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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.

The Utah Warriors re-signed Olive Kilifi for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 36-year-old loosehead/tighthead prop is 5’11” and 280 lbs. Oli played 347 minutes in 11 matches, starting 3, and scored one try for the  Utah Warriors in 2022. He also continued in his role as Warriors  Selects Head Coach. He played 558 minutes in 15 matches, starting 5, and scored 3 tries for the Utah Warriors in 2021. He then became the Warriors Selects head Coach this Fall. Oli did not play during the 2020 MLR season after sustaining an injury at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.…

The Utah Warriors re-signed Eagle prop, Paul Mullen, for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old tighthead prop is 6’0″ and 275 lbs. Paul played 748  minutes in 16 matches, starting 10, for the Utah Warriors in 2022. He then played with the USA Falcons in the Toyota Challenge against the Toyota Cheetahs and Pumas before traveling to Dubai to play in the World Rugby 2023 Rugby World Cup Final Qualification tournament against Kenya, Hong Kong, and Portugal. Paul played 411 minutes in 12 matches, starting 4, for the Utah Warriors in 2021. During the truncated pandemic 2020 season.…

The Utah Warriors re-signed Angus Maclellan for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 30-year-old prop is 6’1″ tall and 265 lbs. Angus played 552 minutes in 15 matches, starting 5, for the Utah Warriors in 2022. He then played with the USA Falcons in the Toyota Challenge in South Africa against the Toyota Cheetahs and Pumas. Angus played 863 minutes in 17 matches, starting 13, during the 2021 season. During the shortened MLR season due to COVID-19, Angus started all five matches at tighthead prop, playing 276 minutes. Angus played 1095 minutes in 2019, had 2 tries, carried the…

The Utah Warriors re-signed Franco Van den Berg for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old loosehead prop is 6’0″ and 265 lbs. Franco played 599 minutes in 11 matches, starting 9, in 2022 for the Utah Warriors. He played 753 minutes in 14 matches, starting 11, and scored one try for the Utah Warriors in 2021. He started all five matches, playing 284 minutes, during the truncated 2020 MLR season. During the 2019 season, he played 1013 minutes in all 16 matches, scored two tries, carried 92 times for 518 meters, and made 112 tackles. Franco is from…

The Seattle Seawolves signed Ronan Foley for the 2023 Major League Rugby season, while The Toronto Arrows received salary cap considerations from the Seawolves. The 24-year-old flanker/No.8 is 6’3″ and 233 lbs. Ronan played 1020 minutes in 15 matches, starting 13, and scored 3 tries for the Arrows in 2022. In 2022, he finished #1 in the MLR for the #8 position in run meters, meters gained, tackles made, and clean breaks, and was voted 2022 Player of the Year by the Toronto Arrows. Ronan played 222 minutes in 4 matches, starting 3, after joining the Arrows late in the…

The Dallas Jackals signed Joaquin Horcada for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old is a loosehead prop is 5’10” and 245 lbs. He previously played hooker. Joaquin is from Rosario, Sante Fe, Argentina. He played rugby for Argentina’s Under-20s and Under-19s in 2017, as well as for Rugby de Gimnasia y Esgrima de Rosario where he last played. He has been enrolled at the University of the Latin American Education Center since 2018 and projects graduation in 2024. Other ArticlesDJCoil Rugby articles by Doug Coil are also available on Facebook. Other Social Media sites to follow or subscribe to include…

Old Glory DC signed Nic Souchon for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old hooker is 5’11” and 220 lbs. Nic grew up in Paeroa, New Zealand. He played youth rugby for Thames Rugby Club and was the team’s captain at the 2010 Roller Mills tournament. From 2011 through 2015 he attended Hamilton Boys High School as a boarding student and played rugby. He continued his education at Lincoln University on an undergraduate and graduate rugby scholarship and helped the team win two championships. In 2019 he was the team’s captain and helped them advance to the Championship Final.…

