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 Utah Warriors obtained Canadian international Spencer Jones in a trade with the New England Free Jacks in exchange for a first-round draft pick in the 2024 MLR Collegiate draft and salary cap considerations. The 26-year-old center is 6’1″, and 215 lbs. Spencer played 585 minutes in 13 matches, starting 6, and scored 1 try for the New England Free Jacks in 2023. He then played in two matches for Canada against Tonga during the Summer 2023 internationals. He previously played for the Toronto Arrows from 2019 through 2022. He played 529 minutes in 8 matches, starting 7, and scored…

Utah Warriors re-signed Saia Uhila for his seventh Major League Rugby season in 2024. The 36-year-old lock/back row (37 in February) is 6’4″ and 255 lbs. Saia played 633 minutes in 14 matches, starting 8, for the Utah Warriors in 2023. In 2022 he played in 12 matches, starting 9 and scored 2 tries. In 2021 he played 363 minutes in 13 matches, starting 2. During the truncated 2020 MLR season, Saia started one match as an openside flanker and played the other four matches as a replacement. He played 188 minutes and scored 2 tries. In 2019 Saia played…

The Dallas Jackals signed Brock Ian Gallagher for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old scrumhalf is 5’11” and 187 lbs. Brock is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He attended Camosun College and majored in Athlete Management. He has played rugby for the Strathcona Druids, Westshore RFC, the Prairie Wolfpack, Rhinos Rugby Academy, as well as for the Premier Rugby Sevens Rhinos x SoCal Loggerheads. Brock has represented Canada for the Under-18s, Under-19s, and Under-20s, and has been part of the Senior Men’s XVs and 7s programs. he also has played for BC Rugby in winning the 2022 Rugbytown 7s…

Old Glory DC signed Ethan McVeigh for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old scrumhalf  (24 in December) is 5’9″ and 200 lbs. Ethan played 292 minutes in 10 matches, starting 3, and scored 2 tries for the American Raptors during the 2023 Super Rugby Americas season. Ethan played 345 minutes in 9 matches, starting 4, and scored 2 tries for San Diego Legion in 2021. He then returned to Cardiff Metropolitan University to complete his Bachelor’s Degree before joining the American Raptors in the Fall of 2022. He played for the USA Falcons on their Uruguay 2022 tour…

The New England Free Jacks signed Gabriel Casey, their first-round pick (#13) in the 2023 MLR Collegiate Draft, for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old center is 6’3″ and 205 lbs. Gabe is from Ottawa, Ontario, and played rugby for the Bytown Blues, as well as age-grade rugby for Canada. He played for the Under-18s in 2017, the Under-20s in both 2018 and 2019 at the World Rugby Trophy competition, and in 2022 for Canada West Selects in the Coast to Coast Cup in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also played for Canada A against Brazil and Chile A…

The New England Free Jacks signed their second-round pick (#23) of the 2023 MLR Collegiate Draft, Junior Gafa, for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old center (23 in March) is 5’10” and 215 lbs. Junior was born in Apia, Samoa, before moving to San Pedro, California. He played rugby with the Back Bay SharksRugby Club, winning a National Championship and the Southern California Division in 2018. That year he also played with the USA Under-18s and was on the wider training squad for the Youth Olympics Rugby Sevens. In 2019 he played with the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy…

The New England Free Jacks signed Boston-born and Irish-raised Killian Coghlan for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old center/wing is 6’2″ and 212 lbs. Killian, who resides in Kinsale, Ireland, attended Kinsale Community School from 2013 through 2015 and then Christian Brothers College from 2015 through 2019. He attended Munster Technological University from 2019 through his graduation in 2023 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Engineering (Honours). He has played rugby for the Irish Universities against the French and was selected for the USA Under-20s in 2020, however, matches were canceled due to the COVID pandemic. He also…

The Seattle Seawolves extended Juan-Philip Smith’s contract for an additional year through the 2025 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old scrumhalf/flyhalf (30 in March) is 6’2″ and 205lbs. JP played 1301 minutes in 17 starts and scored 4 tries during the 2023 season and in 2022 he played 583 minutes in 19 matches as a starter and scored 32 points (4 tries, 3 conversions, 2 penalty goals). In 2021 JP played 1021 minutes, starting 14 matches, and scored one try while playing flyhalf and wing in addition to his normal scrumhalf position. JP started all five matches for the Seawolves…

The Toronto Arrows re-signed Irish international back Noel Reid for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old flyhalf/center (34 in May) is 6’1″ and 205 lbs. Noel started 7 matches and scored 1 try for the Toronto Arrows in 2023. He had 215 carry meters on 27 carries, 33 tackles, five offloads, and four defenders beaten. Noel is from Dublin, Ireland, and attended St Michael’s College in Dublin. he played rugby there and was selected to the 2008 Ireland Schools, making two appearances. He also played age-grade rugby for Ireland, playing in 2009 for the Under-20s in the Six…

The Utah Warriors signed Michael Manson for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old wing is 5’11 and 192 lbs. Miacheal is from Invercargill, New Zealand. He attended Otago Boys High School where he was a top 3 National U18 sprinter with a best time of 10.8 seconds in the 100 meters. He then concentrated on rugby, playing for the Otago Boys High School 1st XV, the New Zealand Secondary Schools, and the New Zealand Secondary Schools Barbarians XV. He also played for the Red Bull Ignite 7s and the Highlanders U20s. In 2021 he played in the National…

The Chicago Hounds signed George Merrick for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old lock is 6’7″ and 278 lbs. George is from Carshalton, London, England, and attended Whitgift School and Carshalton Boys Sports College. He joined the Harlequins Academy in 2011 and in 2012 helped the England Under-20 team win the Six Nations Grand Slam, as well as represented the U20s in the Junior World Cup. In 2013, he made his senior debut with the Harlequins, appearing in nine matches, starting three, across the Premiership, Heineken Cup, and European Challenge Cup. He would go on to make over…

The Miami Sharks signed Alexis Glover for the 2024 Major League Rugby season according to social media posts. The 25-year-old hooker (26 in December) is 6’0″ and 240 lbs. Alex played in one match for the Seattle Seawolves in 2023 and did not see regular-season playing time in 2022 with the Seawolves. Instead, he played with Seattle RFC while continuing to train with the Seawolves. Alex is from Oakland, California, and attended Saint Mary’s College High School from 2012 to 2016. He attended Santa Barbara City College from 2016 to 2017 and played rugby for Academy Director, Kevin Battle, who…

NOLA Gold Rugby Club re-signed Cam Dolan through the 2025 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old lock/No.8 is from Fort Myers, Florida, and is 6’6″ and 255 lbs. Cam played 1089 minutes in 15 matches, starting 14, and scored 1 try for NOLA Gold in 2023. He then started for the USA National Team during the Summer against Romania, Portugal, and Tonga, bringing his international test total to 66. He also has been selected for the Vila International Rugby Cup in Spain in November. The team will face Brazil and then if they win, the winner of the match between…

Old Glory DC re-signed Canadian international, Gradyn Bowd for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old flyhalf is 5’10” and 216 lbs. Gradyn played 875 minutes in 14 matches, starting 15, and added 28 points (2 penalty goals, 11 conversions) for Old Glory DC in 2023. He was named to the Canadian National Team for their two matches during the Summer against Tonga but did not play. Gradyn is from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and was a multi-sport athlete in high school at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive. He was on cross country, tennis, track and field, volleyball, handball, basketball, badminton,…

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