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 Toronto Arrows signed Jamie Mackenzie for the remainder of the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old Canadian scrumhalf is 5’9″ and 195 lbs. Mackenzie, who did not play in 2021 due to injury, returns to the Arrows from the broadcast booth to help the Arrows push for an Eastern Conference playoff berth. His inclusion will assist the team with the rash of injuries this season for their scrum half’s . Jamie played 111 minutes, starting 2 matches for the Arrows in the pandemic shortened 2020 season. During 2019, Jamie played 336 minutes for the Arrows in 8 matches.…

The. New England Free Jacks signed Serupepeli Vularika for the remainder of the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old scrumhalf/ inside center/wing/fullback is 5’5″ and 190 lbs. During the 2021 season, Seru played with the LA Giltinis and then trained with the Fijian Drua. Seru was born and raised in Suva, Fiji. According to the Fiji Times, he attended Assemblies of God High School before transferring to Lelean Memorial School Academy. In addition to school rugby, he played for Airport Rugby Club, Vurikoro, Rewa U20s, and the Nadi U20s. He played rugby sevens for Redrock in 2011 and 2014,…

Rugby New York signed Nehe Rihara Milner-Skudder for the remainder of the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old fullback/wing is 5’11”, 200 lbs and joins the team after playing for the Hurricanes. Nehe is from Taihape, New Zealand, and is part of the Maori, Ngati Porou, and Tapuika tribes. He attended Queen Elizabeth College. Nehe began his professional rugby career playing rugby league for the Sydney-based Canterbury Bulldogs Under-20s Holden Cup team in 2009 and 2010 before returning home and playing for Massey University in 2011 and then in the ITM Cup with Manawatu. He would go on to…

The Dallas Jackals obtained Cian Barry in a trade with NOLA Gold for salary cap space for the remainder of the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old utility back (26 in May) is 5’9″ and 170 lbs. He can play both halfback positions, as well as fullback and wing. Cian was drafted by NOLA  Gold in the 2020 Collegiate draft but did not see any regular-season action in 2021. Instead, he played for New Orleans RFC and also played rugby sevens with the Jesters. Cian is from Surrey, England, and attended Epson College before going to U.C.L.A. from 2014-to…

Rugby ATL obtained Canadian international XVs and 7s Cole Davis from the Austin Gilgronis for the remainder of the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old wing is 6’2″ and 225 lbs. Cole played 447 minutes in 8 matches, starting 5, and scoring one try for the Gilgronis in 2021. He also played for Canada against Wales and England in July. Cole is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He played hockey before turning his attention to rugby in the 10th grade. He played youth club rugby with the Calgary Saints. Following high school, he attended the Brumbies Academy for a year…

The Toronto Arrows fell short, losing 41-17 to Rugby New York at York Stadium at Noon on May 8. The match was broadcast on TSN in Canada and internationally on The Rugby Network. Both teams entered the match in a fight for the playoffs. New York emerged with a bonus-point win and moved them into second place in the Eastern Conference with an 8-4 record and 42 points, one more than Rugby ATL, who lost last night to the Utah Warriors. Toronto remains in fourth place with a 6-6 record and 30 points and faces an uphill battle for the…

The Toronto Arrows host Rugby New York at York Stadium at Noon on May 8. The match will be broadcast on TSN in Canada and internationally on The Rugby Network. Both teams are in a fight for the playoffs with New York entering the match in third place with a 7-4 record and 37 points. Toronto is in fourth place with a 6-5 record and 30 points. Rugby New York has a +14 point differential and has scored 40 tries during the season, while the Toronto Arrows have a plus 6 point differential and scored 32 tries. New York also…

Rugby New York added Peter Reyes, their 2021 MLR Collegiate Draft Round 3, pick 36, for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old loosehead prop is 6’2″ and 240 lbs. Peter played with White Plains during the Fall 2021 American Rugby Premiership and with Old Blue and the New York Foundry in 2022. The Kutztown University graduate practiced with players from the Academy, as well as with Rugby New York. Peter is from Brooklyn, New York, and attended Xavier High School from 2012-to 2016, where he played football and rugby.  Following his graduation, he attended Wheeling Jesuit University, where…

The Toronto Arrows added Canadian Development Academy, Pacific Pride scrumhalf Sam Reimer ahead of their match on May 8 against Rugby New York. The 19-year-old halfback is 5’9″ and 185lbs. Sam played for the Rugby Ontario Junior Blues, Nanaimo RFC, Ajax Wanderers, Oshawa Vikings, and for the Crimson Tide against the Seattle Seawolves in 2020. He represented the Rugby Canada U18s for Canada White against the USA Under-18s in a tour to California in 2019. The previous year, he played for the Canada Under-16s. Other ArticlesDJCoil Rugby articles by Doug Coil are also available on Facebook. Other Social Media sites…

The Dallas Jackals added Mystic River forward Jack Paloucek from the New England Free Jacks as an unofficial part of the trade that sent Connor Robinson and Matthew Gash-Gilder to the Jackals. The 25-year-old back row is 6’0″ and 215 lbs. Jack is from Chicago, Illinois, and attended Wheaton High School before going to Montana State University from 2015 to 2019 and graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Land Rehabilitation. He played rugby there, as well as was the Vice President OG the powerlifting club. He played preseason games with Matakanui Mudfish in Omakau, New Zealand in 2020 before returning…

NOLA Gold received the playing service rights to Sam Klimkowski along with the LA Giltinis 2022 MLR Collegiate Draft First Round pick and the Dallas Jackals’ third-round pick with the Giltinis receiving 2022 salary cap considerations. The 24-year-old loosehead prop is 6’1″, 280 lbs, and was a 2021 MLR Collegiate Draft first-round selection as the #13 pick. Sam is from Avon Lake, Ohio, and attended Avon Lake High School. He played varsity football and in his senior year began playing rugby with the team winning the State Championship. He then attended Notre Dame College and helped the Falcons win the…

Old Glory DC signed John Rizzo for the remainder of the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old fullback is 6’0″ and 205 lbs. John is from St John, Indiana, and attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis between 2017 to 2021 with one semester at West Point, where he played D1A rugby for Army-West Point. He was the vice-president of IUPUI Rugby Club and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. He also attended Kelly School of Business for a graduate degree. John played for the EIRA Midwest and also for the Capital Selects. Since May 2021 he…

The Dallas Jackals obtained former Endicott College Matthew Gash-Gilder in a trade with the New England Free Jacks along with Connor Robinson, sending an international spot to the Free jacks for 2022, The Free Jacks now have 13 spots to the Jackals 6. Both players had signed a one-year developmental contract with New England. The 23-year-old flanker is 6’2” and 215lbs. Matthew trained with the Free jacks and played with the New England Independents in 2022. The 23-year-old flanker is from Kalispell, Montana. He attended Kalispell Flathead High School where he graduated in 2017. He was a multi-sport athlete in…

The Dallas Jackals obtained former Boston College Connor Robinson in a trade with the New England Free Jacks along with Matthew Gash-Gilder sending an international spot to the Free jacks for 2022, The Free Jacks now have 13 spots to the Jackals 6. Both players had signed a one-year developmental contract with New England. The 22-year-old hooker is 5’10” and 235lbs. Connor trained with the Free jacks and played with the New England Independents in 2022. Connor is from Wilmington, Massachusetts, attended St. John’s Prep from 2014 to 2017 and played rugby in the back-row at eight-man. In 2015 Robinson…

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