooker and another at loosehead prop. He also carried the ball 13 times for 58 meters and made 12 tackles (92% tackle percentage). When he wasn’t playing for the Gilgronis, he continued to play with the Austin Blacks. He…

The Toronto Arrows added Oliver Nott for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old flanker is 6’2″ and 225 lbs. He adds depth for the Arrows as nine Arrows players were recently named to Canada’s roster for the national union’s upcoming July tour, along with the expectation that three players will be selected to Uruguay’s squad. Ollie is from Barton, U.K, and was part of the Leicester Tigers elite player development group before he emigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia with his parents and sister. Ollie attended Shawnigan High School from 2010-2013, earning his high school diploma,…

The Toronto Arrows added Joe Tomlinson for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old hooker is 6’1″ and 227 lbs. He adds depth for the Arrows as nine Arrows players were recently named to Canada’s roster for the national union’s upcoming July tour, along with the expectation that three players will be selected to Uruguay’s squad. Joe was born in Cardiff, Wales, and attended Cardiff Metropolitan University from 2010-2013, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Science. He continued at the university from 2013-2015 and earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Sports Science. He…

The Toronto Arrows re-signed Sam Malcolm for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season.  The 25-year-old flyhalf/fullback is from Wanganui, New Zealand, and is 5’9″ and 176 lbs. With nine Arrows players recently named to Canada’s roster for the national union’s upcoming July tour, along with the expectation that three players will be selected to Uruguay’s squad, the team has had to add to its squad depth as it completes its campaign abroad. Following the 2020 MLR season, Sam signed with the Kamaishi Seawolves of the Japanese Top Challenge League. Sam was a 2019 All-MLR Second XV selection.…

Rugby United New York beat Rugby ATL 31-24 at Bolson Stadium on St. John’s University on Sunday, June 13 to sweep the series between the MLR Eastern Conference top two teams. The match was broadcast on MSG and streamed on The Rugby Network. After week 13, Rugby ATL tops the Eastern Conference with an 8-4 record and 41 points, with Rugby United New York second with an 8-3 record and 39 points. New England and NOLA Gold follow with 34 points, Old Glory 27, and Toronto 23. Prior to the match, Old Blue defeated NYAC 39-14 to win the Big…

Rugby United New York hosts Rugby ATL at Bolson Stadium on St. John’s University on Sunday, June 13 at 2 pm in a battle between the MLR Eastern Conference top two teams. For those who can’t attend, the match will be broadcast on MSG and streamed on The Rugby Network. For tickets, click here!  All spectators MUST bring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, either a hard copy or a photo, to gain admittance to the match. Rugby ATL tops the Eastern Conference with an 8-3 record and 39 points, with Rugby United New York second with a 7-3 record and 34…

Rugby ATL added Samuel Cowley for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old fullback/wing is 6’2″ and 195 lbs. Sam is from Wigan, England and later moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he attended Charlotte Catholic High School and played rugby. His senior year he played for the North Carolina U19 All-Stars, as well as was a USA Rugby High School All-American playing in the Stars and Stripes match. He also toured with the High School All-Americans in 2012 to Wellington, England. He attended Life University from 2013-2017 earning a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, before…

Austin Gilgronis signed Patrick Coleman for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old hooker/No.8 is 6’0″ and 230 lbs. Patrick is from Frazier Park, California, and attended Frazier Mountain High School where he played football and basketball, graduating in 2012. He moved to Santa Barbara to attend college at Santa Barbara Community College, where he tried out for the basketball team but wasn’t selected. He then worked and attended the Santa Barbara Rugby Academy in 2018. Patrick moved to Cedar Park, Texas, and joined the Austin Huns, which he has played for the last two years.…

Austin Gilgronis signed David Still. The 22-year-old fullback is 6’3″ and 220 lbs. David joins the team after playing for Colorado XO at the RugbyTown Crossover Academy. David is from Winslow, New Jersey, and attended Glassboro High School where he was a multi-sport athlete in football, forward in basketball, and in the long jump in track and field. In football, he was an All-South First Team selection and was a Defensive MVP. Following his graduation in 2016, he attended Rowan University his freshman year and played in one game as a defensive end in football. He transferred to Saginaw Valley…

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