The Dallas Jackals signed Jerónimo Gómez Vara for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old flanker (22 in January) is  6’3″ and 225 lbs. The Argentinian back-row played with Atlético de Rosario and with San Patricio (Corrientes) in URBA.  He represented Argentina at the World Rugby Under-20s Championship and then captained the side last year against South Africa, Georgia, and Uruguay. In 2021 he also played for the Argentina XV squad for the Americas Pacific Challenge. In 2022 he played with the Jaguares XV in the 2022 Súper Liga Americana de Rugby (SLAR) season. Other Articles DJCoil Rugby articles…

The Seattle Seawolves signed Mason Pedersen for the 2023 Major League Rugby season after obtaining his signing rights in the 2022 MLR dispersal draft for Austin Gilgronis and LA Giltinis players. The 26-year-old prop is 6’1″ and 260 lbs. Mason played 679 minutes in 13 matches, starting 7, and scored 2 tries for the Austin Giilronis in 2022. He played 747 minutes in 15 games, starting 10, for the Gilgronis in 2021. After being a reserve the first week of the 2020 truncated season, Mason started the remaining four matches, playing 301 minutes, scoring two tries, and cementing his role…

San Diego Legion re-signed Dan Pryor for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 34-year-old back-row (35 in April) is 6’3″ and 230 lbs. Dan”s  younger brother Kara, plays with Rugby New York. After joining the Legion toward the end of the 2021 season, Dan played 97 minutes in two starts. His contributions increased in 2022, playing 863 minutes in 14 matches, starting 12 and scoring one try. Dan is from Auckland, New Zealand, and attended Auckland Grammar School before going to Auckland University of Technology where he majored in Business and Advertising. He played rugby with Grammar TEC and…

NOLA Gold signed Jordan Trainor through the 2024 Major League Rugby season after acquiring his signing rights in the MLR dispersal draft of LA and Austin players. The 26-year-old fullback, who has played wing, (27 in January) is 6’1″ and 195 lbs. Jordan played 970 minutes in his 13 starts, scored 3 tries, and carried for 804 meters for the LA Giltinis in 2022. He then played for Auckland in the Bunnings National Provincial Championship for 634 minutes in 10 matches, starting 8, and scored 3 tries. Jordan has played in 50 NPC matches, 2 in Super Rugby and 13…

Rugby New York re-signed Ishmail Shabazz for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old wing is 5’10” and 215 lbs.  Ishmail played 128 minutes in 3 matches, starting twice for Rugby New York in 2022. He also played in the Premier Rugby Sevens this Summer with the Headliners and this Fall with New York Athletic Club in the American Rugby Premiership. Ishmail is from Portland, Oregon, and attended Central Catholic High School where he played football as a wide receiver and cornerback, and also played baseball.  He attended the University of Oregon from 2015 to 2019, earning a Bachelor’s…

Rugby New York will have Jason Emery returning for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old center, who has played fullback, is 5’9″ and 200 lbs. Jason played 1178 minutes in 17 matches, starting 16, and scored 46 points (2 tries, 6 conversions, 8  penalty goals) for Rugby New York in 2022. After helping New York win the MLR Shield Championship, he was the co-captain for the Manawatū Tubos in the Bunnings National Provincial Championship. Jason was born in Tauranga, New Zealand, and later moved to Wellington before moving to Palmerston at age 13. He attended Palmerston North Boys…

The Dallas Jackals signed Pedro Imhoff for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old scrum-half (34 in May) is 5’9″ and 180 lbs. Pedro, who is from Argentina, played for Duendes Rugby Club since 2009 and was the team’s captain in the URBA Top 13, Nacional de Clubes. He also is the former captain of Verdinegro Rugby Club. Pedro also has been capped three times f(1 start) or Argentina. He made his debut against Uruguay in Montevideo on April 17, 2013, and followed with two tests the first week in May against Chile and Brazil. In the first two…

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