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.

San Diego Legion & Cam Dolan The San Diego Legion will have an Old Blue of New York flavor with the signing of Eagle Cam Dolan. In addition to Dolan, Nate Augspurger, Ryan Matyas, and Tony Purpura have joined the team. Dolan is 28 years old, 6’7″ tall and weighs 254 pounds. He plays both back row and lock, although he normally plays No. 8. Dolan is from Fort Meyers, Florida and began playing rugby in high school with the Naples Bears before going to Life University. There he achieved rugby acclaim and was a 4-time Collegiate All-American. The team…

San Diego Legion & Tadhg Leader The San Diego Legion have a versatile back in the former Connacht player, Tadhg Leader. He is 26 years old and according to Murray Kinsella of the 42.ie, has signed a two-year contract. Leader is from Castlegar in Galway, Ireland and attended Cistercian College Roscrea, a boarding school in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, from 2008-2010. According to Kinsella, he was the oldest brother of three, with his brother Darragh, a wing for Connacht and his youngest brother Greg having played age grade rugby for the Province. From 2012 to 2014 played for both the…

San Diego Legion & Nate Augspurger The San Diego Legion have a spark plug in Eagles scrumhalf and wing, Nate Augspurger. He is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is 28 years old, 5’8″ tall and weighs 175 pounds. Augspurger went to Minneapolis Southwest High School before attending college at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities from 2008 until his graduation with a B.A. in Sociology in 2012. He played rugby at the University and was a Collegiate All-American. He also played rugby sevens with the Youngbloodz. Augspurger has also played club rugby for the East Side Banshees (beginning in high…

San Diego Legion & Ben Cima The San Diego Legion has been slowly revealing images of some of its players. Ben Cima is 21 years old, 6’1″ tall and weighs 189 pounds. Cima was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and prior to his move to San Diego, resided in Bethesda, Maryland. He attended Gonzaga College High School from 2010-2014 and was a four-time High School All-American. While at Gonzaga, the team won the National Championship in 2014. Cima then went to the University of Maryland in 2014, where he played with his brother Matias, before moving on to play club…

Glendale Raptors & Bryce Campbell The Glendale Raptors are a mix of veterans, who have played together for some time, with an infusion of young, talented players, like Eagles Center Bryce Campbell. Campbell is 23 years old, is 6’2″ tall, weighs 230 pounds and is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Cathedral High School and then went to Indiana University between 2013 and 2017, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing. While there, he played rugby between 2014-2017 and was the captain and Vice-president of the team. Upon graduation, Campbell moved to Glendale and has played with…

Glendale Raptors & Shaun Davies The Glendale Raptors have an Eagles halfback combination of Shaun Davies and Will Magie. Davies is 28 years old, 5’8″ tall and weighs 175 pounds. He is from Durban, South Africa. Davies graduated from Westville Boys High School. He then went to Brigham Young University from 2009 to 2012 and helped the team win two National Championships. In 2009 the team beat Cal 25-22, where he was named Man of the Match. In 2012 the team won the title beating Arkansas State 49-42. Upon graduation, Davies played club rugby at Life University. He then played…

Glendale Raptors Flyhalf Will Magie The Glendale Raptors have a halfback combination of Eagles Will Magie at flyhalf and Shaun Davies at scrumhalf. The 26-year-old Magie is from London, England. He is 6’0″ tall and weighs 190 pounds. Magie attended the Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood, a London suburb, from 2003 through 2010. He then attended the University of Leeds from 2010-2013 graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. While there he was the captain of the rugby team. In 2012 he captained the USA Rugby Junior All-Americans (U20s) at the Junior World Rugby Trophy competition. Magie played…

Seattle Seawolves & Mozac Samson The Seattle Seawolves have signed 32 year old Prairie Wolf Pack center and 2015 Canadian Rugby Championship titlest, Mozac Samson. Mozac Samson was born in Fiji and began playing rugby as a youngster. He moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2005, after graduating from high school to continue his education and began playing for the Fort McMurray Knights. He later joined the Calgary Saints Rugby Football Club and has played representative rugby for the Prairie Wolf Pack since 2009. Samson was part of the Canadian Sevens training squad from 2011 until 2015 before being called up…

Glendale Raptors & New Orleans Gold MLR Pre-season The Glendale Raptors began their exhibition season with a 38-14 win against the New Orleans Gold Rugby Club on  March 10 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado. Preceding the match, was a high school match between Regis Jesuit and Jesuit NOLA High Schools. Regis Jesuit High School claimed a 53-17 win. The Glendale Raptors will travel to play the Utah Warriors on March 30, while New Orleans Gold will host the Houston SaberCats on March 24. Glendale Raptors & New Orleans Gold Rugby Recap The Glendale Raptors and the New Orleans Gold…

Glendale Raptors vs. New Orleans Gold: MLR Exhibition The Glendale Raptors begin their exhibition season against the New Orleans Gold Rugby Club this Saturday, March 10 at 3 pm MST at Infinity Park. Preceding the match at 1:30 pm, will be a high school match between Regis Jesuit and Jesuit NOLA High Schools. The matches are free as it is Fan Appreciation Day. For those that can not attend this Major League Rugby exhibition match, there will be a live stream at rugbytown.us/stream. The action is always better in person. Get either season or individual match tickets for the Glendale…

Houston SaberCats vs. Ontario Arrows The Houston SaberCats hosted the Ontario Arrows on March 3 in their last pre-season match at Constellation Field in Sugarland, Texas. The team still has away matches still against the New Orleans Gold and the San Diego Legion prior to their Major League Rugby season opener on April 21. The Houston SaberCats also announced that they will be playing their 2018 regular season home matches at Dyer Stadium, 2020 Mangum Rd, Houston, TX. The following year they will move into their new stadium at the Houston Amateur Sports, along Texas 288 south of downtown Houston. …

Houston SaberCats & Alex Elkins The Houston SaberCats added Eagles pool player, Alex Elkins to the team. He is 27 years old, 6’4″ tall and weighs 240 pounds. Elkins is from High Point, North Carolina, and attended high school in Georgia, playing basketball, before transferring to Keller High School, near Dallas, Texas, his senior year. There he played multiple sports, pitching for the baseball team, wrestling and was the MVP for in rugby for the state champions. After graduation, he was encouraged by his mother to attend Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas. Although he had never played football, he…

Houston SaberCats & Chris Coyle The Houston SaberCats have added a former Arizona State University football tight end at flanker. Chris Coyle will be 26 years old tomorrow and gains his first start after a couple of appearances in the reserves. He is 6’1″ tall and weighs 205 pounds. Coyle is from Moorpark, California and attended Arizona State University and was the third all-time tight end in receptions with 90, as well as in 4th place in touchdowns with 9. He received NFL interest both the Houston Texans, the New England Patriots, and the New Orleans Saints, before signing as…

Houston SaberCats & Chauntez Jackson Justin Fitzpatrick has assembled an excellent Houston SaberCats team for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season, but he is a keen judge of talent. Chauntez Jackson at 22 years old, is an imposing man who is 6’4″ tall and weighs 290 pounds. Prior to his signing with the SaberCats, he had never played rugby. Jackson is from Inglewood, California and went to Inglewood High School. He graduated in 2013 and was a highly rated defensive end in the country. After graduating Inglewood, he then went to the University of Houston, playing football for the…

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