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 re-signed Daemon Torres for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old lock/back row is 6’3″ and 240 lbs. Daemon played 143 minutes in 6 matches, starting 2, for the Ratlers in 2021. He then returned to play with the Academy team, Pathway 404, this Fall. Daemon is from Round Rock, Texas, and attended Stony Point High School. He played football in high school and rugby with Rock Rugby Club. He was also an Atavus High School All-Star at the Las Vegas Invitational. Daemon attended Life University from 2015-2019 and following his graduation, serves as an assistant coach…

Rugby New York signed Will Tucker for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old lock (24 in March) is 6’8″ and 245 lbs. Will was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. He attended Heaton Intermediate School and then St Bede’s College, where he played 1st XV in 2014 & 2015, winning the University of Canterbury Championship in the latter. Will also represented New Zealand Schools in 2015 against Australian Schools, as well as was selected to the Crusader Knights. Will played for the Wahroonga Tigers and Gordon Juniors along with brothers Brad, who played for Waikato, and James,…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Robbie Coetzee for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old hooker (33 in May) is 6’1″ and 235 lbs. Robbie played 342 minutes in 8 matches, starting 5, and scored one try for the Gilgronis in 2021. Robbie is from Pretoria, South Africa, and attended Hoërskool Wonderboom, before finishing high school at Hoërskool Eldoraigne. He played youth rugby for the Blue Bulls U18s in 2006-2007, for the Free State Cheetahs U19s and U21s 2008-2009, and the Blue Bulls in 2010. He attended the University of Pretoria and played for the Tuks from 2010-2011, making 13 appearances.…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Sebastian de Chaves for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old lock is 6’8 and 265lbs. Sebastian, who was the team’s vice-captain, played 818 minutes in 12 starts and scored two tries for the Gilronis in 2021. He then signed a short-term contract with the Wasps. Sebastian is from Johannesburg, South Africa, and attended De La Salle Holy Cross College. In 2009 he played with the Gold Lions U19s and advanced to the Currie Cup U19s Final. By 2012 he played with the team in the Vodacom Cup. His performance with the U19s led to his…

The Seattle Seawolves signed Reid Watkins through the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old scrumhalf (28 in June) is 5’10” and 185 lbs. Reid was a late-season addition to the Toronto Arrows for the last two matches but did not see regular-season action. He is from Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, and attended Holy Trinity Academy from 2010-2012, where he was a two-time Canadian High School Wrestling champion. He began playing rugby with Foothills U14 Lions, which was from Okotoks. He competed in the High school provincial championship, the Canadian Junior National Wrestling competition, and won the Pan-American wrestling championship while…

San Diego Legion signed Pat Lynott for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old loosehead prop is 5’10” and 260 lbs. Pat played 544 minutes in 13 matches, starting 5, for the Toronto Arrows in 2021. In 2020, Pat played in four matches, carrying twice for 5 meters and making 12 tackles. During 2019, he played 182 minutes in 10 matches, starting once, made 26 tackles, and carried 15 times for 75 meters. Pat is from Chelsea, Quebec, which is north of Ottawa. He played rugby at Philemon Wright High School. Following his graduation, he pursued several avenues before attending …

Rugby New York signed Brendon O’Conner for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old flanker is 6’1″ and 225 lbs. Brendon is from Gisborne, New Zealand, and attended Gisborne Boys’ High School. He is also qualified to represent England through his grandmother, although that was strongly considered earlier. Brendon played for the New Zealand U20s, making five appearances in winning the IRB Junior World Championship in 2009. He played in the ITM Cup for Canterbury in 2010-2011. This later became the Mitre 10 Cup, and in 2021, the Bunnings National Provincial Championship. In 2012 he was a member of…

NCR Release National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) has formed 16 Conference All Star Teams that will compete for the Women’s 7s National Cup in Houston. The tournament takes place on January 22-23 at the Houston Sabercats’ facility. The All Star tournament has expanded significantly since it was last played in 2020 and now includes Division I and Small College players. Over 200 players, representing over 65 schools, were selected based on tryouts and coach nominations.NCR will live stream most matches via its YouTube channel and other social media sites.The All Stars tournament is used as a platform for selection to the…

The Free Jacks signed former Boston College Connor Robinson to a one-year developmental contract. The 22-year-old hooker is 5’10” and 235lbs. July 12, 1999 Connor is from Wilmington, Massachusetts, and attended St. John’s Prep from 2014 to 2017, and played rugby in the back-row at eight-man. In 2015 Robinson began playing with Mystic River Rugby Club and has been with the team ever since. Upon graduating high school, Connor moved to the front row at hooker and played prop then hooker at Boston College, where he attended from 2017-2021. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics in 2021.…

Rugby ATL re-signed Will Burke for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old tighthead prop (25 in March), is 6’0″ and 255 lbs. Will played 107 minutes in 7 matches for the Ratlers in 2021. In the Fall, he played with Pathway 404, the team’s Academy side. Will was signed by the Dallas Jackals for 2021, however, when the team delayed inclusion in the league until 2022, he was a free agent signing by Rugby ATL.  He played with the Ratlers against the Utah Warriors in a 2021 preseason match. Will played 67 minutes in the first two matches…

Rugby New York signed Samoan international Teofilo ‘Ed’ Fidow for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old wing is 6’2″ and 210 lbs. Ed was born in Moto’otua, Samoa. He’s played rugby in Samoa, New Zealand, Australia, France, England, and comes to the United States for 2022. Ed played rugby at an early age with  Papatoetoe RFC in the Auckland Gallagher Shield and was selected for the Auckland Sevens. He continued with rugby sevens, representing Samoa from 2015-2017 in the World Rugby Sevens Series. He made 46 appearances, scoring 21 tries, before resuming rugby XVs. In 2017 he moved…

The Utah Warriors re-signed Elijah Hayes for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. He was the 19th selection in the 2020 Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 24-year-old prop is 6’3″ and 265 lbs. Elijah played during preseason for the Utah Warriors but played with the Warrior Selects during Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. He attended a nine-week USA high-performance camp and played with the USA U23s Academy Team this Fall. That led to his selection for the USA Select XV tour to Uruguay in October. Elijah is from Atlanta, Georgia, and moved to Destrehan, Louisiana as a youth. He…

Rugby New York signed Nicolas Mayhew for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old loosehead/tighthead prop is 5’11” and 255 lbs. Nic is from Auckland, New Zealand, and comes from a rugby family. His father, John,  a doctor, worked with NRL New Zealand Warriors, while bothers Mike and Richard both played in the English Premiership. Nick and his brothers were qualified to play for England, as his father was born there, New Zealand, or Australia, through Bill Rinkin, a grandfather. Nic began playing rugby with Northcote, a local North Harbour Rugby Union club. He attended Massey University, earning a…

The Dallas Jackals signed their Round 1 Pick 10 in the 2021 MLR Collegiate Draft, DeCor Davis, for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old No.8 is 6’2″ and 240 lbs. DeCor was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a small town outside of Pittsburgh, before moving to Virginia, outside of Washington, DC, where he started playing rugby in 6th grade at Warrenton Wolfpack Youth Rugby. At Fauquier High School, he was a multi-sport athlete playing rugby, basketball, football, wrestling, lacrosse, and track. DeCor played the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy, however after sustaining an ankle injury, he chose to focus on…

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