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.

Rugby United New York signed harry Bennett for the 2019 season. harry started for RUNY’s first exhibition match against the Ontario Arrows in 2018, but an injury sustained during the match curtailed the rest of his season. Harry is from Scone, New South Wales, Australia. He is 28-years-old, 5’11”, and 195 lbs. and has played flyhalf, inside center, or fullback. He attended King’s College in Parramatta and also has attended the University of South California. Harry played at King’s College and representative rugby for the Australian Schoolboys in 2009. He also played for the Super Rugby NSW Waratahs Junior Squad,…

The Seattle Seawolves, the defending Major League Rugby Champions travel to face Vancouver Island’s premier select side, Crimson Tide, on December 22nd at Westhills Stadium. Kickoff will be at 4 pm PT. The first 500 tickets purchased will be entered in to win a Seawolves Getaway Weekend including two Clipper Vacations packages (transport & two nights stay) and VIP Tickets to a regular season home Seawolves match in Seattle! Get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/SSvsCT2018 For those individuals who can’t attend the catch, but want to view the match, it will be streamed on the https://www.facebook.com/VancouverIslandTide/. Prior to the match, the…

Lou Stanfill returns to Major league Rugby with the San Diego Legion for the 2019 season. He played in the final 2018 match with Austin Elite Rugby. Lou is 33-year-old, 6’3″, 243 lbs. and has 56 caps for the USA Rugby National Team Men’s Eagles. Lou is from Sacramento, California and graduated from Jesuit High School Sacramento in 2003. He played football and transitioned to rugby from baseball for his freshman year. In 2002 he was the defensive player of the year in football. The rugby team also advanced to a National Semi-final. From 2003-2008 he attended the University of…

San Diego Legion signed New Zealand lock Liam Hallam-Eames for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old is from Palmerston North, New Zealand, is 6’6″, and 243 lbs. Liam played rugby with the Horowhenua Kaiti Under-13s, attended and played rugby at Paraparamu College, before transferring to Palmerston North Boys’ High School in 2013 where he continued with the sport. In 2014 he moved to Wellington where he was part of the Wellington Rugby Football Union Academy’s Under-19s wider training group. He also played for Oriental-Rongotai in the Swindale Shield, while attending Victoria University. Liam then joined the Manawatu Turbos…

The Seattle Seawolves signed New Zealand lock Brad Tucker for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Brad is 26-years-old, 6’4″, and 255 lbs. Brad and his brother James grew up in Christchurch, going through St Bede’s College and the Canterbury age-grade rugby system. James also played professionally for Waikato and the Super Rugby Chiefs. Brad also attended St Pius X College and Lincoln University. He played for the Canterbury Under-20s in 2012 and was on their Metro and 7s teams from 2012-2016. In 2014 he won the Millar Cup award as Club Sportsperson of the Year for Christchurch Football Club.…

Last season, the San Diego Legion added Faka’osi Pifeleti in May 2018 for the remainder of the Major League season. His first match was against Austin Elite Rugby. His performance during the season led to his return in 2019. Faka’osi was born in California and is of Tongan heritage. His family moved to England where he attended Oaklands College Hertfordshire. Prior to signing a contract with the Legion, the 22-year-old, 6’0″, 265 loosehead prop, was playing with the Saracens Storm with his younger brother Kapeli. This season Faka’osi will play with his brother again, as Kapeli, a hooker, has also…

Austin Elite Rugby Release Austin Elite Rugby is excited to announce a partnership with Facebook for the regional broadcast of its 2019 Major League Rugby season. For the first time, professional rugby will be brought to fans across the State of Texas via Facebook Watch. “As we enter into our second season, we wanted to enhance our regional broadcast platforms and Facebook Watch is the perfect partner,” said Mike Ablett, Marketing Director of Austin Elite Rugby. “With all of our home games being aired on Facebook Watch, we are able to offer our content to a Texan audience, and the…

Rugby United New York Release New York City’s First Professional Rugby Franchise to be Televised on SNY Coverage Begins Sunday, January 27, 2019  New York, December 20, 2018 – SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets, New York Jets and all things New York sports, is now also the home of New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, Rugby United New York (RUNY).SNY will televise nine games of RUNY’s inaugural season, with the premiere game airing LIVE Sunday, January 27th at 5:00 PM EST. “As the home of New York Sports, we are excited to team up…

San Diego Legion signed Dean Muir at hooker for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Dean is 29-years-old, almost 6 feet tall, and in 227 lbs. Dean is from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and is moving to San Diego from Cape Town. He attended Glenwood High School from 2002-2007 and the University of South Africa. He played youth rugby with the Sharks from 2006-2008, playing with the Under-18s during Craven Week in 2006 and in 2007. He played with the Under-19s in 2008. Four years later, he returned to the Sharks for the 2012 Vodacom Cup, but did not enter…

The San Diego Legion have signed Eagles XV & 7s player Mike Te’o for a second Major League Rugby season. He is 25 years old, 5’9″ tall, and weighs 205 pounds. Te’ois from Long Beach, California and graduated from Lon Branch Polytechnic in 2011. While there, he played football for two years and was the defensive captain. He then switched to rugby and has developed as a talented player quickly. Te’ohas played with Belmont Shore since 2012 and helped the team win the USA Club Nationals 15s D1 Championship in 2012. He also held them to the Club 7s Championship…

The San Diego Legion added former Wallabies and Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Paddy is 30 years-old, 6’2″, and 265 lbs. Paddy is from Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. He attended St. Joseph’s College and Sydney University. He played for the Australian Schoolboys in 2006 and then spent a year in Ireland before returning to Australia and joining the Junior Waratahs development system. He also played in the Sydney Rugby Union NSW Premiership Colts competition before going to Sydney University. He played with the Waratahs from 2011-2018 making his debut against the Chiefs and…

The San Diego Legion signed Kapeli Pifeleti at hooker for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Kapeli is 19-years-old, 6’0″ and 245 lbs. Kapeli is from Nuku’alofa, Tonga, but spent many years in England where he attended Hailey Imperial Service College in Hertford. He played rugby for the College and was selected to the England Under-18s. He also played for the Saracens Academy Under-18s and then for the Saracens Storm along with his older brother Faka’osi, who joined the Legion from the Saracens last May. Kapeli is U.S. eligible having lived in San Francisco for a number of years. He…

The Toronto Arrows signed Mike Sheppard for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 30-years-old, 6’4″ and 245 pounds. Mike is from Brampton, Ontario and lives in Mississauga. He attended Bramalea Secondary School and then went to McMaster University from 2007-2012. He played rugby with the Marauders, helping the team win two OUA Championships and was selected to the OUA All-Stars. Mike graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical and Biological Anthropology and minored in history and geography. Mike then attended Nipissing University from 2012-2013 earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Mike has played club rugby with the Stoney…

San Diego Legion signed Fiji Olympian Jasa Veremalua for the 2019 and 2020 Major League Rugby seasons. The 30-year-old, 6’5″, 216 lb. Fiji Sevens player will also coach the Legion Academy. Jasa was born and raised in Korotogo, Baravi, Nadroga, Fiji and attended Sigatoka Methodist Primary School. He then went to St. Thomas High School in Lautoka and Fiji National University in Ba for a diploma in Automobile and Road Transportation Studies. Jasa played rugby 15s with the Senibiau Rugby Club in 2006 and Natabua Rugby Club from 2010-2011 and breifly with Lautoka in 2010. In 2013 he was offered…

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