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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.

Strikers Rugby Release Please welcome Chris Parker to the Strikers Rugby team! Parker is a product of the Katy Barbarians Rugby Club HS program and has previously played for both Houston Athletic Rugby Club – HARC & the Austin Blacks and is a Texas A&M Rugby Alumni. He has also represented the Collegiate All Americans & USA Rugby U-19 teams. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie Hewitt – Lock Jake Turnbull – Prop Adam Macklin – Tighthead Prop Jackson Slater – Lock Kyle Sumsion – Flanker…

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Strikers Rugby Release Please welcome Josua Vici to the Strikers Rugby team! Josua is a FIJI RUGBY 7s player who has played multiple tournaments in the World Rugby Sevens Series under fellow Striker and Fijian 7s captain, Osea Kolinisau. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie Hewitt – Lock Jake Turnbull – Prop Adam Macklin – Tighthead Prop Jackson Slater – Lock Kyle Sumsion – Flanker Christopher Slater –Wing Cody Jones – Prop Diego Armando Maquieira – Hooker Pagopagohokma Taeaomua Haini – Backrow Zach Pangelinan – Fullback…

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Austin Elite Rugby – Emma Powell Marketing Content Manager  Austin Elite Rugby Release Please welcome Emma Powell to the AER team as marketing content manager. Emma will be one of the faces behind the AER social media accounts, and you can contact her directly with marketing needs through FB messenger or epowell@austineliterugby.com With a background in graphic design, photography, and most recently marketing for Challenger Sports British Soccer, she earned a BS from BYU-Idaho in entrepreneurial management and marketing graphic design with 10+ years of owning her own photography business. Emma started playing rugby in 1993 as the first…

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Strikers Rugby Release The Strikers Rugby second combine impressed the coaches. Andres Diaz is the sixth player signed by the approximately 70 plus athletes that attended. Andres attended St. Thomas High School and Texas A&M University. He was a Texas Selects player and Junior All-American. Diaz is a former Houston Athletic Rugby Club – HARC player. Other players signed following the second combine include Willie Perry-Jackson, Kieran Farmer, Conor Mills, LaThaddeus Hill Jr., and Colton Pederson. Coaches Justin Fitzpatrick, Sam Windsor and Matt Trouville have been hard at work building a talented team that hopes to contend when the 2018…

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Strikers Rugby Release Kieran Farmer has joined the Strikers Rugby team after participating in the second combine on August 19. Kieran currently plays for Woodlands Youth Rugby Club, winners of this season’s Rugby Texas HS Championship. Farmer learned to play rugby with the Azerbaijan Tisa Titans from 2006-2011. He attended The Woodlands High School and was on the Varsity Track team 2015-2016. Farmer played for Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby in New Zealand this Summer. He is a flyhalf. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie Hewitt…

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Strikers Rugby Release Conor Mills is the third player to join the Strikers Rugby team after their second Combine. Conor currently plays for Lone Star Rugby Club. Mills went to St. Thomas High School and received representative honors as the USA All American U17, U18, and U20. Conor previously played for Houston Athletic Rugby Club – HARC and The Woodlands Rugby Club. His position is at flyhalf. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie Hewitt – Lock Jake Turnbull – Prop Adam Macklin – Tighthead Prop Jackson…

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Strikers Rugby Release LaThaddeus Hill Jr has joined the Strikers Rugby team as a wing. Hill is a current player with The Woodlands Rugby Club and attended Prairie View A&M University and Tarleton State University. He played football through college and played semi-pro football for the Galveston County Monarchs 2015-2017. Hill has been the #1 ranked Running Back in the Texas semi-pro league for the last two seasons. His father, LaThaddeus Hill Sr, was a USA Rugby Eagle. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie Hewitt –…

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Austin Elite Rugby & Rick Medina Austin Elite Rugby Release Rick Medina has joined the Austin Elite Rugby team as Corporate Sales Manager. Rick Medina has been a part of USA and International Rugby community for close to 30 years. A lifetime member of The Austin Blacks, Rick also played representative rugby for The Texas Rugby Union and Spanish Rugby Federation. Rick brings a wealth of experience to the commercial team, having spent 10 years selling advertising and promotions for The Flagship station of The University of Texas at Austin Athletic Program, and them General Manager of ESPN Austin, while…

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Strikers Rugby Release Colton Pederson has joined Strikers Rugby after the combine last weekend. He played for both Lone Star Rugby and the Woodlands. He is a backrow player. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie Hewitt – Lock Jake Turnbull – Prop Adam Macklin – Tighthead Prop Jackson Slater – Lock Kyle Sumsion – Flanker Christopher Slater –Wing Cody Jones – Prop Diego Armando Maquieira – Hooker Pagopagohokma Taeaomua Haini – Backrow Zach Pangelinan – Fullback Oscar Kolinisau – Center Estevan Florez – Prop Johnny Marcel…

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August 15, 2017 Austin Elite Rugby joins Major League Rugby Austin Elite Rugby Release Austin, TX – Elite Rugby Management LLC (ERM) is excited to announce the launch of Austin Elite Rugby for the 2018 inaugural Major League Rugby season. Elite Rugby Management has been created by the owners of Huns Rugby Management, Christopher Bugge, Richard Osborn, Thierry Daupin, and former USA Eagles Captain Todd Clever; ERM is pleased to welcome Austinite Christophe Lavigne to the list of owners. Austin Elite Rugby will be based in the City of Austin with the team representing Central Texas. The core group of…

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August 15, 2017 Austin Huns Rugby Release: August 15, 2017 Effective immediately, the Austin Huns Rugby Football Club (HRFC) and the organization formerly known as Huns Rugby Management (HRM) will cease all partnerships in regard to general rugby operations. HRFC will continue to field teams in Men’s USA Rugby XVs Divisions 1,2 and 3 as well as Club 7s and Huns Youth Rugby. The Austin Huns RFC will not be participating in the newly formed Major League Rugby (MLR) conference. The newly branded Elite Rugby Management (formerly HRM) has opted to create its own team/brand, Austin Elite Rugby (AER), and…

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Strikers Rugby Release Please welcome Malacchi Esdale to the Strikers Rugby team! Malacchi started rugby in high school with the Naples Bears Rugby Club. He went to ASA Junior College Football before going to play Safety for the University of Miami and University of Central Florida football teams. Malacchi kept up his love for rugby with the Orlando Griffins, as a center. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie Hewitt – Lock Jake Turnbull – Prop Adam Macklin – Tighthead Prop Jackson Slater – Lock Kyle Sumsion…

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August 8, 2017 NOLA Gold Name Todd Fitzgerald Assistant Head Coach NOLA GOLD Release NOLA Gold is proud to officially announce Todd Fitzgerald as our assistant Head Coach/ assistant General Manager. Todd, a New Orleanian, is a 1992 graduate of New Orleans Jesuit High School, a 1996 graduate of the University of Miami and later Life University Chiropractic school after that. Todd has been a player, coach and evaluator for New Orleans Rugby Football Club for the past 20 seasons, and will be a valuable contributor to NOLA GOLD. New Orleans Gold Rugby Club  Nate Osborne – Head Coach Todd…

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Strikers Rugby Release The Strikers Rugby have added a local player, Craig Whitlock to the team. Craig currently plays for the Houston Athletic Club at back row and spent three years in South Africa playing for Nelspruit Rugby Klub – Reünie. The Strikers have been very active since they signed their head coach Justin Fitzpatrick. Their coaching staff is in place and they have been active in the community launching their Academy, visiting clubs, and schools, and they will hold their second combine on August 19. When the 2018 major League Rugby season begins, the team will be prepared and…

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