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.

Utah Warriors & John Cullen The Utah Warriors have announced the signing of USA Eagle (No. 457) and former University of Utah football and rugby player John Cullen. John is 27 years old and is 6’5″ and weighs 260 pounds. He is originally from La Mirada, California and went to La Mirada High School and graduated in 2008. He then attended Fullerton Community College from 2008-2010 and played football. He then transferred to the University of Utah to continue playing football, where he attended from 2010-2013, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. While at Utah, he played left tackle…

New Orleans Gold & Ben Tarr The New Orleans Gold signed Eagles prop Ben Tarr for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. Ben was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to the Coast Coast area of Queensland Australia. Ben is 23 years old, 5’11” and weighs 246 pounds. He has played both tighthead and loosehead prop for the USA Rugby Men’s National team and is Eagles No. 459. Ben went to high school at the Brisbane Boys College from 2007-2011. In 2012 he went to The Southport School, an independent Anglican school in Queensland. He continued his education at…

Seattle Seawolves & Garrett Bender The Seattle Seawolves signed 2016 Olympian and USA Eagles Sevens player Garrett Bender for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. Garrett grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and will be 26 years old this weekend. He is 6’4″ tall and weighs 225 pounds. Bender attended Washburn High School, where he played linebacker in football and back row in rugby. He helped lead Washburn High School rugby to a State Championship while serving as team captain and state MVP. He also was All-Conference and All-Metro in rugby. Garrett was then recruited to play football for St.…

New Orleans Gold & Cam Falcon The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Cam Falcon for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Cameron was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is 24 years old, is 6’1″ and weighs 250 pounds. Cam attended Archbishop Shaw High School and played rugby for the team from 2004, while he was in 6th grade until he graduated in 2011. He also played football and wrestled while there. However, it was rugby where he would gain notoriety, becoming a High School All-American from 2009-2011. Cam then attended Louisiana State University from 2011 through…

Houston SaberCats & Sam Windsor The Houston SaberCats have benefited with the signing of former Ulster PRO 12 Rugby player Sam Windsor as a fly-half and backs coach. Windsor is 30 years old, 6’1″ and 215 pounds. Windsor was born in Bungendore, New South Wales, Australia. He played youth soccer from ages 5-6 and began to play rugby at age 7 with the Queanbeyan Whites before going to High School. While at St. Edmund’s College in Canberra from 2000-2005, he captained the first XV rugby team and the first XI cricket team. His education, although important, was impacted with his…

Houston SaberCats & Connor Murphy The Houston SaberCats, formerly the Houston Strikers, are pleased with the impact of scrum-half 22-year-old Connor Murphy has made with the team as it readies for the start of the 2018 Major League Rugby season. The team has had two scrimmages against the Austin Blacks and Dallas Rugby, winning both. They will embark on a difficult pre-season schedule beginning January 6, 2018, against the Seattle Saracens. They will play both teams from the USA and Canada, as well as the Uruguay National Rugby Team. Connor was born and raised in the South West London suburb,…

Austin Elite Rugby & Tim Fitzgerald Austin Elite Rugby Management announced that Tim Fitzgerald has signed with the team as a loosehead prop for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Fitzgerald, a loosehead prop, is 29 years old, 6’1″ and weighs 260 pounds and has played rugby since he was six years old. Fitzgerald is from Sydney, Australia and went to high school at St. Ignatius College at Riverview in Sydney and played rugby from age 11-18 until he graduated in 2006. After high school, he played for the Norths. He continued his education at the University of New South…

New Orleans Gold Assistant Coach Dr. Todd Fitzgerald New Orleans Rugby Club Release “Meet our assistant coach— Dr. Todd Fitzgerald, D.C., a native of New Orleans, graduated from local rugby powerhouse Jesuit High School in 1992. From there he spent four years at the University of Miami honing his skills as a backline player. After graduating in 1996, Fitzgerald returned to New Orleans where he played with New Orleans RFC for three years, being named Most Valuable Back. Fitzgerald was an integral part of a resurgent New Orleans squad that was promoted to Division I following an unprecedented 33 match…

Andrew Suniula & Rugby Career Update Feb. 10, 2018 – Houston SaberCats Commentator Grant Cole announced that Andrew Suniula, who played for the Chicago Lions President’s XV against the Houston SaberCats, signed with the Austin Elite Rugby. Andrew Suniula was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa in 1982 and his family moved to Auckland, New Zealand while he and brothers Roland and Shalom were young. All attended Kelston Boys’ High School in Te Atatu, a suburb of Auckland. Andrew attended Kelston Boys’ High School between 1996-2001 when he graduated. The school is highly regarded for its rugby program and several players have…

Austin Elite Rugby & David LeMasters Austin Elite Rugby Management announced the signing of David LeMasters as a hooker for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. David is 19 years old, 5’9″ tall and weighs 189 pounds. He is a versatile player who can also play flanker. David and his twin brother Sean are from San Diego, California and were introduced to rugby, playing for the Marauders at Mira Mesa High School. He also played football at the school and also played rugby with the San Diego Young Aztecs in 2013. David then moved to Round Rock, Texas, where he…

New Orleans Gold – Vincent Jobo The New Orleans Gold signed South African flanker Vincent Jobo for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Jobo is 26 years old, 6’1″ and weighs 229 pounds and has played both flanker and eight-man. He was born in Krugersdorp, South Africa and graduated high school from King Edward VII School in Johannesburg. After graduation, he then went to the University of Johannesburg and the University of Cape Town. Jobo played youth rugby with the Golden Lions Academy from 2006 to 2011. While there he played in the Provincial Championships for the under 19s in…

New Orleans Gold-Zack Stryffeler New Orleans Gold Rugby Club has signed Zack Stryffeler as a center for the inaugural Major League Rugby season. Zack will also bring his expertise in promoting youth rugby with the team. Zack attended Padua Franciscan High School in Parma, Ohio, graduating in 2007. He was a multi-sport athlete earning All-State honors in Ice Hockey, All-Conference in Football, and All-Conference in Baseball. He was also voted Mr. Bruin of his class due to the number of varsity letters and his overall athletic performance. After graduation, he attended Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. and graduated…

New Orleans Gold – William Waguespack The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed New Orleans native William Waguespack to play in the inaugural Major League Rugby season. William attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans form 2012-2016. He played rugby his Junior and Senior year at Jesuit, captaining the team his Senior year. During the Spring 2016 season, he played in South Regional Cup Tournament for Louisiana in Matthews, North Carolina. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 2016 through 2017. He is a lock but played a few games at flyhalf at the…

Austin Elite Rugby – Siaosi Finau Austin Elite Rugby announced that Austin Blacks prop Siaosi Finau has signed with the team for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Siaosi is 25 years old, 6’ tall and weighs 245lbs.  He was born and raised in Euless, Texas, which has a sizable ethnic Tongan enclave. He attended Trinity High School beginning in the Fall of 2007 and graduated in 2010. There he played football with the team winning the State Championship in 2009. Jerry Longman of the New York Times, the impact that the Tongan community had on their rise as a football…

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