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.

The Houston SaberCats will host Rugby United New York on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Constellation Field. Kickoff is at 7 pm CST (8 pm EST) with tickets still available. For those who can’t attend, the match may be viewed on the SaberCats Facebook page, on Kube, and on SNY. The SaberCats would like you to “Bring your furry mates 🐶🐱 to the match for Bark in the Park. The first 1000 through the gate receive a free Buffalo Specialties Sabercats pet food scooper! There will be pet-friendly vendors giving away treats, and a halftime performance by The Houston Canine…

The Houston SaberCats have added Chad Joseph to the team ahead of their match against Rugby United New York. Injuries and the Americas Rugby Championship have depleted their squad and the addition of the 30-year-old, 5’11”, and 205 lb back row will add another player that has played professionally. Chad is from Bunnythorpe, New Zealand and began playing rugby at age 4 with Bunnythorpe Rugby Football Club. He comes from a rugby family who are Hall of Fame members with the club. Chad attended Kings High School and Palmerston North Boys’ High School in New Zealand. He played rugby with…

NOLA Gold Rugby Club have added Kevin O’Connor to the squad ahead of the team’s match against the Utah Warriors. The 24-year-old back row and is 6’1″ and 220 lbs. Kevin is from San Mateo, California. He attended St. Ignatius College Prep from 2008-2012, playing football, basketball, and soccer. He then attended Saint Mary’s College of California from 2012-2017, earning a BBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance. He also played rugby at St Mary’s and was an Honorable Mention All-American in 2016 and a First Team All-American in 2017. He also played on the USA MCAA tour to Queensland, Australia in…

NOLA Gold Rugby Club has signed Tesimoni Tongauiha for his second Major League Rugby season with the club. The 24-year-old flanker/center is 6’2″ and 225 lbs. Moni joins the team after playing rugby 7s and 15s with Life West. Moni grew up in Oakland, California where he played rugby for the Oakland Warthogs in high school. He then joined the Santa Barbara Rugby Academy and benefited from the coaching of Kevin Battle. Kevin Battle, head coach of the Santa Barbara Rugby Academy indicated in Tongauiha’s 2015 player profile that “Tesimoni ‘Moni’ Tongauiha is the ideal mid-field back: big, fast and…

Austin Elite Rugby signed Mohamed ‘Moe’ Abdelmonem for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old open side flanker is 5’10” and 215 lbs. Moe is from Egypt but moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2009. He attended Al Khor Internation School from 1995-2007 and played rugby and soccer. He attended Citadel High School in 2009-2010 and played on the Phoenix Rugby Team. From 2012-2016, Moe attended Saint Mary’s University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, majoring in Finance. He also played rugby while at the University and also for the Halifax Tars. Moe played representative rugby for the Nova…

The Seattle Seawolves defeated Rugby United New York 33-21 in the CBSSN Game of the Week on Sunday, February 24 at Starfire Sports. Match Recap The Seattle Seawolves, playing expansive rugby, struck first with Mat Turner offloading to Eric Duechle for a try in the right corner. Brock Staller then slotted the conversion for a 7-0 lead. RUNY attacked after the restart with Will Leonard taking a Ben Foden offload from a double switch for a try. Cathal Marsh then leveled the match at 7 all with the conversion. After a box kick by Petri, Turner lost the ball on…

Utah Warriors open their home 2019 Major league Rugby season with a 26 all draw against the Glendale Raptors at Zion Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. The Utah Warriors now have a 1-1-1 record, while the Glendale Raptors are 1-2-1. Match Recap The Utah Warriors dominated the first half against the Glendale Raptors with a 16-0 lead at the break. Tim O’Malley slotted two penalty kicks for a 6-0 lead. Ara Elkington scored the first try of the night with O’Malley slotting the conversion for a 13-0 lead. He then added another penalty kick for a 16-0 lead at the…

The Seattle Seawolves will face Rugby United New York is the CBSSN Game of the Week on Sunday, February 24 at Starfire Sports. Kickoff is at 4 pm PST (7 pm EST). Match Comments Seattle Seawolves had Coach Richie Walker has made one change in his starting XV with Shalom Suniula starting at inside center and shifting George Barton to outside center. William Rasileka moves to the reserves for the first time. Aladdin Schirmer returns to the squad as a reserve with Nakai Penny playing for Canada. Rugby United Head Coach Mike Tolkin has made three changes for his starters…

Austin Elite Rugby has started the 2019 MLR season going 0-5 at home after a 45-17 loss to the San Diego Legion at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas on Friday, February 22. Austin Elite Rugby has had opportunities to win and will hope that going on the road to face the Glendale Raptors on March 9 will make a difference. With the win, the San Diego Legion is now 4-1 and is in first place with 18 points. The Legion will also have a bye week before hosting the Toronto Arrows on March 10. Match Recap It didn’t take…

The Houston SaberCats first home game did not go as planned as the Toronto Arrows defeated the SaberCats 44-27 on Friday, February 22 at Constellation Field. With the loss, the SaberCats fall to 1-2. The team opened the season with a 21-20 win over Austin Elite Rugby and a 17-13 loss to the San Diego Legion. The Toronto Arrows record improved to 2-2. Previously they lost 36-31 to NOLA Gold, won 23-19 over Austin Elite Rugby and lost 35-30 to the Seattle Seawolves. Next Saturday, Houston will host Rugby United New York and the Toronto Arrows travel to face the…

Utah Warriors open their home 2019 Major league Rugby season against the Glendale Raptors at Zion Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. Tickets are still available and for those who can’t attend, the match is being broadcast on ESPN+ and internationally on the Major League Rugby Facebook page. The Utah Warriors enter the match with a 1-1 record, while the Glendale Raptors are 1-2. The Warriors have targeted their home opener and want to send their fans home with a victory, while the Raptors will want to continue the momentum from last week’s win. Match Comments Utah Warriors Alf Daniels has…

Austin Elite Rugby is hosting the San Diego Legion at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas on Friday, February 22. Kickoff is a 7 pm CST (8 pm EST) and will be broadcast on the Austin Elite Rugby Facebook page. Tickets are still available for the match. Austin Elite Rugby is seeking their first win of the season. The team has played well but has suffered some narrow losses and enters the match 0-4. The San Diego Legion began the season with a narrow loss and has since won 3 consecutive matches. This will be the team’s first road match.…

The Houston SaberCats host the Toronto Arrows on Friday, February 22 at 7 pm CST (8 pm EST) at Constellation Field. It is the SaberCats first home game of the season and tickets are still available. For those who can’t attend, the match will be broadcast on the Houston SaberCats Rugby Facebook, Game TV, and Kube. The SaberCats enter the match with a 1-1 record. The team opened the season with a 21-20 win over Austin Elite Rugby and a 17-13 loss to the San Diego Legion. The Toronto Arrows are 1-2 with a 36-31 loss to NOLA Gold, a…

Houston SaberCats signed Chris Saint ahead of their match against the Toronto Arrows. The 29-year-old scrumhalf is 5’9″ and 185 lbs. Chris is from Gaithersburg, Maryland and attended Gonzaga College High School from 2003-2007 in Washington, D.C. He played rugby at the school and is among many players who have gone on afterward to become stellar players. While there, he played representative U17 and U18 rugby. Chris then went to Penn State from 2007-2012, earning a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Marketing with a Minor in Economics. He played rugby there and was recognized as a USA Rugby Collegiate…

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