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 have utilized West Houston Lions center in their exhibition matches and in the opening 2019 Major League Rugby match against Austin Elite Rugby. The 27-year-old center is 5’10” and 230 lbs. Irving is from Lufkin, Texas and later moved to Charlotte, North Carolina with his family. He attended Vance High School and then Central Piedmont Community College. During his Sophomore year in high school, he was exposed to rugby by his physical education teacher and has been a long-time member of the Charlotte Rugby Club ever since. He played representative rugby with the USA Rugby South Panthers,…

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The Toronto Arrows have added Pat Lynott to the squad for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old loosehead prop is 5’10” and 250 lbs. 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  Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He played there for the past four years, serving as a captain the past two, and will be graduating with a degree in Global Development and Wealth Studies in April. The team was OUA Men’s Rugby Champions in 2017. Pat plays club…

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Austin Elite Rugby hosts the Toronto Arrows on Friday, February 8 at 7 pm CST at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. Tickets are available for the match and for those who can’t attend, Watch live on Austin Elite Rugby Facebook Watch. Both teams are seeking their first win of the season. Austin Elite Rugby is 0-2 after a 21-20 loss to the Houston SaberCats and a 17-9 loss to the Utah Warriors. The Toronto Arrows are 0-1 after losing to NOLA Gold in week one 36-31. Austin Elite Rugby Head Coach has made three changes to his starting XV…

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Rugby United New York added Kyle White for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old lock is 6’6″ and 265 lbs. Kyle is from Pompton Plains, New Jersey, He attended Pequannock Township High School and played football and basketball. He was a Second-team All-Conference in football and Honorable Mention All-Conference in basketball as the starting center on the North I, Group II Section, and Regional Championship team. He also was named National Football Foundation Morris County Scholar-Athlete and Pequannock Township HS Scholar-Athlete. Following his graduation in 2010, He attended Yale University from 2010-2014, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts…

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Old Glory DC Release It’s here: Old Glory DC – The first professional rugby union team to represent the Mid-Atlantic. (February 6, 2019) – So it begins — the legend of Old Glory rugby. Today, we establish our identity and begin to build your team and its legacy. Today’s Washington Post nailed it: “‘Old Glory DC’ brings pro rugby to Washington, with founders sure ‘there is a place for rugby’. After considering hundreds of options proposed by our fans and advisors, we have selected a name and logo that speak to our region’s patriotism and the unique role of our home city as…

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NOLA Gold Rugby has just strengthened their 2019 Major League Rugby team with the signing of USA Eagle 492, Tony Lamborn. The 27-year-old flanker is 6’0″ and 232 lbs. Tony was born in Timaru, New Zealand and was U.S. eligible as the result of having an American father. He lives in Havelock North Town District and went to Ashburton College. At age 16, he left school to pursue a rugby career, playing for Hawke’s Bay Under-18s and Under-20s. In 2012 he made 9 appearances for North Otago, and in 2013 made his debut for the Hawke’s Bay Magpies and has…

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The Utah Warriors signed AJ Tuineau for his second Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old center is 5’11” and 220 lbs. AJ was born and raised in Utah and grew up in West Valley with 2 brothers, and 5 sisters. He played youth rugby and in Hunter High School. After graduation, he then attended the University of Utah, with the team winning the inaugural 2010 Collegiate Rugby Championship. The team also participated in the National Club 15s Championship. AJ then continued to play rugby with the West Valley Lions in the local MPD competition and also was selected to play…

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The Utah Warriors signed Jared Whippy for a second Major League Rugby season. The 2018 MLR season was one that the Whippy family would rather forget. First, his twin brother Josh broke his leg in the final preseason match against the Wolfpack and then Jared broke his leg against Austin Elite Rugby. The 28-year-old fullback is 5’11” and 225 lbs, He was born in Suva, Fiji and raised in New Zealand. He attended Church College of New Zealand, playing rugby for Alf Daniels. He also represented Fiji in basketball, playing point guard at the South Pacific games. His senior year,…

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The Glendale Raptors added Maximo de Achaval for a second Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old fullback is 5’1″ and 190 lbs. Maximo was born in Amarillo, Texas, but grew up and attended high school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began playing rugby at 10 years old, attending an all-boys school. Maximo attends the University of Colorado, Boulder from 2004-2008, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and from 2010-2012 at the Denver Campus, earning a Master’s degree in Bioengineering. Maximo is married and has a daughter, and like many veteran players, it is the family support which allows him…

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The Toronto Arrows Avery Oitomen played in the opening match of the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 19-year-old is 6’1″ and 190 lbs. Avery is from Mississauga, Ontario and attended Lorne Park High School. He played rugby with the team beginning at age 13 and also played football. Avery progressed through Ontario age-grade playing on the Under-16s in 2014 and the Under-19s in 2016. He also played age-grade rugby for Canada, attending U17s in 2016, the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017 and the Under-19s in 2018. In 2016 he played in the NAI7s with the Oakville Crusaders Upright Rugby…

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Rugby United New York has been involved with the Empire GU rugby teams, coaches and players, hoping up share their expertise and to develop rugby talent from youth through the professional ranks. The coaches and players have attended club practices, conducted clinics, and their outreach efforts have made a difference and will continue to in the future. Long Island Rugby Football Club is Hosting a Rugby United New York Combine that is open to Club, College, and High School players. The Combine will include RUNY players and coaches, as well as Club and College Coaches. YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO…

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The San Diego Legion hosted the Seattle Seawolves on Saturday, February 2 at Torero Stadium. The legion jumped out to a 14-3 lead at the break and held on to win 17-13 over the Seawolves. Last week the San Deigo opened the season with a 25-23 loss to Rugby United New York and hope to derail the Seattle Seawolves this week. The Seattle Seawolves opened their season with a 20-18 win over the Glendale Raptors and seek another win. Match Recap The San Diego Legion had the first scoring opportunity from a 5-meter lineout. After several attempts to score, Joe…

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In Major League Rugby Round 2 action, NOLA Gold Rugby Club hosted the Glendale Raptors at Gold Stadium on Saturday, February 2 in Marrero, Louisiana and left the match with a 40-31 win. With the win, NOLA Gold moved to 2-0 and are in first place with 10 points. The Glendale Raptors fell to 0-2 with 2 points. Last week NOLA Gold opened their season with a 36-31 win over the Toronto Arrows, while the Glendale Raptors lost to the Seattle Seawolves 20-18. Both teams missed several players to the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship. NOLA Gold lost Eric Howard, Kyle…

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The San Diego Legion added former University of Arizona Collegiate All-American Kyle Rogers for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old flyhalf/fullback in 6’3″ and 220 lbs. He attended Granite Bay High School in California and graduated in 2013. Then it was on to the University of Arizona until his graduation in 2018. He was a Rudy Schulz finalist for the best collegiate rugby player in the country and was the 2018 Co-PAC Conference player of the year. he was also named the University of Arizona MVP from 2016-2018. Kyle was the team’s captain at Arizona and played with his…

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