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 United New York re-signed Connor Wallace-Sims for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old wing is 5’10” and 190 lbs. Connor started all five matches on the left-wing for RUNY in 2020. He was also a key contributor for the team in 2019. He played 1130 minutes in 15 matches and scored 8 tries. He also carried 80 times for 757 meters, made 64 tackles, and kicked 33 times for 1166 meters. Following the season, Connor played for Old Blue at the USA Club 7s Nationals and helped lead the team to a third-place finish. He also played…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Mohamed ‘Moe’ Abdelmonem for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old openside flanker (28 in August) is 5’10” and 220 lbs. Moe played in all 5 matches during the 2020 season, three as a starter. “Through five matches Abdelmonem tallied five breakdown steals and 48 tackles at a 78% made tackle percentage. He added 21 carries for 90 meters in an average of 57.8 minutes per game. Abdelmonem played all 80 minutes of the final three matches of the season.” In 2019 he played 518 minutes in 10 matches, scored 2 tries, carried 25 times for…

Rugby United New York re-signed Hanco Germishuys for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old back-row (24 in August) is 6’2″, and 230 lbs. Hanco joined RUNY before week three in 2020 and placed one match as a reserve before starting the final two matches of the truncated season. Hanco played 301 minutes in five matches for the Raptors in 2019. He carried 69 times for 525 meters, made 54 tackles, and had 3 lineout takes with one steal. He also had 2 linebreaks, 8 tackle breaks, and made 2 offloads. Hanco was born in Kimberly, Northern Cape, South…

Old Glory DC will have Fijian Apisai Naikatini for the 2021 Major League Rugby season, his second since signing a two-year contract ahead of the 2020 season. The 35-year-old lock (36 in April) is 6’5″and 260 lbs. Api started three matches and played 170 minutes during the truncated 2020 inaugural Old Glory DC season. During 2019, he played for the Seattle Seawolves. He appeared in 16 of the team’s 18 matches, including the 2019 MLR Championship. He played for 821 minutes, has 121 ball carries while carrying for 544 meters. He scored 1 try and had 14 lineout takes. Api…

Rugby United New York re-signed Harry Bennett for the 2021 season. The 30-year-old flyhalf/fullback (31 in March) is 5’10” and 190 lbs. Harry played in all five matches during the 2020 season as a key reserve. In 2019 he played in 279 minutes in 9 matches, made 3 penalty goals, and kicked 15 times for 479 meters. He also carried 10 times for 50 meters, made 47 passes, and 26 tackles. He started for RUNY’s first exhibition match against the Ontario Arrows in 2018, but an injury sustained during the match curtailed the rest of his season. Following the 2019…

Dallas Jackals Release The Dallas Jackals are proud to announce Scott Sonju as President of the organization. Sonju brings the Jackals extensive sports industry leadership experience, including his role as longtime President and General Manager of the Frisco RoughRiders (Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers). During Sonju’s 13 years leading the RoughRiders, the club was named “Organization of the Year” twice and received Baseball America’s top accolade, the Bob Freitas Award. Known as one of the most successful teams in minor league baseball history, the RoughRiders led all 30 double-A teams in attendance every year of Sonju’s tenure. Sonju graduated from Texas A&M…

The New England Free Jacks signed Lubabalo ‘Tera’ Mtembuthrough the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old No.8/flanker (30 in December) is 6’2″ and 245 lbs. Tera was born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He attended Dale College Boys’ High School in Kings Williams Town and was the 1st team rugby captain in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 he was the Craven Week 1st team selection and is listed at No.8 on the Border Craven Week Team of the Decade from 2004-2013. Tera played youth rugby for the Border Bulldogs in 2008-2009 before moving to the Sharks in…

HPM Group, LLC Release A new catalyst has just been introduced to the MLR experiment. The “High Performance Management Group, LLC” agency (or, “HPM Group,”) was launched by partners Matthew Hughston, Anthony Parry, and Ryan Murphy on Friday, July 17th, 2020. Hughston, Parry, and Murphy (HPM Group) have a focused mission of advancing the MLR — and the standard of American rugby, by prioritizing the development of the “entire” athlete. In addition to negotiating contracts and winning endorsements for their clients, the HMP crew offers a suite of holistic resources including diet and training programs, budget and finance advice, mental…

The Houston SaberCats signed Tiaan Strauss Erasmus through the Major League Rugby 2022 season. The 24-year-old hooker (25 in March) is 6’1″ and 230 lbs. Tiaan played in all five matches for the Austin Gilgronis in 2020. He started the first three and came off the bench for the other two. He played 637 minutes in 15 matches in the 2019 season. He scored one try, carried 51 times for 282 meters, made one kick for 50 meters, and made 81 tackles. Tiaan is from Pretoria, South Africa and lived in Bloemfontein, prior to moving to Austin, Texas to join…

Rugby United New York signed Samuela Tawake for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old tighthead prop (24 in September) is 6’0″ (1m83) and 265 lbs (120 kg). Samu is from Suva, Fiji.  He attended Marist Brother High school in 2013 and was the rugby captain of the 1st XV.  The following year he attended Christ’s College, Canterbury, New Zealand, and was also the 1st XV captain. In 2016 he attended Ara Institute of Canterbury. Samu played rugby for the Fiji U20s during the 2013-2014 season and played in three matches at the IRB Junior World Championship. He was…

Old Glory DC re-signed Jack Iscaro for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old hooker/prop is 6’1″ and 255 lbs. Jack was injured during the 2020 pre-season and did not play during the regular-season for Old Glory. Following the 2019 exhibition season in which the team gained wins over the USA Rugby South Panthers and the Ontario Blues, Jack signed a training contract with the Glasgow Warriors and was in Scotland through December. This assignment was an early example of the advantages of Old Glory partnering with one of its investors, the Scottish Rugby Union, owner of the Glasgow…

The Austin Gilgronis will have Kurt Morath back for the 2021 Major League Rugby season, according to the team’s extension announcement for Will Magie, as “Magie returns to Austin to compete in a deep playmaker unit with Kurt Morath and Zinzan Elan-Puttick.” The 35-year-old flyhalf (36 in November) is 5’11” and 200 lbs. Kurt started one match with the Austin Gilgronis prior to the truncated season ending in 2020. He then stayed in Austin with his family. He also played in the inaugural MLR season with the Utah Warriors in 2018. Kurt was born in North Shore City, New Zealand,…

Austin Gilgronis re-signed Will Magie through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old Magie flyhalf/fullback (29 in February) is 6’0″ and 190 lbs. Magie converted two penalty goals for the Gilgronis on his debut to beat the Lone Star state-rival Houston Sabercats in the Inaguaral Texas Cup. He signed with Austin in March and joined the squad 8 days ahead of the Texas Cup. He entered the pitch in the 53rd minute as an injury substitute for Tongan-international flyhalf, Kurt Morath, who was also making his debut with the team. Magie drilled a tough conversion and sideline penalty goal…

Rugby United New York re-signed James Rochford for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old prop (28 in November) is 6’3″, and 270 lbs. James started for the RUNY in their final three matches, after missing the first two due to the birth of his first child. His inclusion immediately paid dividends for the team as an anchor in the front row. James was one of the leading props in MLR in 2019. He played 1042 minutes while playing in all 17 matches. He often switched from loosehead to tighthead prop based on the team’s need during the match.…

1 2 3 4 5 124