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 ATL signed Sean Coughlan for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old center is 6’2″ and 216 lbs. Sean is an Irish-American who attended Blackrock College from 2005-2013. His final year with Blackrock, the team won the Senior Cup for the 67th time. While developing his rugby IQ in Ireland, he won the “Inter Pro” with the Leinster Under-20s and also received Irish Club honors. Sean attended the Institute of Technology, Carlow from 2014-2017, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Exercise. He played with Lansdowne in 2017 as a center and wing. He then went to Life…

New Orleans Gold Rugby Club re-signed Australia Sevens international and Olympian, Con Foley through the 2022 Major League Rugby seasons. Foley is 26-years-old (27 in September), 6′ 2″, 198 lbs and plays center. He played in all 16 matches in 2019. Foley is from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. His education includes attending St. Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace from 2002-2009. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Swinburne University of Technology, where he attended from 2011-2017. He also attended the University of Queensland in 2018 where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. Foley played for the Aussie…

New Orleans Gold Rugby Club re-signed Australian Scott Gale through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. Gale is 25 years old (26 in October), 6’1″ tall, weighs 190 lbs and plays flyhalf or scrumhalf. He played in 14 matches in 2019 and was a leader on the pitch. Gale is from Albury, Australia and went to St. Joseph’s Nudgee College in Boondall from 2007-2011. He played rugby for Brisbane City and in 2013 signed professionally with the Super Rugby Queensland Reds. During his time with the club through the 2016 season, he made five appearances. From 2014 through 2015, he…

The Houston SaberCats announced their first player signing in Tiaan Loots for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old center is 6’0″ and 212 lbs. He turns 28 just prior to the beginning of the season. Tiaan was born in Cape Town, South Africa and attended Boland Agricultural High School. He played club rugby with Durbell RFC and then attended North-West University in Potchefstroom where he played for the NWU Pukke. While at the university, he played in the Under-19 and Under-21 Provincial competition, as well as the NWU sevens. He also played with the Western Province touring side,…

The San Diego Legion re-signed Eagles scrumhalf and wing, Nate Augspurger for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. Nate, who is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is 29-years-old (30 in January), 5’8″, and 175 lbs. He joined the Legion for the inaugural MLR season in 2018 and in 2019 played 17 of 18 matches with the team. Augspurger went to Minneapolis Southwest High School before attending college at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities from 2008 until his graduation with a B.A. in Sociology in 2012. He played rugby at the university and was a Collegiate All-American. He also played rugby…

New England Free Jacks added Naulia Dawai for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old back row is 6’2″ and 238 lbs. Naulia is from Fiji and is married with two young children. He moved to New Zealand in 2011 and played club rugby with Southland before breaking playing in the National Provincial Championship in 2013. From 2014-2016 he made 27 appearances for Otago in the NPC. From 2016 to 2018 he played at Connacht in the Guinness PRO14. During the 2018-2019 season, he returned to Otago and made 26 appearances. He also played for the Asia Pacific Dragons…

The New England Free jacks signed Brad Hemopo for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old (25 in September) loose forward, who is capable of filling in at lock, is 6’4″ and 254 lbs. Brad was born in New Zealand. He is athletic, explosive and played for the Christchurch Boys HS 1st XV before being selected for the NZ Secondary Schools Barbarians. He was an NZ U20 trialist, has played with Canterbury Development, was the University of Canterbury Player of the Year in 2017. Brad played with the New Zealand Maori U21s, Provincial Rugby Sevens with Canterbury, and some…

The New England Free Jacks signed Evan Geist for the 2020 season. The 25-year-old back row is 6’2″ and 235 lbs. He played with the team during the team’s 2019 exhibition season. Evan attended Mullen High School in Denver, Colorado where he played football, basketball, and baseball. Oregon State University in 2012 before transferring to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He attended from 2012-2017, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Health and Exercise Science. While there he played D1A Rugby and was selected to the All-West Conference team in 2014-2015. He also was selected to the…

The New England Free Jacks signed Pago Haini (Pagopagohokma Taeaomua Haini) for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old No.8 is 6’1″ and 232 lbs. He played for the team during the team’s 2019 exhibition and was a key Cara Cup contributor. Pago was born in American Samoa and grew up in Samoa (Western Samoan). He then attended St Joseph College, a well-known rugby school in Samoa before receiving a Rugby/Academic scholarship to attend Churchie, Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He then went to Wellington to attend Victoria University before migrating to the USA. Pago played rugby…

The New England Free Jacks signed Owen Hundt to a two-year contract in 2019 through the 2020 Major League Rugby season. He played in all 2018-2019 team exhibition season matches and excelled in the Cara Cup. The 21-year-old flanker is 6’2” and 225 lbs. Owen attended St. Edward High School and played rugby with Black Pirate RFC. He was a four-time All-Ohio All-Star and a 2016 All-American. In 2015 he participated in the Portugal Rugby festival and during the Summer, played for the Glendale Raptors in 7s. In 2016 he played with Atlantis Rugby in the Las Vegas Invitational and…

The New England Free Jacks have signed  Jon Kokinda for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 34-year-old openside flanker is 5’9″ and 200 lbs. He played with the team during the 2018-2019 exhibition season. Jon also played for the Boston Mystics in the MLR Spring exhibition season. Jon is from Wakefield, Massachusetts and has played rugby for 15 years. He attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He played rugby while there and then played club rugby for the Middlesex Barbarians prior to their merger with Mystic River Rugby Club. He…

The New England Free jacks re-signed Jackson Thiebes for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. He played for the New England Free Jacks during the team’s the 2018-2019 exhibition season and was part of the Cara Cup squad. He was then loaned to Rugby United New York before returning to the Free Jacks to start against Lansdowne FC. The 25-year-old lock is 6’5″ and 265 lbs. Jackson was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Kalispell, Montana. He attended Glacier High School,  earning two varsity letters in football. Following his graduation, he attended Lewis & Clark College in 2012 and…

The New England Free Jacks re-signed Conor Kindregan for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old lock is 6’4″ and 265 lbs. He played with the team during the 2019 exhibition season Conor is from Athenry, Ireland and attended Presentation College Athenry from 2004-2010. He then attended the University of Limerick from 2010-2015, earning a Bachelors of Science Degree in Wood Science & Technology. While at the University of Limerick on scholarship, he played soccer, hurling and track, and field. In the latter, he ran the 60-meter dash indoors and 100 meters outdoors. Conor played rugby for Ireland Under-18s…

Rugby ATL signed Julian Montes at prop for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native is 25-years-old, 5’11” and 250lbs. Julian played football from 2010-2012 at Memorial High School. Following his graduation in 2013, he attended Life University after he raised his GPA and played on the team until 2019. The team won the National Championship in 2018 and in 2019. He also played for Tulsa Rugby Club from 2014-2016. Julian was recognized by the United States as a 2019 Collegiate All-American and he played with the All-Americans against the Canadian University All-Stars at Glendale, Colorado on…

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