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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 re-signed Kara Pryorfor the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old flanker (30 in February) is 6’2″ and 231 lbs. Kara signed with RUNY for the 2020 MLR season, however visa delays precluded him from playing during the truncated season. Kara is currently playing for Northland in the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup. Kara is from Auckland, New Zealand, and competed with Auckland Grammar School as a teenager before attending Auckland University and featuring for the Grammar Carlton Club. His grandfather a Maori All Black and his brother Dan also played rugby. Both he and his brother…

The Dallas Jackals signed Jonetani Munia Vasurakuta, who prefers to be called John, for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 20-year-old center/wing is 6’4″ and 210 lbs. John began playing rugby when he was 6 years old in his hometown village of Nakorovou, Serua, Fiji. During primary school, he played for Milo Kaji before high school, where he competed for the U16s and U17s in the Dean’s Competition, which is the highest level in the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union and the oldest tournament in the Fiji rugby union. He obtained a one-year scholarship to Timaru Boys High School…

Article Update – Spencer Krueger Signing The New England Free jacks signed Ohio State University Prop Spencer Krueger, who was the 18th pick in the second round of the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 22-year-old is 6’1″ and 260 lbs. Spencer is from Arlington Heights, Illinois, and attended John Hersey High School where he was an “offensive and defensive lineman when he played for coach Joe Pardun and he was also a varsity wrestler, honors student and volunteer.” He also competed on the track and field team with the shot put and discus and was honored with the Burlsworth…

Rugby United New York re-signed Evan Mintern for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old back-row (25 in January) is 6’4″ and 260 lbs. Evan signed with RUNY for 2020 but did not play during the regular season due to visa delays. Evan is from Blackrock, Cork, Ireland, and attended Christian Brother’s College in Cork. He began playing youth rugby with Cork Constitution at age 4 and returned to the team after high school in 2015-2016. At Christian Brother’s he played with the U15s and then with Munster U18s Schools team. From 2015-2019 Evan pursued a degree in Nutrition…

San Diego Legion signed former Springboks back, Bjorn Basson, for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old wing/fullback (34 in February) is 6’2″ and 209 lbs. Bjorn was born in King William’s Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa, and was a Dale College 2005 graduate. He played youth rugby with the Border Bulldogs U19s in 2005-2006 and in 2007 for the Griquas. He began his Senior rugby career making his debut in the 2008 Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup competitions. He continued with the team through 2010, making 56 appearances and scoring 235 points. In fact, in 2010 he set…

The New England Free Jacks signed Sean Yacoubian through the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old scrumhalf (27 in June) is 5’9″ and 200 lbs. Sean played one match as a reserve for the Colorado Raptors during the truncated 2020 MLR season due to COVID-19. Sean is from Paisley, Scotland, and attended St. Columbia’s School, as well as the University of Strathclyde. He then continued his education in the U.S. at Saint Mary’s College of California from 2017-2019. He played rugby Saint Columbia High School’s 1st XV before progressing through the Glasgow District age-grade levels. He was part of…

Rugby United New York re-signed Kirkland Hamilton for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old tighthead prop is 6’1″ and 255 lbs. Kirk played three matches as a tighthead reserve during the truncated 2020 MLR season. He played 87 minutes in three matches for RUNY during the 2019 MLR season, carried 7 times for 18 meters, and made 13 tackles. He also played for NYAC during the Spring and during the Fall American Rugby Premiership season. Kirkland attended Burlington County Regional High School and was known for playing football. Upon graduation, he attended Rutgers University where he earned a…

Utah Warriors Release The Utah Warriors announced today its intentions to build a new 10,000-seat multi-sport stadium, which will serve as the permanent home for the Warriors rugby team by 2023. In addition to Warriors home games during the MLR season, the stadium will serve as a venue for other professional sports teams that the Warriors ownership group intends to bring to the state of Utah. The planned state-of-the-art facility will also play host to the community, high school, concerts, and other entertainment-industry events and serve as the vital anchor tenant for a live-work-play entertainment-style district in one of Utah’s…

Rugby United New York re-signed Charlie Hewitt for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old lock(26 in February) is 6’7″, and 275 lbs. Charlie joined RUNY after the 2020 MLR season began and started two matches. Prior to the beginning of the 2019 season with the Houston SaberCats, he suffered a season-ending injury. He was a key contributor in 2018, playing 549 minutes in the 8 matches he played, 7 as a starter, scoring 2 tries, and also serving as an Academy coach. Charlie went to Devonport High School for Boys from 2006-2011 and then to Ivybridge College from…

NOLA Gold signed JP Du Plessis to a four-year contract through the 2024 Major League Rugby season after a trade and sign with San Diego Legion. The contract was the longest in the league’s history and is a statement to the league’s strength and projected growth. American Rugby News clarified the trade and sign, indicating that “before the move, NOLA sent hooker Lindsey Stevens to the LA Giltinis in exchange for additional salary-cap headroom and LA’s 2nd round draft pick Stephen McLeish. The Gold then sent the cap space to San Diego in a straight swap for the rights to…

Austin Gilgronis signed South African hooker Robbie Coetzee for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old hooker (32 in May) is 6’1″ and 240 lbs. 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. In 2012 he made 11 appearances for the Blue Bulls in the Vodacom Cup and…

he Houston SaberCats re-signed Valdemar Lee-Lo for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old loosehead prop (26 in April) is 6’1″ and 275 lbs. Val played in all 5 matches, starting 4 times during the truncated MLR season. Valdemar is from Dixon, California, and attended Dixon High School, graduating in 2013. He played rugby in the USA U19 National Championship for Sixon and also played junior rugby with Sierra Beach Rugby Club. Since 2014, Valdemar has played with the Seattle Saracens, however, injuries in 2018 had him missing most of 2018 and all of 2019. Valdemar also played age-grade…

The Houston SaberCats re-signed Zack Godfrey for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 20-year-old plays wing, center, and fullback. Zack was signed by the SaberCats ahead of the 2020 MLR season but did not factor in matches during the shortened season. Godfrey was born in the U.S. and played for Sleaford RFC, as well as at Stamford School. He played representative rugby for the Leicester Tigers U18 Academy in the National League in 2018 and for the U17s in 2017. He also played with the Ealing Trailfinders Academy in 2018. Other Articles DJCoil Rugby articles by Doug Coil are…

Old Glory DC re-signed Will Vakalahi for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old tighthead/loosehead prop (22 in June) is 5’11” and 275 lbs. Will played 160 minutes in five matches, starting twice, during the truncated 2020 MLR season, and carried the ball 10 times. Will started at loosehead prop against Shannon Rugby Club in his only appearance during the 2019 exhibition season. He then joined the USA U20s for two matches against Canada in the World Rugby Trophy qualifier. Will is from Granger, Indiana, and attended Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. He played No.8 in high school…

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