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.

Seattle Seawolves – Riekert Hattingh The Seattle Seawolves have signed Riekert Hattingh to play eight-man for the inaugural Major League Rugby season which begins April 2018. At 23, Riekert is a lineout force standing 6’5″ and weighs 235 pounds.   Rierkert grew up in Pretoria, South Africa and attended Pretoria North High School where he graduated in 2012. While in high school he played for the Blue Bulls under 16 and under 18 sides. In 2013, he continued to progress and became a contracted player with the Blue Bulls, playing for the under 19s. In 2014 he was part of…

New Orleans Gold – Alex Czajkowski New Orleans Gold Rugby Club has signed Alex Czajkowski for the inaugural Major League Rugby season. Alex was born and raised in Chesterfield, Virginia is 32 years old (33 in another month) and is an imposing figure at 6’5″ and 280 pounds. He comes to the team having played rugby for the Richmond Rugby Club. He is an Army veteran and a family man. It would be difficult to discuss Alex without talking about the importance of his family. His parents Al and Alice had three children. He is a middle child and has…

Austin Elite Rugby – Robert Drummond Austin Elite Rugby Management announced the signing of Robert Drummond as a prop for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Robert is 6’3”, 275lbs, and 34 years old. Robert has owned and operated the Green Light Social, a bar in downtown Austin on Sixth Street. This is his first experience as an owner, however, he has been in the restaurant/bar industry since he was 15. Robert is a native of Austin, Texas and graduated from Westlake High School in 2001. In high school, he played football for 4 years as a defensive tackle. His…

New Orleans Gold – Myles McQuone The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Myles McQuone at lock for the inaugural Major League Rugby season which begins in April 2018. Myles is from Fairfield, Connecticut and is 24 years old, 6’5″, and weighs 250 pounds. He is also a marine technician and a sea captain. Myles started playing rugby in high school for the Fairfield Pegasi in 2009. After high school, he began playing for the Connecticut Yankees, who now the Fairfield Yankees, where he continued to play through Fall 2017. The team won the USA Rugby Club D3 National Championship…

Seattle Seawolves – Jeremy Lenaerts The Seattle Seawolves have signed Central Washington University lock/back row, Jeremy Lenaerts for the inaugural Major League Rugby season. Jeremy is 25 today (Nov. 13) and is 6’4″ and weighs 255 pounds. Lenaerts is from Ghent, Belgium and graduated high school from College Paters Jozefieten. He began to play rugby in 2002 with Gent RFC and left after 2009 to play with Lille Métropole Rugby Club where he played for three years. While in Belgium, he played for the under 17 and under 18s in the 2008-09 FIRA European Championship in Treviso, Italy. The following…

New Orleans Gold – Derrek Van Klein The New Orleans Gold have signed Derrek Van Klein at loosehead prop to the inaugural Major League Rugby season. Derrek grew up in Minnesota and attended Apple Valley High School and graduated in 2010. His College career was spent at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. While at UMD, he played rugby for the Penquins. He was a leader while at UMD, playing back row before switiching to loosehead prop. The team advanced to the USA Rugby Collegiate D2 National Championships three consecutive…

Austin Elite Rugby – Paddy Ryan Austin Elite Rugby Management signed USA Rugby Men’s Eagle 514, Paddy Ryan at tighthead prop. Patrick is 26, 6’1″ and 265 pounds. He is from Cork and Chicago and his brothers Timmy and Dave both played (play) professional rugby. Paddy was eligible for the USA team, as his mother is from the United States. A good tighthead prop is not one to pass up, so Paddy was selected to the Eagles and played as a reserve against Ireland on June 10, 2017, as a reserve. He then started against Canada in Hamilton on June…

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY AND CBS SPORTS NETWORK TELEVISION PARTNERSHIP Major League Rugby Release The First National TV Partnership in Domestic Professional Rugby is MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY AND CBS SPORTS NETWORK. Major League Rugby (MLR) and CBS Sports Network today announced an exclusive, multi-year television partnership. CBS Sports Network will televise the inaugural season of the new start-up league beginning in April 2018, marking the first national television partnership in the history of American professional rugby. CBS Sports Network will televise a 13-game package with 10 weeks of regular season coverage – highlighted by a Major League Rugby Game of the…

New Orleans Gold – Michael Baska The New Orleans Gold RugbyClub signed former Arkansas State University and Lindenwood University player, Michael Baska a fullback. Baska is from Overland, Kansas and is 6’1″ and 185 pounds. Baska attended Saint Thoms Aquinas Catholic High School from 2009-2012 and he earned varsity letters in football his last three years. Upon graduation from high school, he went to Arkansas State University from 2012-2015 and majored in Sports Management. In 2015 he transferred to Lindenwood University and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. New Orleans Gold Michael Baska & Rugby While…

New Orleans Gold – Nate Osborne The New Orleans Gold have released additional information on their head rugby coach Nate Osborne. In a Rugby World Cup article, From Australia to America With Love, Nate discusses his journey to the U.S. from Australia, the Rugby World Cup 2015 and USA Rugby. “Ten years ago Nate Osborne made the journey from Australia to the USA and fell in love twice, first with the woman who would become his wife, and second with coaching rugby.” “It’s been unreal,” said Osborne said, both of his route to RWC 2015 and the growth of rugby…

Seattle Seawolves – Brock Staller Seattle Seawolves Release: Seattle, November 3, 2017 The Seattle Seawolves and Head Coach Tony Healy are proud to announce the signing of 25-year-old Canadian Rugby star Brock Staller. “I am excited to compete with quality players in a high-performance environment. I look forward to engaging with the Seattle community to help grow the game and raise the profile of rugby in North America,” said the Canadian star. Brock knows there’s a big opportunity in front of him. Head Coach Tony Healy is also thrilled about Brock’s arrival. “Signing a player like Brock is just one…

Utah Warriors – Paul Lasike Utah Warriors Release: Salt Lake City, November 3, 2017 “The Utah Warriors and Head Coach Alf Daniels are excited to announce the signing of former BYU All-American and NFL Running Back Paul Lasike. “I’m really excited to get back to Utah and play for Coach Daniels at the Warriors. Growing up, it was always my dream to play rugby professionally, and I would never have guessed it could happen here in America,” said Lasike. “The combine last week really showed that there’s a lot of talent in Utah. I can’t wait to get to work…

New Orleans Gold Rugby Club – Holden Yungert The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Holden Yungert at scrumhalf for the 2018 Major League Rugby season.  Yungert is 24 years old, 5’10”, 185 pounds and is from Petaluma, California. Holden played youth soccer and began playing rugby his freshman year at Petaluma High School. He also played for the North Bay Rugby Club Wildcats and the Marin Highlanders Rugby Youth team. After graduating high school, he went to Saint Mary’s College of California from 2012 to 2017, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies. While there, he…

Houston SaberCats: Willie Perry-Jackson Updated article Nov. 2, 2017 Willie Perry-Jackson graduated from Westbury High School in Houston where he played football and ran track. Upon graduation from high school, he studied Mechanical Engineering at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. While at Lamar, he played rugby for the Lamar University Rugby Football Club. He later played rugby for the Seattle Saracens. Perry-Jackson is a former engineer with the United States Army. He also worked with Electronics and Communication Engineering at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Perry-Jackson attended the Houston SaberCats Combines this past Summer and was signed to a contract…

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