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 signed Conor McManus for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old scrumhalf is 5’10” (178 cm) and 187 lbs (85 kg). Conor is from Timaru, New Zealand, and attended Waihi South School. He played basketball and rugby while there and for the South Canterbury U48 kg team when he was 12. He then attended Timaru Boys High School for two years until moving to Falls Church, Virginia in 2014 when he was 15. He played basketball while he was there for two years and then transferred to Annandale High School for his Junior and Senior…

The Toronto Arrows signed Argentina international Manuel Montero for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old wing (29 in November) is 6’1″ (1.94m) and 249 lbs (113 kg). Manuel is from Adrogué, Argentina, and played club rugby with Club Pucará. He played in 45 URBA Top 14 / Top 12 matches over multiple times with Pucará between 2011 and 2019, scoring 29 tries. He switched from basketball to rugby as a teenager and achieved success soon after for the Argentina under-20s in 2010 and again at the 2011 U20s World Cup. He also played in three World Rugby Sevens…

The Toronto Arrows re-signed Shawn Windsor for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old fullback/flyhalf Stony Creek, Ontario native 34 in /December) is 6’1″and 190 lbs. “Windsor (Arrow #18)  has made eight appearances, including six starts, over his two seasons with the club. The versatile back has made 34 carries, 188 carry metres, 31 tackles (81.6% completion), six offloads, four tackle-breaks, and a linebreak. He will balance his playing duties with his role as head coach of the Brock Badgers post-secondary program and assumed those duties this past spring. Shawn began playing with the Stoney Creek Camels when he…

The Toronto Arrows re-signed Lucas Rumball for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old flanker is 6’4″ and weighs 230 lbs. During the 2020 MLR season, he played in all five games, starting four, and “has made 11 appearances over his two seasons with the club. The powerful loose forward has developed a reputation as one of the top tacklers in North America’s top flight, making 163 tackles with a completion rate of 94.8%. A member of the club’s senior leadership group since joining the league, Rumball has also made 89 carries, run for 359 carry metres, completed nine…

The Toronto Arrows re-signed Andrew Quattrin for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-years-old hooker will be 25 at the end of August. He is 6’0″, 250 lbs, and is from Holland Landing, Ontario. Andrew played in all matches during the truncated 2020 season, starting four. “He has made 20 appearances over his two seasons with the club. The durable forward has made 116 carries, 561 carry meters, 177 tackles (90.8% completion), 11 dominant tackles, and two tackle breaks and linebreaks apiece throughout the 2019 and 2020 seasons, along with adding a try.” Quattrin has played rugby at Wilfrid…

The Toronto Arrows re-signed Andrew Ferguson for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 28-years-old scrumhalf is 5’9″and weighs 200 lbs. He played in all five matches in 2020, starting three times. Arrow #9 has made 21 appearances, playing in all but one match in franchise history in his two seasons with the club. “The quick-thinking back has made 57 carries, 371 carry meters, 80 tackles (86% completion), 11 offloads, six tackle-breaks, and five linebreaks throughout the 2019 and 2020 seasons, along with scoring six tries and kicking for two conversions.” Ferguson is from Mississauga, Ontario, and went to Lone…

The New England Free Jacks signed Scotland international Dougie Fife through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The soon to be 30-year-old later this week has played wing, fullback, and center. He is 6’2″ and 210 lbs. Dougie was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and attended Firrhill High school, where he excelled in both rugby and academics. He attended Telford College, earning a Higher National Diploma in sports coaching with development in sports. He also went to Edinburgh Napier University, where he earned a degree in Sports Coaching. He played club rugby with Boroughmuir before playing with Currie 1st XV in…

Rugby United New York re-signed Connor Wallace-Sims for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old wing is 5’10” and 190 lbs. Connor started all five matches on the left-wing for RUNY in 2020. He was also a key contributor for the team in 2019. He played 1130 minutes in 15 matches and scored 8 tries. He also carried 80 times for 757 meters, made 64 tackles, and kicked 33 times for 1166 meters. Following the season, Connor played for Old Blue at the USA Club 7s Nationals and helped lead the team to a third-place finish. He also played…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Mohamed ‘Moe’ Abdelmonem for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old openside flanker (28 in August) is 5’10” and 220 lbs. Moe played in all 5 matches during the 2020 season, three as a starter. “Through five matches Abdelmonem tallied five breakdown steals and 48 tackles at a 78% made tackle percentage. He added 21 carries for 90 meters in an average of 57.8 minutes per game. Abdelmonem played all 80 minutes of the final three matches of the season.” In 2019 he played 518 minutes in 10 matches, scored 2 tries, carried 25 times for…

Rugby United New York re-signed Hanco Germishuys for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old back-row (24 in August) is 6’2″, and 230 lbs. Hanco joined RUNY before week three in 2020 and placed one match as a reserve before starting the final two matches of the truncated season. Hanco played 301 minutes in five matches for the Raptors in 2019. He carried 69 times for 525 meters, made 54 tackles, and had 3 lineout takes with one steal. He also had 2 linebreaks, 8 tackle breaks, and made 2 offloads. Hanco was born in Kimberly, Northern Cape, South…

Old Glory DC will have Fijian Apisai Naikatini for the 2021 Major League Rugby season, his second since signing a two-year contract ahead of the 2020 season. The 35-year-old lock (36 in April) is 6’5″and 260 lbs. Api started three matches and played 170 minutes during the truncated 2020 inaugural Old Glory DC season. During 2019, he played for the Seattle Seawolves. He appeared in 16 of the team’s 18 matches, including the 2019 MLR Championship. He played for 821 minutes, has 121 ball carries while carrying for 544 meters. He scored 1 try and had 14 lineout takes. Api…

Rugby United New York re-signed Harry Bennett for the 2021 season. The 30-year-old flyhalf/fullback (31 in March) is 5’10” and 190 lbs. Harry played in all five matches during the 2020 season as a key reserve. In 2019 he played in 279 minutes in 9 matches, made 3 penalty goals, and kicked 15 times for 479 meters. He also carried 10 times for 50 meters, made 47 passes, and 26 tackles. He started for RUNY’s first exhibition match against the Ontario Arrows in 2018, but an injury sustained during the match curtailed the rest of his season. Following the 2019…

Dallas Jackals Release The Dallas Jackals are proud to announce Scott Sonju as President of the organization. Sonju brings the Jackals extensive sports industry leadership experience, including his role as longtime President and General Manager of the Frisco RoughRiders (Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers). During Sonju’s 13 years leading the RoughRiders, the club was named “Organization of the Year” twice and received Baseball America’s top accolade, the Bob Freitas Award. Known as one of the most successful teams in minor league baseball history, the RoughRiders led all 30 double-A teams in attendance every year of Sonju’s tenure. Sonju graduated from Texas A&M…

The New England Free Jacks signed Lubabalo ‘Tera’ Mtembuthrough the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old No.8/flanker (30 in December) is 6’2″ and 245 lbs. Tera was born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He attended Dale College Boys’ High School in Kings Williams Town and was the 1st team rugby captain in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 he was the Craven Week 1st team selection and is listed at No.8 on the Border Craven Week Team of the Decade from 2004-2013. Tera played youth rugby for the Border Bulldogs in 2008-2009 before moving to the Sharks in…

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