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 Seattle Seawolves have re-signed Andrew Durutalo for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old back row is 6’1″ and 240 lbs. Drew started one match against Old Glory DC in 2020 with an injury curtailing the rest of the COVID-19 shortened season. Since the season ended, he enrolled at the University of Oxford in an EMBA program that he expects to complete in 2021. Andrew Mataininotu Van Slyke Mataininotu Durutalo was born in New York City and moved with his family to Suva, Fiji. He graduated in 2007 from Suva Grammar Secondary School and after graduation went to…

LA Giltinis Release Highly regarded Rugby Coach and Operation Manager Kevin Battle has joined the LA Giltinis as a key figure who will smooth the club’s entry to Major League Rugby. Today’s announcement is a huge plus for the go-ahead club because Battle brings on board the vast experience of two decades across just about every level of American rugby. Battle, 46, will take the role of Giltinis Rugby Operations manager which will include the Team Manager duties he filled for the USA Eagles at the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. Battle is another powerful investment in Californian rugby talent…

The Seattle Seawolves re-signed Mike Shepherd for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old hooker is 6’1″ and 255 lbs. Mike played in four matches, starting twice, during the truncated 2020 MLR season. Mike played well to begin the 2019 season before an injury derailed his season. In the four matches he played, he made the most of his 64 minutes of playing time, carrying six times for 20 meters and making six tackles. Mike also helped the team win the 2018 MLR Championship, playing 137 minutes in five matches, and played with the Seattle Saracens in the BC…

The LA Giltinis signed Visesioparapa Leasi for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old wing (24 in February) is 6’2″ and 243 lbs. Visesio was born in Ili’ili in American Samoa before moving with his family to Samoa. He attended Church College Vaiola – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and in 2015 played for Samoan Schools against the Australian Barbarians, and Samoa’s bronze medal-winning Youth Commonwealth Games team in rugby sevens. He was a non-traveling reserve for the Samoa U20s in 2016. He also played volleyball in school. Visesio played for Belmont Shore Sevens in 2018 at…

LA Giltinis signed Charlie Abel for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old tighthead prop  (29 in January) is 5’11” and 260 lbs. He previously has played hooker and loosehead prop. Charlie attended St Edmunds College – Canberra where he played rugby.  He comes from a rugby family, whose brothers and cousins played with the Easts in 2016. His father also was a team manager with the ACT Brumbies. In 2016/2017 Charlie played in France with CS Beaune. In 2017/2018 he played with the Manly Marlins in the NSW Shute Shield, in 2018/2019 with NSW Country Eagles in the…

The LA Giltinis signed Luca Tani for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old lock is 6’4″ and 240 lbs. Luca joined the Austin Gilgronis from San Francisco Golden Gate during the 2020 MLR season and played in the final three matches as a reserve. In November he played with the Miami Sun at the World Tens Series in Bermuda. Luca is from Santa Cruz, California, and attended Monta Vista High School. He wrestled in middle school and was on the swimming and water polo teams in high school. Recently he was attending Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz to…

Austin Gilgronis signed Sidney Shoop for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 20-year-old scrumhalf (21 in April) is 5’7″ and 165 lbs. The Indiana native attended AC Reynolds High School in Asheville, North Carolina where he played football. He also traveled an hour to play rugby with South Greenville RFC in South Carolina. In 2017 he toured Northern Ireland with the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy, after attending one of their training camps. The following year, he attended a second EIRA camp. He also attended a rugby camp at Furman University while playing with the Chapel Hill Highlanders. In 2018…

The LA Giltinis signed Angus Cottrell for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old back-row is 6’3″ and 240 lbs. Angus was born in Brisbane, Australia, and comes from a rugby family. His grandfather Nev has 14 caps for the Wallabies and captained the team twice against the British and Irish Lions in 1950. His father Nev Cottrell Jr., played representative rugby for Queensland in the late 1970s. Angus attended Brisbane Boys’ College from 2000-2007 and has furthered his education through Deakin University from 2017-2020, earning a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor’s Degree in Property and Real Estate.…

The Seattle Seawolves re-signed Suliasi “Suli” Tamaivena for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old wing (28 in June) is 6’0″ and 230 lbs. He joins twin brother Siti, who has also re-signed with the team. Suli played in two matches as a reserve during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season. Suli is from Lautoka, Fiji, but grew up in Renton, Washington. His father Levi played for the Fiji Sevens from 1991-1999. His immediate close-knit family also included his mother Sera, and sisters Finau, Maggie, and Filly. After initially attending Maryville Pitchuck High School, in Maryville, Washington, Suli, and Siti…

The Houston SaberCats re-signed Uruguay National Team Lock/Flanker for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old all-time Uruguay cap leader has 94 test appearances is 6’2″ and 231 lbs. He will be 32 in April. Diego, the team’s vice-captain, started four matches in 2020, with three of them at openside flanker and one at No. 8. He played for Uruguay in the 2020 Sudamerica Rugby Nations Cup. In 2019 he played 741 minutes in 12 matches for the SaberCats. He carried 77 times for 339 meters, had 1 tackle break, 8 offloads, and made 96 tackles. He returns to…

The Houston SaberCats re-signed Jan Adriaan Booysen for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old back-row (25 in May) is 6’3″ and 240 lbs. Adriaan played in all five matches during the COVID-19 shortened season, starting four times at No.8. Adriaan is from Gobabis, Namibia, a city in the eastern portion of the country. He attended Privaatskool Etnatan in Stampriet, Namibia, and then studied law at the University of the Free State in South Africa. In 2016-2017, Adriaan played rugby with the Wanderers Rugby Club and since 2017 with the Welwitschias in the Supersport Rugby Challenge. Adriaan has seven…

Dallas Jackals Release Jackals Development Players are key to building rugby domestically. Training full time with the Jackals and placement with local clubs to gain game experience, the Developmental Players will have the opportunity to improve to MLR level of play as part of our high performance pathway. Ma’ake Muti Ma’ake was born and raised in Tonga, commonly called “The Friendly Islands.” Although Ma’ake did not play rugby in a team setting until college, he played friendly games with friends in school. In 2008, Ma’ake moved to Hawaii where he attended Leilehua High School and was a three-sport athlete in…

The New England Free Jacks signed Sef Fa’agase for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old tighthead/loosehead prop (30 in May) is 6’1″ and 256 lbs. Sef was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and moved with his family to Beaudesert, an hour south of Brisbane, Australia in 1994. He attended and played junior club rugby with Beaudesert Warriors between the ages of 12-15, and then rugby league briefly at Berrinda East State School. He then completed high school at Shailer Park High School. From 2010-2013 he played rugby with Wests Bulldogs in Queensland Premier Rugby and in 2012 joined…

Dallas Jackals Release The Dallas Jackals are proud to announce Dallas Rugby Football Club and Dallas Harlequins Rugby Football Club as Division 1 Affiliate Clubs. Dallas RFC and the Harlequins will play a key role in extending the performance pathway for domestic players. The Dallas Jackals and the two affiliate clubs share a common goal of increasing rugby awareness and participation in DFW. Together, the clubs aim to spread the core values of rugby and support the local rugby community. Since developing domestic talent is key to the growth of the sport and Major League Rugby, the affiliation will help…

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