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.

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of second row player Jackson Slater a Houston native and alumni of the The Woodlands High School, where he played for Woodlands Youth Rugby Club rugby and is a graduate of Baylor University and now plays his rugby for Lone Star Rugby Club under former Wasps player and now Lone Star Coach Phil Beck who has a keen eye for identifying and developing young players. “I would like to thank Coach Fitzpatrick for the opportunity to play for the Strikers. I’m looking forward to the promising competition that Major…

June 16, 2017 Nate Osborne To Coach New Orleans Gold Photo: New Orleans Gold of Nate Osborne Doug Coil New Orleans Gold has named Nate Osborne Head Coach for their inaugural Major League Rugby season. Nate, originally from Australia, has made an impact on USA Rugby, having coached Metropolis RFC in Minnesota for many years. His lead the team to being a force in the Midwest, in the Gold Cup and nationally. Nate was also an assistant coach for the Eagles during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Nate’s leadership will be important for New Orleans Gold to develop a quality…

June 16, 2017 Mike Ford Named as Director of Rugby for Dallas Griffins Photo: Courtesy of Dallas Griffins of Mike Ford Dallas Griffins Release MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY ATTRACTS MAJOR LEAGUE COACHING In a bold statement of things to come in Major League Rugby, Dallas Griffins have secured the services of one of the world’s most respected rugby coaches. The former Head Coach of Toulon, Bath Rugby and Saracens and a Defensive Coach for England, Ireland and the British & Irish Lions, Mike has worked closely with some of the sport’s most successful players in club and international rugby. The English…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Northern Irish Tight Head Prop Adam Macklin a product of the Ulster Rugby Official and Irish Rugby pathway having come through the famous Methodist College Belfast Rugby program has produced multiple Ulster and Irish rugby players over its long and storied history. Adam comes to the Strikers with experience in the PRO12 Rugby, European Cup, and the English Championship with Irish Provence Ulster and Rotherham Titans. Adam said, “I am delighted to sign with the Houston Strikers and look forward to being reunited with Justin. I got on…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce Charlie Hewitt, a lock, will be joining us. Charlie is a product of Aviva Premiership side Worcester Warriors in England. He has represented England at age grade levels and has played for the Warriors in the Aviva Premiership, Anglo-Welsh & European Rugby Challenge Cup competitions. Charlie played for London Scottish FC in the English Championship and in the British Irish Cup. Charlie says: “I’m really looking forward to coming to America and joining the Strikers. I’ve been in the English rugby setup most of my life and after talking at length…

May 4, 2017 Major League Rugby to launch in Spring 2018 Major League Rugby Release: May 4, 2017 Salt Lake City UT: Beginning in 2018, Major League Rugby (MLR) will launch as a new professional rugby competition in North America. MLR will be the premier rugby competition in the United States. By drawing on the best domestic talent MLR will create an intense, fast paced competition and a top-tier media product. MLR will introduce rugby to the American sports mainstream, provide a focal point for millions of existing fans and bring even more new supporters to the game. MLR will…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is proud to announce Matt Trouville is joining the team as our inaugural Academy Director. Matt, a USA Rugby Eagle and World Cup player, will be responsible for extensive Strikers’ youth outreach programs. These include: Rookie Rugby, four Strikers’ supported high school teams, “young players with promise” talent identification scheme, and Strikers own academy and U/20 teams. Strikers Head Coach, Justin Fitzpatrick said: “Matt brings a wealth of talent and experience, not only as a respected international player, but also as a prominent member of the Atavus Rugby USA Rugby Academy and National Development Academies.…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is delighted to announce Sam Windsor will be joining us as Flyhalf and Backs coach. Sam is a product of the famous ACT Brumbies Rugby Academy in Australia. He has played for Ulster Rugby Official in the PRO12 Rugby competition and for English Aviva Premiership team Worcester Warriors. Sam says: “I’m excited about my role with such an ambitious team and look forward to helping to build an environment which will produce long-term success. Their planned facilities will be on a par with, if not better than, many professional teams in Europe and in the…

Strikers Rugby Strikers Rugby will be part of Major League Rugby next season. They announced last night that Justin Fitzpatrick, who is currently Director of Rugby for the Seattle Saracens, will become the new head coach of the team. The Seattle Saracens are also joining MLR. Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is proud to welcome Justin Fitzpatrick as their Head Coach. Justin commenced his professional playing career at London-Irish (1994-1998). In 1998, he joined Ulster Rugby Official where he helped them to be the first Irish team to win the prestigious European Cup. In the same year, Justin was selected…

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