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.

Rugby United New York added Jamal Hadley for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old loosehead prop is 6’0″ and 260 lbs. Jamal is from Augusta, Georgia and attended Lakeside High School. He played football as a defensive tackle and graduated in 2011. He then attended American International College from 2011-2016, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Communications. While at AIC, he played both rugby 15s and 7s. Since graduating, he has played with Old Blue. He also has played with Augusta Rugby Club and played representative rugby for the USA Rugby South Panthers in…

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NOLA Gold Rugby Club defeated the Seattle Seawolves 41-31 on Sunday, February 10 at Gold Stadium. NOLA Gold hosts Rugby United New York on May 16 at 3 pm EST, while the Seawolves host the Toronto Arrows on February 17 at 8 pm EST. Win the win, NOLA Gold is 3-0 with three bonus-point wins, while the Seawolves fall to 1-2. Next week is a bye week for the Americas Rugby Championship, so NOLA Gold will have their internationals back for a week. Match RecapThe Seawolves attacked from a NOLA Gold clearance kick and put the Gold under pressure. A…

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The San Diego Legion snatched a 17-13 win over the Houston SaberCats on Saturday, February 9  at Torero Stadium. The SaberCats held a 13-3 lead at the break and the Legion came back with two tries in the last ten minutes for the win. With the win, the San Diego legion move to 2-1 and are in second place in the standings with 9 points. The Houston SaberCats is now 1-1 with 5 points and is in 5th place after betting a bonus point in the loss. The Legion will host the Utah Warriors next week on Sunday February 17…

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The San Diego Legion hosts the Houston SaberCats on Saturday, February 9 at 7 pm PT at Torero Stadium. Tickets are still available for the match, but for those who can’t attend, it will be broadcast on CBSSN as the game of the week. The San Diego Legion enter the match with a 1-1 record after a 25-23 loss to Rugby United New York and a 17-13 win over the Seattle Seawolves last week. The Houston SaberCats are 1-0 after a 21-20 win over Austin Elite Rugby to open the season. San Diego Legion Head Coach Rob Hoadley has made…

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Austin Elite Rugby hosted the Toronto Arrows on Friday, February 8 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. Toronto left with a 23-19 victory and moved to 1-1, while Austin Elite claimed a losing bonus point and fell to 0-3. Match RecapAustin Elite Rugby had the first opportunity to put points on the board in the 4th minute, however Timothée Guillimin’s kick from 45-meters was wide right. Toronto then advanced the ball close to in-goal, but after several infractions, Soheyl Jaoudat was sent to the bin. The Arrows lost there chance at scoring with players leaving their feet in the…

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The Houston SaberCats have added Amro Gouda to the squad in time for their second 2019 Major League Rugby match against the San Diego Legion. The 27-year-old hooker is 6’1″ and 235 lbs. He played for NOLA Gold Rugby Club during the preseason and was part of their team in 2018. He also played with New Orleans Rugby Club in 2018. Amro is from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a long-standing member of the Charlotte Rugby Club as a player, captain, and as a coach for the Charlotte Junior Rugby Association. He attended Providence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.…

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The Utah Warriors have listed Tom Kacor as a member of their team for 2019. He is 24-years-old, plays No. 8 and is 6’4″ and 220 lbs. Tom is from Chicago, Illinois and played football at St Rita of Cascia High School. Following his graduation in 2012, he attended the University of Western Michigan from 2012-2016. He was named to Mid America All-Conference team, the Collegiate All Americans for 2016/2017, and played on 2017 Collegiate All-Americans versus the Junior All-Americans. He also played with Western Michigan in the 2014 ACRC Bowl. Tom played for Stars Rugby at the 2015 Rugbytown…

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The Glendale Raptors have brought back Kyle Hitt for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 30-year-old center/wing is 6’0″ and 225 lbs. Kyle is a Colorado native, with his hometown, Northglenn. He began playing rugby as a high school junior, and attended Adams State University, studying Kinesiology and Exercise Science from 2006-20017. He transferred to the University of Northern Colorado and attended from 2007-2011, earning a degree in Sports and Exercise Science. In addition to competing in rugby for Northern Colorado and Glendale, Kyle has played for the Denver Barbarians, Tiger Rugby 7s, 1823 Rugby and the Glendale Merlins.…

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Rugby United New York added Erik Tack for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old wing is 6’1″ and 190 lbs. Erik is from Greenwich, Connecticut and attended Greenwich High School from 2009-2013. While there, the team won 4 straight State Rugby Championships and was recognized as one of the leading high school programs nationally. Upon graduation he attended the University of Maryland from 2013-2017, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He played rugby at Maryland and played with the team at the Collegiate Rugby 7s. he also played club rugby with Rocky Gorge and then switched to…

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Rugby United New York added Quentin Pradere for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old center is 6’1″ and 210 lbs. Quentin is from Chiswick, United Kingdom. He attended King’s College School Wimbledon from 2007-2011 and played rugby, tennis, soccer, and was a member of the debate team. He also volunteered at Raynes Park High School, conducting and assisting with rugby, basketball, and soccer practices. Quentin attended McGill University in Montreal from 2011-2014, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance. He was a RESQ All-Star in 2011, named McGill Rookie of the Year in 2012 and helped…

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Rugby United New York added Gavan D’Amore Morrison for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old back row is 6’2″ and 215 lbs. Gavan if from Roslindale, Massachusetts and attended Brookline High School. Following his graduation, he attended American International College, where he was a Collegiate All-American Honorable Mention in 7s in 2015 and Second Team in 2016. He helped lead the team to the College 7s Nationals. Gavan has also played for the Northeast Academy for several years. He toured with the team to the 2015 Rugbytown 7s and in 2017 to the Rainforest 7s in Costa Rica.…

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New England Free Jacks Release Opening day sees the Free Jacks hosting Connacht A on Saturday, March 16, as part of 4 matches to be played at the Union Sports Complex, in Weymouth, MA The Munster match hosted at the Irish Cultural Centre (ICC) will be the first time in history Rugby is to be played on the Gaelic Athletic Association Field at the Irish Cultural Centre Harvard’s Mignone Rugby Stadium to serve as host for the final match of the Cara Cup Cara Cup sets the stage for the Free Jacks entry into the 2020 MLR competition Tickets available…

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The Houston SaberCats first match in 2019 against Austin Elite Rugby saw Chris Parker in the 23 man squad. The 31-year-old flanker is 6’5″ and 240 lbs. Chris is from Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom and lives in Katy, Texas. He developed his rugby skills playing for the Katy Barbarians Rugby Club’s High School program. He also played with Houston Athletic Rugby Club (HARC) and for the Austin Blacks. Chris attended Texas A&M University from 2006-2011, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering. He also played rugby there and represented the USA Rugby Under-19s and the…

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The Houston SaberCats had Jack Riley return from an injury sustained during the 2018Major League Rugby season to be included as a reserve for the opening match of the 2019 season. The 25-year-old prop/hooker is 6’0″ and 270 lbs. Jack is from Warwickshire, U.K. and attended the Rugby School on scholarship, playing for the 1st XV.  The Rugby School is where William Webb Ellis invented the game in 1823. He then attended Bilton High School and played for the Rugby Lions of Rugby Town, England. Jack then moved to Texas and played with the West Houston Lions. He played in…

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