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.

Austin Elite Rugby signed LaRome White for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old, 6’3″, 260 lb. tighthead prop played for the Seattle Seawolves last season. White grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and played football at Eastern High School, where he graduated in 2012. He was introduced to rugby by the Middletown Warriors in 2010 and continued with the sport when he went to the University of Louisville in 2012. Initially, he played center his freshman year at the University of Louisville and then switched to prop his Sophmore year. His time in the backs was an asset as…

Austin Elite Rugby signed Reece Czarnecki for a second Major League Rugby season. Reece Czarnecki is from Wyoming, Michigan and is 26 years old, 5’11”, and weighs 200 pounds. He was among a number of recent college graduates that signed with the team last year and finished in 5th place in the MLR during 2018. Czarnecki went to West Catholic High School and after graduation in 2011, went to Davenport University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Management in 2015. He then attended graduate school there in 2016-2017. While at Davenport University, Czarnecki played rugby as a wing…

Austin Elite Rugby signed South African hooker Tiaan Strauss Erasmus for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 23-years-old,  6″1′, and 220 lbs. Tiaan is from Pretoria, South Africa and lived in Bloemfontein, prior to moving to Austin, Texas to join Austin Elite Rugby for the 2019 season. He went to Hoerskool Waterkloof and played rugby beginning at age 14 as a loose forward. He attended Central University of Technology, Free State and then the University of Free State. In 2014 he played rugby 15s and 7s with the Bulls and was selected for the Craven Week Under-18s squad.…

Austin Elite Rugby signed Ben Mitchell for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 24 years old, 6’7″, 245lbs. and was a lineout force with the team in 2018. Mitchell was born in Nottingham, England and moved to Ireland when he was 6 years old. He then began playing rugby that same year at Youghal RFC, East Cork, Ireland, the local club side. Mitchell attended High school at Midleton College, East Cork, playing center and fullback and was selected on the Munster School’s team in 2011 as a center. After graduating high school, he attended University College Cork in 2012, majoring in…

Austin Elite Rugby signed Kyle Breytenbach for a second Major League Rugby season. Kyle is 25-years-old, 6’5″, and 250 lbs. The versatile forward, who plays back row and lock, was a key contributor to the team’s success in 2018. Kyle is from Phalaborwa, South Africa and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Heather. He attended Frans du Toit High School and then went to Cape Peninsula University of Technology from 2014-2016 for Electrical Engineering. He also studied at NWU Pukke. Kyle played rugby while in school and in 2014 played for Tygerberg in the Western Province RFU President’s Cup…

Austin Elite Rugby signed Timothée Guillimin for a second Major League Rugby season in 2019. He is 22-years-old, 5’10”, and 185 lbs.Timothée began playing rugby from the age of 6. He has played in the European Challenge Cup game with Agen, as well as the French National U18 and U16 teams. He joined the Austin Huns and helped take them to a national championship in 2017.Timothée attended high schools College Capouchiné and Lycée Jean Moulin. He also attended college at both UFR STAPS Montpellier and DUT GACO Agen. At 5’10” and 195lbs, he brings considerable rugby IQ to the team…

The Houston SaberCats signed Uruguay National Team Lock/Flanker for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old all-time Uruguay cap leader with 83 appearances is 6’2″ and 231 lbs. Diego is from Montevideo, Uruguay and attended Scuola Italiano di Montevideo from 1991-2006. He then attended FCEA – Facultad de Ciencias for Business and Economics from 2009-2013. He continued his education from 2013-2014 at Universidad de la Empresa studying Marketing Analysis and e-Business Analysis. Diego plays club rugby for Montevideo Cricket Club (MVCC). He played in the World Rugby Under-20s Trophy in 2001 and made his debut for the Uruguay National…

San Diego Legion played the Glendale Raptors at Torero Stadium in their final preseason match before the regular season. After the teams traded leads during the match, Glendale scored two late tries for a 38-31 win over San Diego. Last week the Legion beat Life West 76-0 in their first preseason match. The Glendale Raptors played a Fall exhibition season, but the match against the Legion was their first 2019 encounter. The Raptors will finish their preseason on January 19 at the Houston SaberCats. Both teams will open their regular Major League Rugby season on Sunday, January 27. The Legion…

NOLA Gold Rugby defeated the Dallas Reds 72-0 on Saturday, January 12 at Gold Stadium, Marrero, Louisiana. Gift-time Rugby Network streamed the match on their Facebook Page. Ahead of that match, NOLA Gold Academy lost 12-10 to the Memphis inner City All-Stars. NOLA Gold entered the match against the Dallas Reds with a 3-0 record in the preseason, with wins over USA Rugby South, Stars Rugby, and the Midwest Selects. With the win against Dallas, the team ends the preseason 4-0. The team opens their Major League Rugby season on January 26 at home against the Toronto Arrows. Dallas RFC…

Rugby United New York and the Toronto Arrows were scheduled to play a preseason match in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, January 12. Kickoff was scheduled for 4 pm ET at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse, an enclosed practice facility in Orchard Park. Unfortunately, the Rugby United New York team bus was involved in a morning traffic accident, which precluded the team from traveling. Nobody was hurt, but the Arrows and Canadian fans traveled for the match. Photos: Toronto Arrows – Brock Smith A decision was made to play an exhibition match with the Arrows splitting their team into two squads,…

San Diego Legion will play the Glendale Raptors at Torero Stadium in their final preseason match before the regular season. Kickoff is at 2 pm PT with admission for adults $10, children $5, and Legion ticketholders free. The match will be streamed for those who can’t attend. Last week the Legion beat Life West 76-0 in their first preseason match. The Glendale Raptors played a Fall exhibition season, but the match against the Legion will be their first 2019 encounter. The Raptors will finish their preseason on January 19 at the Houston SaberCats. Both teams will open their regular Major…

Glendale Raptors signed South African flanker Dwayne Pienaar for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Dwayne is 5’11”, 207 lbs., and will be 24-years-old on Thursday. Dwayne was Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa. He attended Mulders Drift Primary from 2002-2008, Helpmekaar College from 2009-2010, and Hoërskool Monument High School from 2011-2013. While at Hoërskool Monument, the rugby team won the 2012 Lantic 7s and he was selected for the Golden Lions Under-18s for Craven Week and for Academy Week. In 2014 he played for the Golden Lions Under-19s and in 2015 with the Limpogo Blue Bulls in the Vodacom Cup. In…

The Utah Warriors are hosting the Life West Gladiators PRP side in a scrimmage on Saturday, January 12 at Zions Bank Real Academy turf field at 5 pm MT. This is the first 2019 preseason action for the Utah Warriors in advance of their Major League Rugby regular season opener on February 1 at 8 pm MT against Austin Elite Rugby. Last weekend Life West traveled to Southern California for a match against San Diego Legion. The Legion jumped out to a 64-0 lead and the break and ended winning the match 76-0. Flyhalf Joe Pietersen placed the team under…

NOLA Gold Rugby hosts Dallas RFC at 2 pm CT on Saturday, January 12 at Gold Stadium, 1000 Salesian LN, Marrero, Louisiana. Gift-time Rugby Network will be streaming the match on their Facebook Page. NOLA Gold is 3-0 in the preseason with wins over USA Rugby South, Stars Rugby, and the Midwest Selects. The team opens their Major League Rugby season on January 26 at home against the Toronto Arrows. Dallas RFC played the Houston SaberCats on December 8 and competed well in the match. The Reds will host Austin Elite Rugby at 3:30 pm on January 19. The fixtures…

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