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.

Seattle Seawolves & Kellen Gordon The Seattle Seawolves av signed three times national U.S. 7’s champion, Kellen Gordon at hooker. Gordon is 29 years old, is 6’0″ tall and weighs 250 pounds. Kellen Gordon was born in Kenmore, Washington and started playing rugby for Redmond Rugby Club at the age of 15 while at Inglemoor High School between 2004-2006. In high school, he also played varsity football and was an offensive and defensive lineman. Gordon then played for the Eastside Axemen and the Washington Loggers. After graduating high school, he attended Central Washington University from 2006-2011, graduating with a B.A.…

Houston SaberCats vs. Ontario Arrows The Houston SaberCats host the Ontario Arrows on March 3 at 7 pm CST at Constellation Field in Sugarland, Texas. This is the last home match of the pre-season, with away matches still against the New Orleans Gold and the San Diego Legion prior to their Major League Rugby season opener on April 21. An audio broadcast of the match is available on MixLr with Grant Cole and Brett Mills providing the commentary. The SaberCats record is 11-2, while the Ontario Arrows are playing their first 2018 season match. At a San Diego Legion Press Conference…

Utah Warriors Name Mark Numbers & Robert Randell Assistant Coaches Utah Warriors Release: Salt Lake City, UT (February 26, 2018) “Head Coach Alf Daniels and the Utah Warriors announce the appointment of Assistant Coaches Mark Numbers and Robert Randell. “This is historic for the US rugby scene as well as an exciting time for rugby in the state of Utah,” said Numbers. “I’ve been able to be a part of some great local rugby programs, but I am now thrilled to have an opportunity to be involved with a professional program and work with a Coach like Alf”. Mark Numbers…

Houston SaberCats vs. New Orleans Gold The Houston SaberCats hosted New Orleans Gold Rugby on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Constellation Field in Sugarland, Texas. This was the first match between Major League Rugby teams and will be a preview of the opening regular season match on April 21 between these teams. Both teams are still working on players implementing their system in preparation for the regular season. Pre-season round one went to the SaberCats, as they emerged with a 30-12 win. Grant Cole and Brett Mills provided the match commentary for on MixLr. With the win, the SaberCats record improved…

Houston SaberCats vs. New Orleans Gold The Houston SaberCats host New Orleans Gold Rugby on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 pm CST at Constellation Field in Sugarland, Texas. This will be the first match between Major League Rugby teams and will be a preview of the opening regular season match on April 21 between these teams. Last Saturday the Houston SaberCats defeated New York Athletic Club Rugby (NYAC) 39-38. The SaberCats took a 33-17 lead into the break and NYAC came back in the second half to make the match a thrilling one.  Grant Cole and Brett Mills continues to…

Seattle Seawolves & Taylor Krumrei The Seattle Seawolves signed University of Oregon graduate and Seattle Saracens lock, Taylor Krumrei. He is 6’5″ tall and weighs 245 pounds. Taylor Krumrei began playing rugby his senior year in high school for Lamorinda Rugby Club in Moraga, California. He attended Campolindo High School from 2006 until he graduated in 2010. He then went on to play in college at the University of Oregon from 2010 to 2014 where he graduated majoring in Human Physiology. After graduating, Krumrei moved to Seattle to play for the Seattle Saracens for the last two years with the…

Major League Rugby Assigns Pakisonasi Afu to Utah Warriors SALT LAKE CITY (22 February 2018) Utah Warriors Release. “Major League Rugby today announced the assignment of Paki Sonasi Afu to the Utah Warriors from Austin Elite Rugby for the 2018 Major League Rugby (MLR) season. Afu, a former Sydney Rooster’s National Rugby League standout, and Mate Ma’a Tonga representative has switched codes to Rugby Union and made a recent debut with Tonga A in 2017. The 6’3” and 250 lb utility back will bring professionalism and experience to the MLR. As part of the player re-allocation, Austin Elite Rugby have…

The San Diego Legion signed Eagle 516, Dylan Audsley at center. The 24-year-old Audsley is a recent St. Mary’s College graduate. He is 6′ tall and weighs 195 pounds. Audsley is from London, U.K. and was USA eligible due to his American mother.He went to high school in the U.S., first at Notre Dame High School from 2008 to 2010 before transferring to Chaparral High School in 2010 and graduating in 2012. He then attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California from 2013 through his graduation in 2017 as an Art History, Criticism, and Conservation major. He was a Junior…

The San Diego Legion will have Eagles XV & 7s player Mike Te’o on the team for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. He is 24 years old, 5’9″ tall, and weighs 205 pounds. Te’ois from Long Beach, California and graduated from Lon Branch Polytechnic in 2011. While there, he played football for two years and was the defensive captain. He then switched to rugby and has developed as a talented player quickly. Te’ohas played with Belmont Shore since 2012 and helped the team win the USA Club Nationals 15s D1 Championship in 2012. He also held them to…

Houston SaberCats vs. NYAC Rugby The Houston SaberCats defeated New York Athletic Club Rugby (NYAC) 39-38 on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Constellation Field in Sugarland, Texas. The match was a thrilling one executed at a fast pace. Grant Cole and Brett Mills provided both pre-match and match commentary for on MixLr and the broadcast is available on Mixlr. With the win the Houston SaberCats have a 10-2 record and will face New Orleans Gold in the first match between two Major League Rugby teams next Saturday at home. The match against NYAC was designated as First Responders Night with all…

The Houston SaberCats added Paul Mullen to the team in January 2018. Mullen is a 26 years old tighthead prop, is 6′ tall, and weighs 275 pounds. Mullen is from the Aran Islands, Galway, Ireland. He is USA eligible and has previously played for the USA under-20s in Tbilisi, Georgia at the Junior World Rugby Trophy. Mullen was introduced to rugby at age 13 at the Glenstal Abby School in County Limerick and played there from 2004 through 2009. He then went to The King’s Hospital School in Dublin from 2009-2010 and helped led the team to the Leinster Schools…

Houston SaberCats & Justin Allen The Houston SaberCats signed Justin Allen, a 6’11’, 250-pound lock, for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. Allen is from Saltmills, Wexford, Ireland, but has played for the USA Under-18s in 2013 in Argentina. He is USA Rugby qualified by his mother. Allen played youth rugby for the Wexford Wanderers, in Wexford, County Wexford for two years before moving and playing in Letterkenny in County Donegal for two seasons. For another two seasons, he was an age grade player for Ulster, playing for the under-15s, under-16s, and under-17s. He also played rugby for Portadown…

Houston SaberCats vs. NYAC Rugby The Houston SaberCats face New York Athletic Club Rugby (NYAC) on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Constellation Field in Sugarland, Texas. The match will kick off at 7 pm CST with Grant Cole and Brett Mills providing both pre-match and match commentary for on MixLr. The Houston SaberCats have a 9-2 record and defeated the Chicago Lions President’s XV last Saturday. This Saturday is designated as First Responders Night. All First Responders showing their ID at the box office will obtain a 20% discount on tickets. Tailgating starts at 3 pm in the stadium parking and…

Seattle Seawolves & Eagles 7s/15s player Peter Tiberio The Seattle Seawolves have signed Seattle Saracen and U.S. National 7’s team center, Peter Tiberio. He is 28 years old, 5’11” tall, and 180 pounds. Tiberio was born in Aurora, Illinois and graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School in Illinois. After graduating high school in 2007, he attended the University of Arizona, where he began playing rugby as a center during his Freshman year. He continued to develop his rugby talent through his graduation in 2011. In 2009 he achieved College All-American honors, touring in Texas and playing against the Texas Rugby…

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