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.

Glendale Raptors & Shaun Davies The Glendale Raptors have relied on Shaun Davies leadership and consistency at scrumhalf. He just completed the Fall internationals against Ireland and the Raptors can breathe a sigh of relief after returning from a concussion suffered from being body slammed by Pari Pari Parkinson of the Maori All Blacks during the Nov 3rd match against the Eagles. Parkinson escaped with a yellow card, much to the chagrin of those who witnessed the slam. Davies is 29 years old, 5’8″ tall and weighs 175 pounds and is from Durban, South Africa. He graduated from Westville Boys…

Toronto Arrows & Jamie Mackenzie The Toronto Arrows signed Canada scrumhalf Jamie Mackenzie for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old, 5’9″, 194-pound halfback is from Oakville, Ontario. Jamie started playing rugby at Appleby College and graduated in 2007. He then attended the University of Victoria from 2007-2013, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. He also attended the Harvard University Busines School in 2015 and the University of British Columbia in 2016, where he worked on a Diploma in Urban Land Economics. In addition to playing rugby for the UVics, he has played for Esher Rugby Club…

Toronto Arrows & Sam Malcolm The Toronto Arrows signed Sam Malcolm for the 2019 Major League Rugby season.  The 23-year-old flyhalf and fullback in from Wanganui, New Zealand. He is 5’7″ and 176 pounds. Sam played rugby 15s, 7s, and touch rugby while at Wanganui High School. He played for the Manawatu Under-19s, and Hurricanes Under-20s. He also was part of New Zealand Under-20s extended training group and in 2014 trialed at halfback. He played for both the New Zealand Universities in 2015 and the Hurricanes Development side in 2016. Sam attended Massey University, studying agri-commerce and played with the…

Toronto Arrows & Shawn Windsor The Toronto Arrows signed Shawn Windsor for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old Stony Creek, Ontario native is 6’1″, 190 pounds, and plays fullback and flyhalf. Shawn began playing with the Stoney Creek Camels when he was 16 and has continued playing with the club since then. For the 2010-2011 season, he played for McMaster University and helped the team win the OUA Men’s Rugby title. Shawn also spent one season in England and played for the Ontario Blues for several years. In 2014 he played for the Blues against the USA AIG…

New Orleans Gold & Hubert Buydens New Orleans Gold Rugby re-signed Hubert Buydens for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 36-years-old, 6’3″ and weighs 260 pounds. He is from Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan. He will join the team after earning his 50th cap for Canada while winning the World Rugby repechage and qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Hubert Buydens: Rugby vs. Football Choices Buydens in a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and was active as an athlete playing hockey, basketball, and soccer before turning to rugby with the Saskatoon Wild Oats Rugby…

New Orleans Gold & Bobby Johns New Orleans Gold Rugby Club re-signed Bobby Johns for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 30-years-old, 6’1″, and 220 pounds. During the 2018 season, Johns played in seven matches for NOLA Gold, starting five of them. He also provided the team with flexibility playing both center and wing. He is an experienced back whose cover defense is excellent and when on the attack, a player who is both physical and elusive. His leadership is also invaluable to the club. Bobby Johns Rugby, Education & Career Bobby Johns began playing rugby at Jesuit…

Toronto Arrows & Spencer Jones The Toronto Arrows signed Spencer Jones for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old center/flyhalf is 6’1″, and 209 pounds. Jones was born in Canada but grew up in Cambridge, New Zealand. He attended the University of Waikato from 2016-2018 pursuing a BMSC Degree. In New Zealand, he played for the Hamilton Old Boys and was part of the Waikato Development squad. In 2018 he played for the Austin Blacks and for Westshore in the British Columbia CDI Premier League. Jones is another talented young addition for the Toronto Arrows in 2019. Other Articles…

Toronto Arrows & Aaron McLelland The Toronto Arrows signed fullback Aaron McLelland for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Aaron will be 24 in the next few days, is 5’11”, and 180 pounds. Aaron is from Gisborne, New Zealand and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He attended Mount Albert Grammer School in Auckland, New Zealand from 2009-2012. He then attended Lincoln University from 2013-2014 and received a diploma in Applied Sciences. Next, it was on to Massey University from 2016-2018, where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Exercise. In addition to playing rugby in New Zealand, Aaron…

New Orleans Gold – Derrek Van Klein The New Orleans Gold have re-signed Derrek Van Klein for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old, 6’1″, 250-pound loosehead prop spent the Summer playing in Australia for the Helensvale Hogs. He also spent time deep-sea fishing with fellow NOLA Gold prop Ben Tarr, an avid outdoorsman. Derrek grew up in Minnesota and attended Apple Valley High School and graduated in 2010. His College career was spent at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. While at UMD, he played rugby for the…

Houston SaberCats & Zach Pangelinan The Houston SaberCats have signed Zach Pangelinan for his second Major League Rugby season with the club. He is 30-years-old, 5’8′, and 195 pounds. Zach is from Hagatna, Guam and has had a successful soccer and rugby career. He attended Simon Sanchez High School where he was a standout athlete. His Senior year he played rugby and represented Guam’s Under-19s in a tournament in Chinese Taipei. It was soccer that he gravitated to early in his sporting career. In 2004 he played for Guam’s Under-18s Soccer team. From 2005-2008 he played for Guam Shipyard Football…

Houston SaberCats & Luke Beauchamp The Houston SaberCats signed Luke Beauchamp for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Luke is 26-years-old, 6’2″, and 232 pounds. Luke is from Brisbane, Australia and plays back row. He played for Queensland School Boys in 2009 and for Marist Brothers Ashgrove as captain. The school is known for producing a number of national team players for Australia. In 2011 he represented Australia on the Under-19s side and has played with the Brothers Premier Rugby team since 2012. In 2012 he played in a trial match with the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby side against the…

Toronto Arrows & Josh Van Horne The Toronto Arrows signed Josh Van Horne for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Josh is from Hespeler, Ontario, is 28-years-old, 6’5″, 255 pounds and plays lock. He is also a firefighter for the City of Brantford. Josh attended the Jacob Hespeler Secondary  School from 2004-2009 and then went to the University of Guelph from 2009-2013, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology. While at the University, he received the Academic Honours Award and played rugby there. Josh played club rugby for the Brantford Harlequins and has been with the team since…

Toronto Arrows & Tom Van Horne The Toronto Arrows signed Tom Van Horne for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Tom is from Hespeler, Ontario, is 28-years-old, 6’5″, 255 pounds and plays lock. Tom attended the Jacob Hespeler Secondary  School from 2004-2009 and then went to the University of Guelph from 2009-2014, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Commerce (B.Com) Degree in Human Resource Management and played rugby there. Tom played club rugby for the Brantford Harlequins and has been with the team since 2011 and on the Executive Committee since 2013. He also captained the team. Tom played with the…

Seattle Seawolves & Taylor Krumrei The Seattle Seawolves re-signed Taylor Krumrei at lock for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old player is 6’5″ tall and weighs 245 pounds. Taylor Krumrei began playing rugby his senior year in high school for Lamorinda Rugby Club in Moraga, California. He attended Campolindo High School from 2006 until he graduated in 2010. He then went on to play in college at the University of Oregon from 2010 to 2014 where he graduated majoring in Human Physiology. After graduating, Krumrei moved to Seattle to play for the Seattle Saracens except for a four-month…

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