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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.

Houston SaberCats 2019 Major League Rugby Roster The Houston SaberCats announced that the team has re-signed flanker Cecil Garber IV for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 25 years old, 6’1″ tall, and weighs 225 pounds. Garber is from Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduated from First Colonial High School. While there, he had three Varsity letters in football and also played basketball. During his Junior year, he was named to the All-Conference team as an Honorable Mention and made the Second Team list his Senior year. After graduating in 2011, he attended Campbell University where he was involved…

Rugby United New York 2019 Major League Rugby Roster Dylan Fawsitt, a 28-year-old U.S. national team hooker from Wexford, Ireland, has signed with Rugby United New York for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Fawsitt has had an extensive rugby career that began age 7 for the Greystones RFC in Ireland. He played there from 1997 through 2012, being on the first side the last three years. He went to Blackrock College from 2004-2009 and in the final year, the rugby team won the Leinster Schools Senior Cup. Fawsitt then earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sports Science and…

Ontario Arrows – Glendale Raptors The Ontario Arrows went into the match against the Glendale Raptors with head coach Chris Silverthorn selecting a squad that included eight Canadian internationals and four Canada Sevens internationals. For the Arrows, it was important to gain a win and to show that the team could be a contender for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The Glendale Raptors took a different approach to the match. The Fall exhibition season is designed to provide opportunities for many newer and Academy players to demonstrate that they should be part of the 2019 Raptors squad. Both teams…

Ontario Arrows – Glendale Raptors The Ontario Arrows enjoyed a successful 2018 Major League Rugby exhibition season with a 3-1-1 record prior to extending their season with two losses to the Canadian Selects in May. The Arrows are expected to be one of nine teams for the 2019 MLR season. The Arrows will face the Glendale Raptors, winners of the 2018 MLR regular season title and who finished in second place to the Seattle Seawolves in the Championship. The match is being held on September 16, 2018, at York Lions Stadium. Kickoff is a 1 pm and tickets are still…

Rugby United New York 2019 Rugby United New York has re-signed USA Eagle 440 SeamusKelly for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He also played for RUNY during their 2018 MLR exhibition season. Kelly joins Ben Foden (Northampton Saints) and Cathal Marsh (Leinster) on the team. Kelly began playing both football and rugby while at Xavier High School from 2006-2009.  His Senior year, he was the MVP of the team in football and captain of the rugby team. Upon graduation from Xavier High School, he attended the University of California, Berkeley from 2009-2014, graduating with a B.A. in Political Economy.…

Rugby United New York Adds Cathal Marsh Rugby United New York Release – New York, September 5, 2018. New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, Rugby United New York, is pleased to announce the signing of Irish fly-half Cathal Marsh. Marsh had been with Leinster, of the Pro14 competition, since 2013 before deciding to transition into Major League Rugby. The former U-20 Ireland international brings a strong resume to New York, having played for St. Michael’s and St. Mary’s rugby teams. Cathal’s creativity on the field caught the eye of the Leinster coaching staff, and the fly-half was brought into…

Michael Macri – Director Athletic Performance Austin Elite Rugby Release AUSTIN, TX- Elite Rugby Management is proud to announce the appointment of Michael Macri as Director of Athletic Performance.“Macri will oversee player welfare plans, with the rest of our team management, ensuring the health, well-being and fitness development of players along with HIA and major injury protocols” Quoted Alain Hyardet, Head Coach Prior to joining Austin Elite Rugby, Macri served as an Athletic Performance Coach at Baylor University working with Football and Track & Field for the 2017/18 season. Macri also spent time at Sparta Science as a Strength and…

Rugby United New York Release NEW YORK (August 23, 2018)- Rugby United New York, New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, concludes their Development Camp and Combine series this week in Cranford, New Jersey. Rugby United New York previously held development camps and combines in Buffalo and Pelham, NY. RUNY has teamed up with Atavus and the Empire Geographical Rugby Union for these events. The camps are serving multiple purposes. On one hand, the coaches are there to scout talent, identifying athletes that could potentially make a Rugby United New York Roster in the future. Each athlete goes through a…

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY & THE LIGUE NATIONALE DE RUGBY MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY AND THE LIGUE NATIONALE DE RUGBY ENTER STRATEGIC NEGOTIATIONS MMajor League Rugby and The Ligue Nationale De Rugby Release The French Rugby League, Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR), organizer and manager of the French TOP 14 and PRO D2 professional rugby championships and Major League Rugby (MLR), organizer of the US rugby championship, have agreed to enter into a negotiation period to explore potential areas of strategic collaboration between the two leagues. Both institutions recognize the potential of an international partnership to spark growth, drive value for each…

Rugby United New York Release NEW YORK (August 20, 2018)- Rugby United New York is excited to announce the signing of Forwards Coach Kees Lensing for the 2019 Major League Rugby Season. Lensing, born in Namibia, spent the past three seasons as the Forwards Coach with the Japanese Top League’s Cannon Eagles. Lensing started his playing career in 1999 with the Northern Free State Griffons, in South Africa. In 2002, he made his debut for the Namibian national team, and was the first choice loose-head prop in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Lensing then moved to the Blue Bulls in…

Rugby United New York – Mike Tolkin Rugby United New York Release NEW YORK (August 6, 2018)- Rugby United New York, New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, is excited to announce that Mike Tolkin has been appointed Head Coach of the organization, after successfully leading the team throughout the 2018 exhibition season. Tolkin graduated Xavier High School, Manhattan, in 1985, before attending St. John’s University. Upon college graduation, Tolkin returned to Xavier as an English teacher and a coach for the rugby program. In 25 years as the Head Coach, Tolkin guided the team to 3 High School National…

RUNY Release NEW YORK (July 26, 2018)- Rugby United New York, New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, has signed English rugby star Ben Foden for the 2019 Major League Rugby season, the team announced today. Foden started his career in 2004 with the Gallagher Premiership’s Sale Sharks. Foden made the move to the Northampton Saints in 2008 and has spent the last 10 seasons with the club. Over that time, he made over 250 appearances across all competitions, while finding the try zone 59 times. The 33-year-old earned 34 caps for the England national team between 2009 and 2013,…

Major League Rugby & Ontario Arrows Ontario Arrows Release (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Arrows Rugby Club, in the wake of their successful seven-game 2018 exhibition season, have announced that they have secured the exclusive negotiating rights for an Ontario-based Major League Rugby team and intend to enter and compete in MLR in 2019, subject to agreement on key terms and conditions of entry. The Arrows would join the teams that have battled through the league’s 2018 inaugural season, which culminated in the Seattle Seawolves’ thrilling victory over the Glendale Raptors in the MLR Championship on Saturday, July 7 in…

LA Coast Rugby Release JULY 10, 2018 LA Coast Rugby today announced it has secured exclusive negotiating rights for the first Major League Rugby team (MLR) in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. The team will make its debut during the 2019 season. Rugby has rapidly gained popularity in the US. In recent years, it has actually claimed the title as the fastest growing sport in America. More than 100,000 players are registered with USA Rugby, and there are nearly 800 college teams. The City of Los Angeles has over 4 million locals and the metropolitan area has almost 19 million.…

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