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.

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…

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…

August 5, 2017 Dallas Griffins Add Jon Mills as Player/Coach Dallas Griffins Release: Kyle Palm Mike Ford has added to his coaching team in Dallas with the recruitment of Jon Mills as a player/coach from the Premiership’s Sale Sharks. Mills has spent the last 5 years playing at England’s highest level while developing as a coach through the RFU. A versatile and powerful player, 6’ 5” Mills is comfortable at lock or back row and with over 100 Premiership appearances under his belt, will be a much-needed influence around which Ford is building his new team. At 33, Mills is…

Strikers Rugby Release Cecil Garber IV has joined the Strikers Rugby team. Cecil previously played for the Norfolk Blues Rugby in Virginia Beach, the Seattle Saracens, and the San Diego Breakers and is part of the Bulldog Rugby 7s program going to the USA Rugby Club 7s National Finals this month. He also is a USA Rugby Selects player at flanker. 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 –…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby has added their first player from the July 15 combine. Johnny Marcel Harrison plays wing for the Lone Star Rugby Club and for Sam Houston State University, where he is a student. Johnny went to Mildred HS where he played basketball, football and ran track. Johnny was a successful Combine participant and is now the newest member of our team. The Houston Strikers next combine is on August 19 and additional players could be signed as a result. Sign up for the next combine here: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/71008 Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is happy to announce the signing of Estevan Florez, former Navy Rugby, and current Life University player at prop. He won the USA Rugby D1 College Championship last year with the Life team and is a three-time winner of the All-Conference (Mid South D1A). Estevan is a Prop from El Paso and went to high school at Gadsden High in Anthony, New Mexico. 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…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Oscar Kolinisau, Fiji Rugby 7s player and captain who famously lead the Fijian national team to glory at the Rio Olympics where they won Gold. Alongside leading Fiji to Olympic glory Osea has won multiple HSBC Sevens World Series Championships over his playing career. Osea said, ‘I’m thankful to the Lord and the Strikers management for this exciting opportunity to be a part of the Houston Strikers Rugby family. I’m looking forward to the new challenge. Fijian Olympic Coach Ben Ryan said, ‘Osea is one of the finest…

July 22, 2017 Dean Howes New Rugby Utah Venures Chair Rugby Utah Ventures Release July 22, 2017 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Rugby Utah Ventures (RUV), the state’s officially recognized Geographic Rugby Organization, announced changes to its leadership team this week. Departing Rugby Utah’s front office will be co-founder and Chairman Ken Rivera who is leaving to pursue other business interests. RUV Vice-Chairman Dean Howes will step in to assume Chairman role on an interim basis at the same time that the RUV management prepares for the launch of its Major League Rugby (MLR) team set to kick off…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Zach Pangelinan a USA Rugby Eagle. Zach has been a stalwart of a successful OMBAC Rugby team for many seasons, including last season when they won the California Cup. More recently he has been playing for Randwick Rugby Club in the prestigious Australia Shute Shield. Zach is a fullback and a wing. “Thank you to the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play some competitive rugby. I am very excited to make the move to Houston and represent the Strikers in their inaugural season. I can’t…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Pagopagohokma Taeaomua Haini. Pago is an explosive back row forward and capped USA Rugby Eagle 7s player. Pago is a product of the Marist St Pats Rugby Football Club in New Zealand but has more recently been playing for the Santa Monica Rugby Club Dolphins in Southern California. “I am very excited to be joining the Strikers and am looking forward to the challenge ahead.” Coach Fitzpatrick said, “Pago is a powerful ball-carrying back row player who came to my attention via Grant A Cole of This Is…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Diego Armando Maquieira, an Alumni of Northeastern Men’s Rugby. More recently Diego has been playing for Mystic River Rugby Club where he was a prominent member of the 2016 USA Club Rugby Division 1 National Championship winning team. “I would like to thank Coach Fitzpatrick and the Strikers Rugby organization for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love at the next level. I’m excited to learn from new coaches, meet new teammates, move to the city of Houston, and be a part of something new…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Codi Jones, alumni of California State University Maritime Academy – Cal Maritime. More recently Codi has been playing prop in Australia in the prestigious Shute Shield competition for Randwick Rugby Club “The Galloping Greens”. “I am thrilled to be joining this elite program with the coaching staff and training facilities to back it. I would like to thank Coach Fitzpatrick and everyone at the Strikers organization for this opportunity. I look forward to giving this team my very best.” Coach Fitzpatrick said, “Codi is talented young American prop…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Houston native Christopher Slater. Chris is an Alumni of Cypress Ridge High School and Sam Houston State University where he played Corner Defensive Back for the #Bearkats. More recently Chris has been playing rugby in Canada in the prestigious BC Rugby Premier League for one of North Americas top rugby programs: James Bay Athletic Association where he played wing. “I am thankful to have the opportunity to represent the strikers in the upcoming Major League Rugby season and blessed to be lucky enough to play in my home…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of back row player Kyle Sumsion. Kyle is a former BYU Rugby captain, Collegiate All American and USA Rugby Eagle he is completing his MBA at Lindenwood University-Belleville Campus where he helped coach the Lindenwood University – Belleville Rugby program. “I am honored and thrilled to join the Houston Strikers organization and take part in the inaugural Major League Rugby season. I am grateful to coach Fitzpatrick, the Strikers ownership and everyone involved with the team for letting me continue to play the game I love at a high…

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