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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 Houston SaberCats host Tasman Mako in their first preseason match on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 7 pm CT at AVEVA Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Mako will play their first match of the two-match USA Tour. The second is against the Seattle Seawolves on Sunday, January 26. The match will be broadcast on the Houston SaberCats Facebook page. The Houston SaberCats head coach Paul Healy has selected a roster that will have ten returning players as starters along with five new players. Val Lee-Lo joins the team after injuries curtailed his play. Kyle Breytenbach previously played with the…

Rugby United New York Release NEW YORK (January 17, 2020) – Rugby United New York (RUNY), New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, announced today that team Founder James Kennedy and his partner Pierre Arnald have reached a partnership agreement under which Bolton Equities Ltd. will acquire an equal stake of the organization. Kennedy, an entrepreneur based out of New York City, founded Rugby United New York in 2018. Bolton Equities Ltd. is a New Zealand-based private equity investment company led by founder and Chairman Murray Bolton. It holds a stake in a number of private companies in both New…

Old Glory DC will face the United States Naval Academy in their first 2020 preseason match on Saturday, January 18 at The St. James, 6805 Industrial Rd, Springfield, Virginia. Kickoff is at 6 pm ET and the match will not be streamed. Tickets may be purchased through the Old Glory DC webpage. The match will feature extended rosters. Head Coach Andrew Douglas announced a 31 player roster for this match. Get to know the Old Glory players by reading the squad links to player articles. This will help in this match, as well as during the season. There are some…

The Seattle Seawolves began their 2020 preseason with a Thursday evening January 16 match 55-0 shutout against the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide at Starfire Stadium. Preceding the match was the 2019 MLR Championship ring ceremony. The Seawolves host the Tasman Makos on January 26 at Starfire Stadium at 7:30 pm PT. The Makos are playing the Houston SaberCats this weekend in their first leg of a two-match tour. Seattle Seawolves vs Vancouver Island Crimson Tide Recap The Seattle Seawolves had a crisp preseason outing against the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide. The weather was freezing, yet 2500 fans were in attendance…

The New England Free Jacks will play their first preseason match ahead of their inaugural Major League Rugby 2020 season on Saturday, January 18 at the Union Point Sports Complex. Kickoff is at 3:30 pm. Free Jacks Head Coach Josh Smith announced his matchday squad to face the New England Independents, a select squad of All-Star talent representing players from eight clubs around the area. There has been overwhelming interest in this match from fans wanting to attend, so the fixture is to be played outside on the world-class turf field. This allows as many fans as feasible the ability…

Old Glory DC signed Khalid ‘Wale’ Williams for the 2020 season. The 26-year-old prop is 6’1″ and 250 lbs. Khalid is from Newark, New Jersey and attended West Mecklenburg High School where he played rugby, football, and track. He attended Notre Dame College from 2013-2018 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. At the College, he was a 2017 D1A Rugby East All-Conference Second Team selection. He also was a part-time coach for the Women’s Rugby team. Khalid played rugby sevens for Charlotte and the Cleveland Rugby Academy. He was signed to Old Glory DC for the 2019 exhibition…

The Houston SaberCats added Mathew Faoagali for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old No 8 is 6’1″ and 242 lbs. Matty was born in American Samoa and moved to New Zealand with his family while young. He attended a church-affiliated school, De La Salle College, where he started playing rugby in the 1a Auckland schools competition in both rugby 15s and 7s. He then played for the Auckland Samoa Rugby Union Under-18s and men’s division in 2013 and for the same in 2014 with the East Tamaki Rugby Union. He then moved to Australia where he competed for…

Old Glory DC signed Cory Gilliland-Daniel for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old back row is 6’2″ and 230 lbs, which is down from when he wrestled in the 240 lb weight class. Cory was born in Silver Springs, Maryland and his home town is Fulton. He attended River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland and played football and wrestled. According to his bio at the University of North Carolina, he was a two-time all-county and second-team all-state tight end. In wrestling, he also excelled and went undefeated his junior and senior years and finished with a career…

Old Glory DC signed Sean Hartig for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old scrumhalf is 5’7″ and 165 lbs. 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 rugby for the Mounts, the team advanced to the NSCRO Final 4 in 2014 and finished in fourth place. In 2015 the team…

Old Glory DC signed Dacoda Worth for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old back-row is 6’3″ and 220 lbs. Dacoda played with Old Glory during the 2019 exhibition season. He also played in the Rugbytown 7s with the All-Army Sevens. In December Dacoda played with the Old Glory Selects against the USA Rugby South Panthers. He also plays for Northern Virginia Rugby Club (NOVA). Dacoda is from Indianapolis, Indiana and attended Indiana University from 2014-2018, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and played rugby for the D1A club. He was named Forward of the Year in 2019…

Old Glory DC signed Timothy ‘Mo’ Katz for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old prop/hooker is 6’0″ and 225 lbs. Mo played for the team during the 2019 exhibition season. Mo is from Centreville, Virginia. He attended Westfield High School where he lettered in lacrosse and football. He then attended James Madison University from 2012-2016, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. He began playing rugby while at James Madison with the team winning multiple Cardinal Conference Championships and then the 2015 Keystone Rugby Championship. The team won the 2015 USA National Sevens Division II Championship…

Old Glory DC signed Dante Lopresti for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old tighthead prop is 5’11” and 250 lbs. Dante is from Hyattsville, Maryland. He was a captain at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. In 2016 he was a US Rugby Foundation Kevin Higgins Scholarship recipient and went on to play at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. Dante recently spent time with the Capital Selects and the Potomac Exiles Rugby Club. He played with Old Glory during the 2019 exhibition season. Other Articles DJCoil Rugby articles by Doug Coil are also available on…

Old Glory DC signed Matt Hughston for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 30-year-old flanker is 6’3″ and 226 lbs. During the 2019 MLR season, Matt played 925 minutes for Rugby United New York in 16 matches and scored 1 try. He had 123 carries for 616 meters, 4 linebreaks, 3 tackle breaks, 4 offloads, 21 lineout takes, and made 170 tackles. In December 2019 Matt played for USA Rugby South against the Old Glory Selects. Matt played with the New Orleans Gold Rugby Club for the inaugural Major League Rugby 2018 season. He then captained the New England…

Austin Herd Rugby signed Maikeli Mudu Naromaitoga for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old lock/back row is 6’5″ and 300 lbs. Maikeli began the 2019 MLR season with the Utah Warriors. He played 60 minutes in 3 matches and scored 1 try. He carried 15 times for 82 meters, had 2 tackle breaks, 3 offloads, and made 5 tackles. He then was loaned to Austin Herd for the remainder of the season. For the Herd, he played 51 minutes in 3 matches, had 8 carries for 38 meters, and made 10 tackles. Since the end of the MLR…

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