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 New England Free Jacks hosts Rugby United New York at Union Point Stadium in Weymouth, MA at 4 pm on Saturday, July 3. The match will be broadcast on NESN and MSG and streamed on The Rugby Network. Last week the Free Jacks lost 17-9 to NOLA Gold, while Rugby United New York beat the Toronto Arrows 31-24. MLR Eastern Conference Playoff Picture & Schedule Only three weeks are remaining in the Major League Rugby regular season and Rugby ATL, Rugby United New York, NOLA Gold, and the New England Free Jacks are the only Eastern Conference teams in…

Rugby United New York signed Max Dacey as cover for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old lock is 6’7″ and 250 lbs. Max played for Colorado XO at the RugbyTown Crossover Academy in 2020-2021. This was his second time with Glendale, as he was the captain of the Glendale Academy team in 2017. Max is from Alexandria, Virginia, and began playing rugby with Fort Hunt Rugby Club when he was six years old through his middle school years. He played rugby in high school, winning three state championships. In the fall of his senior year,…

The New England Free Jacks signed Josateki Degei for the remainder of the e2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old fullback is 6’3″ and 195 lbs. Josateki was signed by the Dallas Jackals for the 2021 season but after they postponed the team entering MLR until 2022, he was a free agent. With his signing with the Free Jacks, he will count as a domestic player for the 2021 season. Josateki is from Sigatoka, Fiji, and attended Ratu Kadavulevu School, and then Lodoniversity. In 2016, Josateki joined the Suva Stallions Rugby Club and Suva Rugby. The Suva Stallions Rugby Club…

Rugby United New York added Diego Armando Maquieira for the remainder of the 2021 Major league Rugby season. The 30-year-old hooker is 6’0″ and 235 lbs. Diego joins the team from Old Blue RFC after winning the 2021 Big Apple Cup. He signed with the New England Free Jacks in 2020 but did not see regular-season action. He played for the team during the 2018-2019 exhibition season, including in the Cara Cup. Diego played rugby sevens for 2019 Mystic River Rugby Club and played in the USA Club 7s Nationals in Kansas City. Diego is from Queens, New York, and…

New England Free Jacks Release Move Will Create Engaging and Accessible Environment for the Rapidly Growing Free Jacks and Rugby CommunityPlay Begins with Final Home Match of 2021 on July 18th and Continues in 2022 Season BOSTON, MA – The New England Free Jacks of Major League Rugby (MLR), Heritage Sports Ventures (HSV) and the City of Quincy jointly announced today that Veterans Memorial Stadium (VMS) in Quincy will be the new home of the New England Free Jacks. The multi-year partnership with HSV will see the Free Jacks play their first MLR match in Quincy on July 18 with the first full season of action set…

The Toronto Arrows lost 31-24 to Rugby United New York on Saturday, June 26 at Life University’s Lupo Family Field. This was the first match of a Major League Rugby doubleheader with Rugby ATL beating Old Glory DC 32-12. The MLR Eastern Conference playoff race is likely down to three teams, Rugby ATL (10-5, 51 points),  Rugby United New York (9-4, 46 points), and NOLA Gold (8-4-1, 42 points). New England (7-6, 34 pts), Old Glory (4-8-1, 27 pts), and Toronto Arrows (4-10, 25 pts) follow. Remaining MLR Eastern Conference Schedule Only three weeks are remaining in the Major League…

The Seattle Seawolves signed Halleluiah Tiauli for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old hooker is 5’11”, 210 lbs, and provides necessary front-row coverage. Halleluiah is from Sumner, Washington, and attended Auburn High School where he was a multi-sport athlete playing rugby and football. He played rugby with the Rainier Plateau Highlanders and represented the Washington Loggers, as well. In 2015 he was named the Highlander of the Year and received the Casey Smith Award. In 2016 he was named to the USA Boys High School All-Americans and played against the British Columbia Bears. After high…

LA Giltinis signed Irish American Sean O’Brien for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 20-year-old back row (21 end of July) is 6’4”and 220 lbs. Sean was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but grew up in Ireland. He began playing rugby at age 6 with Greystones RFC through the U14s. He attended Blackrock College and played rugby for their Junior and Senior Cup teams. Sean played for Ireland’s U19s and earned three caps for the U20s. He joined the Leinster Rugby Academy, has played for Leinster A, and made his debut for the Guinness PRO14 side as…

The Toronto Arrows hosts Rugby United New York on Saturday, June 26 at 4:30 pm at Life University’s Lupo Family Field. This is the first match of a Major League Rugby doubleheader with Rugby ATL facing Old Glory DC at 8:00 pm. The MLR Eastern Conference doubleheader has second place Rugby United New York (8-4, 41 points) facing the sixth place Toronto Arrows (4-9, 24 points). First place Rugby ATL (9-5, 46 points) follows against fifth-place Old Glory DC (4-7-1, 27 points). Toronto defeated New York in April 53-12 and New York has since been among the league leaders. Rugby…

The Rugby Showcase Release THE RUGBY SHOWCASE GETS PLAYERS SEEN BEFORE THE DRAFT The MLR Draft will be covered live on National Digital, and Regional / Local Networks [June 24, 2021, Westport, CT] – On August 7, The Rugby Showcase will offer rugby players an opportunity to prove their talents in a draft style showcase in front of Major League Rugby personnel, coaches, and star players before the Major League Rugby Draft on August 19th. The Rugby Showcase is presented by the High-Performance Management Group and will provide professional positional coaching, laser-measured timing technology, and live scrimmaging. The Rugby Showcase…

LA Giltinis added Academy and Belmont Shore back-row Ben Weischedel for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old is 6’2″ and 220 lbs. Ben is from San Pedro, California, and attended San Pedro Senior High School, graduating in 2009. He played football as a tight end and defensive back and was a forward in basketball. He continued to play football as a tight end while at Willamette University, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. Following his graduation in 2013, he played professional football in France for the Nimes Centurions as a tight end,…

The LA Giltinis promoted Adam Channel from their Academy team prior to the road match against San Diego Legion. The 24-year-old wing/fullback is 6’4″ and 210 lbs. He made his debut for the Giltinis as a starter at wing and previously played fullback for the Academy side. Adam lives in Lon Beach, California, and attended Millikan Senior High School, graduating in 2015. He played rugby in high school, with the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy SoCal team, and was a USA High School All-American. Adam played with the SoCal Griffins in 2015 and played club rugby XVs and 7s with Belmont…

Rugby United New York lost their lead in the closing minutes against the Utah Warriors, and the match, 29-28, on June 19 at Cochrane Stadium in Jersey City, New Jersey. The match was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network and may be viewed 24 hours later on-demand on The Rugby Network. Match Recap Rugby United New York struck quickly after a lineout with Apenisa Cakaubalavu shooting a gap in the defense for a try under the posts to lead 7-0. Utah attacked back from a lineout deep inside New York territory and with its collapse, Dylan Fawsitt was deemed by…

The Seattle Seawolves added Seattle RFC Moses Lalasava for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old (this week) wing/fullback is 5’9″ and 210 lbs. Moses played for the Miami Sun during the 2020 World Tens Series in Bermuda. Moses is from Suva, Fiji, and began playing rugby when he was six years old. He attended Queens Victoria School and played for the Queen Victoria School Old Boys (QVSOB) for 7 years beginning in 2008. During the offseason for QVSOB, he played rugby league for the Steelers (2011-13) and Rabbitohs (2012-15). In 2015, Lalasava moved to Seattle…

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