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.

New Orleans Gold – Michael Baska The New Orleans Gold RugbyClub signed former Arkansas State University and Lindenwood University player, Michael Baska a fullback. Baska is from Overland, Kansas and is 6’1″ and 185 pounds. Baska attended Saint Thoms Aquinas Catholic High School from 2009-2012 and he earned varsity letters in football his last three years. Upon graduation from high school, he went to Arkansas State University from 2012-2015 and majored in Sports Management. In 2015 he transferred to Lindenwood University and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. New Orleans Gold Michael Baska & Rugby While…

New Orleans Gold – Nate Osborne The New Orleans Gold have released additional information on their head rugby coach Nate Osborne. In a Rugby World Cup article, From Australia to America With Love, Nate discusses his journey to the U.S. from Australia, the Rugby World Cup 2015 and USA Rugby. “Ten years ago Nate Osborne made the journey from Australia to the USA and fell in love twice, first with the woman who would become his wife, and second with coaching rugby.” “It’s been unreal,” said Osborne said, both of his route to RWC 2015 and the growth of rugby…

Seattle Seawolves – Brock Staller Seattle Seawolves Release: Seattle, November 3, 2017 The Seattle Seawolves and Head Coach Tony Healy are proud to announce the signing of 25-year-old Canadian Rugby star Brock Staller. “I am excited to compete with quality players in a high-performance environment. I look forward to engaging with the Seattle community to help grow the game and raise the profile of rugby in North America,” said the Canadian star. Brock knows there’s a big opportunity in front of him. Head Coach Tony Healy is also thrilled about Brock’s arrival. “Signing a player like Brock is just one…

Utah Warriors – Paul Lasike Utah Warriors Release: Salt Lake City, November 3, 2017 “The Utah Warriors and Head Coach Alf Daniels are excited to announce the signing of former BYU All-American and NFL Running Back Paul Lasike. “I’m really excited to get back to Utah and play for Coach Daniels at the Warriors. Growing up, it was always my dream to play rugby professionally, and I would never have guessed it could happen here in America,” said Lasike. “The combine last week really showed that there’s a lot of talent in Utah. I can’t wait to get to work…

New Orleans Gold Rugby Club – Holden Yungert The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Holden Yungert at scrumhalf for the 2018 Major League Rugby season.  Yungert is 24 years old, 5’10”, 185 pounds and is from Petaluma, California. Holden played youth soccer and began playing rugby his freshman year at Petaluma High School. He also played for the North Bay Rugby Club Wildcats and the Marin Highlanders Rugby Youth team. After graduating high school, he went to Saint Mary’s College of California from 2012 to 2017, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies. While there, he…

Houston SaberCats: Willie Perry-Jackson Updated article Nov. 2, 2017 Willie Perry-Jackson graduated from Westbury High School in Houston where he played football and ran track. Upon graduation from high school, he studied Mechanical Engineering at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. While at Lamar, he played rugby for the Lamar University Rugby Football Club. He later played rugby for the Seattle Saracens. Perry-Jackson is a former engineer with the United States Army. He also worked with Electronics and Communication Engineering at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Perry-Jackson attended the Houston SaberCats Combines this past Summer and was signed to a contract…

New Orleans Gold – Ryan Fitgerald, General Manager New Orleans Gold Release: Meet our general manager, Ryan Fitzgerald: Ryan Fitzgerald, a native of Wind Lake, Wisconsin, is a decorated rugby player, U.S. Marine, and professional football scout. In 2003, following a standout career at Muskego High School as a lock and back row player, Fitzgerald was selected to represent the United States u19 World Cup squad in France. Afterward, he took a four-year hiatus from rugby to serve his country with the U.S. Marines. From 2003 – 2007, Fitzgerald served two tours in Iraq with the Marines’ 3rd Battalion. He…

Austin Elite Rugby – Pakisonasi Afu Austin Elite Rugby Management Release: Nov. 1, 2017, Austin, TX Austin Elite Rugby Management announces the signing of Pakisonasi Afu in the midfield for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Paki is 6’3”, 250lbs, and 27 years old. He is a native of Auckland, New Zealand, where he graduated from Onehunga High School. He attended St. Paul’s College, and has played for a variety of clubs, namely the Tonga National Team, Sydney Roosters (NRL), Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (NRL), Parramatta Eels (NRL), Mate Ma’a Tonga, Junior Kiwis, St Paul’s College, Counties Manukau Rugby Union, Manurewa Rugby Union,…

Seattle Seawolves – Aladdin Schirmer The Seattle Seawolves announced the signing of USA Eagle 15s and 7s player Aladdin Schirmer. He is 24 years old, 6’3″, 225 pounds and is a back row player, who has been playing for the Seattle Saracens. Schirmer is from North Bend, Washington and began playing rugby with the Eastside Lions. He graduated high school from Mount Si in 2011, where he played football as a running back. Next for Schirmer was playing rugby at Central Washington University from 2011-2016. There he played both 15s and 7s and was the Central Washington University Male Student-Athlete…

New Orleans Gold – JP Eloff The New Orleans Gold signed Eagle XVs player JP Eloff to play in the inaugural Major League Rugby season which begins April 2018. Eloff is 26 years old and is 5’11” and weighs 188 pounds. He is a versatile player and has played flyhalf, fullback, and center. JP Eloff (Jean Pierre) is from Pretoria, South Africa. He graduated from HTS John Vorster in South Africa in 2010. Eloff’s family has an extensive rugby background with older brother Philip having played for the Eagles (#209) in the Rugby World Cup 2003 and 2007. According to…

Austin Elite Rugby – Antonio Winn Austin Elite Rugby Management announced the signing of Antonio Winn as a utility back for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. He is 26 years old, 6’1” and 195 lbs. Antonio began playing rugby at age 14 in South Bend, Indiana, while attending Marian High School. He played wing at Indiana University from 2011-2015 where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Informatics. Upon graduation, he moved to Austin, Texas where he is employed as an IT Operations Engineer for General Motors. Winn continued to play rugby in Austin with the Austin Blacks…

Austin Elite Rugby – Timothée Guillimin Austin Elite Rugby Management announced the signing of Timothée Guillimin as a utility back for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Guillimin joined the Austin Huns last year from France and signed a three-year contract.Tim has deep rugby background beginning from the age of 6. At only 21 years old, he has already played in the European Challenge Cup game with Agen, as well as the French National U18 and U16 teams. He joined the Austin Huns and helped take them to a national championship in 2016.Tim attended high schools College Capouchiné and Lycée…

New Orleans Gold – Tim Falcon New Orleans Gold Release: Meet our owner, Tim Falcon For Tim Falcon, rugby is a passion, a calling and a gift, one that has been a part of his life for more than 40 years; and one he’s passed on through his family and generations of young players. The journey continues on a new level with NOLA Gold. Tim first discovered rugby in college at Louisiana State University in 1978. He played as an undergraduate through law school and later built his law career and family in the West Bank community of New Orleans.…

Austin Elite Rugby – Allan Hanson Austin Elite Rugby Management announced the signing of Allan Hanson as a utility back for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Allan, age 23, is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri and grew up in Hudson, Ohio. He played rugby for four years at Hudson High School, earned varsity letters twice for football and wrestling and also played baseball. While at Hudson, He was a member of the Rugby Ohio High School 7s State Champions his senior year in 2012. Upon graduation, he went to Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia in 2012. While there, he…

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