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 Canada lock Josh Larsen for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 24-years-old, 6’5″, and 234 lbs. Josh was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, but grew up in New Zealand along with his brother Travis, another signing addition for Austin Elite. He began playing rugby when he was 6 years old and attended Mount Albert Grammar School. He then studied at the University of Otago in 2015, pursuing a Commerce Degree. In 2014 he played with the Canada Under-20s in the Junior World Trophy competition. In 2015 he played with the Taieri RFC and then…

Austin Elite Rugby signed Travis Larsen at flanker for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 27-years-old, 6’3″, and 242 lbs. Travis grew up in Paihia, New Zealand and most recently lived in Vancouver, British Columbia. Both he and his brother Josh, a lock, will be assets in the lineout and around the pitch for Austin Elite Rugby in 2019. Travis began playing rugby at age 5 in New Zealand. In 2011 he played with Marist North Harbour and with Massey University that same year. With Massey, he was the Albany Campus Blues Award recipient. The following year he…

San Diego Legion signed Chris Turori for a second Major League Rugby season. January 1 starts a new year for both Chris, as he celebrates his 31st birthday. He is 6’4″, 225 lbs and plays flanker for the Legion. Chris attended Valley Christian Academy and then went to Palomar College from 2012-2014, studying Computer Science and Engineering. From 2015-2017 he attended San Diego Mesa College, earning an AA Degree in Applied Mathematics. Chris then continued his education in 2017 at Cal State University San Marcos in Computer Science. Chris played soccer as a youth and turned to rugby along with…

San Diego Legion signed Drew Gaffney for a second Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old back row is 6’1″ and 219 lbs. Drew is a San Diego native and attended Cathedral Catholic High School where he played football, baseball and rugby. He played for the USA Under-17s on their tour to England in 2012 and for the San Diego Mustangs Under-19s National Tournament earning Man of the Match honors. Drew attended the University of California, Berkeley from 2013-2017, helping the team beat BYU in the 2016 Varsity Cup Final. In 2018 Drew played for Olympic Club in the Pacific Rugby…

San Diego Legion signed Siaosi Mahoni for a second Major League Rugby season. He is 21-years-old, 6″8″ and 295 lbs. Siaosi Mahoni is from East Palo Alto, California and is of Tongan descent. He went to Woodside High School where he played basketball and football, graduating in 2015. He then went to Sacred Heart College. Siaosi toured with the USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans to Argentina in 2013 and to Portugal in 2014. He was also on the Men’s Junior All-Americans that played in the 2014 World Rugby Junior Trophy competition. He played professionally for the San Diego Breakers…

Austin Elite Rugby signed Marcelo Torrealba for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old scrumhalf is from Santiago, Chile, is 5’7″ and 172 lbs. Marcelo attended Grange School and began playing rugby at age 5 with the school team. He has attended the Universidad Nacional Andres Bello since 2015. In 2012 he moved to New Zealand and attended Southland High School where he played rugby. Two years later, he returned to Chile to begin training for the Condores Sevens team. He made his debut for Los Condores in December 2014 and has played in a number of Sevens tournaments.…

San Diego Legion signed Psalm Wooching for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The Hawaii native is 24-years-old (25 just prior to the season beginning), 6’3″, and 235 pounds. Psalm Fa’afosia Pulemagafa Wooching is from Kailua-Kina, Hawaii and is of Samoan descent. He attended Kealakehe High School through his graduation in 2012, played rugby with the Kona Bulls from 2006-2012, and participated in a rugby training camp in New Zealand in 2011. While in high school he also began playing football as a linebacker and running back, helping the Waveriders win the BIIF Division 1 title his senior year, rushing…

San Diego Legion signed Fijian wing Savenaca Totovosau for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 22-years-old, 6’2″, and 215 lbs. Savenaca is from Lautoka, Fiji and attended Marist Brothers’ High School and Fiji National University where he studied information technology networking. While in high school, he earned a bronze medal in the shot put and played in 2019 for the Under-19s. Savenaca is married with two daughters, so playing professionally provides the economic support for his family. During 2018 he played with the Easts Tigers in Brisbane, Australia. He is described as a player who is fast, has…

San Diego Legion added Keni Nasoqeqe to the 2019 Major League Rugby team. The 24-year-old Fijian No. 8 is 6’4″ and 255 lbs. Keni is from Lautoka, Fiji where rugby is a National sport, and attended Lelean Memorial School. He arrived in California prior to the Samurai Sports Pacific Rugby Premiership in 2015 and has played with Belmont Shore since then. During the 2017 season, the PRP took a hiatus and the team played in the California Cup. In 2017 Keni won Player of the Week honors for his performance against Olympic Club. He also played for Belmont Shore in…

San Diego Legion signed JP Du Plessis for a second Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old center from South Africa is 6’1″ and 196 lbs. He attended Reitz School and began playing rugby union and then switching to Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch from 2007-09, majoring in Business/Commerce. While at Paul Roos he played rugby with Western Province Academy, playing with the Under-16s in Grant Khomo Week in 2007 and with the Under-18s for Craven Week in 2009. The latter led to his selection to the National 2009 South African Schools team. In 2010 he played rugby league for the…

San Diego Legion signed Pat Blair at hooker for his second season with the team. Pat is 28-years-old, 6’1″, 215 lbs., and is a SPC in the U.S. Army. Pat was born in Santa Ana, California and later moved to Tacoma, Washington where he attended Mount Tahoma High School. His freshman year he played football and then began playing rugby in 2004 with the Fullerton Lions. Pat was a two-time Collegiate All-American Sevens selection in both 2012 and in 2013. The team finished in third place in their first Varsity Cup season in 2011, and won the Las Vegas Invitational…

The Seattle Seawolves defeated Vancouver Island’s Crimson Tide 48-7, on December 22nd at City Centre Park. The match was streamed on the https://www.facebook.com/VancouverIslandTide/. Prior to the match, the Seawolves conducted a free youth clinic for ages 10-15. Seattle Seawolves vs. Vancouver Island Rugby Union Crimson Tide Recap The first half was a very competitive one with the Seattle Seawolves taking a 19-7 lead at the break. The Crimson Tide are playing for MLR contract and Canada Head Coach Kingsley Jones is at the match, looking at potential players for Canada. The Seawolves took an early lead with Mat Turner taking the…

The San Diego Legion signed former Super Rugby fullback Joe Pietersen for the 2018 Major League Rugby season and he helped the team advance to the MLR semi-finals. The 34-year-old, 5’10”, 180 lb, South African back returns to the Legion for a full season in 2019. Joe Pietersen (Johan Christiaan Pietersen) is from Vryheid, South Africa. He attended Grey College from 2000-2002. He also went to Stellenbosch University. Joe has had an extensive rugby playing career. He played with Western Province youth team in 2003-04 and in 2004 played on the South Africa Under-20s Currie Cup team. He also played…

San Diego Legion signed halfback Tai Enosa for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Tai is 29-years-old, 5’9″, and 190 lbs. Tai was born in American Samoa and moved to California with his family when he was young and attended San Leandro High School. Tai was an outstanding rugby 15s and 7s player, who played for the USA Rugby National Team in both. Tai was selected to the USA Rugby Under-20s and helped the team gain a second place at the IRB Junior World Trophy in Kenya in 2009. In 2009 he was also selected for the USA Rugby Men’s…

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