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 Utah Warriors have signed Kenny Scott for a second Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old flanker is 6’4″ and 220 lbs. Scott began playing rugby in 2007 and played in College at Kansas State University/ Fort Riley RFC in 2011. When there, he also played rugby sevens for the Kansas City Blues and has been the Captain of the team for the last six years. In 2016 he helped to lead the team to the National 2nd place finish and in 2014 the team finished in third. He also is an accomplished 15s player for the Blues. Kenny has…

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The Utah Warriors have signed Josh Whippy for a second Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old fullback/wing is 6’2″ and 215 lbs. Josh’s and his twin brother Jared suffered broken legs in successive weeks for the Warriors in 2018. Both have since recovered and will look to get back to the form that made them key team contributors. Whippy grew up in Suva, Fiji and moved to New Zealand where he played both basketball and rugby at Rangitoto College, and Church College of New Zealand. In his senior year in high school, Josh spent a season in Utah with United,…

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To be a successful Major League Rugby team, the team needs quality players at key positions. playing in the front row is a premium area of need. MLR teams have been stocking up on these players for the 2019 season. Rugby United New York is no exception and it has Chris Sullivan to fill in at prop. Chris is 35-years-old, 5’11”, 240 lb, tighthead prop. He also balances his career as a Chiropractor in Manasquan, New Jersey with the demands of playing professional rugby. Many of his clients range from Pop Warner athletes to NFL players and everything in between. Chris…

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Rugby United New York has utilized Derek Lipscomb at wing for the 2019 Major League Rugby team’s preseason matches. Derek is 29-years-old, 6’2″, and 225 lbs. Derek is from Cincinnati, Ohio and lives in New York. He attended North College Hill High School and then went to Columbia University from 2007-2011. At North College Hill High School, “he earned varsity letters in football, basketball, wrestling, baseball, and track, and field, was a three-time captain of football and basketball teams, and captain of wrestling for one season. He also was named to the All-Southwest Team in football 2005 and 2006, was all-conference as…

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Rugby United New York has utilized Matt Wirken at lock during their 2019 Major League Rugby preseason matches. The 29-year-old lock is 6’7″ and 270 lbs. Last year Matt played with NOLA Gold Rugby Club and then with New York Athletic Club. Matt is from Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Rockhurst High School in 2008 and played football while there. He then went to Lindenwood University from 2012-2015 and graduated from Rockhurst University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish. While at Lindenwood, he played rugby and was selected for the Heart of America U20 Selects. He also…

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The Houston SaberCats have added Jason Harris-Wright for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 30-year-old hooker is 5’10” and 230 lbs. Jason grew up in Kilcoole in County Wicklow in Ireland. He attended Presentation College in Bray and played No.8 for the school team, as they reached the Leinster Schools Junior Cup final. During his last year in school, he went to Blackrock College. In 2009 Jason played with the Greystones and then with Clontarf. He also played Senior rugby with Leinster from 2009-2011. With Leinster, he played with Leinster Schools, the Under-20s, Leinster A,  and with Leinster in…

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The Seattle Seawolves added Canadian international Djustice Sears-Duro for the 2019Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old prop is 6’1″ and 262 lbs. Djustice is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and lives in Oakville, Ontario. He is a 2011 graduate of Shawnigan Luke High School. He then attended Camosun College from 2013-2014 and also the University of Hertfordshire. He played rugby for the Oakville Crusaders and toured England as a 13-year-old with the team. From 2011-2013 he played at the Leicester Tigers Academy. Djustice also played for the Ontario Blues Under-16s, two seasons with Canada Under-17s, and from 2013-2014 played with Canada’s…

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The Utah Warriors signed Eagles center/wing Gannon Moore for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 28-years-old, 6’2″, and 215 lbs. He is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and attended Lincoln High School. He played football and graduated in 2009. While at Lincoln, he played rugby since age 15 for Sioux Falls and also for Nebraska Selects at the Rocky Mountain Challenge in 2006 and 2007. Both he and his brother were invited to a High School All-American Camp when he was 15 but elected not to attend. Upon graduation he attended Southwest Minnesota State University from 2009-2012 majoring…

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Utah Warriors signed Saia Uhila for his second Major League Rugby season. He will be 32-years-old February 2. The 6’4″ and 260 lb. No.8 also plays lock. Saia grew up in Tonga playing 1st XV rugby at Liahona High School in Liahona, Tonga. Family members in Tonga support each other and his younger brother Loni was a talented rugby player. Saia encouraged him to fulfill his dream of being a professional rugby player. Loni took it from there and “the Tongan Bear” played for the Hurricanes Super Rugby team and most recently for Clermont in France. After Saia moved to…

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Austin Elite Rugby Signs Uruguay Fullback Rodrigo Silva for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 26-years-old, 6’0″, and 190 lbs. Rodrigo is from Montevideo, Uruguay and played club rugby for Carrasco Polo Club at the Campeonato Uruguayo de Rugby. He made his debut for the Uruguay National Team on November 11, 2012, against Portugal and he last played on November 24, 2018, against Romania. He has played in 52 matches, starting 47 of them, including playing in all four 2015 Rugby World Cup ones. Six of the matches were against the USA Selects, Argentina XV (3 times), and…

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Austin Elite Rugby signed Canada center Doug Fraser for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 26-years-old, 5’8″ and 205 lbs. Doug is from Ladysmith, British Columbia and attended Ladysmith Secondary School from 2005-2010. He then attended the University of Victoria from 2010-2015, earning a BA in History with a focus on British Columbia and Canadian History and a Minor in Political Science. While playing for UVics for five years, the team won two national championships. Doug has also played representative rugby with the BC Bears in the Canadian Rugby Championship and against England Counties in 2016. He also…

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Austin Elite Rugby signed Brendan Rams for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old hooker/prop is 6’1″ and 282 lbs. Brendan is from South Africa and attended St. Albans School and St. Albans College in Pretoria. He played age-grade rugby with the Blue Bulls Rugby Union from the Under-16s through the Senior level. He also played with the University of Pretoria (Tuks), Pumas Under-21s senior level, and Valke senior level. In 2014 he moved to Austin, Texas and played for the Austin Blacks and Austin Huns. He also was signed to the Denver Stampede in 2016, but a preseason…

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The Glendale Raptors signed William Munro for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The Australian lock is 26-years-old, 6’4″, and 236 lbs. William is from Bronte, NSW, Australia and attended Waverly College from 2003-2010. He was a multi-sport athlete on the track team as middle distance runner (2005-2010), tennis (2005-2007), weights/fitness (2007-2010), and played 1st-grade rugby (2009-2010). He was also on the debate team from 2005-2008. He also has returned to Waverly as a guest speaker in 2014. He is also was involved as an ocean lifeguard for the Bronte Surf Live Saving Club since 2007. There he was Cadet…

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The Houston SaberCats host the Glendale Raptors in their final preseason match on Saturday, January 19 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. Kickoff is at 7 pm CT and the match will not be streamed. Check Twitter accounts for updates from both teams. The Houston SaberCats are 2-1 in preseason matches with wins over the Austin Blacks and the Dallas Reds and a narrow 14-10 loss last week to Austin Elite Rugby. The Glendale Raptors played a Fall exhibition season and then won 38-31 last Sunday against the San Diego Legion. The Houston SaberCats will open their Major League…

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