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 Houston SaberCats signed Will Crawford for the 2021 Major League Rugby season after performing well for their Academy team, Rugby HTX. The 27-year-old lock/back-row is 6’4″ and 250 lbs. Will’s call up to the SaberCats was announced on the Rugby HTX Facebook page after a win over the Austin Huns. Will played in a pre-season match for NOLA Gold in March 2018 against the Houston SaberCats, and also played with New Orleans RFC, and was used primarily at No.8. He has also played for Louisiana Tech Rugby Club since then. Crawford is from Monroe, Louisiana and attended high school…

Chris Wyatt, Rugby Ascendant, Guest Journalist DJCoil Rugby Near-perfect weather conditions with temperatures in the high 50s and sunshine throughout the game made for an excellent setting for Old Glory DC’s second home game in Leesburg, Virginia.  Sadly, things did not go well for the home side, as the visiting Toronto Arrows (1-2-0) raced out to 15 to nil lead less than a quarter of the way through the match.  The Arrows led 18-7 at the half and never looked back, defeating Old Glory DC (1-1-1) 40-19. Tyler Rowland, Manuel Diana, Ben LeSage, Gaston Mieres, and Jason Higgins scored tries…

The Houston SaberCats acquired Nick Boyer from the LA Giltinis in a trade for salary cap space considerations. LA General Manager Adam Freier released a statement regarding trading Mika Kruse to the Utah Warriors and Nick Boyer to the Houston SaberCats. “It’s never easy getting the right balance of a roster in professional sport with salary caps. The way the players have conducted themselves since the club’s decision has been first class. They are both incredibly gifted Rugby players and people. We wish Nick and Mika the very best as they continue to pursue their ambitions in the MLR and…

Rugby ATL defeated San Diego Legion 41-22 on Saturday, April 3 at Lupo Family Field. The match was broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and internationally on the Rugby Network. The match will be available in the U.S. on the Rugby Network after 24 hours. Rugby ATL is 2-1 in the MLR Eastern Conference with tonight’s win over the Legion. The team opened the season with a win over the Toronto Arrows and followed by a road loss last weekend to Old Glory DC. San Diego Legion is in uncharted territory with a 1-2 record with the loss. They opened the…

The New England Free Jacks edged the Utah warriors 22-21 in their first-ever home match at Union Point Stadium on Saturday, April 3. The match was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network, and internationally on The Rugby Network, and will be available on replay within 24 hours. The Free Jacks are temporarily in first-place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 record and 9 points in the standings. NOLA Gold, who has a bye week is in second with 8 points. Should the current Toronto Arrows lead hold up over Old Glory, there would be four teams having either 6…

Austin Gilgronis shutout the Houston SaberCats 26-0 to retain the Karbach Brewing Company Texas Cup in a clash on Saturday, April 3 at Bold Stadium. The match was streamed on the Rugby Network, broadcast on KXAN (Austin), and will be broadcast on Sunday on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. The teams are still in the process of making adjustments. With the win, the Austin Gilgronis are 1-2, and moved into third place in the Western Conference with 8 points, despite losing their first two matches to Utah and San Diego Legion by a combined five points. The Houston SaberCats will be concerned…

Rugby ATL hosts San Diego Legion on Saturday, April 3 at Lupo Family Field at 7 pm ET. For those who can’t attend the match at the ‘Snake Pit,’ it will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and internationally on the Rugby Network. The match is also available in the U.S. on the Rugby Network after 24 hours. Rugby ATL is 1-1 in the MLR Eastern Conference after a win over the Toronto Arrows to open the season, following by a road loss last weekend to Old Glory DC. San Diego Legion also has a 1-1 record with an opening…

Austin Gilgronis will host the Houston SaberCats in a Karbach Brewing Company Texas Cup clash on Saturday, April 3 at Bold Stadium. Kickoff is at 8 pm ET with the match being streamed on the Rugby Network, broadcast on KXAN (Austin), and in a delayed Sunday broadcast on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. The teams are still in the process of making adjustments. The Austin Gilgronis is 0-2, despite losing to Utah and San Diego Legion by a combined five points. The SaberCats began the season with a win over Seattle, yet were shut out last week by New England. Austin Gilgronis…

Old Glory DC will host the Toronto Arrows on Saturday, April 3 at Segra Field in Leesburg, Virginia. Kickoff is at 5 pm ET with the match being streamed on the Rugby Network and broadcast on NBC Sports Washington, as well as TSN 2 in Canada. The teams will be excited for a first-time meeting between last year’s second and first place Eastern Conference teams during the pandemic shortened 2020 season. Old Glory Head Coach Andrew Douglas has made three changes in the starters from last week’s win over Rugby ATL, which followed a draw against NOLA Gold in week…

The New England Free Jacks have waited until their second season to have their first home match against Utah Warriors at Union Point Stadium on Saturday, April 3. Kickoff is at 4:30 pm ET with those who can’t attend, may view the match on CBS Sports Network, or internationally on The Rugby Network. The Free Jacks are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 1-1 record and 5 points in the standings. After losing their first match to the LA Giltinis, they stormed back with a dominant win over the Houston SaberCats last weekend. The Utah Warriors are…

Rugby ATL added Marko Janse Van Rensburg for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old hooker is 6’0″ and 240 lbs. Marko was born in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, and attended Vredenburg High School from 2005-2009. He played in 2013 for the Boland Cavaliers in the Vodacom Cup, making four appearances. From 2015-2017 he played for the University of Stellenbosch Maties in the Varsity Cup competition. Marko played with the Pumas since 2017 in the Currie Cup and won the Rugby Challenge in 2018. He has made 50 appearances and scored 16 tries. During the 2019-2020 season, he played with…

The Seattle Seawolves signed Canadian international Karsten Leitner for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old wing is 6’1″ and 210 lbs. Karsten is from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and attended St. George’s School from 2008-2013. He played First XV rugby, First XI soccer, and varsity squash. He attended the University of British Columbia from 2013-2016 majoring in political science and government. He also played for the Thunderbirds Rugby Club, BC Premiership League Championships from 2013-2015, and back-to-back 7s titles at the Las Vegas Invitational. He transferred to the University of Victoria in 2016 and earned with Bachelor’s Degree…

The Utah Warriors added Danny Christensen for the 2020 season. The 30-year-old scrum-half (31 in May) is 5’9″, 175 lbs. and is from Salt Lake City, Utah. Dan has been signed from the Selects training squad on a 4-week MLR contract after serving as Captain for the Warrior Selects during the Fall of 2020. Dan attended Olympus High School and played rugby for the Highland Rugby Club. In 2008, the team won the high school national championship and he was named the MVP. He then attended the University of Utah where he also played rugby and received a Bachelor’s Degree…

The Seattle Seawolves signed Eagle No. 418, Setareki “Seta” Tuilevuka, for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 39-year-old center is 6’0″ and 215 lbs. Seta, who is from Suva, Fiji, played rugby as a youth along with his brother Alipate, another former Eagle and the current Director of Seattle RFC. He also played basketball in the 2005 South Pacific Mini-Games. When he moved to the United States, he played with the Las Vegas Blackjacks before signing a professional contract to a Top 14 French club, Montpellier, where he played from 2010 to 2012, making 16 appearances and scoring 2…

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