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.

New Orleans Gold – Jojo Tikoisuva New Orleans Gold Rugby added Metropolis Rugby Club Jojo Tikoisuva, a 21-year-old wing to their team. Tikoisuva was born in Burlingame, California and grew up in Sacramento, where he graduated from Rosemont High School in 2014. While in high school, his rugby talents were known nationally. In 2013 he played on the Under-17 USA High School All-Americans on their England tour. He also played for the Under-19 USA High School All-Americans for their Argentina tours in 2013 and in 2014. He was not only a talented rugby 15s player but excelled at  7s as…

 Austin Elite Rugby and Michael Reid Austin Elite Rugby signed Michael Reid, a scrumhalf that was a member of the Austin Huns Rugby Club’s 2017 USA Rugby Club Division1 National Championship. The Austin Elite Rugby release below presents a comprehensive background about his rugby involvement. Eric Tabor, USA All-American team manager discussed his early play with the All-Americans indicating that “He has been competing against players three years older than him and he has represented himself very well.” His play with the All-Americans of positive signs in his early rugby development. Michael would eventually play professionally for the San Francisco…

Seattle Seawolves Shalom Suniula The Seattle Seawolves signed USA National team and Seattle Saracens player Shalom Suniula to the team. Suniula will play flyhalf, but he is a versatile player that could play center. Shalom Suniula was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa in 1988 and his family moved to Auckland, New Zealand while he and brothers Andrew and Roland were young. All attended Kelston Boys’ High School in Te Atatu, a suburb of Auckland. Shalom attended Kelston Boys’ High School between 2002-2006 when he graduated. The school is highly regarded for its rugby program. While there, he also was selected in…

Utah Warriors Release – Alf Daniels Head Coach The Utah Warriors, a founding member of Major League Rugby (MLR), are excited to announce the appointment of Alf Daniels as Head Coach. Daniels will contribute a wealth of experience to the Warriors as he joins the team ahead of the MLR’s inaugural season. A native of New Zealand, Daniels has coached at almost every level during his 30-year coaching career. After working for the New Zealand Police force, Daniels took a position as the Sports Coordinator at the Church College of New Zealand (CCNZ) working closely with their 1st XV (Varsity)…

Houston Sabercats Release- Major League Rugby The HoustonSaberCats (formerly Strikers Rugby) also mentions San Diego will be playing in 2018. This is the first official mention of that team. The Houston Sabercats Pre-season schedule in listed below. HOUSTON TEXAS: OCTOBER 17: The Houston SaberCats (formerly Strikers Rugby) and the Sugar Land Skeeters partner to bring professional Rugby to the Greater Houston area at Constellation Field, Sugar Land. The Houston ownership explained that the new name would reflect a positive & stronger image for the Houston Team, explaining that a “sabercat” was known for bringing down their competitors by force, while…

Seattle Seawolves Add Air Force Captain Eric Duechle The Seattle Seawolves announced earlier today that Eric Duechle has signed with the team. Duechle is 31 years old and from Erlanger, Kentucky. He graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virgina. Eric just recently returned to the United States after a tour in Iraq and is on R&R. Eric went to college at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he studied Management. While there, he played for the Zoomie Rugby Club. Eric has achieved many National honors and has represented the United States and representative teams. In 2008 he was…

Seattle Seawolves & Olive Kilifi The Seattle Seawolves signed USA Rugby Men’s Eagles prop Olive Kilifi, where he will be joined in the front row by his former Sacramento Express team-mate, Ray Barkwill. Kilifi was born in Huntington Beach, California and resides in Seattle, Washington. He went to Tyee High School in Seatac, Washington, where he played center and later prop. Prior to graduation, he was selected as a USA High School All-American. He currently plays rugby for the Seattle Saracens. Olive Kilifi made his Eagles debut in November 2013 against Georgia as a reserve and has been capped 20…

Ray Barkwill The Seattle Seawolves have signed Canadian National Team player Ray Barkwill. Ray Barkwill was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario and began playing rugby at Westlane Secondary School along with Niagara Wasp RFC of Rugby Ontario’s Senior Men’s League. He went on to play for the Niagara Thunder while continuing his education at Brock University in Ontario. In 2007, he captained Brock University team to its first OUA Rugby Championship while being named OUA Finals MVP. After graduation from Brock University with a BSc. in Physical Geography, he continued his post-graduate studies at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. While…

Utah Warriors Release Rugby Utah Ventures is proud to announce the inclusion of the Utah Warriors to the Major League Rugby competition in 2018. Major League Rugby is America’s newest professional sports league, made up of seven teams across the country and will commence their first season starting Spring 2018. Player signings and roster announcements will similarly be made in the coming weeks but it’s Kjar’s hope to tap into Utah’s immense depth of rugby talent and cross-over sports athletes. “Rugby has a rich tradition in Utah,” Kjar said, “we’d be foolish to not keep our eyes out for young…

Vekekina Fokelelei Malafu Austin Elite Rugby Adds ‘Flyin Hawaiian’ Malafu Vetekina Malifa was born in Maui and graduated from Henry Perrine Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaii. He currently lives in Kihei, Hawaii. He began to play rugby at age 13 with Maui Rugby at the Kihei Youth Center and has spent time helping others with the sport when he returns home. In high school, he played football and track. He was the state champion in the hurdles and was also a sprinter. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Snow College in Ephraim, Utah on a football scholarship in…

New Orleans Gold Rugby Club announced the signing of Matt Hughston. New Orleans Gold is one of the franchises that will compete in the inaugural Major League Rugby season that begins April 2018. He plays center, although he has also played flanker. Matt is from Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from Providence High School in 2008. While in high school, he played one year of rugby locally in 2007. After graduation, he attended East Carolina University between 2008-2012, graduating with a B.S. in Hospitality Management. While there, he played rugby and was President of the Club. In 2008, Matt joined…

Strikers Rugby Art Reyes is from San Antonio, Texas and grew up playing football and running track. He started to play rugby at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 2010. He originally intended to play football there, but ended up competing in rugby as a wing and fullback. In 2012 he played in Canada for the Bow Valley Grizzlies and then moved to Seattle in 2013 and began playing with Seattle -OPSB, now Seattle Saracens, until 2015. While with the team, he played in the Okanagan D1 British Columbia League. He also played for the Serevi Selects.According to Justin Fitzpatrick,…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby signed prop Jack Riley in June, 2017. He is from Rugby, Warwickshire, UK and moved to Texas where he played tighthead prop for the Katy Barbarians. The Houston Strikers are pleased to announce the signing of front row player Jack Riley who lives and works in Houston and plays his rugby for the Katy Barbarians. Jack attended Rugby School in England where William Webb Ellis famously invented the game in 1823. Jack won a Rugby scholarship and played for the school’s First XV. Later, he played for the Rugby Lions of Rugby Town, England. Positionally,…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby signed hooker Lindsey Stevens in June, 2017. The Houston Strikers are pleased to announce the signing of hooker Lindsey Stevens who is currently in Australia playing in the prestigious Shute Shield competition for Eastern Suburbs RFC. Lindsey is an alumnus of Dripping Springs High School, Dripping Springs, Texas. “I would like to thank Houston Strikers Head Coach Fitzpatrick and President Jeremy Turner for giving me the opportunity to join my step-brother in becoming a Houston Striker and representing my mother’s home state of Texas. I am looking forward to coming back to the Lone Star…

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