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.

New Orleans Gold & John Sullivan The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club re-signed John Sullivan for the 2019 Major League Rugby season.  The 25-year-old, 6’2″, 225 pound back row is a versatile player, whose vertical leaping ability is an asset in lineouts. John is from Orchard Park, New York. He went to Orchard Park High School and began to play rugby his sophomore year for the Orchard Park Rugby Club.  He also ran indoor track that year. After high school, John enrolled at St. Bonaventure in 2011 and pursued their 5 years BBA/MBA program.  He majored in accounting and minored…

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Seattle Seawolves & Olive Kilifi The Seattle Seawolves re-signed USA Rugby Men’s Eagles prop Olive Kilifi for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Kilifi is 32-years-old, 5’11”, 260 pounds. Kilifi was born in Huntington Beach, California and resides in Seattle, Washington. He went to Tyee High School in Seatac, Washington, where he played center and later prop. Prior to graduation, he was selected as a USA High School All-American. He is a long-time player for the Seattle Saracens. Olive Kilifi and USA Rugby National Team Olive Kilifi made his Eagles debut in November 2013 against Georgia as a reserve and…

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Toronto Arrows 2019 Squad Toronto Arrows Release (TORONTO, ON) – The Toronto Arrows today announced the second group of significant signings 10 weeks from the club’s Major League Rugby season opener in New Orleans. Joining the new Toronto outfit are: PROP – Smith, Mike (Freelton, Ont.) LOCK – Van Horne, Josh (Cambridge, Ont.) LOCK -Van Horne, Tom (Cambridge, Ont.) BACK – Jones, Spencer (Cambridge, New Zealand) BACK – Mackenzie, Jamie (Oakville, Ont.) BACK – Malcolm, Sam (Whanganui, New Zealand) BACK – McLelland, Aaron (Gisborne, New Zealand) BACK – Windsor, Shawn (Stoney Creek, Ont.) All four domestic signees are products of…

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New Orleans Gold Rugby & Shawn Riley The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Shawn Riley after a recent combine at Southern Pines, North Carolina. Shawn is 27-year-old, 5’10” and weighs 200 pounds. 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 graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. Shawn played rugby…

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Houston SaberCats & Gabe Romero The Houston SabeCats signed Gabe Romero for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is from Humble, Texas, which is part of the Houston metropolitan area. Gabe joined the club in June 2018 after graduating from Lindenwood University. The 23-year-old hooker is 5’7″, weighs 215-pounds and played the final two matches against the Glendale Raptors and the Utah Warriors. Gabe went to Kingwood High School where he played football as a defensive tackle and on the offensive line. He also played for the Kingwood Rugby Club. There he was honored to play for Rugby Texas at the…

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Rugby United New York & Mike Brown Mike Brown has returned to Rugby United New York for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old, 5’11”, 220-pound hooker, played for RUNY during the 2018 Spring exhibition season. Mike was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to South Africa at a young age. He started to play rugby at age 12 Selborne College and then moved back to Michigan where he attended Clarkston High School. While in high school he continued to play rugby with the Birmingham Buccaneers. In 2009 he attended the USA Rugby Under-18s camp. After graduating high school,…

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Seattle Seawolves & Dan Trierweiler The Seattle Seawolves re-signed Seattle native Dan Trierweiler for the 2019 Major League Rugby season.  He plays hooker, is 5’9″, 220 pounds, and is 30-years-old.. Dan played his senior year in high school with the Seattle Vikings. He has played rugby with the Seattle Saracens since 2007, tracing the team’s roots through the Seattle RFC, Old Puget Sound Beach, and finally with the Seattle Saracens in 2014. In 2009 he also spent eight months in Auckland, New Zealand where he played for the Ponsonby Under-21s squad. Dan also values his education. He earned an AA Degree…

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Tiger Rugby & Atlanta MLR Combine Tiger Rugby Release Tiger Rugby and the new Atlanta Major League Rugby team invite all men and women over the age of 18 to attend a one day (12th or 13th) elite Tiger Rugby Combine with our partners at the world-famous IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, just outside Tampa. We are actively looking for players that have the ability to play rugby at the professional level in both 15’s and 7’s. Standouts will be invited to continue on in high-performance training groups. No rugby experience is necessary to attend. Space is limited. Cost is $99.00…

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New Orleans Gold & Cam Falcon The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club re-signed Cam Falcon for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Cameron was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and is 25 years old, is 6’1″ and weighs 250 pounds. He provides versatility in the front row as he plays tighthead prop and hooker. Cam attended Archbishop Shaw High School and played rugby for the team from 2004, while he was in 6th grade until he graduated in 2011. He also played football and wrestled while there. However, it was rugby where he would gain notoriety, becoming a…

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Seattle Seawolves & Kellen Gordon The Seattle Seawolves re-signed Kellen Gordon at prop/hooker. Gordon is 30-years-old, 6’2″, and weighs 250 pounds. Kellen Gordon was born in Kenmore, Washington and started playing rugby for Redmond Rugby Club at the age of 15 while at Inglemoor High School between 2004-2006. In high school, he also played varsity football and was an offensive and defensive lineman. Gordon then played for the Eastside Axemen and the Washington Loggers. After graduating high school, he attended Central Washington University from 2006-2011, graduating with a B.A. in Religion/Religious Studies. He also continued his rugby career in college…

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New England Free Jacks vs. Rugby United New York The article is from the combined The Free Jacks and Rugby United New York releases. “The Cold War” Friendly to be held at Union Point in Weymouth, MA, on December 1 at 1 pm Pre-season match to help RUNY get ready for the 2019 MLR season Opportunity for local New England talent to emerge ahead of the Free Jacks entry into the 2020 MLR competition Admission Free for registered New England Free Jacks supporters The Free Jacks, New England’s newly announced professional rugby team, will host Rugby United New York…

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Seattle Seawolves & Cole Van Harn The Seattle Seawolves re-signed flanker Cole Van Harn for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Following the end of the 2018 MLR season, Cole returned to play with the Seattle Saracens in the British Columbia CDI League. Cole is 25-years-old, is 6’2″ and 215 pounds. Cole went to Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Michigan, graduating in 2011. While there, he was a member of the wrestling team. During his Sophomore year, he and his father Steve traveled to Cebu City, the Philippines, for the World Eskrima Kali Arni Foundation Martial Arts Competition with Cole…

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Austin Elite Rugby & Dell Diamond Austin Elite Rugby Release Austin Elite Rugby, in conjunction with the Round Rock Express, announced at a press conference today that it will play six of its 2019 Major League Rugby (MLR) home games at the iconic Dell Diamond. Located at 3400 East Palm Valley Blvd., the iconic 13,000-capacity Dell Diamond is the home of the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. Dell Diamond is built on 85 acres and features a championship grass pitch which has been converted to a rugby field for the 2019 season. Spectator amenities include…

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Houston SaberCats & Codi Jones The Houston SaberCats signed Codi Jones for a second season. The 24-year-old, 6’0″, the 240-pound prop has played both loosehead and tighthead. That is a real advantage for the team, as it provides squad flexibility. The first MLR season was a cruel one for Jones due to an early pre-season Injury. Since then he has played for the West Houston Lions D1 team and is ready to contribute during the 2019 MLR season. Codi grew up in San Diego, California and played rugby while at Torey Pines High School where he was a center, at…

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